Licensing for estheticians had recently been deregulated by the government. This means anyone can just take a quick program or apprentice and start practicing without taking a government exam. This is a scary time for the beauty industry, as clients have no real assurance that their technician is fully trained. There is, however, a voluntary licensing exam run by the Cosmetology Industry Association of BC. Voluntary, by means that it is not mandatory to be a member, but is an added bonus for the client. There are many fully qualified technicians who choose not to become members, but as a client, make sure you ask a lot of questions and feel free to not proceed unless they are answered to your satisfaction.
Consultation cards are filled out before we commence your service. They are both for your benefit and ours. They help us to be familiar with your medical conditions and history, as well as any medications you may be taking so we can serve you better. They let us know your general health and habits to help us to tailor your service to your individual needs and let you know which, if any services are contraindicated. For these reasons, we ask that you fill out your consultation cards with as much accuracy as possible.
There are many differences between a professional product line and a drug store line. Fo’ starters, department and drug store products spend much of their money on advertising and marketing. Professional products spend less money on advertising and more on research and quality ingredients for their products. This also allows professional product lines to add more of those quality ingredients into their products so the consumer gets quicker results. Another difference is that professional products generally come with professional advise from your trained esthetician, who first analyses your skin.