It’s a huge month for the beauty industry as the deadline approaches in the Government consultation on aesthetic procedure licences.
While almost everyone in the sector supports the general concept of licensing – and very few oppose the idea of injectables officially becoming a medic-only procedure – there were certainly some surprises in the initial consultation document, most notably the proposed rules for radiofrequency, electrolysis and combination technologies.
Our news analysis on page 25 delves deeper into the issue, including an update on what the Beauty Industry Group, which has been representing the sector throughout the process, is doing next. I strongly urge you to check it out and to make sure you have your say before the initial consultation ends on October 28.
With many in the industry fighting hard to keep combination therapies within the remit of qualified beauty therapists, without need for involvement of a healthcare practitioner, we also take a closer look at radiofrequency microneedling this month, uncovering exactly how the two modalities complement one another for enhanced results. Check out the experts’ advice on page 56.
We also look into the growing popularity of products that combat the effects of blue light on skin caused by devices such as smartphones and laptops. As we know, blue light can also be a key part of certain skin treatments for conditions like acne, so our feature on page 92 breaks down the differences and uncovers how to safely harness its benefits.
For the more holistic among you, this month we also focus on wood therapy on page 83, and if nails is your passion, don’t miss our lead interview with inspirational tech Nathan Taylor on page 51.