Skincare Therapist



OFO No: 514207





Other names for Skincare Therapist:

  • Aesthetician
  • Skin Peeling and Dermabrasion
  • Permanent Make-up Artist
  • Medical Aesthetician
  • Make-up Artist
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL / Laser) Skin Technician
  • Facial Therapist
  • Cosmetologist
  • Beauty Therapist

What is a Skincare Therapist?

A Skincare Therapist specialises in skincare treatments like derma-abrasion, peeling, botox, lymphatic drainage etc. They may even include  various massages and facials, hair removal treatments, pedicures and manicures, eyebrow & lash treatments, tanning, tinting and waxing. 

Some sell cosmetics and advise their clients on skin care.

They are responsible for making their clients feel good about themselves.

Skincare Therapists can work in a salon, a department store, on cruise ships or work from home.

What does a Skincare  Therapist do?

  • answers the phone
  • takes bookings or answers queries
  • meets and greets clients
  • discussses skincare treatments with client and advises on options
  • performs the treatment/s requested
  • cleans and/or sterilises all equipment
  • tidies treatment cubicle
  • advises on cosmetics

Are you … ?

  • interested in the field of beauty?
  • good with your hands?
  • professional?
  • hygienic?
  • neat and presentable?
  • warm and open?
  • friendly?
  • caring?
  • fit with high stamina levels?
  • good with time management?

How do I become a Skincare  Therapist?

Most employers want you to have a relevant qualification be registered with one or more of the following:

  • CIDESCO – Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie
  • SAAHSP – South African Association of Health and Skincare Professional
  • ITEC and City Guilds

There are many places you can study skincare therapy. There are public as well as private instititutions.

TVET colleges may offer beauty therapy courses.

We advise contacting these institutions directly.

Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to find your nearest FET College.

You will need a a matric and qualification:

Path 1

  • Certificate in Beauty Care NQF Level 3

Path 2

  • Certificate in Beauty Care NQF Level 4

Path 3

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Body Make-up Artist or Tattoo Artist

Is becoming a Skincare  Therapist the right career choice for me?