Why I Love Being an Esthetician

Renee's hands on a clients face

I began my esthetics career in 1987, just a few months after graduating from High School. I was lucky in that I always knew what I wanted to do. My grandmother was a hairdresser and owned her own beauty salon, so I truly believe the career of helping people look and feel beautiful was in my genes.  (Read why my grandmother was my beauty role model.)

After more than 20 years of working with skin hands-on, I still love being an esthetician.  Here’s why:

  • It’s a very emotionally rewarding profession. Making people look good also makes them feel good; which in turn, makes me feel good. It’s happiness for all!
  • I’m never bored. Every client has different concerns with their skin, so it’s definitely not “same old, same old”. I love treating all aspects from acne to rosacea, and brown spots to wrinkles. No two skins are alike, and that makes it very exciting. I’ve always wondered how skin care companies can say their line is “suitable for all skin types” when all skins have different needs. Check out my nine skin types
  • With all of the advancements in skin care, there is much to be learned. I have an intense passion for learning. Between industry magazines, books, trade shows, webinars, blogs, classes and websites, the opportunities to learn are endless. I am truly a believer that in all professions, you must stay up to date with what’s going on in the industry to be at the top of your game. The skin care industry is fast moving with advances, so continuing education is a must.
  • Increased awareness of esthetics brings respect to this profession. When I started my career in 1987, nobody knew what an esthetician was. “You’re a what? Isn’t that when you put people to sleep before surgery?” No, that’s an anesthesiologist! Back then, doctors absolutely frowned upon facials and estheticians. But now, they are FINALLY embracing the seriousness of skincare, and many estheticians work from doctor’s offices.  Plus, the increasing demand for people wanting younger-looking skin has turned esthetics into a well-respected profession. Although this is a new twist in US history, in France, it has been that way for many, many decades. (Read my French Skin Care Investigation.)
  • The power of touch is transforming. Since the start of my career in esthetics, I have volunteered my time and skills at women’s shelters to give facials to those who have been affected by domestic violence. (I myself was in a bad relationship early on, so I vowed from that day forward that I would help in any way I could.) When these women are abused, they learn that ‘touch’ means anger and violence. Giving them a facial shows that touch can come from a loving and caring place, and they need to learn to trust touch again. The result of the facial is they are looking better.  When they look better, they feel better.  When they feel better, self esteem increases, and that is the key for women to be empowered to stay out of violent situations. I could go on and on about the amazing experiences I have had with these women (I cry just thinking about them) but one thing I know for sure—a facial gives far more benefit than just to the skin.
  • I love what I do, and it shows. I am so lucky that I have found a career that I love so much.  I really am doing my part to create positive change in the world—one face at a time. From sharing daily skin care tips and expert advice on my blog, Twitter, Facebook and monthly emails (sign up to receive emails here), I love to share my knowledge and help others. Being an esthetician isn’t only about giving facial treatments and selling skin care products, it’s about helping create change and therefore lives.

With all of the reasons to love this profession, it’s no wonder I did a Google search one day on jobs and ‘esthetician’ came up as having one of the highest job satisfaction rates!

I have truly enjoyed every minute of my career as an esthetician, and I feel like I’m just getting warmed up.

Read: The pros and cons of being an esthetician.

Read more about skin care expert, Renée Rouleau.

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  1. Hello Renee ! I’m so excited and eager to begin my esthetic career. I’m currently attending Brown Aveda Institute , and esthetics is my passion. I googled top estheticians and of course your name was one of the first names to pop up…I began exploring your site, and I must say that I am very intrigued by your passion for this field. I have been reading a few of your blog post and it has really given me a new outlook. On this career. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do when I did get my license, however after reading your articles , I am very interested in taking the same route as you. I want to travel And help people across the world. I want to make a difference just like you . Hopefully one day I will have t he opportunity to meet you and be trained by you , to learn some advanced techniques. That would be an AMAZING EXPERIENCE !!! Thank you for inspiring me

    Posted By: Bree M.  | 

  2. hello Janey,
    Thank you for your time,
    I like to study Esthetic because I love this field and I feel I can do a lot, but recently I met with some esthetician, they were so negative and they say bad things about this job, but still I will go for it because I love it
    what is your advices for me? I want to take the course of medical esthetician in a private institute
    thank you

    Posted By: Rose  | 

  3. Hi, I very new to this industry. How can I be successful being esthetic?

    Posted By: Cindy  | 

  4. Hi Renee! I am almost 20 years old and I am looking to start an appropriate skincare routine for my age, looking for some anti aging products suitable for a young 20 year old. Any suggestions? My skin is combination, and very dry in the winter. Also, would I be able to start using a vitam C serum at my age?

    Thank you!

    Posted By: Janey  | 

    • Hello Janey, Thanks for your question and I’m so glad you are wanting to get started on a good skin care routine. I’d like you to read this post to give you my thoughts on age appropriate anti aging. But as for which product, it sounds like you’re a skin type 2. You can take my skin type quiz here and it will recommend the best products. As for a vitamin C serum, YES! A great product to start using!

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  5. I just came across your website because I am looking to become an esthetician and I am so grateful to have found you! I think your honesty is so humble and inspiring. All the information I have just read makes so much sense to me. I have such a passion for skin care being I’ve suffered from acne for 10 years now. I’ve learned so much in 10 minutes. I wish I had known some of these things for my own skin care! I am so excited for this change in my career now, Thank You!!!

    Posted By: Amanda  | 

  6. hiiiii Renee after reading this it gave me alittle bit of hope.. i am 17 in grade 12 i live in Barrie Ontario .. and i am honestly the most stressed out human being out there.. i need your help and advice right away. okay soo all my life i love doing hair , skin , and makeup. throughout high school i have taken hair and aesthetics courses.. and ive always been good at it but wondered if i was good enough.. i need to apply for college very soon .. and im honestly the most stressed out person there can be.. im also stressing my mom out. i noticed there is an esthetician course at the college in my city ( Georgian college )its a 2 year program and i wondering if i should just got for it or not.. and maybe go to hair dressing school afterwords.. everyone knows this is probably my passion but other people are telling me its not worth the pay / benefits, i come from a family that struggles with money soo it puts alot of pressure on me.. 🙁 im stuck in a bubble and i dont know what to do…should i go for the money ? or doing something i might love 🙁 im soo sressed out PLEASE HELP ME im also worried about not being able to find a stable job when i become older also standing alot as a hair dresser soo im moving towards an esthetician more or so.

    Posted By: Alyssa  | 

  7. Hi Renee,

    I just wanted to say that I really admire both your approach and your success. I am an aspiring esthetician who will be graduating shortly. There is no Renee Rouleau here in Orlando, but I was wondering if you could recommend a great spa or medi spa in this area.

    Also, do you see this being a lucrative, stable profession, and are you seeing business on the rise even though we are still in a recession?

    Thank you so much!


    Posted By: Crystal  | 

    • Hi Crystal! Thank you so much for your kind words. I don’t have a suggestion on places in Orlando but I can definitely say that there is no better time than ever to be an esthetician–despite a recession. There is so much awareness about the importance of caring for your skin. Good luck and keep reading my blog as part of your continuing education. You will learn a lot about skin! -Renee Rouleau

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  8. Almost a year later, I read this blog again…

    Im about to graduate from Esthetics, I do see such a bright future in bring happiness inside and out, I believe this job offers more than money ever could…

    Oh, Its not a “Job” or a “Career” to me… Its a Lifestyle, I must say, My wife absolutely loves the fact that Im an Esthetician, It makes our lives so much more wonderful for the fact we can bond on so many new levels…

    I can only tell you that this Lifestyle.. Is one to love.

    So, Take it to heart and try it..

    My advice to all of you, Work through the difficulty, It may seem just absolutely unbearable on some days… However, Keep your eyes on the future, Your dreams, your goals and life…

    ~ Ken

    Posted By: Ken  | 

  9. I found this lovely blog in my adventures looking for insight on the life of a professional esthetician, and I certainly have to agree that you are truly inspirational! In January I will be starting a beauty therapist program in Ottawa and your thoughts on why you still love your niche has strengthened my resolve and made me even more excited to get rolling!! thank you so much Renee!

    Posted By: Krystal Dawn  | 

  10. I just discovered this blog two days ago and I have been meaning to comment on all these entries that strike me. Renee, thank you so much! I’m so inspired and so glad that I can add another Dallas-ite to my list of role models. 🙂

    Posted By: Peace Omen  | 


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