Esthetics/Skin Care

A career as an esthetician could be very rewarding for someone who is passionate about the beauty and health of skin. Estheticians consult with clients to determine their skin care needs, discuss a skin analysis, and recommend possible product regimens or treatment options. The esthetician recommends appropriate products for various skin types.

Major cities like Chicago in particular have a lot of esthetics schools and cosmetology schools with esthetics programs. Some schools provide slightly different methods of teaching, but all help students prepare to take the state board exams for their esthetician licenses.

State License Requirements

To become an Illinois licensed esthetician, students must complete a skin care course lasting at least 18 weeks and containing 750 hours of study. Students can take a maximum of four years to complete their esthetician training. Unlike some other states, Illinois does not allow apprenticeship to qualify for licensing. Skin care specialists in this state also take 10 hours of continuing education during each 2-year licensure period to keep current in the industry and be able to renew their licenses. Esthetician training teaches students to perform various facial treatments, skin analysis, chemical peels, spa treatments for hair removal or waxing, spray tanning, make up application including spray-on cosmetics, and microdermabrasion therapy. Students take courses in ethics, salon practices, hygiene, and safety. After training is completed, students take written and practical exams. They may then receive their esthetician license from the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology.

Education Details

People interested in providing skin care and make up artistry services in Illinois will want to explore training at esthetics school. An esthetician provides body and facial treatments, skin analysis and advice, hair removal, and cosmetic application.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period
Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates esthetics will grow as a profession by 25 percent nationwide by 2020. Skin care experts in Illinois earn a statewide average annual salary of $31,330 before tips. The Chicago metropolitan area has the fourth highest employment level for estheticians among all cities in the US. The annual average salary for skin care specialists in Chicago is $32,850 before tips. Keys to increasing income as a skin care specialist include building a stable client base and providing excellent customer service. Estheticians can obtain additional training in specialty services, which will also improve their employment and salary outlook.

Working as an Esthetician

They may find work in spas, salons, hotels, department stores, or in other settings where skin care and beauty are highly desired. They may also provide spray-tanning services at a tanning salon, or eventually operate their own salon. Licensed estheticians in Illinois work in salon and spa settings, in hotels and at resorts where guests seek relaxation and beauty care. They may also work in the cosmetics and skin care departments of retail stores, or they may become product representatives for manufacturers of skin care products. Licensed estheticians in spas also provide anti-aging treatments, waxing, and body wraps. Some esthetics school graduates in Illinois work in medical spas or in doctors' offices alongside dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

State board Contact Information

Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation—Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Fl.
Springfield, IL 62786
100 W. Randolph Street, 9th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 1-888-473-4858

The Illinois State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining an Illinois state cosmetology license.

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