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Aesthetic licences won’t be rushed through but a plan will be set by July, says Government Department of Health and Social Care

The Government has rejected a call by MPs to speed up the introduction of licences for non-surgical cosmetic procedures and a call for filler to be prescription- only.

The Department of Health and Social Care published its response to the 2022 Select Committee Report on the Impact of Body Image on Mental and Physical Health.

In the repor t, the Government also confirmed its commitment to developing a new licence for non-surgical practice in England and said it will set new mandatory standards for aesthetic practice, education and training as part of a new licensing scheme in England by July 2023 – although these will not come into force immediately.

On the matter of fillers, the report said, “The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency [MHRA] is responsible for the regulation of medical devices, and intends to bring in more stringent rules for certain aesthetic and non-medical products, including dermal fillers, under the UK medical devices regulations.

“There are no current plans for MHRA to make dermal fillers prescription- only.”

Ahead of the report, at the end of January, the Government confirmed its commitment to the licensing of the non-surgical aesthetics sector in England in a letter to the JCCP, British Beauty Council, and the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health.

After submitting a joint letter, the industry bodies received a response from Maria Caulfield, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health and Women’s Health Strategy, who said “depar tmental officials will work as quickly as possible to introduce the licensing scheme and will consider all the important areas”.

APPG report recognises health benefits of complementary therapies and urges Government to implement social prescribing

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Beauty and Wellbeing has urged the Government to prioritise social prescribing and undertake further research into the value of complementary therapies.

A new report analysed the complementary therapies sector to investigate how it can support physical and mental health and wellbeing, and take pressure away from the NHS.

In summary, its recommendations are: the Government must work with NHS England to promote the benefits of social prescribing; and the Personal Care sector team in the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy [BEIS] must work with the Department for Health and Social Care [DHSC] to integrate complementary therapies into the NHS.

In addition, it said DHSC must fund research to show the value of social prescribing; the Department for Education must provide financial incentives for employers to take on apprentices; and the Government must give Environmental health officers more power to deal with bad practice.

News in brief

Hayley Snishko has been named Cidesco Global Winner of Western Massage 2022. Snishko, who is also a PB Awards Therapist of the Year finalist, was the only UK winner announced at the Cidesco awards. She said, “I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award, it is truly an honour.”

Cancer charity Look Good Feel Better’s new Impact Report 2022 showed volunteers feel an improved sense of wellbeing and fulfilment, and 99% of those receiving their support confirm an improvement in their emotional wellbeing. The report analysed feedback from 91 volunteers, 869 beneficiaries and 80 hospitals and cancer care centres.

Bamford House has opened a private members’ club. The Club by Bamford, at Daylesford Farm in the Cotswolds, features fitness classes, a gym, farm fitness, Olympic lifting, and rope climbing, as well as doctor-led health appointments and wellness treatments.

Founder of Este Medical Group Sam Cinkr has raised over £50,000 for victims of the Turkey/Syria earthquakes. Cinkr, originally from Turkey, moved to the UK at age 18, and began a career in beauty in a skin clinic before setting up his business.

Hydrafacial hired creative agency Free the Birds to refresh its brand identity. Hydrafacial’s logo was altered by changing the positioning of the water to sit in the curvature of the F. The design team also introduced a hero visual – apulsating droplet in a cascade of blue hues to bring depth.

Antonia Burrell launches accredited Skin Tone Qualified initiative

Skin Tone Qualified is a new training initiative launching this month [March], created by celebrity facialist and skin expert Antonia Burrell.

The course aims to give beauty professionals, including both therapists and retail staff, greater understanding of different skin tones and the products and treatments they need.

Following three years of research and development, the qualification has been designed to improve inclusivity experiences for skin colour and all tones of the global population.

It will be globally accredited by the CPD certification service, dermatologist approved by Dr Sharon Belmo and backed by Cosmetic Executive Women [CEW] UK.

Commenting on the launch, Burrell said, “It will bring a superior current knowledge and best practice, therefore deeper confidence, to all customer-facing staff within our industry.”

She added, “My aim is to make this an industry standard as it should be the norm all over the world.”

Training will be available at London College of Beauty Therapy in London and The Beauty Business Training Academy in Derbyshire. On-site training can also be arranged. Training will be available from May, costing £495 per candidate, with bespoke packages available.

Babtac launches TIME initiative to increase consumer awareness of safe beauty treatments

The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology [Babtac] has launched the “TIME” initiative to help consumers recognise whether their therapist’s training is fit for purpose.

A regulatory checklist, TIME will provide a framework to help consumers know what questions to ask when booking in for a beauty ser vice. TIME stands for:

• Training - what training and qualifications, including continual professional development (CPD) do you and all your staff have?

• Insurance – are you insured and who by?

• Monitoring – do you carry out important pre and post appointment processes such as patch tests, consultations and aftercare?

• Evidence – can you provide certified proof of training and insurance, as well as client testimonials? The launch at the Houses of Parliament was supported by influential bodies and key figures including the Beauty Backed Trust founder Caroline Hirons; the British Beauty Council; skincare expert Dija Ayodele; and sponsor Skin Group International.

Babtac chair Lesley Blair said, “This regulatory checklist aims to serve as a simple but effective reminder for consumers to help them choose evidencebased, professional fit-for-purpose services, whilst minimising any risk.”

News in brief

Beauty Secrets hosted a staff awards party to reward its top employees. The group, which has four salons in Sussex and Surrey, celebrated the therapists and managers who recorded the highest sales and five-star client reviews, and also presented 12 team members with long-service awards.

Armathwaite Hall Hotel in Cumbria has received a £1million investment, which will be used to develop eight new Spa Garden Suites. Set to be completed in April 2023, the suites will aim to connect guests with the landscape directly outside each room and will be accessible via a private patio.

CND adorned the nails of Rihanna during her Super Bowl halftime show. Celeb manicurist Kimmie Kyees used CND’s Devil Red on the singer. Separately, during the Thierry Mugler Couture show at Paris Fashion Week, Sylvie Macmillan used Vinylux shades, airbrushed through lace to create a lace effect on the models’ nails.

Voya has signed partnerships with Westport Hotel Group, Ireland, Ramside Hall Hotel, Country Durham, and Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort, Bishopton. Each of the locations will be introducing a variety of Voya treatments and rituals to their menus.

Stephen Schofield has joined Mesoestetic UK as commercial and business manager. Schofield, who has previously worked in senior commercial roles for aesthetics brands including Allergan and Teoxane, said, “Mesoestetic has amazing, clinically proven products and a great team and I’m looking forward to helping achieve its ambitious goals.”

Biotech and social experience to shape future of wellness, says GWS report

Wellness is set to tackle the loneliness epidemic and there will be a move towards science-backed biotech beauty, according to a new GWS report

The Global Wellness Summit [GWS] has released its annual “Future of Wellness” trend report - along-running global forecast of the newest directions in wellness.

According to the report, in 2023, wellness will tackle loneliness by way of socially driven spaces and concepts and wellness travel will become “hyper-indigenous”.

The report also highlighted a move away from “clean beauty” to sciencebacked biotech beauty and from shallow workplace wellness promises to more meaningful measures.

Also, after years of lockdown restrictions making wellness a very solitary, at-home experience, there will be an increased thirst for more immersive and sensory experiences, the report said.

“This year’s report is proof that the wellness market of just three years ago [pre-pandemic] suddenly feels archaic. Wellness in 2023 and beyond will be more serious and science-backed, but also more social and sensory,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and chief executive.

It takes just three appointments for Brits to stay loyal to their beauty therapist

It takes just 3.3 appointments for UK consumers to stay loyal to their hair or beauty professional, a new survey has found.

Wholesaler Capital Hair and Beauty surveyed 2,000 UK consumers about their loyalty to their therapist, nail tech or hairdresser.

13% of respondents said they’d feel more guilty about “cheating” on their hair or beauty professional than a romantic partner.

The number-one reason clients said they would switch to a new beauty pro was a bad experience, with just under a third [29%] saying this would make them switch.

Other reasons included not being able to secure a suitable appointment time [23%], wanting a complete change of look [22%], not liking the products being used by the salon or professional [16%], and an increase in prices [16%].

The products used were more of a concern for women [21%] than men [9%], and 10% said they would be tempted to switch if there was no loyalty reward scheme in place.

News in brief

Gaia Skincare has signed three new spa partners, taking its portfolio to over 30 spas and hotels across the UK and Ireland. Dart Marina Hotel, Devon, Everyone Active Alton, Hampshire, and The Caci Rooms, Warrington, will now be offering Gaia spa treatments.

Thérapie Medical Group is opening its first US clinic this month. The chain, which has aesthetic clinics across Ireland and the UK, is set to open its first in New York City in March, offering treatments including laser hair removal, cosmetic injections, and body and skin treatments.

Hydropeptide has appointed Rochelle Bailey as international education and events specialist. Bailey will be supporting Hydropeptide distributors across the world with education and events.

A new salon specialising in pedicures, waxing, brows and black hair has opened in Hanley, Stoke - on-Trent. Omena Creative is owned by Joy Nwachukwu and opened on February 1. The salon will also be working with local colleges to offer industry placements to students.

Lumenis has welcomed two new colleagues to its sales team. Jemma Giddens and Charlotte Vanhoeck join as area sales managers for the Midlands and South West respectively. In addition, Sadie van Sanden Cooke has been appointed UK business and sales manager, aesthetics.

Jackie Tuzee is joining Galderma as the brand’s new head of marketing for aesthetics. Joining from L’Oréal, Tuz ze will be managing overall marketing leadership of aesthetics brands under the Galderma umbrella.

Beauty Directors Club members gather in Malta for Business Bootcamp

The sixth Annual Beauty Directors Club (BDC) Business Bootcamp was held in Malta at the end of January.

The three-day conference is exclusive to BDC members and was attended by some of the UK’s most established beauty salon and clinic owners.

Speakers included PB’s managing director Mark Moloney, aesthetics expert Andrew Hansford, who spoke on the power and application of actives in skincare, business coach Kat t Philipps on best practice in clinic and online, and a virtual session from coach Jean Pierre de Villiers on the four Cs of success.

BDC founder Susan Routledge said, “Discussing business experience and learning new business strategies, plus combining time away from our busy schedules, has been priceless to take both our businesses and ourselves forwards in the best way for 2023.”

The National Hair & Beauty Federation names new board

Amanda Lodge-Stewart, director of Link Training Academy, has been elected as the new NHBF president.

Joining her on the new board are Jamie Mettyear, owner of Mettyear’s Day Spa in Kent; Samantha Cunningham, director of Shine hair salon in Southampton; and Joanne Johnson, owner of Bliss Hair Design in Ashton Under Lyne.

Carolyn Sweeney, business coach and owner of Creations salon in Chichester, was re - elected for a second term. The new board has been elected for a three -year term.

Lodge-Stewart commented: “As the NHBF president, I will focus on raising the quality, culture and reputation of our sector. I will explore issues around business growth and sustainability for the benefit of our employers, business owners and members.”

Dawn Stakounis to complete 1,000 mile charity bike ride

Beauty industry veteran Dawn Stakounis is planning a 21-day sponsored bike ride to raise money for charity Children with Cancer UK.

Stakounis, who is now retired, had a long career in the industry, running brands including Hive of Beauty.

Stakounis lost her son Christopher to an inoperable brain tumour at the age of six. She has since been dedicated to raising money for Children with Cancer UK.

Stakounis and her sister Sharon will cycle 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

The sisters hope to raise £22,000 for Children with Cancer UK in memory of Christopher. Donation details can be found at

Diary dates

// March 5 Professional Beauty Cape Town Cape Town International Convention Centre 2 Africa’s largest trade show for the beauty industry comes to Cape Town. +27 11 781 5970

// March 5 Professional Beauty and World Spa & Wellness Awards 2023 The Brewery, London The biggest, most established awards for the industry will celebrate UK beauty businesses and international spas. 020 7351 0536

// March 5–6 Professional Beauty London 2023 ExCeL London PB London returns with stellar education, competitions, networking opportunities and some of the biggest brands. 0344 443 4411

// March 5–6 World Spa and Wellness Convention 2023 ExCeL London Global networking event for both independently run and group spas and hotels taking place at PB London. 0344 443 4411

// March 16–20 Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna Fairground District, Bologna, Italy Exhibition with sections for beauty, hair, packaging and perfumery. +39 02 796 420

// March 31–April 2 Beauty Düsseldorf Messe Düsseldorf Trade fair for beauty, nails and spa. +49 211 4560 7602 beauty-

Elemis achieves B Corp certification

British skincare brand Elemis has achieved certified B Corp status, following almost two years of implementing changes to its processes.

Elemis scored 93 points, significantly above the required score of 80, showing that large-scale businesses can still show sustainable responsibilit y.

Oriele Frank, Elemis’s co-founder and chief product and sustainability officer, said, “We plan to accomplish more action-based commitments in 2023, making continuous improvements to our positive impact mission.”

Elemis has now joined the B Corp Beauty Coalition, which also includes other professional brands such as Aromatherapy Associates and Evolve Organic Beauty.

B Corp is a comprehensive sustainability audit, which examines the whole business to ensure it meets high verified standards of socially and environmentally responsible practices, transparency, and corporate accountabilit y.

To certify as a BCorp, performance is analysed across five key areas: governance, workers, community, environment and customers, with biodiversit y, human rights and climate protection also top priorities.

Gerrard International partners with Armonia Training Academy

Aiming to help bridge the beauty recruitment gap, Gerrard International has announced a partnership with Armonia Training Academy, which provides specialist beaut y, spa and wellness education, including apprenticeships.

The partnership will aim to get more apprentices into beauty salons. With the aim of minimising the time needed to train new recruits, each apprentice will be trained in an individual salon’s treatments, brands and products, and will gain a Governmentapproved qualification.

The apprentice splits their time between off-the-job training (20%) and on-the-job learning (80%). Funding is accessed via levy or non-levy apprenticeship funding.

Novalash receives patent for lash extension adhesives

NovaLash has been awarded a US patent for its flexible lash extension adhesive formulas.

Almost 20 years ago, NovaLash launched its Platinum Bond adhesive, a flexible, bio-compatible, oil-proof lash extension adhesive.

NovaLash has since created additional adhesives from its original Platinum Bond formula to offer lash artists more choice. Now there are four adhesive products to choose from.

“We originally filed for this patent in 20 07,” said chief executive Sophy Ward. “I am thrilled to finally receive it, which is also reassuring of the work we have done to formulate pure, high-performing and proven non-toxic adhesives for the industry.”

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