Are there any older estheticians out there?

Discussion in 'Skin' started by waningmoon, Oct 12, 2017.


Does age matter when it comes to being an esthetician?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. waningmoon
    I'm 26 years old now and I have been in the field for 3 years. However, there is something I have noticed and I'm wondering about. The majority of estheticians I have seen are 20-25 years old, maximum 30. Even when I was in esthetics school, I was one of the oldest ones and I was only 23. Is this a career typically for young people? Do estheticians at a certain age tend to leave this career field and switch to something else? Since estheticians have to promote beauty which is strongly connected to youthfulness in today's culture, I would think that there is a great need for younger estheticians? What are your thoughts about this? I personally enjoy being an esthetician and would like to work as one as long as I can.
  2. AlanyaMackie
    I'm 22 and am now the oldest working in my salon. I do feel because of the type of work, ie. hours and pay it tends to be a younger persons game as it can wear thin for some people I suppose x
  3. samantha.c
    I'm 32 and still working as a beauty therapist. Have been in the industry since I was 17 (although I did just have a few years of doing different jobs because I was backpacking) But now I'm back home and starting as a self employed beauty therapist. I intend to be in the industry for many years to come!!
  4. fluffy26
    God at 26 your still a baby!! I’m nearly 38 & have been in the industry for nearly 20 years (doesn’t feel like it at all though!!) I feel, not necessarily age but years of experience in the industry give clients confidence in you as a therapist! I wouldn’t say it’s a career for typically younger people, I feel sometimes younger girls tend to go for it for the “glamorous” (rose tinted) aspect & a lot bail as soon as they realise it’s quite a hard slog in reality!
  5. Gina Ballerina
    There are 3 of us in my salon and we are 34 (me), 28 & 40 x
    Nonsense......In today's 'Oh so modern world', age, size, gender...should not make ANY difference!:cool:

    When I was in my early - mid twenties I often thought....
    ."....where do all the 'oldies' go when they're too old to 'cut it'.....?" :confused::eek:o_O
    Too old...meaning, anything past 30!:D

    As a hairdresser at the time, I decided it might be wise to 'cover myself', and re-train as a 'Therapist'....less 'trendy', less strenuous & stressful...a more 'gentle' profession.;)

    I soon went back to the hair!
    It is STILL my passion ...despite my advancing years!:p

    At 55, and having been in the industry for 38 of those years, I truly believe, if you love what you do, there is a place for us all!:cool:
    Beautiful-you, asteropi, CFBS and 2 others like this.
  7. CFBS
    I started off as a nurse but then trained in beauty in 1988/1989 so I have been in the beauty industry for over 20 years - I am now 51 and as busy as ever! Over that time I have run my own salons (large & small) and lectured full time for a decade. We are in the sort of industry where it is easy to change how you use your skills to fit around your family commitments.

    I GAIN clients because I am not young (they actually tell me this ! :() Most of my clients are retired or planning towards it.
    On balance I think when starting a salon you will inevitably attract clients of a similar age to yourself - they feel comfortable with you and conversation is easier because you are at a similar point in your life to them (children, schools, elderly parents etc)

    Whenever I have employed mature therapists, they book up faster than the young ones even though they have the same amount of experience and competence.
    Ultimately, there are so many salons around these days that clients will choose the one they feel suits their personality and treatment needs.

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