Not all estheticians are created equal, but it can be hard to know what you’re getting when you book a first appointment. Here are a few questions that you should be asking that will help finding the right esthetician a little bit easier.

What is your training and experience? While estheticians need basic training, some have additional certifications and have taken courses in areas of special interest to them. You may not know about these unless you ask.

What products do you use or recommend and why? The person working on your skin may opt for all organic products, or choose a particular line of skin care products based on your skin type. What you’re looking for here is that they’ve at least thought about the products they’re putting on your skin.

What are your thoughts on exfoliation? There are a number of ways to remove the top layer of dead cells from your skin. Find out where your esthetician stands on how frequently and what methods they recommend.

What chemicals do you think are best to use in peels? The wide variety of chemicals and strengths of peels available make this an important question.

Can you tell me about sun protection and application? This is a moment for your esthetician to be an educator. One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to use a good, effective sunscreen.

What are your recommendations for my specific skin type? We all have different skin types, but what’s important in this instance is you. What recommendations does your esthetician have for your problem areas?

Do you have any recommendations for fall skin care? The health of your skin changes with the seasons. Your esthetician should have information and recommendations for your particular skin type for maximal results during each season.