Is this the future of facials? This bizarre-looking beauty ‘treatment bubble’ might become a permanent fixture in salons

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When the country first went into lockdown in March, beauty salons were some of the first places to shut shop. Unfortunately, because of the close-contact services they provide, they were one of the last to reopen too.

That meant treatments like eyebrow threading, dermal fillers, lash extensions and facials were off the table, until 15 August when Boris finally announced that beauty salons could open once again.

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Slowly but surely – with strict guidelines, temperature checks and personal protective equipment – hairdressers, nail technicians and beauty therapists have been able to resume business as usual.

But despite the protection of PPE, many are wondering if there is still risk involved with these treatments and if there are ways of making beauty appointments even more “COVID-safe”.

That’s where the Treatment Bubble comes in.

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In an attempt to keep both clients and therapists as safe as possible during beauty appointments, Sharon Hilditch MBE, celebrity facialist and founder of Crystal Clear Skincare, might have found the solution with this bizarre-looking invention.

Despite looking like an oversized incubator, this bubble is actually a sterilised space where clients can comfortably receive close-contact treatments without the worry of contamination.

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Made of steam-proof acrylic and equipped with arm holes, the Treatment Bubble can be rolled over a bed, providing complete visibility and accessibility for the therapist to carry out facial treatments, be it lashes, brows, botox and more.

Sharon says that the invention is “perfect for vulnerable, elderly or nervous clients who want to get back to having their regular face treatments in a completely safe way with total piece of mind”.

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While therapists will still be required to wear their PPE, this incubator-inspired equipment ensures the client’s face is protected at all times, and it creates a safe space to conduct treatments.

So is this the future of beauty salons? Though we have seen most businesses reopen to the public with safety measures in place and a lot of changes to the way they operate – from perspex screens in nail salons, to a strict no-drinks policy in hairdressers – equipment like the Treatment Bubble might be a regular fixture in many salons in the future.

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