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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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve all seen the fish pedicures that are now ten a penny on most UK high streets. However, this sparked an interesting conversation today in the Natura office – what other wildlife is used in beauty treatments? We’ve had a bit of a look around – and reckon you’ll be surprised with our findings!
Snails are not just that pest ruining your vegetable garden. Their ‘snail serum’ is used in a variety of beauty products. The secretion used is what leaves the silver trails when they move, and is usually gathered from live snails – without them being harmed in the process. The powerful biological properties of this serum are used to relieve skin conditions such as acne, and can reduce wrinkles and improve dull complexions.
Okay, so this only uses a part of pigs – their trotters – but we thought it was worth a mention, even though it’s definitely not one for the squeamish eaters amongst us. Eating pigs’ trotters began as an anti-ageing fad in Japan, but has spread to New York. They are rich in collagen, which we all know is important in banishing wrinkles and ensuring smooth and supple skin. There are restaurants in Japan which specialise in this ‘collagen cuisine’, claiming long term effects for both your hair and your skin.
The bird poo facial – yes, you did read that right – again originated in Japan, but is now available in both New York and London. This facial mask is made of UV dried bird droppings, mixed with rice bran and water. There are claims it produces fresh and glowing skin… but this is one treatment that we might give a wide berth.
So, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, there are plenty of options. However, if you’re happy with a wild-life free beauty regime, there’s always Natura’s skin rejuvenating treatments and other procedures that can give you brilliant, natural results – whilst leaving the ‘nature’ out of the treatment room!
The Oscars have only just called ‘cut’, and we’re already on the red carpet trail for the best celebrity hair and beauty looks. From glamorous to edgy, this year’s offerings are a great advert for natural looking beauty.
For Hollywood hair, one of the biggest trends was the glamorous quiff. From sleek and sophisticated to tousled and easy going, this was one of the most successful and widely embraced looks of the night.
Viola Davis, nominated as Best Actress for The Help, was one of the big beauty hits of the night. After taking her husband’s advice, she left her wigs behind and embraced her natural hair, sporting a short and stylish copper cut. She said, ‘It gives me flavour. It makes me feel like I’m spicing my life up a bit.’ The Natura office definitely agrees, and we love her natural locks.
Amongst the looks that got an inevitable thumbs down from critics included Sandra Bullocks’s severe ponytail, her hair extensions overwhelming an otherwise sophisticated ensemble. The strong fringe was another dangerous look. Bridesmaids star Ellie Kemper missed the mark, although Rooney Mara’s effortless makeup, perfect pout and porcelain skin saved her from the dreaded worst dressed lists.
Gwyneth Paltrow was perhaps the stand out of the night. Knocking everyone’s socks off with a Tom Ford dress and cape straight from the catwalk, she shone on the red carpet. Her chic wardrobe was complimented by her understated makeup and healthy, glowing skin. This was the best accessory of the night, and shows that taking good care of your skin can make or break an outfit.
We’re obviously big fans of natural beauty, and we’re glad the 2012 Oscars seemed to feel the same.
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With a new film out and a recent induction to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Jennifer Aniston has had a great start to 2012. The actress looks far younger than her 43 years, but how is she maintaining that picture perfect complexion?
Last night the Marley and Me star opened up and revealed exactly how she manages to stay looking so youthful. Speaking to Conan O’Brien on his late-night chatshow, Jennifer revealed that she has become obsessed with laser therapy.
The former Friends star admitted that as a true ‘California Girl’ she spent years basking in the sun which despite making her feel good, left her skin with sun spots and the early signs of aging.
Aniston explained: ‘I did this thing called like, a peel. It’s extremely intense – you don’t realise you look like a battered burn victim for a week!’ she said,
She went on: ‘Then [the dead skin on your face] just kind of falls off – for eight days.’
The CO2 laser Aniston is a fan of works by causing the outer layers of the epidermis to peel away as the skin heals. The laser heats the dermis, which stimulates the production of new collagen. As the new skin cells develop, the face becomes smoother, firmer and more youthful.
But you needn’t travel to Hollywood to achieve the same A-Lister results as Jennifer. At Natura Skin Clinic we offer the same cutting edge laser technology used to achieve Aniston’s fantastic results, the SmartXide Laser.
Perhaps Jennifer just let slip one of Hollywood’s biggest kept skin secrets.
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