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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.

Skin

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.

Eyes

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

Mouth

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.

Forehead

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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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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Catherine Zeta Jones Has “No Reservations” About Botox

When Catherine Zeta Jones stepped out last week with her husband, Michael Douglas, it wasn’t Mr. Douglas’s good health that was causing whispers amongst guests and journalists. Catherine appeared to be sporting a rather youthful appearance for her 42 years. An appearance many have attributed to a visit to a cosmetic doctor.

As a known smoker, Catherine Zeta Jones is one of many women who have suffer the side affects of smoking. Smoking causes skin to dramatically age, so it was particularly surprising to see Catherine with a flawless complexion. The Welsh film star looked healthy and line free when she appeared alongside her husband at the 2012 Windward School benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, spoke to Radar.com about Catherine’s new look. He said, “Catherine Zeta-Jones looks like she’s beginning to follow in her husband Michael Douglas’ plastic surgery footsteps,”

“Her cheeks look somewhat plump, and may be due to injections of a filler like Sculptra. Her forehead and crows feet are also very smooth for a woman her age, likely a result of Botox injections,” he explained.

The smoothness of her cheeks makes Catherine look young and healthy, and while she is both, the healthy skin tone of her cheeks may have been supplemented with a small amount of filler. This helps explain the lack of lines around her mouth as well as the firmness of her lower face.

Dr. Youn explained, “Botox is typically not injected under the eyes, though, hence the wrinkles in her lower eyelids,”

It’s not safe to use Botox below the eyes, so there are still fine lines and wrinkles there, but the tops and outer edges of the eye are smooth and healthy looking. Catherine is a perfect example of how a combination of Botox and fillers can help keep the face young with minimal intervention.

Catherine and her family have been under significant stress since husband Michael was diagnosed with throat cancer in August 2012. It is therefore understandable that given the recent stress and persistent press scrutiny, Catherine may have needed some help from non-surgical treatments. She has however, managed to strike a balance between preserving her natural beauty and stalling the sands of time.

 

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Give yourself a New Years boost

January is known for being a somewhat miserable month, but as well as affecting your mood the chill winds and freezing temperatures could easily be taking its toll on your skin as well—environmental damage can be a major cause of premature skin aging, and let’s not forget the general dullness that our skin can show at this time of year. Isn’t it time to give your skin a boost? If you want to turn back the clock or simply look (and feel) a bit fresher you might want to consider a couple of simple treatments, helping to erase lines and re-hydrate your skin for a bright, youthful appearance.

There are a number of options you could choose from, but Restylane Vital Dermal Filler could be the perfect solution. It’s a skin booster that can be used to enhance the face and neck whilst removing those fine lines, helping to deeply rehydrate your skin for a fresh, firm and plump complexion. Or, if you want to boost collagen production and leave your skin looking refreshed and revitalised, Multi-Layer Skin Rejuvenation could be ideal—this revolutionary laser treatment resurfaces the skin to both tighten and improve the skin’s texture, or if your skin feels dull and lifeless than Laser Dermabrasion could be ideal.

Isn’t it time you gave yourself a boost? A New Year treat could be just what the doctor ordered, leaving you fresh and revitalised whilst giving your skin the luminosity it craves. When you look good you feel good, and we can help you achieve the desired effect without the need for harsh cosmetic procedures—a couple of non-surgical treatments could be all you need to revitalise your skin and give it back its vitality, so get in touch today and see what we can do to help.

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Trying something new

For years you may have tried and tested hundreds of products to give your skin a certain lift. The amount of choice available in terms of beauty products is incredible and can send us into a spin. Some may find they spend uneccessary time picking up different products, reading exactly what they do and lets me honest, looking at the price.

We are lucky to have so many products and treatments which are tailored to certain skin types. If you suffer from dry, normal or oily skin, there is a whole universe of skin creams, cleansers and cosmetics which clean, moisturise, lift, reduce lines, highlight, create a glow, as you can see there is a product or treatment for pretty much every complaint.

Although you may have found something that works for you, sometimes it is a great idea to try something new. Why? Because your skin gets used to particular products and this doesn’t seem to provide the results that you may have originally found. Obviously if you have found something that gives you the best skin ever, we’re not saying get rid- we’re simply saying, if you find that you skin is still dry, or too oily, or you are not finding you get the effects you desire, it may be an idea to try a natural product or something completely different, like a longer lasting treatment.

Most beauty counters and specialist brands in the bigger department stores can offer great advice when it comes to your skin type and exactly what type of product will help you reduce fine lines, tighten skin, plump up skin and ultimately provide you with a more youthful look.

If you are curious about your skin and what products or treatments would suit you best from a professional perspective, you can seek advice from our skin specialist at Natura Skin Clinic, who is also a qualified Dr.

There are so many options available to improve your skin and your look, why not try something new?

 

 

 

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Does Dry Skin = More Wrinkles?

It may be the tales of fish wives, but for years many women have believed that oily or combination skin results in fewer wrinkle. Is this true? Do those with dry skin suffer lines from an earlier age? And what are the solutions?

Nobody really likes wrinkles and they are the sure fire way to make someone look older, despite that persons actual age.

Those who suffer with dry skin could be prone to more wrinkles as the skin is dehydrated, looses moisture and as time moves on less collagen is produced. This would make the skin sag and not plump out as it would have in our younger years. As we age, skin becomes thinner and this causes lines and furrows to appear around the eyes and forehead.

Dry skin can produce premature wrinkles on skin. Those who suffer from dry skin will tend to have wrinkles appear before those with normal or oily skin. Sun damage also increases the appearance of fine lines, as well as smoking and an unhealthy lifestyle.

What are the solutions?

We are lucky enough to live in an age full of choice and no longer do we need to put up and shut up.

From basic creams and wonder products found on the high street, to cosmetic surgery, the other end of the scale. Those products and treatments that lie in between, provide results which are natural and lasting.

Non-invasive treatment can erase fine lines and furrows, resulting in the smooth youthful complexion you desire.

Certain treatments can also re-plump your face, so if you were famous in your day for amazing cheekbones, but time has seemed to make then disappear, non-invasive treatments can re-create the shape of your face that attracted many admirers.

If you do have dry skin, the best prevention from an early age is the use of rich moisturisers both day and night.

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