Esthetics/Skin Care

As the saying goes, beauty is only skin deep. In the world of esthetics, that is completely true! Estheticians offer dozens of different services to clients that make the most of their natural beauty and enhance their gorgeous features.

As an Iowa esthetician, you could offer reflexology to stressed out professionals, use eyelash extensions to make someone's eyes stand out, or get rid of unwanted body hair through waxing or sugaring.

State License Requirements

You’ve completed your training and you know you have what it takes to start working independently as an esthetician. Your next stop is the Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. They verify your school hours and allow you to take your licensing exams. With passing scores on your exams, fee payments, and an approved application, you can get your Iowa esthetics license.

Education Details

Education is one of the most important parts of earning an esthetician license in Iowa. To qualify for a license, you need to get at least 600 hours of training at a licensed skin care training program. Over the course of your training, you should learn about skin care theory, tools, procedures, and techniques. Many topics are mandatory in the state of Iowa.

Required Training Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Skin types and textures
  • Skin growth
  • Theory of esthetics
  • Peels
  • Face washing
  • Scrubs
  • Manual, electrical, and chemical facials
  • Safe use of equipment
  • Chemistry of products
  • Moisturizing of skin
  • Safety, sanitation, and disinfection
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

A licensing fee is required every 2 years to keep the license valid in the state of Iowa.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

Overall, job openings for Iowa skin care specialists are expected to increase 14% between 2016 and 2026 (O*Net, 2019). The average salary for an Iowa esthetician is $30,370 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Working as an Esthetician

An esthetician can use her skills in any number of environments within the beauty industry. She may perform facials and laser hair removal in salons. She may offer services such as microdermabrasion in skin care clinics. She may even work for luxury resorts and travel liners that offer pampering services to their clientele.

The job outlook appears bright for estheticians.

State board Contact Information

Iowa Board of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: 515-281-0254
Fax Number: 515-281-3121

The Iowa State Board of Cosmetology can help you with any additional questions you may have about the licensing process.

Find the Beauty Schools in Iowa that interest you below,

Aveda Institute Des Moines

6905 Mills Civic Pkwy. Suite 120,
Des Moines (West), IA 50266

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

American Hair Academy

304 South Iris Street,
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

Program: Cosmetology

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