What Does Esthiology Mean?

esthetician providing a deep cleanse facial

What Does Esthiology Mean?


What is it? You may have noticed that not many other beauty schools refer to their skin care programs as Esthiology programs. That makes us a bit unique! However, we know it can be confusing to define what esthiology means on your own. That’s why we’re here to help you understand this beautiful field of skin care!

Esthiology vs. Esthetics

Are esthetics and esthiology the same thing? At the root of it: yes. Esthiology is esthetics. Esthetics is the practice of skin care and related skin beautification. This can be by the means of a facial, body treatment, waxing, or even makeup application. What’s important to note here is that esthiology is a bit different at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness (IBW).

We teach not only the practical applications of skin care, but we also focus on Aveda rituals and holistic overall wellness as a part of our program. We believe that these additions to our curriculum help our program stand out from a regular skin care program you might see somewhere else.

What License Do You Receive?

Great question! In the state of Wisconsin, someone who wishes to become a skin care professional will need to go through the training, examination, and licensure procedure to become an aesthetician.

Our Esthiology program is state-approved to provide the necessary training to sit for the state board examination.

So What’s an Aesthetician?

We know that this is just another word thrown in here to make the whole process confusing. Rest assured, an aesthetician is just a fancy name for an esthetician.

Will I Learn Something Different in an Esthiology Program Than I Would in an Esthetics Program?

In order for our program to be state-approved, we must uphold a certain level of education and provide the necessary information as dictated by the state.

That means this question has a yes and a no answer. You can learn what is required of you to sit for the state board examination. However, we also teach a few different aspects as we mentioned above.

So what will you learn in our Aveda Esthiology program? Well, you can learn a variety of skin care techniques and skills, hair removal, makeup application, and more! In addition to that, our curriculum has a focus on Aveda philosophies and holistic wellness. In our program you will learn the use of chakra rituals and living well as other practices to supplement a healthy being. You won’t find this type of additional information in non-Aveda institutions. We believe that skin care is a route to a healthier whole, and esthiology plays into that plan! We also provide our students with the opportunity to become Lash Addict eyelash extension certified. Many of our students love this additional education!

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness also goes a bit further for our students. We provide iPads for our students to learn with. Incorporating digital learning into our classrooms is important to us. After all, the way our students learn develops with technology!

How Do I Enroll in an Esthiology Program?

This one’s easy! If you’re interested in exploring the world of skin care, but more specifically esthiology, contact The Institute of Beauty and Wellness! We’d be happy to walk you through our enrollment process and make sure this program is the right fit for you!