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Are anti-ageing serums a wrinkle free miracle?

There are a whole host of anti-ageing serums on the shelves, and it’s often tough to know if they’re worth the money. While skin products definitely help in nourishing our skin, can they help to get rid of wrinkles? There are many serums out there that promise miracle results, but quite often they don’t live up to the hype.

Sensitive Skin

Anti-ageing or beauty serums are a relatively new skin care innovation. They’re lighter than moisturisers and give an intense treatment to skin with a lightweight formula. They can be worn under makeup to give a nourishing base.

Serums can also be kinder to skin than harsh skin care products. Sensitivity often increases with age, with skin becoming more dry and fragile. Treatments which are meant to combat collagen and elastin breakdown need to be sensitive to this.

New Ingredients

One of the newest developments is an ingredient called Rhamnose. This is a natural sugar derivative coming from plants, and triggers renewal in the skins inner layers as well as helping to preserve skin cells.

This can help to boost skin plumpness, and helps to trigger fuller cells across all layers of skin. It’s especially interesting as it helps with the natural mechanisms of renewal and rejuvenation, which is thought to not only help repair ageing but slow the process as well.

Other Treatments

While anti-ageing serums sound amazing, there have been tests that show results are not as advertised. They can help to a degree, but they’ll never fully rid you of wrinkles like they promise.

If you’re looking for a wrinkle treatment with a proven track record, Natura offer a whole range of treatments that can help to reverse signs of ageing, offering long term results with short and virtually pain free treatments. Using medical grade lasers we can tighten, resurface or rejuvenate tired looking skin. We also offer Botox and dermal fillers which can both boost plumpness and firmness.

Natura’s gold standard in anti-ageing and skin treatments has a proven record of high quality care, and can give real and noticeable results.

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Boost your circulation

Getting glowing skin starts from the inside out. As well as eating a nice, healthy diet, you’ll also need to boost your circulation. As well as nutrients, your blood can carry toxins and pollutants throughout your body, and if your circulation is poor, this will be reflected in your complexion. So, how can we make sure our circulation is healthy?

Exercise

As well as the numerous other benefits of regular exercise, you’ll also see the benefit in your skin. Aerobic exercise that pumps blood faster around your body will help to get oxygen to all your cells, including the skin. Rather than having sallow, tired looking skin, you’ll soon be enjoying that post-exercise rosy glow.

Cleansing

You can also boost circulation when you cleanse your skin. A hot shower will help to open up pores and bring blood to the surface, releasing dirt and oil from your skin. It also helps to oxygenate your blood. Start with hot water and finish with cold – this will first flush your skin, and then the colder water will close pores as well as being refreshing.

Masks

Clay masks and wraps are common features in spas, and have been for years – with good reason. These natural masks are rich in minerals which aid in cleansing, and many contain bentonite clay. This becomes highly absorbent when it dries, which pulls toxins and oil from beneath the skin and brings blood to the surface, stimulating circulation. Don’t overuse clay facials, however, as because they pull toxins out of the skin they can also cause breakouts.

Water

Drinking water is of course essential to helping hydrate your whole body. Not drinking enough can also slow circulation, with skin becoming flaky and dry, as well as making wrinkles worse. Two litres of water a day is a good amount to aim for.

Keeping your circulation healthy goes hand in hand with a fresh and glowing complexion. If you want healthy, hydrated skin, making sure you’re healthy insides is just as important as the products you use on the outside.

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Kitchen cupboard remedies

Though celebrities may have hundreds to splash out on expensive fad beauty treatments, the recipe for looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’ve gathered some top natural beauty tips from celeb-land – all you need to do is raid your kitchen cupboards!

Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta Jones swears by strawberries for their natural teeth whitening properties. She also uses honey as a fantastic way to enhance her skin. By mixing an egg, a dash of olive oil, a spoonful of honey and a few drops of rosewater, you can make a sweet smelling and hydrating face mask. This can help banish winter dry skin, and most importantly, is fantastically easy to make.

There are many treatments and remedies available for spots and acne but they’re often harsh on the skin. Cameron Diaz is said to regularly use powdered milk as a gentle exfoliant for her spot prone complexion. Using two teaspoons of powdered milk, gently rub on a damp face and neck for a smoothing effect. This leaves your skin supple and cleansed without drying it out.

Jennifer Love Hewitt uses a dab of white toothpaste applied to spots after cleansing to shrink and reduce redness. Use this with care if you’ve got sensitive skin, but it can help to dry out spots quickly – make sure to moisturise as well. If you need more help with acne, here at Natura we offer some brilliant acne treatments that can give great results.

Though these tips are cheap and easy to try, the best beauty tips really are those that are free. Drinking plenty of water, getting a good night’s sleep and doing plenty of exercise are all essential for maintaining our natural beauty.

If you do need any more help with your skin care, here at Natura we are dedicated to achieving natural looking beauty. We are here to give a helping hand!

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Ammunition against ageing

Anti-ageing creams are big business. However, while all promise miracle results, what are the ingredients to look out for that could actually make a difference? After all, a skin product is only as good as what goes in it.

Coenzyme Q10

This is a nutrient that helps to regulate cell energy production, and can help to protect against sun damage as well as help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Unlike some harsher ingredients, it’s safe to use on your eye area to help with crow’s feet.

Retinol

This is also known as Vitamin A, and has anti-oxidant properties. It’s often used in many non-prescription skin creams. The anti-oxidant effects of this cream help to fight free radicals, which are responsible for many signs of ageing.

Copper Peptides

Copper peptides combine trace elements of copper with small pieces of protein, which can help to boost collagen production in your skin. This can give a plumper, fuller complexion as well as boosting anti-oxidants.

Hydroxy Acids

There are a few types of hydroxyl acids, but they all work in similar ways. Each works to exfoliate your skin, removing the outer layer of dead cells revealing smoother, fresher skin, as well as helping this new skin to grow.

Tea Extracts

You might have heard of the tea-bag-on-the-eyes trick to reduce tiredness, and tea extracts work on the same principle. They reduce inflammation and contain anti-oxidants, which helps to get rid of free radicals.

So called miracle creams can often be expensive, and quite frequently don’t fulfil all their promises. If you’re looking for a more reliable way to fight wrinkles, Natura’s gold standard anti-wrinkle treatments can give you a younger looking complexion. From dermal fillers to laser skin tightening and skin resurfacing, you can tailor your treatment plan to suit your skin.

Natura have a full range of cosmetic treatments, and will a free skin evaluation for all patients, you can get helpful advice to get the fresh, youthful skin you’re looking for.

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SPF That Works for You

The winter’s over, and it’s almost feeling like spring. This means only one thing, that hopefully we’ll be getting a bit more sun. While the weather isn’t always reliable, sun bathing and lazing around outside are becoming more attractive propositions. This of course makes the risk of sun damage to your skin even greater. Though we all know that SPF protection is important, how can we choose the perfect SPF products for our skin?

Sun protection should be used at all times, even when its overcast. If you’re lying on the beach, you’ll likely slap on the sun screen, but it’s those times where you’re not purposely spending time in the sun that you’ll be most at risk as you won’t necessarily think you need protection. Incorporating sun protection in to your daily routine and finding a sun screen that works for your skin is therefore really important.

Oily Skin

Many of us might shy away from using sun screen as it’s got a reputation for being oily and making our skin shiny. If you suffer from oily skin, this is an even greater problem. For oily, acne prone skin, use a gentle, lightweight sunscreen with Zinc Oxide. These will give excellent protection and tend to dry matte rather than shiny. Products with at least 5% Zinc Oxide won’t clog pores either, or cause irritation.

Normal Skin

For normal skin, you should be wearing a minimum of SPF 15. Broad spectrum sun protection against UVA and UVB rays is essential to protection against painful sun burn as well as deeper skin ageing such as sun spots and wrinkling.

Busy Lifestyle?

If you’ve got a hectic lifestyle and can’t fit in an extra step to your morning routine, then you could look for beauty products that contain SPF protection. There are many moisturisers with SPF, as well as foundations. Even some mineral powders can give sun protection. It’s worth shopping around to find a good SPF product which you can use seamlessly in your routine, which can give everyday protection as well as fitting in with a busy morning.

Natura offer a range of treatments for sun damage and ageing effects, which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots and pigmentation caused by sun exposure.

Get your sun protection sorted for spring and summer – there are many products out there, so shop around and find one that works for you.

 

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Power up your lip-plumping

Do you wish you had plumper, more voluptuous lips? You’re definitely not alone, as this is one area that many women would love to improve on, including a few of us in the Natura office. While we can’t all get Angelina Jolie’s trademark pout, there are a few things we can do to make the most of what we’ve got.

Lip liners are often a bit of a makeup minefield, but they can increase the depth of your lips as well as defining their shape. It can also help to stop lipstick smudging and stop colour bleeding out the edges. Make sure to pick a shade as close to your lipstick as possible, and make sure your lips don’t have any lip balm or lip stick already applied. This will help the lip liner cling to your skin and will last longer.

There are also lip glosses that contain ingredients like caffeine, cinnamon and pepper that can stimulate the lip, making them swell slightly and giving a fuller appearance. The added ingredients are meant to make your lips plump up, as well as being giving a tingly sensation.

You can also get lip treatment serums that are similar to cosmetic treatments. The serum is applied straight onto the lips, and boosts blood flow with its collagen enhancing properties. There are a few of these available, so you’ll need a bit of trial and error to find one that works for you.

There are also cosmetic treatments that can help with lip sculpturing and plumping. At Natura, we can precisely apply dermal fillers to increase volume, add definition, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help give you more proportion if you have thinner lips.

If you want to boost your pouting power there are a range of options which can give you plump and delicious looking lips.

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Bee Venom Face Mask

If you’re looking for a face treatment to ease the appearance of lines and wrinkles, there are a lot of choices on the market. One of the more unusual ones around is bee venom facials – endorsed by celebrities and the Duchess of Cornwall alike, we were interested to know what the buzz was all about.

These masks do actually use bee venom as their main ingredient. There are no stings attached however, and it is being touted as an organic alternative to botox treatments. Though botox might offer more targeted treatments for fine lines, bee venom masks have some real benefits for your complexion.

The venom is extracted from the bees, without harming them of course, then refined, purified and tested, before being incorporated into a rejuvenating face mask. Each pot of bee venom facial cream contains upwards of 10,000 stings per pot.

When you apply the facial cream, your skin will react as if it has been stung – thankfully without you feeling the attached pain – which increases blood flow which stimulates cell growth and regeneration.

There are a lot of lovely benefits from these facials. Straight after applying it, you’ll have softer, smoother skin, and your complexion will feel visibly firmer. It can also reduce redness, shrink pores, and of course fight wrinkles.

This is a deep penetrating skin treatment, which helps with cell regeneration and repairing damaged cells. Some of varieties also combine the bee venom with manuka honey, which has its own antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Celebrities that are rumoured to be fans include Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton, as well as Camilla. At around £50 per treatment, the bees don’t come cheap – however, it’s one mask that does have a beauty buzz around it.

If you’re looking for bee-dazzling skin, then this could be a treatment worth trying.

 

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Mad about Mineral Water

Celebrities and the rich and famous often talk about only drinking mineral water, and using it in all their skin care. To many of us, this might seem a bit excessive – but why are they shunning tap water?

Tap water contains levels of fluoride and chlorine, as well as other chemicals. These are essential for making it safe to drink, but can also play a role in drying out sensitive skin.

Over the top? Fiji Water is bottled in New Zealand and flown all the way to the US for celebrities like Obama and Nicole Kidman

Mineral water, on the other hand, contains beneficial minerals which can give health benefits as well as helping our skin. Spa water has been used for years for this reason, as the minerals absorbed can help with detox for the skin and body.

Copper, zinc, selenium, potassium, sodium, silica and magnesium are all found in spa waters as well as in bottled mineral water.

Silica is one of the minerals that is less well known, but one of the most important for our skin. Mineral water with high silica content can strengthen the connective cells between collagen and elastin fibres, helping to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It helps the skin to deal with toxins, and can help to reduce acne and breakouts. Silica can also help to boost the firmness of your skin and the elasticity of blood vessels. This can help to slow the ageing process.

However, using mineral water for all your facial care might seem excessive, not to mention expensive.

Instead of washing your face with mineral water, you can give it a once over in between cleansing and moisturising. You could also mist your skin using mineral water, which can help with hydration. If you’re into home beauty remedies and face masks, you could use mineral water in the recipe for the added benefits. Some skin care products, such as Avene, also use spa water in their formulas.

So, even if you don’t want to splash out on a mineral water skin routine, you can still get a lot of the benefits through using the right products or replacing some of the tap water in your regime.

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SMS Marketing From Beehive Telecom

Beehive Telecom is a Manchester based telecoms company providing business phone system solutions and a SMS marketing service.

The Rise Of SMS Marketing

SMS marketing is on the rise amongst marketers who are fastly adopting the service to promote products and services. The social aspect of marketing has left customers feeling overwhelmed by marketing messages, as Twitter and Facebook feeds are filled with companies trying to sell to us.

And it’s a similar story with email marketing. The message is simply not outstanding enough for us to notice because of the volume we receive.

This is where SMS marketing can make a real difference to how you get your customers to see your message.

Open rates of text messages are far higher than those of emails. Just 10% of emails are read as opposed to 95% of text messages being read within the first 5 minutes of receiving. This means your message is far more likely to be read if you text it.

Of the many forms of marketing available to a business owner, text marketing is among the most affordable of them all. It costs just pennies to send out a text message, whereas other forms of marketing cost much more. For just a few pence per message you can quickly and easily reach those who have opted-in to receive text message offers from you. It is that affordable, and any business can do it even with a small marketing budget in place.

Getting Started

Beehive Telecom are currently giving a free trial of their service so you can try it out and see the results for yourself.

You simply sign up for a trial account and you can start sending free texts today.

www.beehivetelecom.co.uk

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Anti-ageing for everyone

If you’re self-conscious about signs of ageing, then there’s no reason to take them lying down. Making a few changes to your daily habits can work wonders in years to come, whatever age you are.

Lifestyle

While genes play an important factor in how well you age, it’s not completely out of our hands. Living to a ripe old age is something like 30% genetics, 70% lifestyle – so knowing how your daily life affects your skin and your body is important in ageing well.

Caring for your skin is important, and it’s never too early to start with an anti-ageing routine. While younger skin doesn’t need the intense treatments of older skin, products rich in vitamins can be helpful.

Sun care is essential. Sun exposure is responsible for a lot of ageing, which can only be revealed in your later years. Sun damage is hard to reverse, so using SPF products is essential even in overcast weather. Here at Natura, we offer laser treatments for sun spots and skin pigmentation, that can help to reduce signs of ageing from sun damage.

Reducing stress is important for living a happy and healthy life. Constant tension increases strain on blood vessels and your heart, as well as keeping blood sugar high and impacting your immune system. It can also make your complexion flaky and prone to irritation, worsening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Treatments

As well as general healthy living, such as a good diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep, there are many things you can do to help your skin with the impacts of ageing.

Natura offer a range of treatments, from multi-layer skin rejuvenation to give a revitalised complexion, to skin tightening to combat sagging and loose skin. With treatment options being tailored to your skin, you can get treatments to suit you.

Whatever your age, it’s possible to combat the signs of ageing. From a few lifestyle changes to Natura’s gold standard treatments, anyone can start an effective anti-ageing routine.

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