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Industry reacts to MPs’ call for Government regulation of injectables

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing has called on the Government to address the absence of regulation over botulinum toxin and fillers with a report which makes several recommendations to help plug the regulatory gap, and many in the industry have praised the move.

The group’s final report has come after a year-long inquiry into the issue due to the explosion in the popularity of these treatments, as well as concern around the lack of a legal framework of standards.

Chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, the group has made 17 suggestions to plug the regulatory gap, including: setting national minimum standards for practitioner training; mandating practitioners hold a regulated qualification in line with national standards; legislation to introduce a national licensing framework; and developing and mandating psychological pre-screening of customers. On reading the report, Carina Fagan, chief academic officer at VTCT, praised it.

“The proposed recommendations reflect our position of raising standards and encompassing the needs of our industries. It is in the best interest of both consumers and practitioners to ensure that the industry is safe for all through robust training and qualifications,” she said.

Babtac chair Lesley Blair said: “We have been advocating for change to regulations, especially on these invasive treatments, for a long time. We wholeheartedly support the findings of the report and agree that urgent change is necessary.”

The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) stated on its website that it welcomes the recommendations, commenting: “it is extremely important that the beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing sector is recognised as part of the solution to the problem, not the problem itself.”

Beauty treatment spend in Birmingham and London soars 19% post-pandemic

Since coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, clients have been racing to get back into salon and spa, resulting in an increase in the amount spent on beauty treatments since before the pandemic.

In the UK, Birmingham has seen the highest increase in treatment spend, rising by 19.95% , found research from UK spa group Champneys, followed by London with an incredible 19% increase, and Nottingham in third with 14.3%. Manchester and Glasgow came in fourth and fifth, with treatment spend in these areas rising by 13.1% and 12.1% respectively, the beauty trend report found.

The survey also discovered there has been a greater interest in wellbeing post-lockdown, with 20% now prioritising massages, facials and other wellness treatments. This comes as a quarter of Brits feel less pressured to get more express and aesthetic treatments such as lashes, fillers and tanning since before the pandemic, states the report.

2,000 people were surveyed about their views on beauty trends and treatments during and after the coronavirus lockdowns.

Grroup spa director at Champneys, Laura Tatlow, said: “Not only is it great to see people prioritising their wellbeing in a time that has been challenging for everyone – both mentally and physically – but it’s also extremely welcoming to see UK cities come together to help support the reopening of our beauty and wellness industry across the nation.”

News in brief

London-based store Harrods has relaunched its Hair and Beauty Salon following a redesign by Sparcstudio Design, paying homage to its 1982 interior features. The salon offers a host of hair and beauty treatment spaces on the fifth floor and marks the final phase of the hall’s transformation.

Esse has teamed up with juice company Radiance Cleanse on a set that combines organic juice cleansing with the brand’s probiotic skincare. The Esse x Radiance Natural Beauty Cleanse includes a Zoom consultation with the Esse skincare team, as well as juices and the brand’s hero products Ressurect Serum and Sensitive Probiotic Cleanser.

Searches for travel-sized toiletries have surged by 412% year-on-year, found a report by online retailer Look Fantastic, which suggests a growing confidence in the prospect of travel this year. Also on the rise was the sale of lip products, following restrictions on mask wearing being lifted.

Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards celebrated her 28th birthday with an at-home pamper party, where the mum-to-be indulged in Sensory Retreats new Divine Mama Pregnancy Package. Her guests also took time to unwind, enjoying Lava Shell massages.

Wellness expert Simone Thomas is releasing a new book “Healthy Hair, Happy Body”. The co mprehensive and motivational plan to transform hair and wellbeing from the inside-out shares Thomas’s personal story and is a one-stop resource for those challenged with hair loss, skin conditions and endometriosis.

Soho Farmhouse named the UK’s most Instagrammable spa


A survey has revealed the 10 most Instagrammable spas in the UK, with Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire coming out top with 55.2K posts on the social media platform.

The Ned in London came in second place with 54K posts on Instagram and Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire in third with 22.7K posts, found the study by swimwear brand Heidi Klein. The report looked at which UK spas have been tagged on Instagram the most, looking at those with more than 1,000-plus posts per hashtag.

10 most Instagrammable spas in the UK:

A third of people with a skin condition say it affects their mental health

More than a third of people who have a skin condition say it negatively impacts their mental health, and over half feel judged by others because of it, according to a survey from the British Skin Foundation.

83% believe that their appearance is important to their general wellbeing and 20% feel unhappy with their skin, found the survey of 201 people. For those who currently have a skin condition, or have previously had one, more than 50% said they feel judged by others because of it. A quarter of people surveyed also said having a skin disease affects their everyday life, and a similar number (26%) stated they feel embarrassed by their skin condition.

Professor Andrew Thompson, consultant clinical psychologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, said:

“While there may be both complicated physiological and psychosocial reasons why skin conditions are linked to feelings of anxiety and depression, the good news is that psychological treatment can help and consequently it’s important to seek help as soon as symptoms of depression or anxiety are noticed.”

News in brief

Marilyn Monroe has been named the most influential celebrity beauty icon of the past by Recreate Yourself’s study of Google data to find the A-listers who still influence our regimes today. The actress came out on top with 191,890 annual searches by people wanting to replicate her look.

Brushing your teeth after cleansing could prematurely age your skin. This is Silk’s survey found that more than 50% of Brits brush their teeth after washing their face, which can strip away products and natural oils. Abrasive toothpaste can also leave sensitive skin around the mouth vulnerable.

Salon System’s award-winning, 36-piece gel-polish range Gellux has launched into 170 Salon Services stores across the nation following a successful online collaboration between the brands.

CACI has appointed Advanced Derma Care as its New Zealand distributor. The companies will work closely together to introduce the CACI Synergy system to the pro market following the success at a private launch and the NZ Hair & Beauty Industry Summit earlier this year.

The National Hair & Beauty Federation won Gold in the Best Membership Organisation in the UK Award at the National Organisation Awards, recognised for its efforts to support the hair and beauty industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. The membership organisation also won the Gold Award for Best Social Media and Silver Award for Best Covid Response.

75% of consumers more likely to buy beauty products after trialling samples

Three in four consumers (75%) have said they are more likely to buy from a beauty brand they hadn’t heard of before after being given the chance to sample products at home.

A study by beach technology platform Odore sent 20,000 people product testers to try at their home, being asked to indicate what the likelihood was that they would purchase from these respective brands in the next three months. They were also asked if they had prior knowledge of the brands beforehand.

85% said they hadn’t heard of these products before trialling them for the study but after sampling them, an incredible three quarters said they would purchase from the brands within the next three months – showing the power of being able to touch and play with products.

Armaan Mehta, co-founder at Odore, said: “Despite the switch to online shopping, customers still want to try products. They want to feel them in their hands, test them on their skin, and make sure they’re making the right choice.”

One in four salons had to temporarily close in June due to Covid-19 self-isolation rules

One in four salons were forced to temporarily close in June due to the Covid-19 self-isolation rules, according to the results of a poll of 2,500 hair and beauty businesses by the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF).

Other results included that around 30% of salons faced staff shortage issues in that month and about 83% of salons had few-to-several cancellations every week during that time.

NHBF chief executive Richard Lambert said at the time:

“Businesses get no financial aid for ‘doing the right thing’ by closing, so we are calling on the Government to provide this support. We need a confirmed timetable for when the trial system of daily testing for five days (and being able to go out as normal for each day your test is negative) will be introduced.”

News in brief

Ivanmed Ltd will be launching new microneedling device Dermapen 4 at an event in London on September 11–12.

The device can create up to 1,920 puncture channels per second and be used alongside the MG meso-glide collection to help glide the pen across the skin to allow each channel to absorb the active ingredients.

British Beauty Week will return to London’s Covent Garden on September 8–12. Hosted by the British Beauty Council and publisher Hearst UK, the event will showcase the industry’s top talent and creativity, with leading figures taking to the stage to explore all aspects of the future of beauty.

iS Clinical ran a virtual advanced seminar in July, covering its product formulations and treatments, as well as delivering an in-depth look at its Clinical Cancer Care Concept. Attendees took part in talks on business development, manufacturing and the evolution of iS Clinical products, and there was a lively Q&A at the end.

Spa brand Aromatherapy Associates has launched 3 Step Introduction Kits for wellness on-the-go. The mini kits are available in scents Deep Relax, Rose and De-Stress to suit a range of needs, with the miniature sizes making the kits an easy way to test out new products. There is also a pick-and-mix option for clients to personalise their experience.

Franchise business The Massage Company opened its first London centre in Putney last month, with local MP Fleur Anderson opening the site. The business works on a monthly subscription model, encouraging clients to make massage a regular part of their wellbeing routine. The business has centres in Camberley, Tunbridge Wells, High Wycombe and Sutton Coldfield.

World Spa & Wellness Awards 2021 shortlist

The scores are in and the shortlisted spas for the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2021 can now be revealed. Celebrating spas from around the world, the awards recognise excellence in wellness provision, treatment delivery, customer care, business skill, leadership, and sustainability.

The spas have been shortlisted in nine categories: Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia; Spa of the Year: Eastern Europe; Spa of the Year: Western Europe & Scandinavia; Spa of the Year: North and South America; Spa of the Year: Middle East; Sustainable Spa of the Year; Team of the Year; Spa Leader of the Year; and Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year. See which spas were shortlisted:

The finalists will meet in London on October 17 at a glamorous awards ceremony, which will run alongside the Professional Beauty Awards 2021 at Grade II-listed venue The Brewery in London.

An individual ticket costs £124.17+VAT; while a table of 10 costs £1,240.17+VAT. Book your ticket: 
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The countdown is on: get your tickets to the Professional Beauty Awards 2021

With the Professional Beauty Awards 2021 less than two months away, there’s still time to bag your seat at the industry’s biggest party. The Awards, which are taking place at The Brewery in London on October 17, will celebrate those who raise standards and make a real difference to the industry.

The event recognises the spas, beauty and nail salons, employers and individuals who stand out from the crowd and deserve recognition as a world-class player in the beauty and spa industry.

An individual ticket (which includes a drinks reception, three-course meal and after party) costs £124.17+VAT; while a table of 10 costs £1,240.17+VAT.

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Diary dates

September 18–19 World Wellness Weekend

International The event encourages spas to host an activity that demonstrates the power of wellness, with more than 120 countries taking part.

September 25 Aesthetic Medicine North

Manchester Central The leading medical aesthetic event for the North is back, with offers, products, conferences and more. 020 7351 0536

October 17 Professional Beauty and World Spa & Wellness Awards

The Brewery, London The industry’s biggest party will celebrate the best beauty, spa and nail businesses and individuals during a glamorous black-tie event. 020 7351 0536

October 17–18 Professional Beauty London

ExCeL London The flagship show from the PB Group will return, running alongside hair show Salon International. There will be conferences and seminars for beauty, spa, nails, aesthetics and more. 020 7351 0536

November 30–December 3 Global Wellness Summit

Boston The international conference for spa and wellness professionals, now in its 15th year, has changed location. +1 212 716 1199

The Skincare Sanctuary acquires Gatineau from Revlon

Professional skincare brand Gatineau has been acquired from a subsidiary of Revlon by its longstanding UK distributor The Skincare Sanctuary for an undisclosed sum.

The French brand is known for its anti-ageing treatments, with global distribution channels including a direct-to-consumer website, salons, stores and shopping channel QVC.

“This acquisition will allow Gatineau to flourish, accelerating the development of new formulations and expanding our global distribution. It marks the start of a new and exciting era for the brand,” said Andrew Bagley, founder of The Skincare Sanctuary and now Gatineau chief executive.

A Revlon spokesperson added: “We have a long-standing relationship with The Skincare Sanctuary and believe they are the right partner for Gatineau’s future.”

Therapist successfully treats client’s Bell’s palsy using CACI Synergy

Lorraine Hart from The Float Spa in Hove has treated client Martin Scott’s Bell’s palsy –a weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face – using CACI Synergy treatments.

Known for its microcurrent technology, CACI was originally designed by Dr Thomas Wing to treat patients with the condition. Hart focused on the right side of Scott’s face as he couldn’t close his eye or smile on that side, holding the probes for the recommended time before gradually increasing the microcurrent power over a course of treatments to help stimulate the muscles and the nerve endings.

Hart said: “After only four treatments, Martin regained full use of all his muscles and his face was symmetrical.” Scott commented:

“The results were nothing short of miraculous for me… I was in and out of Bell’s palsy in 24 days.”

Martin Scott before and after

Lynton launches Customer Workshops to help accounts boost their businesses

Lynton has launched Customer Workshops, which focus on helping accounts improve their businesses from both a marketing and clinical viewpoint.

The workshops will be delivered by a series of Lynton doctors, physicists, clinicians, business support members and guest speakers, and will cover topics from “Creating a £1 million business” to a “Masterclass in Instagram for aesthetic businesses”.

There will also be demos of Lynton’s Focus Dual –a radiofrequency microneedling device with HIFU technology – teaching attendees how to introduce it into their business and get maximum return on investment. The first workshops are happening in Manchester on September 20 and London on October 11. Therapists can book at

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