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Supermodel Skin Secrets

At 46 Cindy Crawford is one of the world’s most famous and successful supermodels. As one of the most photographed women in the world, you might expect the married mother of 2 to be accustomed to wearing a thick face of makeup.

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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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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.


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

Price: from £250 a session.


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Teosyal Covering Repair For After Rehydration Fillers

Following rehydration filler treatment, it is fairly common for some patients to experience some degree of redness or bruising. This is down to the nature of the treatment which involves administering multiple pin pricks of this finer, thiner rehydration filler.

Teosyal a company which produces the filler have recently launched a range of complementary makeup products for concealing the redness and bruising. Made in Switzerland – this range is also great for sensitive skin. These products are receiving great press and have been nominated for awards for their effectiveness. They all have anti-ageing properties, as the products contain Hyaluronic acid, renowned for its youth enhancing benefits.

Teosyal Covering Repair Concealer

In the range is a 4 shade covering repair concealer, which is a makeup containing hyaluronic acid. It is suitable for covering redness, dark spots, under eye circles and also for post wrinkle injection treatment. The four shades mean that you can get exactly the right colour for your skin tone, as well as covering up any post treatment redness or bruising . It is fairly common for patients to excperience some degree of redness or brusing, which is down to the nature of the treatment. The treatment involves administering multiple pin pricks of the finer, thiner rehydration filler.

This make up will appear to be thinner than others but this is because it does not dry the skin out. Too heavy and it would be quite obvious and noticeably sit on top of the skin. The hydrating nature and smooth application of this product means it sits invisibly on the surface of the skin whilst at the same time providing skin with great coverage.

For larger areas there is a sponge, which you can use to ‘dab’ the product lightly on to the imperfections. Then use a concealer brush to apply the product to smaller areas such as under eye circles and blemishes and blend the product gently into the skin. Make sure your brush is not too hard though. If the bristles aren’t soft enough you could irritate the skin, this is especially important if you have recently had treatment.

The Teosyal Covering Repair Kit is great for honeymoons and holidays as the palette of colours means you can always have the right colour makeup- even with a tan. The unique formula means imperfections are subtly and effectively corrected. Leaving skin looking enhanced, bright and radiant.


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Blueberries For Great Skin

This Week…. B is for Blueberries

So this week we are looking at blueberries. Perhaps less popular than the nations favourite- strawberries, this unsung hero of the fruit bowl is a great addition to many dishes. Throw on your cereal in the morning, or why not try our delicious muffins. Made with blueberries and yogurt, these cakes are low in fat and high in taste!

So why are they good for us?

The antioxidants found in blueberries help prevent long-term cell damage. Antioxidants fight free radicals to protect your skin from environmental factors, which can cause skin to age.

A diet containing food high in antioxidants is one of the simplest, most natural things you can do when it comes to enhancing your health and beauty.

Anthocyanin’s, members of the phytochemical group known as bioflavonoids, give blueberries their characteristic pigmentation. More importantly, these colouring agents possess powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that promote overall health. If you’re concerned about blotchy, dull or sun-damaged skin, eating blueberries and other anthocyanin-rich plant foods on a regular basis could help clear up problem areas and leave your skin looking clearer, firmer and younger looking.

These cakes are a healthy alternative to the usual high calorie equivalents you can buy in supermarkets and coffee shops.

By replacing caster sugar with maple syrup, you can dramatically reduce the sugar content as a teaspoon of maple syrup has half the sugar content of a teaspoon of sugar.

Though relatively small, by replacing white flour with wholemeal you slightly increase the fibre content of the cake.

And perhaps most importantly? The blueberries, which not only make the cakes wonderfully moist in texture, but also keep the skin looking younger and healthier.

Great for breakfast with fresh fruit or as healthy snack during the day.

Wonderfully Moist Blueberry Cakes

Keeps for 24 hours in the fridge


2 large free-range eggs, separated
50g maple syrup sugar
25g wholemeal flour
200g strained Greek yoghurt
Lemon zest and juice of half a lemon
100g blueberries


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and fill a muffin tray with muffin cases.

2. Mix the eggs yolks with the maple syrup well. Beat in the flour, then the yoghurt, lemon zest and lemon juice until throughly blended.

3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold them into the yoghurt mixture.

4. Add a third of the mix to each of the cake cases, then add a few blueberries to each.

5. Divide the remaining blueberries to the mixture and very gently fold. Add the mixture between the cake cases.

6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the top is brown. The cakes will rise like a souffles and then subside. Allow to cool before lifting out.

Serve with greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup.

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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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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?


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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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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