The natural look has a kind of irony to it; looking like you have done nothing requires you to do something. So what can you do to get a flawless complexion?Read More
It seems even the world’s most beautiful people can suffer from the embarrassing symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Halle Berry had been photographed on several occasions in the past with moisture patches under her arms.
The Oscar nominated actress even spoke about the problem on TV show Ellen in 2010 after the burgundy dress she was wearing, unforgivingly let the world in on her problem. Lifting her arms above her head, she joked that she had felt nervous for a dance group due to appear on the same show. It seems Halle was suffering from excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that occurs when the surrounding temperature isn’t hot and you are not exercising. Hyperhidrosis usually affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underarms. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, hyperhidrosis can cause social anxiety or embarrassment.
But fast forward 2 years and you would be pushed to find another image of the actress in the same damp, predicament.
So what did Halle do?
One treatment option is underarm Botox. Botox is the product name for injections containing a refined form of botulinum toxin known as Type A. Botox is most commonly associated with anti ageing procedures but when injected into areas of the skin that produce excess sweat, it effectively reduces perspiration. Botox blocks the actions of the nerves that supply the eccrine glands; this prevents the glands from producing sweat.
The treatment itself is quick and painless and, just 20 minutes after your treatment, you are ready to continue with your day or go back to work. Using a very fine needle, Botox is injected into multiple sites under the arm. You should notice a reduction in sweating within the first week after your treatment. This treatment can last up to 6 months.
Allergan Botox At Natura Skin Clinic
At Natura Skin Clinic we only use Botox produced by Allergan, considered to be the leading manufacturer of muscle relaxant injectables.
So if you, like Halle, suffer from hyperhidrosis, book your complimentary skin evaluation at Natura. You are just a phone call away from quickly and effectively putting an end to this embarrassing problem.
At 46 Cindy Crawford is one of the world’s most famous and successful supermodels. As one of the most photographed women in the world, you might expect the married mother of 2 to be accustomed to wearing a thick face of makeup.Read More
All that insider trader can’t be good for anyone’s frown lines, which is why it was surprising that Gekko didn’t appear in the film as a haggard, stressed Wall Street titan one might expect when Bud Fox first managed to make it into his office. Perhaps the reason for this cinematic inconsistency? Gekko must have had Botox.
“Gordon Gekko: The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”
According to data gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is gaining popularity among men, with about 363,000 men having received Botox injections in 2011, an 8% increase from the previous year (the number of women who used Botox, meanwhile, only rose by about 5% during the same period).
New York cosmetologist Dendy Engleman explained to Bloomberg TV that once men see how much more youthful and refreshed they appear after having Botox, they become regular clients. But perhaps Dr. Engelman’s biggest reveal was that her fastest growing client segment were men working on Wall Street.
She added that male patients are often very different customers to her female clients. “They tend to really be really nervous and tentative from the get-go,” Dr Engleman explained.
‘They’re paranoid, they don’t want their wives to know, they don’t want, obviously, any of their colleagues to know.’
But they needn’t worry. Provided the treatment is carried out by an experienced Doctor, the results will be natural-looking and their secret left safely with the Doctor.
The importance of ensuring that the procedure is successful must be paramount to these corporate financiers. It must really ratchet up the office stress-levels if some traders are walking around in a seemingly perpetual state of surprise and alarm, as if the market just crashed and their eyebrows are too paralyzed with shock to even feign serenity.
Gracing the cover of Easy Living magazine this month, Britain’s Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden talks babies, television and her new job on ITVs talent show, Superstar. As well as regularly appearing on our TV screens, she is also mother to two young daughters, Lexi, six and Hollie, six months.
But perhaps more interesting than her behind the scenes gossip about Simon Cowell, is the 41 year olds youthful appearance. She could be forgiven for occasionally appearing less than perfect, given her hectic job and family, but Amanda is always pictured looking glamorous and youthful.
Amanda has spoke on numerous occasions about her ‘love’ of Botox, but it would seem that in order to keep up with her younger TV counterparts she is delving deeper into non-surgical treatments.
We look at the non-surgical treatments that are giving Amanda Holden her youthful glow.
Amanda’s smooth and clear complexion is free of face veins and age spots, something that is a common problem as we age. Lasers, such as the KTP Laser can clear skin of imperfections in 2-3 sessions.
In addition to this, it would appear Amanda has had further laser treatments to tighten and remove wrinkles from her skin. Unlike other CO2 lasers, the SmartXide removes a customised pattern of thousands of microscopic ‘dots’ rather than the entire skin surface. The high-energy laser causes the outer layers of the epidermis to peel away as the skin heals. The laser also heats the dermis, which stimulates the production of new collagen as the new skin cells develop, the face becomes smoother, firmer and more youthful. Another celebrity fan of laser skin resurfacing is Jennifer Anniston, who also looks far younger than her forty-something years.
In pictures from her younger days, Amanda had quite heavy eye bags, which appear to have been recently disguised with a tear-trough filler. Injecting a hyaluronic acid filler under the eye area, smoothes the indentation and lessens shadows and dark circles. It works by gently and naturally hydrating the skin from within, ‘trapping’ water under the skin and plumping it from beneath
It would seem that Amanda has also had a hyaluronic-acid filler injected in her nose-to-mouth lines. Hyaluronic acid fillers create a glowing complexion by gently and naturally hydrating the skin from within, ‘trapping’ water under the skin and plumping it from beneath. By replenishing hyaluronic acid under the skin, you can restore balance and improve the structure and elasticity of the skin to make the skin soft and smooth with luster and glow.
As mentioned, Amanda has spoke of Botox injections in the past, her lack of lines suggest she has Botox around her eyes and forehead. Some women also have Botox under their eyebrows to lift the eyes. Provided this is carried out by an experienced doctor, Botox here can open the face and give a younger, more youthful look.
She isn’t the first celebrity to show us their human side by posting a make up free picture on twitter. Holly Willoughby gave fans a glimpse into her home life on Sunday after waking early to put to use her domestic side and cook her family Sunday lunch.
Clearly happy with her culinary efforts, she tweeted a picture along with the caption: ‘This is shaping up to be a great Sunday!!!!
But after her busy morning, Holly, 31, revealed to her Twitter followers that despite being organised in the kitchen, she was still in her pyjamas.
Like Katy Perry and Rihanna before her, Holly posted a picture of herself preparing Sunday lunch for her family wearing just her nightie and no makeup.
She wrote: ‘Lunch done, Me however still in nightie! Makeup!x’
However, it seems the majority of British women are far less forthcoming when it comes to revealing their make up free faces. Holly’s tweet sparked a debate about whether or not other women would do the same- and it appears most of us would not.
An overwhelming 91 per cent of British women confess they would never ‘do a Holly Willoughby’ and appear in public without wearing make-up on a night out – and one third say they would never actually leave the house before putting their ‘face’ on.
Furthermore, 64 per cent would not even consider turning up at work without some degree of cosmetic retouching, and 44 per cent would never let a photo of their ‘naked’, make-up-free face be posted on Twitter.
Louise Reed, Head of Marketing at Escentual.com, the leading UK beauty website who conducted the survey, said: ‘The majority of our female customers said they would “feel naked” without their make-up in a work setting or on a night out.
‘And there’s also a significantly large number of women who would not be happy being seen au naturel on the weekend, and even more wouldn’t allow pictures of themselves without make-up to go on social media.
But what is it that makes British women feel so inadequate without their makeup?
Most women said that it was their skin condition and the worry of looking older without their makeup. Fine lines and wrinkles and skin blemishes were top of the list of concerns about their makeup free appearance.
The majority of women said they would like to be able to wear no makeup but simply lacked the confidence to do so because of the worry about appearing older or tired looking.
So what can we do?
• Laser Dermabrasion is a great way to smooth out skin blemishes and give even skin tone, meaning heavy foundations and cover up makeup are no longer needed.
• Botox and fillers, when done correctly, can smooth out lines and wrinkles and many women comment that (particularly around the eye area) they appear more ‘alert’.
If you are considering these treatments so you can go makeup free, only seek advice and treatment from fully qualified doctors with experience.
At Natura Skin Clinic we offer all our patients a free skin evaluation where our doctor will make recommendations based on your skin. So unlike the majority of British women, you can be makeup free- and confident!
What Is A Tear Trough?
The tear trough is the groove at the junction the lower eyelid and the cheek. One of the common changes to happen, as we age, is the appearance and gradual worsening of dark circles under the eyelids. This occurs due to the thinning of the overlying skin and soft tissue over the bony orbital rim. A band of tethering fibrous tissue called the orbitomalar ligament, binds the skin underneath the lower eyelid to the underlying bony rim of the eye socket.
When we are young, this ligament is usually not visible, this is due to the surrounding plump fat, thicker overlying skin and soft tissue surrounding this structure. However, with age, atrophy of the adjacent tissues and thinning of the skin occurs, leading to increased visibility of this deep attachment between the skin and orbital rim- the result? Hollow tear troughs and dark circles.
So how can we treat this? – Tear Trough Fillers
An increasingly popular treatment is the use of injectable fillers. Tear trough fillers essentially fill out the trough. By replacing the loss of volume at the junction between the upper cheek and lower eyelid patients eliminate the need for surgery and dramatically improve their appearance. Dark patches under the eyes are often down to shadowing within the trough itself. The fillers contain hyalauronic acid– a natural tissue component produced by the body that not only provides patients with a safe solution but also effectiveness.
The aim of the treatment is to place the filler below the skin and soft tissue around orbitomalar ligament. This lifts the tissues, making the tear trough appear shallower. In most patients there is an almost immediate improvement with a reduction in the depth and width of the tear trough itself.
Prices start at £200
We have all felt the discomfort of tight, parched skin when we’ve been out in the sun for too long. This is what’s known as skin dehydration. When there is an imbalance between the intake of water and the amount of water required by skin cells to stay healthy, it results in a dehydrated condition.
It was reported this week that Hollywood actress Rachel Weitz, regularly makes trips to her dermatologist to ensure her skin is hydrated. Its is regularly reported in the press that Rachel looks far younger than her 40+ years, perhaps its all down to her hydrated skin.
One important thing to remember is that there’s a difference between dehydrated and dry skin, although the symptoms are similar. While dehydration is a deficiency of water in the skin, dryness is the result of a loss of oil in the skin. Don’t mistake oily skin for being moisture-loaded. Oily skin has more open pores and this can lead to greater water loss.
Skin is smooth and has elasticity because below the surface water, collagen and hyaluronic acid add volume from beneath. Loss of water means loss of volume, this ultimately results in the onset of wrinkles and ageing skin.
Natura’s Top Tips For Hydrated Skin
Treatment: Rehydration Fillers
Treatment areas include the face, neck, décolletage and hands; designed to replenish the hyaluronic acid lost through ageing, hence hydrating the skin and improving its elasticity and tone.
The procedure involves injecting multiple, small amounts of the hyaluronic acid into the skin
We recommend 3 treatments for the full effect to take, however many patients notice after 2 treatments.
Prices start at £280.00 a treatment.
Avene Soothing Hydrating serum
Available in 30ml.
Intensive soothing and hydrating care for sensitive skin, irritated or weakened by external factors. The Soothing Hydrating Serum is highly concentrated in Avène Thermal Spring Water providing an immediate calming effect. The thermal water is carried by liposomes (patented system) to ensure an optimum long lasting diffusion in the upper layer of the skin. The glycerine improves the skin hydration, suppleness and comfort. Thanks to the delicate formula of the Soothing Hydrating Serum the skin is silky smooth and rebalanced.
Avene Eluage Moisturiser (containing hyaluronic acid)
Available in 30ml
Eluage cream is specially formulated for the loss of firmness, deep wrinkles and skin dryness. Based on a patented combination of Retinaldehyde and H.A.F. (Exclusive Fragmented Hyaluronic Acid). Eluage acts by working deep within the skin by stimulating collagen and elastin fibre production. Facial contours are plumped, reshaped and toned, wrinkles are less defined and smoother and skin is nourished and revitalised.
Spring/Summer 2012’s trend for minimalistic beauty calls for a flawless complexion. After all, without layers of make-up to hide behind, your skin has to look lovely all on its own. Not to mention trying to win the battle against blemishes, fine lines, and dull skin—but with hot summer days looming, foundation, blush, and cover-up won’t be the steadfast companions they were in winter and spring. To avoid a meltdown (literally), lighten up: treat your skin to a laser dermabrasion treatment.
The popularity of the quick-fix laser treatment is on the up. In fact, the demand for laser treatments and resurfacing is at an all-time high, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, whose 2011 statistics revealed it to be the fifth most common non-surgical procedure performed in the U.S.
The “lunchtime” laser peel (as it’s dubbed by the media) is often said to be responsible for the smooth complexions of many A-List celebrities. It was even reported earlier in the year that the clinics in LA were fully booked the week prior to the Oscars, when hundreds of actresses were having their last minute laser treatments in a final bid to look red carpet ready.
So if you are thinking about boosting your skin using laser dermabrasion there are few things you’ll want to know.
What is Laser Dermabrasion?
Laser Dermabrasion works without the need of chemicals and is extremely simple, virtually painless and for all ages. It’s frequently used on the neck, hands and décolletage, as well as the face. It is designed for skin that feels lifeless, is patchy or sun-damaged, or has clogged pores, blackheads, whiteheads, unsightly spots or fine lines and minor scarring.
The procedure involves guiding the Erbium Laser hand-piece across the skin to deeply exfoliate the surface. This process improves the tone and texture of the skin and also reveals new, living skin cells giving you a soft and smooth complexion.
Why Laser Dermabrasion?
Unlike chemical peels Laser Dermabrasion is a high tech, sophisticated laser peel does away with the dated chemical peels, which are not suitable for all skin types because of the chemicals they contain. At Natura, our Laser Dermabrasions use a medical grade laser for optimum results; only a doctor can administer this peel.
None, slight redness immediately following treatment. This is gone an hour or so after.
Price: from £250 a session.
With the Queen set to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in just a few weeks, it seems that Britain has once again become patriotic beyond normal measures. For over half a century our Queen has shown ceaseless devotion to this tiny island, enduring hours of deferential small talk whilst opening hospitals and libraries and all with stoicism and grace. But it was one ‘ordinary girl’ last year that seemed to propel the Great British public into patriotic meltdown.
In the short months following the couple’s engagement, the magnitude of her influence on the public could not have been anticipated. It seemed every woman in the country was looking for ways to emulate the future queen. Dubbed the so-called “Kate Middleton Effect” by the media- almost every garment Kate wears appears to sell out in days, if not hours. And this is still the case today.
On April 26th Kate wore a blue tweed Rebecca Taylor skirt-suit. Within just 30 minutes the outfit had completely sold out online. Kate is often praised for “reinvigorating the British monarchy”, but she has also been named as one of the reasons for the sudden surge of brides to be under-going cosmetic treatments. Far beyond dressing like Kate, it seems today’s modern brides are keen to go even further to have their own fairy tale wedding, much like the Duchess.
According to a survey of 5000 brides by confetti.co.uk we are in the midst of an epidemic of pre-wedding cosmetic surgery. Blushing brides are seeing their wedding as an opportunity to fix what they don’t like about their appearance. An increasing number of women are turning to so-called Bridalplasty to enhance their looks for their big day.
In fact, out of those surveyed, 51% have opted for tooth whitening treatments and veneers to ensure their teeth sparkle like the Duchess of Cambridge’s pearly whites at her wedding to Prince William last year.
The survey also found that one in 10 women are opting for Botox in the pursuit of the ultimate wedding aesthetic.
According to Confetti wedding expert, Kate Thompson, she believes that ‘bridalplasty’ may be largely down to the vision of beauty Kate and Pippa Middleton wowed us all with last year.
‘For a great many modern brides, the wedding becomes a catalyst for those who have something that bothers them about their appearance.
But it is important that if you are looking to have non-surgical treatments before your wedding, you ensure that it is carried out by professionals. Only seek advice and treatments from fully qualified doctors. At Natura, our doctor, Dr. Xavier has helped hundreds brides enhance their appearance before their big day. Listen to our patient, Dena talk about how Natura helped her get ready for her big day.