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The risks of choosing "cheap" beauty salons

24th June 2015

The UK is well-recognised for its growing economy in beauty and fashion. Last year, sales of beauty products grew to 2.3 billion, according to market analyst NPD Group. London is where most of the magic happens with rows of salons lined up on high streets that now offer a wide range of products and treatments including laser hair removal and a chemical peels known as glycolic. Some of the prices are unbelievably cheap, but is it all too good to be true?

Glycolic peels are designed to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, leaving your face feeling refreshed. The peel is made of glycolic acid which is considered to be most natural as it comes from sugar cane and belongs to a family of acids called alpha-hydroxy acids or fruit acids. Though it is among the mildest acid peels, some beauty therapists are untrained and lack experience to carry out the treatment, therefore failing to recognize skin types that will react badly to them. They may also fail to ask sufficient questions about skin conditions and whether those being treated are using medication such as the anti-acne drug Roaccutane which can cause dramatic skin reactions.

For over a decade, laser hair removal treatments have gained significant recognition and are in high demand. Sk:n Clinics are recognized for offering more highly medically trained staff than any other chain of clinics and have the most regulated approach. In some other beauty salons, they lack the necessary qualifications. In fact, there are as many as 4,500 unlicensed laser providers in Britain which means that treatments can be incredibly dangerous. 

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