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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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H & M In Hot Water Over Summer Campaign

High street favourite H & M have been slammed by doctors after their latest summer campaign features an alarmingly tanned model.

Cancer experts have said that the retail giants have irresponsibly advertised their new swimwear collection by using a model with an incredibly deep bronzed appearance. The adverts have been used across Europe in magazines, on TV, on billboards, as well as the company’s website.

The model at the centre of the controversy is 28 year old Brazilian model, Isabeli Fontana. It is not yet clear how the model achieved her deep tan, doctors are unsure whether it was from fake tan or whether she achieved it by lying in the sun. However, it seems that either way, the company is being accused of promoting an unhealthy and potentially life threatening approach to safety in the sun.

Dr Ralph Braun, from the Early Skin Cancer Centre at Zurich University Hospital, said: ‘I find this advertisement very alarming and borderline.

‘Many people, especially the young, will try to emulate this and will try to be just as brown, although with some skin types this is just not possible.’ Swiss Cancer League spokeswoman Cornelia Egli said: ‘This completely contradicts our advertising efforts.

H&M have been quick to defend the campaign and told the Swiss press they chose a model with darker skin in order to best show the strong colours on sale this season. They claim Fontana, the model featured in the controversial campaign, was selected for her naturally dark skin and that her Brazilian nationality is another contributing factor.

However, pictures published of the model appearing in other campaigns show her with a considerably lighter skin tone. Representatives for H & M went on to say, “Of course we think that this is an important subject, however the aim with our campaign is to show our swimwear collection, which we think that Isabeli Fontana is doing in a good and inspiring way,”

Inspirational or not, there is no denying that in order to achieve a tan like Isabeli’s in the campaign, one would be putting themselves at high risk of burns and more seriously, skin cancers.

The story comes just a few weeks after a New Jersey mother was summoned to court after her 5 year old daughter was subjected to dangerous UV rays as a result of accompanying her mother whilst she used a sunbed. The mother is now facing charges after police said she brought her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.

It caused the girl to suffer burns to her body, according to the Essex County prosecutor’s office. Patricia Krentcil, who herself is very tanned, was charged with second-degree child endangerment. No one under the age of 14 is allowed to use a tanning booth, according to New Jersey state law.

Krentcil, 44, told The Associated Press her daughter got sunburned by being outside on a recent warm day. She said her daughter, however, had mentioned to school officials when she complained of itching that she had been to a tanning salon with her mother.

 

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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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5 Reasons Why SOME Sunlight Can Be Good For You

boat on a beach in thailand

Just like they say a glass of red wine a day is good for you, sunlight in moderation can be good too… Here’s five ways you can benefit from staying safe in the sun.

Happier Mood

In the cold dark days of winter, we can start to feel lethargic.  Once the sun starts shining, we feel more energetic, and our mood improves due to the sun’s ability to help our bodies produce endorphins and the feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin

Boosts Your Immune System

Getting your daily dose of sunshine will enhance your immune system. It increases the number of white blood cells in your blood. It also helps them be better fighters as they destroy infection.

Drop A Dress Size

Higher levels of serotonin in our bodies mean that not only do you feel happier but it also suppresses the appetite, so you’ll eat less in warmer weather.

Improves Skin Conditions

Sun exposure can help to heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema. Regular controlled sun exposure is often prescribed for sufferers. But remember wear SPF, the higher the better.

Gives you more energy

O.K… Maybe not this much energy but melatonin also regulates sleep, so having lower levels of this hormone in your body gives you more get up and go. This is why you need less sleep in summer but still feel livelier.

 

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Vintage Style Swimwear Makes A Comeback

In a scene in the 1956 film, High Society, Grace Kelly kneels poolside pushing a model boat, True Love, across the still water. She wore a white halter-neck swimsuit, which ended with a short white, ruffled skirt. Never had the swimsuit seemed so elegant.

Swimwear trends don’t move in quite the same cycles as other fashion trends. That’s because it’s hard to reinvent the bikini or swimsuit: the need to balance functionality and design means that designers are limited to what they can actually do. So it would seem that many designers are drawing on vintage styles from the 1950-1960’s as inspiration for their collections this season.

Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection featured pristine, white understated swimwear, reminiscent of Grace’s in High Society.

With summer just around the corner, the high street is full of swimwear already. But what do all women want to go with their new beach wear?

A beach body.

At Natura we can help you look great in any swimwear with our cellulite treatment, Velashape. Popular amongst celebrities and sports stars alike, this treatment delivers fantastic results.

How Does It Work?

It works by precision-heating the upper layers of the skin and the deeper tissue, while specially designed rollers massage the area, smoothing the skin and combating the appearance of cellulite. This system of light vacuum and deep massage increases the metabolism of stored energy, shrinks the fat cells and vastly improves lymphatic drainage, banishing unsightly lumps and bumps.

Available from March 21st prices start at £150 a treatment, with discounts on courses.

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A treatment with a difference

At Natura Skin Clinic, we’re proud to offer a range of high quality treatments that can result in a natural, more youthful look. We are always taking stock of the huge range of treatments available across the globe and today we have stumbled upon some rather interesting, if rather unique skin treatments. If you are a fan of the great outdoors or getting up close and personal with nature, these skin and body treatments could be right up your street.

 

Slithering Success

Book a trip to Israel and treat yourself to a snake massage. Yes. A Snake massage, this basically involves lying back and letting snakes wriggle around on your body, they are apparently, rather soothing, but probably not the best choice for those with a snake phobia.

Cheers to chill-axing

A hot Beer bath can do your skin wonders, the mineral infused water mixed with dark beer in the Chodovar brewery in Czechoslovakia and great benefits for the body, the froth from the beer is a great bubble bath and softens skin, try to resist tasting the bath water.

Wondrous Water

Standing under a huge waterfall may not be everyone’s idea of a fantastic treatment, but the pressure has been found to provide an incredible natural massage.You can choose from the glorious falls in Thailand or the peaceful watery world of Canada

Hot n Cold

Cryotheraphy is the process of changing the body temperature to stimulate blood flow, in Finland you can go and sit yourself in an icebox to cool the body, but you can only do this type of treatment for a few minutes because of the extreme temperatures.

Most of the treatments involved booking a trip away to a far flung country, however if you fancy something a little closer to home that doesn’t involved snakes, Natura Skin Clinic has a huge range of effective, pampering treatments for you.

 

 

 

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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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