Empathy and The Esthetician

Learning how to deal with an empathetic heart

Do you know what the word “Empathetic” means? According to the Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, “Empathy” is often defined as the understanding of another person’s experience by imagining oneself in another person’s situation. As skin therapists, we encounter so many different energies and emotions. Having empathy is such an incredible gift, especially in the service industry. If you define yourself as an empath, then you know how hard it is to come home after a long day of back to back clients and just needing to be left alone so you can sit in silence and process all of the energy that you absorbed in a day. How do you differentiate all of this energy? Who is it? Is what you’re feeling something that belongs to you or, is it something you picked up during the day? It can be so exhausting sifting through the piles and piles of material.

Being an empath can take a toll on you physically, emotionally, and mentallyanxiety and depression disorders increase. You start to develop potentially addictive habits to numb the pain of everyday life. You love helping people look and feel their absolute best, but you tend to lose sight of your best interests. They don’t teach you this in Aesthetics school. They don’t teach you how to help a mother cope who just lost her child or a young girl who lost her best friend. How to then turn around and put on a happy face because your next client just got engaged or your client after that finally found out she was pregnant after two years of trying. Some cannot imagine how hard it is to switch from one emotion to another in a moment.

Pay special attention to what force is yours and what emotion belongs to someone else.


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Shea Wilson-Lewis,

Shea is a Licensed Aesthetician, NCEA Certified Aesthetician, and a Certified Aesthetic Consultant. Shea has been in the esthetic industry for over 15 years and has worked in several areas of esthetics. She is passionate about aesthetics and strives to always stay on top of the latest treatments. Shea has been voted "Best Aesthetician" by readers of Jonesboro Occasions magazine from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, runner up in 2018, and winner in 2019. Also, her spa, Carbon Skin and Wellness was voted runner up as Best Spa in Jonesboro, AR as Best of the Best.