Thinking a great last minute gift idea might be a gift to a day spa? The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation wants you to look before you buy.  Susan Hofer, spokeswoman for the department, says the growth of the beauty industry has resulted in a number of unlicensed businesses and staff which could lead to infections or other injuries.



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Before purchasing a gift certificate or booking a day at the spa, Hofer says consumers should research the facility and check www.IDFPR.comto make sure the spa is licensed.  Inspectors visited 446 day spas and salons this year. They found that 273 of those businesses were not in compliance with state and local licensing rules. After the inspections, more than half of those businesses got the necessary licenses.


(Illinois Radio Network)