UK beauty treatment sales rise 14%

he value of the UK salon beauty treatments market grew 14% to £1.6bn last year. The growth was led by medical aesthetic treatments such as laser and microdermabrasion, according to market analyst Kantar Worldpanel. Kantar's strategic insight director Tim Nancholas told Marketing Week: 'I'm surprised at how well salons are doing. 'The double-digit growth the sector experienced is slowing a little but the fact that Tesco is entering this market shows there is still potential.' Outside ofthe professional sector, Kantar reported that premium beauty products were also outperforming value and mid-range brands in terms of growth. The luxury beauty product market was worth £1.96bn in 2010, up 11% on the previous year, although that growth is slowing. One of the best performing categories is nail polish, according to the report. Sales in the sector rose 12% last year, compared to skincare, which was up 1%. Meanwhile, men's skincare sales were one of the few sectors to fall - down 3% in 2010.