You’re an Esthetician… What’s That?

During the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet many new people. When they ask what I do, I say that I am an Esthetician and Cosmetology Apprentice.  Almost everyone gives me the blank stare and asks, “What’s that?” To clear up the confusion, let me tell you a little bit about what I do.

As an Esthetician, also known as a skin care specialist, I am able to work at salons, day spas or medi spas. I was trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin, facials, body wraps, waxing, and makeup. Cosmetologists are also trained in all of those treatments, but not as in depth as I was as an Esthetician.  My training allows me to focus on skin care and all of its facets.  I attended the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau. My training was 32 hours a week for 19 weeks totaling about 600 hours. I graduated in 2010 with cum laude honors and continue to educate myself in the field.

As well as being an Esthetician, I am also a Cosmetology Apprentice. What that means is, I am learning how to cut, color, and perm hair as well as manicures and pedicures right here at Back to Bliss! Instead of attending a year long program at a school, I get to work as I learn. After finishing my apprenticeship I will have completed a two year training program which is 3,712 hours on-the-job training with Monica, and 288 hours of theory training online. I will then be able to take my state boards and receive my cosmetology license.

I also am starting a new journey of blogging, which is completely foreign to me, but so exciting. I love learning new things about this industry, and about myself. I will be blogging about anything from skin to hair and everything related to beauty. If you have any ideas about topics for me, please let me know I’ll gladly take them! You can email me at

Thanks for reading!

Jessica McCord


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain

7 replies
  1. Lori Fuller
    Lori Fuller says:

    Very interesting Blog so far!

    How often should a person get a facial?

    What type of product/products do you recommend to put on your face to keep it “young looking” especially during this time of the year?

    Do you have any suggestions for dry & cracked skin for hands?

    Keep up your great work!
    Congrats on your new adventure!

  2. Sue Twiggs
    Sue Twiggs says:

    I was on vacation in VT and my face became chapped and wrinkled from the cold. Can you recommend what I can use on my face to help it heal?

  3. Jessica McCord
    Jessica McCord says:

    Thanks everyone for the great comments! Lori, I recommend getting a facial every 4-6 weeks. If you want your skin to be “young looking” try looking for products with Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the key to the production of collagen. As far as the dry cracked skin, our Healing and Restoring cream by Hylunia works wonders. Sue, you can also use the Healing and Restoring cream on your face!


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