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Rosacea Skin Treatments: Laser And Topical

Winter RosaceaIf you suffer from rosacea you have probably had a harder time than usual recently as this maddening skin condition tends to be at its worst in colder months.

For those lucky enough to be unfamiliar with it, rosacea is a reddening of the face –from mild flushing in the cheeks to an angry, itchy red rash, complete with an uneven, pimply surface. Women between 30 and 60 are three times more likely to develop rosacea than anyone else. It can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but there are now options available that reduce and control the signs

There are many rosacea treatments on the market but it is recommended that you make your first port of call an appointment with a doctor or dermatologist. There are two main types of treatment; procedural such as laser treatments and topical, such as creams and lotions.

Laser Treatment

Natura uses medical grade lasers to treat Rosacea, we avoid the cheaper and less effective IPL option. The laser light penetrates the skin keeping it intact until it reaches the vessel. Once the laser energy reaches the vessel, it is immediately absorbed. At this point the light energy turns into heat that causes the line of the vessel (the vein) to become inflamed.

This triggers the healing process and veins gradually reduce in diameter and disappear. The laser energy is delivered through a chilled window to protect the patient’s skin and provide comfort. Generally patients notice a marked improvement after the second or third treatment. Once fully treated we recommend patients have a yearly maintenance treatment.

Topical Creams

Avene At NaturaAt Natura Skin Clinic our patients have found products from French pharmaceutical company, Avene to be an effective way of controlling the condition and maintaining results post-laser.

All the products in the Avene range centre around their Thermal water. Avène Thermal Spring Water originates as rain. However, the 40-year journey through the Cevennes Mountain aquifer produce thermal spring water ideally suited for the care and management of sensitive skin.

It gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates, achieving a perfectly balanced mineral composition ideal for sensitive skin. Avène soothes, softens, and restores skin’s natural balance. Even beyond sensitive skin treatment, this therapy has been used for centuries at the Hydrotherapy Center to address a variety of more severe dermatological conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, itchiness and burns.

The range of avene products for rosacea increases microcirculation, decreases skin reactivity and reduces the appearance of redness associated with Rosacea.

Redness Relief Soothing Cream SPF 20

Avene Moisturiser Anti RedLight green cream neutralizes and helps minimize the appearance of redness while improving microcirculation and providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

  • Helps minimize the appearance of swelling
  • Helps reduce the appearance of redness
  • Improves overall vein health
  • Clinically proven to reduce the amount of recurrences of flushing and blushing
  • Broad spectrum SPF 25 protects skin and helps prevent future redness
  • Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften the skin
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

 

Antirougeurs FORT Relief Concentrate

Avene Anti Redness Intensive treatment reduces the appearance of redness, improves microcirculation, and relieves irritation.

  • New saponin-enriched Ruscus Extract (0.3%) acts as a vasoconstrictor that improves cutaneous microcirculation with anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic properties (reduces VEGF)
  • Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone protects and strengthens the vascular walls
  • Dextran Sulfate provides decongesting properties and minimizes the appearance of swelling
  • Rich in Avène Thermal Spring Water to calm irritation and inflammation
  • Shea butter nourishes
  • Use in monotherapy or as a complement to medical treatment
  • Velvety smooth texture soothes the most sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic

 

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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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Every (rain) Cloud Has A Silver Lining

The recent heat wave a few weeks back saw parts of the UK experience sunshine hotter than Morocco. Unfortunately, in typical British fashion the summer weather has taken a turn for the worse. Forecasters have revealed that the gales and wet weather is set to stay for the coming weeks.

So as we move the charcoal into the garage and cover up the patio furniture it looks like we will have to rethink our summer plans for the next few weeks.

However every (rain) cloud has a silver lining.

Why not look great when the sunshine finally does re-emerge? We have some great treatments that can have you looking visibly refreshed in less than 2 weeks.

Here is our pick of the best treatments for the washout weeks ahead.

Rehydration Fillers

There is another way to rehydrate.

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 session.

Laser Dermabrasion

Smooth and clear your skin.

Laser Dermabrasion works without the need of chemicals and is extremely simple, virtually painless and for all ages.

Treatment areas include 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.

Price start at £250 a session.

So why not take advantage of these great treatments. Call Natura on 01925 398 304 and book your treatment today. 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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Brides After The Royal Treatment

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.

Bridalplasty

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.

 

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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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