The beauty industry is unregulated in the UK. This means that whilst there are very many well trained and conscientious beauty therapists out there, technically anyone can work in the beauty industry, open their own salon with little or no qualifications and without proper insurance.
As the variety and complexity of products, equipment, and beauty treatment increases, so does the potential for things to go wrong, especially if the therapist is inexperienced or under qualified. When things go wrong clients can be left with distressing allergic reactions, burns, altered skin pigmentation or scarring. Not surprisingly many are calling for beauty industry to be regulated. When things do go wrong, it can often be difficult for those effected to seek compensation.
Ever the campaigner for good training, accountability and CPD, and as an experienced Expert Witness in her field, Vanessa recently came across a book called ‘An Introduction to Beauty Negligence Claims’ via the Association of Personal Injury APIL. Before devoting herself wholly to para-medical skin camouflage some twenty plus years ago, Vanessa was as a qualified Beauty Therapist with two well-respected, successful salons. In her role as Expert Witness she has been called upon to give her opinion to the Court when a beauty treatment has gone wrong and advise how skin camouflage can help. With this in mind, she found the book to be of particular interest.
Written by Greg Almond, Senior Associate at Rotheras Solicitors, the book provides a practical guide for personal injury solicitors to help navigate their clients through potential beauty and cosmetic negligence claims.
The first part of the guide describes the most and least common beauty treatments offered and how they should be performed, i.e. by a qualified and competent practitioner. It goes on to provide guidance on how the particulars of a case should be presented to ensure a justified claim and successful claim.
The second part discusses practicalities including the measures the practitioners should be taking to safeguard their clients: pre-treatment questionnaires, patch testing, risk assessments, the provision of proper information to clients and insurance.
In addition, there is a helpful resources section which provides guidance to the solicitor in ensuring they have access to the appropriate professionals to provide an experienced, impartial Expert Opinion.
We are delighted to say, without bias that Vanessa is included by way of reference in this book. This is truly a testament to her decades of experience both as a Skin Camouflage Consultant and as an Expert Witness.
Reference: An Introduction to Beauty Negligence Claims. A Practical Guide For The Personal Injury Practitioner. Law Brief Publishing. Paperback: 978-1-911035-89-3
The team here at Skin Camouflage Services are all staying at home but are preparing for when our clinics reopen with our very own Make-up Brush Challenge!
We have been trying out the new Kryolan Blue Master range and think they are fabulous! Not only are they of outstanding professional quality, equal to the intricate detailing and blending we expect but for those who choose not to use animal derived products in their life… they are vegan-friendly.
Anyone who knows our work knows the brushes we use and recommend must be of the highest quality to ensure a seamless finish which minimises product waste and helps your camouflage creams, liquids and powders last longer.
Looking after your brushes is so important not only to help their lifespan but ensures they stay fresh and hygienic. We love the Kryolan Brush Soap and think you will too. Smelling of citrus, the soap combines the excellent cleaning properties of natural orange oil, which also helps keep the brushes soft with extract of thyme which provides natural antibacterial properties and yes, it too is totally vegan!
We have the full range of Blue Master Brushes in stock - simply use our product order page and remember to quote your patient reference number.
Melanoma UK, Britain’s largest melanoma patient support and advocacy charity and Skin Camouflage Services, the UK’s highly respected independent provider of skin camouflage practice are delighted to announce their professional collaboration.
Melanoma UK CEO Gillian Nuttall was so moved by the plight of family friend Jon Herron after he was diagnosed with melanoma, she rallied support to create the organisation which was to become today’s Melanoma UK. Sadly, Jon died in 2008 but his legacy lives on in the mission of the charity: to raise awareness of sun safety and the risks of melanoma; 86% of melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK are preventable 1 and to provide patients diagnosed with melanoma and their families much needed information and support during difficult times. Patients, families, carers, and clinicians are at the heart of their work.
Skin Camouflage Services has been providing world class expertise in clinical skin camouflage since 2007. Led by founder Vanessa Jane Davies with 25 years in the profession, Vanessa is arguably the UK’s most experienced Skin Camouflage Consultant and Expert Witness in her field. Skin Camouflage Services provides practical skin camouflage assessment, tuition, support and where required ongoing rehabilitation to individuals affected by a huge variety of visible skin differences, including many who are living with or are recovering from melanoma.
Skin camouflage is the skilled application of highly pigmented creams and liquids to areas of skin discolouration or scaring to even out skin tones and improve the aesthetic appearance of a person’s skin. Treatment for melanoma inevitably means surgery and depending on the depth or ‘Breslow thickness’ and staging of the melanoma, surgery can be minor to very major, including wide excisions requiring skin grafts which can leave significant skin discolouration and scaring. Effective treatment is of course the most important thing, but how you feel about the way you look is also an important part of one’s recovery. By skillfully concealing skin colour differences that surgery and treatment leave, skin camouflage can help, men or women of any ethnicity, even children when they are old enough to understand.
Once the best colour match and technique has been agreed, learning how to apply skin camouflage at home enables individuals to take control and manage their own appearance. To be able to go swimming, play sport, wear short sleeve tops and shorts with confidence is an important part of recovery or just living for the moment.
Vanessa is delighted to support the work of Melanoma UK; in her practice she is acutely aware of the risks of sun exposure to already damaged skin and advocates the use of high factor sun protection to every patient she sees.
If you would like to know more about Melanoma UK you can go to their website at www.melanomauk.org.uk email email@example.com or call the help line on 0808 171 2455
If you would like to know more about Skin Camouflage Services or would like to make an appointment please go to www.skincamouflageservices.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call us 0844 504 5533
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