If you haven’t already seen the story about the Dublin beauty therapist fined for unlawfully administering anti-wrinkle injections, that has the beauty world in uproar today you can read it here:
This story is shocking and should serve as a warning to everyone who avails of beauty services of any kind. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it:
Cheap treatments are cheap for a reason.
Where reputable professionals are offering a quality service they first have invested heavily in staff education, such as advanced learning in the theory of skin science, anatomy and physiology, product ingredients and their effects, cosmetic chemistry to name a few.
Then each treatment offered has been heavily researched and specific theoretical and practical training undertaken for each protocol. (At Skin Essentials by Mariga we undertake independent industry recognised training for each new machine/treatment before we do manufacturers training).
Reputable salons and clinics will use only high-grade products sourced from a reliable supplier, never cheap bulk products from unregulated internet sites.
All good professionals will have the appropriate insurances for each treatment. As far as possible disposable materials and tools will be used and a complete set of new disposable instruments/hygiene products are used for each client. Appointments are spaced out such that there is time to sanitise each workroom between clients.
All of this costs money, and usually represents the difference between a cheap treatment and a standard priced one.
Please, don’t put your health at risk for a discount.
As to industry regulation, I agree that regulation is poor at the moment and under-enforced, but there are great professionals out there that take pride in their work and are trying to raise standards for everybody. There is a European Committee currently convened to produce a document outlining guidelines for standardising the provision of beauty services across Europe. I am proud to be a member of this committee and to confirm that there is an appetite for change within the industry.
The choice, as always, is with the consumer but please be sure that you are fully informed before you choose a service provider.
There is no problem with asking your skincare professional/waxer/nail tech about their qualifications, insurance and continuous professional development. Those that have pride in their work will be delighted to tell you all about their qualifications and expertise.
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Skin Essentials Ltd.