Estheticians help people to look and feel better, by offering a variety of procedures. They include:
- Skin care therapies, analysis and treatments
- Body treatments
Estheticians should be quite familiar with the standard procedures, concepts and practices in their chosen field.
Duties of Estheticians include:
- Customer service
- Skin care analysis
- Skin treatments
- Being knowledgeable about products available at their location, so that appropriate products can be recommended to clients
- Preparing treatment rooms
- Cleaning rooms after treatments are complete
- Participation in company trainings and meetings
Sometimes, estheticians will help in other areas, especially on busy days. This may include ringing up customers, booking appointments, answering the phone and covering the reception desk. Part timers may expect to earn about US $29,000 per year, although it does vary from one region to another.
Estheticians must have an active Esthetician or Cosmetology license from the state or province in which they work.
What’s that about Estheticians Using Bird Poop?
It’s true! There are estheticians in Japan who handle bird poop and put it on the faces of others – as beauty treatments! Only the feces from one type of nightingale will work (one wonders how many were tried!). This bird is the Japanese Bush Warbler. The Japanese term for “nightingale feces” is “uguisu no fun”. No kidding!
Why Nightingale Poop?
This is actually a Japanese technique carried over from ancient times. It is supposed to make your skin look and feel brighter and softer. Spas in New York City and other cities in the US offer facials that feature this guano. They are called “geisha facials”. In addition, they are very pricey.
How pricey, you ask? The Shizuka Spa in New York City offers this facial for $180. You can also order the “ingredients” to use at home. They cost roughly $20 an ounce.
You are probably worried about the smell this treatment holds. People who have forked over their money for this type of facial describe the smell as “medicinal”, “doughy” or “musky”. Some clients said they did not notice a smell when they received their guano facial.
The Japanese name does refer to the excrement used in these facials. They are purported to lighten skin and balance acne or sun damaged skin. The use of this nightingale excrement dates as far back as 794-1185 A.D. Koreans introduced it to the Japanese.
The Japanese used these bird droppings for stain removal in silk fabrics, but expanded its use to beauty treatments in 1603 A.D. The treatments are strange, but have been effective. The guano is harvested in Japan, on nightingale farms. Wild nightingales will often eat berries and insects, but caged nightingales eat organic seeds.
Guano is fully scraped from nightingale cages, and then sanitized by exposure to ultraviolet light. A dehydrator then dries the droppings. The sun dries and sterilizes guano at the same time. The guano is next ground into white powder, and it is sold in this form. These facials certainly do not sound like “fun”, but apparently, they work well.
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