By Pete Richardson
We live in a very strange world where confusion, fear, uncertainty and anger are daily emotions for those in the beauty industry.
Salons can open for treatments as long as those treatments are not on the face. What? How is that policed and where do we draw the line? Is the neck OK to work on?
I have to assume so because they’ve only said: “The face”.
And who are the “They” who keep saying what we can and can’t do. Our world is full of experts who have an opinion and there were certain facts that were loud and clear.
FACT. The law says beauty treatments to the face are NOT ALLOWED unless they are for medical reasons.
CONFUSION. New Government guidelines for the beauty industry on Sunday July 12 said:
“No treatments are to be provided on the face until Government advice changes. Examples of such services would include the following, though this list is not exhaustive:
“Advanced beauty therapy and aesthetic treatments*
*This does not apply to medical settings
That one little line with the asterisk has caused yet more confusion.
What is a “medical setting”? Is that a place registered with the Care Quality Commission?
If that is the case does this mean CQC-registered medical premises would be allowed to carry out aesthetic treatments EVEN THOUGH they are designated beauty treatments and not medical procedures?
I wrote to The All-Party Group for Beauty Aesthetics and Wellbeing for clarification on behalf of Association of Cosmetic Practitioners Britain and they said:
“It does seem that that is the case however we would suggest writing to BEIS to ask for formal clarification that you can pass onto your members”.
Even they are confused!!
So, I have written to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for further clarification on behalf of ACPB.
Other questions arise including around the key issue of insurance cover. Would you be covered if you opened and a claim arose? Probably not if the insurance company deemed you had broken the law.
Is it worth the risk? And not just the risk to you, your clients and your business, what about the wider risk to public health?
Leicester has gone into lockdown again and there are threats to areas like Blackburn of another lockdown. The second wave is hitting many countries across the world.
Large clinics like Cosmetic Couture have had scores of messages asking why they aren’t open when others are.
Many people would appear to be having facial treatments in medical and non-medical environments and certainly not for medica reasons.
So, let’s get some straight answers on what is and isn’t allowed and when all treatments are allowed in all environments.
We await a response from BEIS.