Beauty with Nilam Column: ‘I’m not surprised at the uproar’

World-renowned beauty and skin expert Nilam Holmes talks about her testing time since lockdown and her dismay that pubs reopened before beauty salons.

Hi, I’m Nilam Holmes, beauty expert to the stars and owner of renowned Dermaspa clinic. What a testing time it has been!

My clinic Dermaspa has been closed for 18 weeks now. Beauty services to the face fell into the category
of personal services and must remain closed (even though you can go and have your beard trimmed at the barbers).

For me safety comes first, and I totally understand the government’s concerns about opening beauty salons and personal services safely.

However, when the government made the decision to open pubs and bars, which encourage group social interaction and travel, I was not surprised at the uproar from beauty industry professionals.

I cannot work out how these businesses are deemed safer and more essential than going for a 1-1 visit to a salon, prepared with full PPE for services you often can’t do for yourself at home, unlike eating and drinking.

I work in premises licensed for clinical treatments and I am used to performing treatments wearing PPE.

Myself and my staff are all trained in health and hygiene to the highest level. We know how to protect ourselves and our clients from cross contamination, blood-borne, and airborne viruses and we can work in a
controlled environment on a one-to-one basis.

We have geared up to open three times now and been let down at the last minute, this time with just 18 hours to cancel all clients.

I know we aren’t seen as essential, but beauty is not just about vanity, we are essential to a lot of people for confidence and wellbeing.

I’ve seen crowded bars and people aren’t wearing masks. The government did the right thing with the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, to encourage people to spend at restaurants, but one-to-one, personal protected services should have been allowed to open first.

On a plus note, we had such good feedback from the show 10 Years Younger, that I have just filmed a series called 10 Ways To Look Younger.

Filming was a challenge because the production company had to drop off all these high-tech robotic cameras and I had to film myself being directed over Zoom. I can’t even work TikTok on my phone, so it wasn’t easy.

The show will air at the end of the month on Channel 5.

For more, visit dermaspa.co.uk and follow Nilam’s updates on Instagram @nilamholmes.

This feature was published in the September 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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