January Blog- It’s been a while, what has changed in beauty industry?

Well hello and welcome to a New Year and a well overdue blog. It has been a bit of a crazy mad year for me, I had started writing this blog quite a few months ago and just didn’t get chance to finish it. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope you are all keeping well and managing to escape all of the viruses going around currently. What are you planning for the new year ahead? The previous year is always a year of reflection on whether we could have had a better year or whether it was the year to celebrate and hoping that this year is just as great.

Whatever your New Year’s plans and goals are I truly hope and believe that they are achievable in every possible way.

Aesthetics Industry

I really wanted to give you all an update on this currently as I know some of our existing students studying with us on Level 3 beauty therapy currently want to know the latest information as regards to it being regulated etc and the implications of it being regulated.

I really feel first of all it does need regulating, I am currently seeing a lot of therapist and new students on facebook forums discussing this topic daily, I sit from afar and just observe the general consensus on this topic. Firstly, if I write a blog it has to be authentic and written with meaning otherwise I won’t write one, a lot of beauty academies use people to write their blogs, however I choose to write my own as it comes from a place of passion for my industry, anyway I will stop boring you all.

Let’s get down to business as regards the new regulations coming into place. Below are the tiers that the government are putting into place, it’s a traffic light system.

Green– low risk complication

Amber– Medium risk complications

Red-High risk complications

More details taken from the government website below, therefore trust worthy information, I don’t want to quote anything that isn’t from a reputable source.

Green: procedures with the lowest risk of complications. All practitioners are eligible to perform licensed procedures where they meet agreed standards.

 Amber: procedures with medium risk of complications. Non-healthcare professionals must be licensed and have relevant oversight by             a  named regulated healthcare professional (who has gained an accredited qualification to prescribe, administer and supervise                         aesthetic procedures). This is based upon the principles of the clinical oversight model recommended within Professor Sir Bruce                     Keogh’s 2013.

Qualified and regulated healthcare professionals are eligible to perform these procedures without oversight where they meet agreed                standards.

Red: procedures with the highest risk of complications. In line with the proposal on CQC regulation of cosmetic procedures outlined                above, bringing specified high-risk procedures into CQC regulation, so that they fall outside of the scope of the licensing scheme. We              are also proposing to restrict these procedures to qualified and regulated healthcare professionals only.

We propose that any procedure that requires a prescription-only medicine (POM) must, at the very least, be overseen by a qualified and regulated healthcare professional. This includes any procedure that uses a POM directly, for example, injectable toxins; and/or any adjunctive procedure that uses a POM alongside the primary procedure to assist or complement it, for example, lidocaine for anaesthetic purposes, or hyaluronidase for managing complications of medical devices such as dermal fillers. This recognises the risks associated with certain procedures and the need for practitioners to have access to – and support from – experienced clinicians who are able to deal with medical emergency situations and complications and have independent prescribing rights.

The specific criteria that practitioners must meet to be eligible to provide clinical oversight will be determined as part of the next phase of this work when the training and qualifications framework is agreed. Similarly, the requirements for clinical supervision for specific treatments will need to be reviewed when the training and qualifications framework is in place. (www.gov.co.uk)

So in a nutshell, my analogy of this information is that :

Red – meaning high risk complications, I suspect relate to surgical aesthetic treatments ie, facelifts, eye surgery anything whereby the client may have to go under anaesthetic of some kind.

Green– my analogy would be treatments like tattooing, micro pigmentation, micro needling procedures, electrolysis, advanced electrolysis.

Amber– Anti wrinkle treatments ( Botox), dermal fillers etc, lip fillers, this is the one traffic light system that will relate to all aesthetic practitioners, it is suggested and I word this very loosely that you may have to have a nurse present or a medic whilst performing these treatments if you don’t have a medical qualification, however this is the part we are waiting on or they may just state that every non medical person ie. Your’re not a medic as in a nurse or paramedic then you may have to be qualified up to level 7 in Aesthetics which in itself is very costly, you are looking between £5000-£8000 alone just for a OFQUAL Level 7, that doesn’t include level 4 and level 5 qualifications as you would need these pre requisite quals to be able to gain insurance and for you to be able to practice these procedures.

Therefore we just have to sit on it at moment, you would definitely need a licence for all of these from your local council before you can perform these treatments.

Qualifications & suggestions 

My suggestions if you really want to enter into this aesthetic industry then my suggestions would be from a valid point of view with 26 years in industry, is to do it properly with the right kind of training and go through the OFQUAL levels.  However I see on various forums on facebook whereby students just want to go for a quick fix and book onto these 1-2 day courses without having any formal beauty qualifications ie level 2 or level 3 or level 4 qualifications then expect themselves to be qualified and this is the very reason these regulations need to be in place. This makes me feel really sad because they want to just cut corners and this just doesn’t pay in the long term.

As we know training is very costly and if your not prepared to invest in decent training then I feel you could potentially struggle with getting a licence in the future, therefore I feel the OFQUAL way (NVQ or VRQ Diploma’s) is the better option in my view. However I understand that that we don’t have an unlimited amount of cash to be able to always do this, but I do feel having a plan in place for the next 5 years is something that you can work towards. I know that when I went on this journey as a single mom, my finances were very stretched with paying a mortgage bills, childcare fees etc, I really had to budget and get a second job, I remember being on my level 3 advanced nail technology course and my tutor kept asking where my nail kit was, I kept telling her I was saving up for the kit as it was an IBD kit with IBD lamp so it wasn’t cheap, and I was paying monthly instalments for my course at the college, so money was tight, I literally couldn’t afford my kit, however I did eventually get the kit although being the last person/student in the class to get this kit, I was honest about it and showed no shame in telling the class I couldn’t afford it, however I saw this kit as a future career and it was going to help secure my future in nails and beauty and holistics and indeed that very kit, I used this very kit in my Salon when I opened it as it was good quality products etc and certainly got my money’s worth out of it, that very nail lamp lasted my 9 years! Changing the UV bulbs occasionally.

I used to save birthday and Xmas money to invest in paying for my courses too, so a few sacrifices were made, I remember not going on holiday for so many years, there is always a way if you really want to do something and I believe having the conviction to just do it somewhat helps.

Goals

Leaving on a positive note, write out a 5 year plan/structure on a spreadsheet on costings etc but also put down some potential earnings too on the spreadsheet over the 5 year period, this will give you an idea of what you could bring in too, therefore when you balance the books you will find out that the courses you have invested in you will see a return on this investment, therefore the figures won’t be as scary after all if this makes sense. Sometimes seeing the figures in front of you makes the plan more realistic and viable.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog and feel you have had some benefit or new gained knowledge from it and I will make it my new year’s mission to write more valuable blogs which create value for everyone in this wonderful industry.

Wishing you all a wonderful year and great health and prosperity and great training and development for 2024!

Best wishes, Lyndsey xx