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Dangerous skin peels sold on eBay raise concerns among industry experts

Experts are warning consumers about the dangers of buying cheap skin peels on eBay after reports of people suffering severe facial burns.

The products, being sold by rogue manufacturers for as little as £11, are being advertised as medical-grade chemical peels but contain up to 100% pure acid and banned substances like trichoroacetic acid (TCA).

An eBay spokesperson said that “this type of item is prohibited on our UK platform” and the company has taken action to remove products once they have been reported.

Campaign group Safety in Beauty had received 27 reports of chemical peels gone wrong in the past year. A spokesperson for the Department of Business commented: “The use of trichloroacetic acid is banned for use in cosmetic products and Trading Standards have powers to take action where a product is unsafe.”


The Lygon Arms Hotel in the Cotswolds has launched a spa following a major refurb. It has seven treatment rooms, a pool with retractable roof and saunas.

in brief

// The first monthly beauty subscription box for professionals has been launched by agency Go Gorgeous, aimed at mobile therapists, nail techs and make-up artists. It contains six full-sized products from brands including Aromatherapy Associates, Dr’s Remedy, Glo & Ray, Kure Bazaar, Lin & Lo Mineral Make-up and Voesh.

The Eyelash Design Company has appointed Heath Donnelly as field sales manager for the UK and Ireland. Donnelly previously worked in senior roles for Schwarzkopf and Indola and will be responsible for developing new business and supporting key Lash FX and Hi Brow accounts. The company also recently appointed a new distributor for Japan, Charis & Co.

Salon and spa uniforms supplier La Beeby, part of the Behrens Group, has relaunched its website with a sleek new design, easier navigation and a blog section featuring helpful everything from helpful tips and trends to interviews with beauty titans.

Ribby Hall’s new swimming pool and spa area has been shortlisted in four categories in the UK Pool & Spa Awards 2017. The pool opened in April and features a 48m interactive play slide. The awards celebrate outstanding swimming pools, swim spas and hot tubs.

Cancer charity Look Good Feel Better has created its second #Warpaint4Life media campaign, which takes inspiration from 1940s wartime posters to create an empowering message. Pros including make-up artist Caroline Barnes gave their time for free to create the campaign.

This article appears in the Professional Beauty November 2017 Issue of Professional Beauty

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This article appears in the Professional Beauty November 2017 Issue of Professional Beauty