Caputo believes that men need skin care treatments
just as much as women. They need to be better educated,
however, in their benefits.
The Peninsula Spa, where PETER THOMAS ROTH Clinical
Skin Care, Jurlique and Babor products are used in treatments
and sold as retail, offers a Gentleman's Facial that includes
extractions, a heated hand treatment, and a relaxing face and
neck massage. Men also visit the spa for back treatments; mud
and seaweed wraps; and to enjoy the spa's Wall Street Package,
which includes a facial, massage and pedicure.
In addition to facials, Caputo offers his clients
seaweed and mud wraps; exfoliating, detoxifying and
aromatherapy body treatments; body bronzing; and waxing. His
weekly schedule includes three days of massage therapy and two
days of facials and bodywork. But he's flexible and, if he has
time, will do a facial on a day when he has massage clients
Caputo provides some insight into why there aren't more
male estheticians in their industry. "In many states the
esthetic license just recently became separate from the
cosmetology license," he says. "That can make a difference. In
the past, in order to obtain an esthetic license," you had to
take hair design classes. I wasn't interested in becoming a
hair designer. I wanted to be an esthetician. Maybe this will
make a difference in the industry.
"Anyone pursuing this type of career has to have a
sense of their own style and be willing to learn the trade,"
Caputo continues. "You have to be good with people and enjoy
working with them. If not, you won't do well in this business.
You have to be a strong person, too-and not just physically-to
be able to do the massage day in and day out, but mentally to
be able to deal with people and the stress and baggage they
bring into the treatment room."
Caputo takes his own advice. For the past two years,
he's been named by Allure magazine as the best in his
"I'm very happy at the spa. The massage therapy and
esthetic work I do gives me great satisfaction. It makes me
feel good to know that I'm making people feel good about