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Amanda Holden’s Secrets To Looking Youthful

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.

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Holly Willoughby Tweets Make Up-Free Picture

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.

The Results

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!


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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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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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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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The look of Love

Hello February. The much awaited month and what delights do we have to look forward to in Feb? Well for starters we have Valentines Day and it is also a leap year which means, according to an old Irish tradition, women can propose to men. In centuries past throughout Europe, if the women were refused marriage, they were bought 12 pairs of gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

So, this month will be a month filled with lots of love, we hope. If you are treating the other half to a romantic get away or event, you could also treat yourself to a little pampering, brighten up those eyes and skin and let them remember the reasons they fell head over heels for you.

Refresh the skin with a dermabrasion treatment, this encourages the removal of dead skin cells and the fresh growth of new cells, this makes the skin glow from the inside out, it can also help to reduce fine lines.

Speaking of fine lines, all those years of smiling at your other half may have left a few tiny crows feet, although laughter lines should be adored, some can be minimised to leave a natural looking eye area.This not only targets the skin, but the treatment will make your eyes look brighter and bring back that sparkle and glint.

Want kissable lips again? You’ll find a range of treatments which will plump those little beauties up again. Removing any unwanted lines and giving them a natural finish.

Treating yourself is not only a great gift to yourself this February, but your other half will be wowed with how fresh your skin is and how youthful you look. It brings confidence back and makes you step out with your head held high.

It really is the time for the look of love.

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Belugas Have A Whale Of A Time Looking After Their Skin

It would seem that humans aren’t the only species with a penchant for skin dermabrasions.

Beluga whales are unique amongst the cetaceans because they shed their outer layer of skin. The whales gather in shallow water where there is coarse gravel and rub their bodies against the seabed. This rubbing action removes the top layer of their skin, revealing their fresh, healthy, new skin underneath. The beluga whale is a docile creature yet their journey is not an easy one. They travel thousands of miles facing dangerous predators such as orcas and sharks along the way. But luckily for us, the journey to Natura Skin Clinic isn’t quite as treacherous…

We offer the latest forms of Laser Dermabrasion, using cutting edge technology including the fractional CO2 and Erbium Yag.  Some dated treatments such as crystal dermabrasion or chemical peel seduce patients with words like ‘pampering’ but in reality these peels simply cannot compete with the results achieved by Natura’s sophisticated skin dermabrasions.

You can feel confident knowing that fully qualified doctors with years of experience carry out all our treatments.

Remember the skin is the body’s biggest organ so if you want to take your skin as serious as the beluga whales take theirs, book your dermabrasion at Natura Skin Clinic.

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A spot of bother

At any point in our lives, we could suffer from an outbreak of spots. This could be due to hormones, to our diets, to stress or a reaction to something we have used on our face.

Spots, white heads, black heads, open pores and fat spots can still be common post 30. You would think we grow out of such things, but to our dismay it is not so. Sometimes no matter how many different cleansers you try, face masks you trowel on or products which promise you clear stunning skin, we are still left in a spot of bother.

The anatomy of a spot.

A spot is basically a blocked pore which fills with sebum (pus) and therefore has that yellow appearance.If your skin is particularly oily, you may find you suffer from spots more than those with dry skin and not just on the facial area, spots can appear on the chest, back, shoulders and arms. This can cause someone to be incredibly conscious.

One of the best ways to avoid and reduce spots is obviously cleansing the skin, but also helping your body shed the dead skin, revealing newer, glowing, fresh cells.

There are a number of ways of doing this, soap alone will clean but not help shift those dead cells, exfoliation will. There are a number of products you can purchase to help exfoliate the skin on a regular basis.

If, however, you have suffered or do suffer with major bouts of spots, you may need something a little more intense, such as Laser Dermabrasion, which is virtually painless.

The hand held device is guided across the skin and deeply exfoliates, which reveals new glowing skin and can reduce spots, blackheads and open pores.

The results are incredible and long lasting.

Avoid that spotty look, there are so many treatments available, it is quite simple to get out of that spot of bother.

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