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Tear Trough Treatment

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

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Rachel Weisz’ Skin Secrets

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.

Products:

Avene Soothing Hydrating serum

Available in 30ml.

£20.00

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

£32.00

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.

 

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Best Of British: Jubilee Beauty

The flame for the London Olympics burned brightly on British soil last Friday after David Beckham stepped off a flight from the Games birthplace, Greece, to light a cauldron with the golden torch.

With the UK hosting both the Olympics and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 2012 is set to be truly a celebration of all things British.

Last week the Queen held a mile-long military parade through Windsor as a signal for the Jubilee celebrations to begin. From here the Jubilee spreads across the country. There will be even grander events than this one though, notably the Thames pageant in early June, but perhaps more significantly, thousands of smaller ones.

As the nation embraces the best of British, people across the country plan to hold street parties, commemorations and flower garden openings, as well as thousands of people holding parties at home for friends and family.

With all these parties and gatherings set to dominate our social calendars, it is still not too late to have treatments to ensure you are looking your best.

We are looking at our top three treatments to get you looking royally ready for the coming celebrations.

Skin Rehydration

Restylane Vital is perfect for enhancing the face, neck, chest and hands. It’s not a volume enhancer, but a skin booster that helps to lift the skin from beneath, giving a more natural look.

Titan Skin Tightening

Titan Skin Tightening is a non-surgical treatment that uses a spectrum of infrared light to tighten the skin. Titan delivers a range of light energy to heat the skin’s dermis layer, which is below the skin’s surface. The heating of this layer causes immediate collagen contraction, which results in the tightening of the skin.

Laser Dermabrasion

Laser Dermabrasion treatments – also known as laser peels – are hugely popular and 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. Laser Dermabrasion at Natura Skin Clinic leaves your skin looking smoother and younger.

Call Natura on 01925 398 304 and book your treatment today. All our Summer rejuvenation treatments can be done in time for the coming celebrations in June but book this week to avoid disappointment as results are more effective when they are part of a package of treatments. We offer discounts on all our treatment courses.

(And remember…. If you are a Natura Rewards Card holder you can earn double points on all treatments during May and June.)

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Spring Cleanse With Laser Dermabrasions

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.

Downtime?

None, slight redness immediately following treatment. This is gone an hour or so after.

Price: from £250 a session.

 

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Fact. You CAN Look 10 Years Younger

Many people often wonder “How Will I Look In 10 Years?” But a new study has shown that by having a combination of cosmetic treatments you can actually look ten years younger, now.

For the first time, a study by the University of Toronto, has found that cosmetic treatments can take up to an average of nine years from person’s age appearance.

In addition to quantifying the procedure’s ‘youth-giving’ effects, researchers found that the findings held true even when the patients were younger to begin with. They also took into account other factors, which could potentially influence a person’s looks.

Perhaps one of the most interesting conclusions from the research, (published in a report by The Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery) was that the more individual procedures the patient had, the greater the number of years between real and perceived ages.

Patients looked nine years younger if they had had a combination of 3 different procedures. The findings demonstrated direct correlation between looking younger and having a varied number of treatments.

Forty first-year medical students were shown before and after photos of 60 year-olds. They were then asked to estimate the ages of the 53 women and 7 men before having any treatments and then afterwards

The patients had all had a variety of facial treatments and had each undergone between one and three procedures. 22 had a face and neck tightening, 17 had a face and neck tightening as well as an eyelid lift and a further 22 had a face and neck tightening, an eyelid lift and Botox.

Perhaps to be expected, those patients who had had more lifts looked notably younger than their peers who had had fewer procedures.

Those who had undergone one procedure looked an average of 5.7 years younger, while those who had had two procedures appeared 7.5 years younger.

The patients who had a total of three skin procedures, looked 8.4 years younger, in the eyes of the medical students.

The study has help strengthen evidence in the industry that not only do skin rejuvenation treatments work, but the results are visible in the perception of those around us.

The process of having these treatments must be done over the course of several weeks- even months. This can be favourable though. The cumulative effects of having a package of treatments means you will ultimately look younger, but the gradual progression to younger looking skin won’t be overly obvious to your friends.

Many celebrities undergo cosmetic treatments to ensure they look their best when on the red carpet and in front of the cameras. Demi Moore spends thousands of dollars maintaining her quite remarkable appearance. Many plastic surgeons and doctors have said that in their professional opinion Demi has undergone several treatments including Botox, rehydration fillers, Titan neck tightening and fractional CO2 laser treatment.

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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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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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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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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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