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Getting fit for summer? Here’s our top 5 workout tracks

Our last blog post concentrated on the little things you can do to get beach-ready quickly. This week we’re offering our favourite workout tracks to get you through the gruelling gym sessions.

Achieving your dream body should be fun. If you can’t face the treadmill then at least these five tracks will make you want to get up and dance!

Eye of the tiger: The theme music from Rocky should be able to motivate you as you leather the punch bag and give the speedball a right going over. Put yourself in Stallone’s shoes as you spar with a training partner or lift mega weights with this thumping track from Survivor on in the background.
Call on me: Eric Prydz classic workout track. Play it nice and loud and you can imagine you have the body of the training instructor in the video, just try not to look in the mirror for too long.
Lose yourself: Eminem at his best, this track builds nicely and as you start to sweat it climaxes in a frenzy of words. Look, if you had one shot, or opportunity to work out to one of the best rappers of his generation wouldn’t you like to listen to Marshal as he spits his lyrics on this classic anthem?
The Rockafella Skank: Fatboy Slim knows how to get bodies moving and the video to this track proves this case. Workout to this happy track from the ‘You’ve come a long way’ album from 1998 and it takes away some of the pain.
We found love: No workout would be the same without little old Rihanna on in the background so try this track which features Calvin Harris and it’s great for working out on the treadmill.

Easy steps to a beach-ready body

Going on holiday this spring or starting to plan your summer beach holiday? For many women the thrill of a holiday is accompanied by the mild terror of stepping out in a swimsuit or bikini. Baring all after covering up all winter is daunting for most people so remember that you’re not alone.

However there are also a few simple things you can do to boost your confidence and get you 100% beach ready.
Drink lemon and water
In the weeks coming up to your holiday try a simple detox programme to help clear your skin. Pimples can be reduced by cleansing your body from the inside. Drinking hot water with slices of lemon throughout the day can help to flush out toxins.

You can also boost your metabolism by starting your say with a glass of ice water and lemon. Drink this in the morning at least 30 minutes before you eat breakfast. It will wake your body up and get your digestive system working again after a night’s sleep.
Have a course of mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is a treatment that involves injections of vitamins and minerals into your skin. It is sometimes referred to as non-surgical liposuction as it targets the fat cells, dissolving them and encouraging your body to excrete them.

Pockets of fat that cause cellulite can be eliminated through a few sessions of mesotherapy. Cellulite most frequently appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, exactly the bits of our bodies we only expose in a swimsuit. Mesotherapy offers an affordable, non surgical and very effective method of combating cellulite.

To keep the results year round we recommend receiving mesotherapy every few months, though everyone will have different requirements.
Get a spray tan
Tanning is known to age your skin and […]

IPL, VPL and LASER hair removal- what’s the difference?

We use IPL machines in a number of treatments including hair removal. We think it’s the best solution but we also want our clients to feel well informed about their options. In today’s blog we’ll look at the differences between the three main types of light-based treatments, IPL, VPL and LASER, and look at how each is suited to hair removal.
It’s all Laser Hair Removal right?
The first thing to say is that Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Variable Pulsed Light (VPL) and Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) all have distinct differences from one another and they are not in fact all ‘laser’ treatments.

Light or laser based hair removal treatments are often lumped together under one umbrella term, ‘laser hair removal’. This happens both unintentionally and intentionally, confusing consumers as to what service is actually being offered.

LASER devices emit light energy of only one wavelength. The LASER equipment allows the operator to adjust the intensity and duration of the light beam. This single wavelength is directed down the hair follicle. It has proven very successful in removing hair and reducing hair growth.

However the cost of LASER hair reduction is inhibitive. Some hair and skin types are also restricted. LASER doesn’t work well for anyone with light coloured hair and can actually cause increased hair growth for people with dark skin. Thus IPL and VPL were developed to offer a similar solution to hair reduction at a lower cost.
IPL aka Intense Pulsed Light
IPL, although sometimes referred to as laser hair removal, does not involve lasers at all. IPL actually uses xenon flash lamps that emit a variety of light wavelengths. We use Lynton IPL equipment. Lynton are one of the biggest and most trusted […]

Eat your way to healthy, glowing skin

The average woman spends in excess of £18,000 on her face throughout her lifetime according to an article published by the Daily Mail last year.

From moisturisers to foundations, facials to Botox we’re always on the lookout for the latest quick fix promising us more radiant and beautiful skin.  Although all of these products and treatments may improve the health and the appearance of our skin in varying measures, many of us forget the simplest and most effective way of looking after our skin – eating a healthy and balanced diet.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and we are, after all, what we eat.  So it makes sense that a healthy diet will keep your skin looking and feeling great.

We’ve compiled a list of five nourishing foods that you should make sure that you incorporate into your diet for a clear and radiant complexion.

Fish and Seafood – Bursting with omega 3, healthy fatty acids and zinc, fish and seafood are great for keeping your skin looking plump, healthy and moisturised. Zinc can help to reduce outbreaks whilst omega 3 reduces inflammation and dryness.

Whole grains – Whole grains are full of the B-vitamin biotin which helps to keep your skin moisturised, and antioxidants which combat skin damage.  Make small changes in your diet to introduce more whole grains like swapping white bread, rice and pasta for brown.

Berries – The antioxidants that can be found in berries are extremely beneficial to your skin.  Not only do antioxidants combat skin damage, they’re also great for keeping your skin’s pores nice and clear.  Make berries like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries your go-to healthy snack to graze on throughout the day, or add them into your cereal at breakfast […]

Cellulite: Woman’s worst enemy

Cellulite is an annoying condition that affects over 80% of women. It is completely natural to have a little bit of cellulite but many women still feel very self-conscious about the bumpy and dimpled appearance it gives to their skin.

For most women cellulite simply comes hand in hand with becoming an adult.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re overweight or underweight; you could still be at risk of developing cellulite as it can affect women of all different shapes, sizes and ages.

In order to take steps to prevent and diminish the appearance of cellulite it’s important to first understand exactly what it is and what could be causing it.

What is cellulite?

Cellulite gives skin a bumpy and dimpled appearance and is most likely to occur on the legs, thighs and bottom, making it the bane of many women’s lives when it comes to wearing a bikini on holiday.  Although men can get cellulite it is much more uncommon, between 90% and 98% of cases of cellulite occur in women as unfortunately we are just more genetically disposed to developing it.

Cellulite is caused when pockets of fat become enlarged and then press against the surface of the skin and the connective tissue.  This causes the characteristic bulges, bumps and dimples of cellulite to appear on the surface of the skin.

What causes cellulite?

There are a number of factors that could help to contribute to how likely you are to get cellulite, this include:

Genetics
Poor diet
Change in hormones
Smoking
Tight underwear

How to reduce the appearance of cellulite

If you’re bothered by the appearance of cellulite then there are a number of steps you can take to lessen the appearance of cellulite.

Eat a healthy diet and exercise

We are what we eat, it sounds corny […]

The rise of the ‘lunchtime facelift’

Think back just a few short years and most of us will remember the invasive nature of facelifts. A major surgical treatment, it left women (and men) with battered and bruised faces that took weeks, if not months, to heal.  And let’s not forget that sometimes the effect was rather too severe, leaving the patient looking unnatural and sometimes even downright scary.

Then along came a far less invasive treatment that took around one hour to complete – and the term ‘lunchtime facelift’ was born.  Critics thought it made plastic surgery appear inconsequential which in turn could discourage people from giving it the thought and consideration any procedure requires.  Other critics thought it made our beauty-obsessed culture even more shallow and narcissistic.  But most people hailed it as a giant step forward which allowed more people to open up the door to youthful looks. The recovery times were less, the side effects few and far between and the price tag far lower.

The lunchtime facelift is now used to describe a range of different facelifts and/or facial treatments designed to give a youthful appearance. There are a few different treatments.  Let’s explore them briefly to see which, if any, suit you.

Mini facelift
This term often refers to a facelift which does still carry a surgical element but where the cuts are far smaller and recovery periods are limited to a few days rather than a few weeks.  Only local anaesthetic is required and the procedure takes around one to one and a half hours to complete. Its effects are subtle, natural and great for people who are worried about jowls or excess skin.

Botox
A popular choice of ‘facelift’, this procedure sees Botox injected into troublesome areas including eye […]

How to Look Good in a Hurry

Here at Swann Beauty we provide a fantastic range of non-invasive procedures to help you to look your best and achieve the face and figure you’ve always wanted. However, we also understand that sometimes a beauty procedure is just not an option right now for various reasons like lack of time or money. So we’ve put together a simple guide to looking good right now with minimum effort!

Get bronzed: We all tend to feel a little more sexy and confident when we have a tan! A spray tan or even a well-applied home self tan can work wonders. It gives you a healthy glow and can even give the appearance that you’ve lost a few pounds so it’s a great confidence booster.
Exfoliate: Dead skin cells can make your skin luck dull and lacklustre. Get your healthy glow back by sloughing away dead skin cells with an exfoliator. A gentle facial scrub will reveal glowing, healthy skin and make you look fresh and full of life. Use a body scrub or a body brush everywhere else to clear away the cobwebs and feel much more radiant.
Moisturise: In the summer months hot weather and sweat can dry your skin out, and in the winter air conditioning and wrapping up warm can have the same affect. Combat dry, scaly skin by using a moisturiser or body butter after showering to put some much-needed moisture back into your skin and get it looking radiant and youthful again.
Maximise your eyes: Combat dark circles by using eye cream. Try chilling it before use to tackle any puffiness first thing in the morning. Keep your eyebrows groomed as they help to shape and define your eye area and your face as […]

What is Mesotherapy?

At some point in their lives most women will experience cellulite. This unfavourable condition affects more women than men, and is usually found on the thighs and bottom. Cellulite can be identified by its dimpled, lumpy appearance, similar to orange peel. The fact that 95% of women will suffer from cellulite provides little consolation to those women who no longer feel comfortable wearing shorts, skirts or swimwear in public.

What is cellulite?

Before you can understand how Mesotherapy works in ridding your thighs of cellulite, it’s important to understand what cellulite is and how it is formed. Cellulite is caused when changes in metabolism, too much dieting, hormonal factors and genetic factors lead to a build up of fatty tissue, coupled with fluid retention.

What is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy was originally devised in 1958 by Dr Michael Pistor as a medical technique used to treat conditions including rheumatology, vascular diseases, sports injuries and to improve the circulation. However, it was quickly discovered that Mesotherapy proved highly effective in treating aesthetical conditions like cellulite. The word “meso” refers to the mesoderm, or the middle layer of the skin, which is where the Mesotherapy is focused when treating cellulite.

How does Mesotherapy work?

The way Mesotherapy works is by stimulating the mesoderm layer of skin via the injection of small amounts of natural, homeopathic agents and vitamins. The aim of these injections is to break down the cellulite, improve circulation and boost lymphatic and venous drainage. Vitamin C is injected into the skin as it improves the tone of the overlying skin, giving it a more taut appearance.

Mesotherapy is a quick and relatively pain-free treatment. In fact, patients can usually carry on with their daily activities immediately afterwards. Most patients will require two […]

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers

There’s no escaping from the fact that as our bodies age our skin loses elasticity. Various factors such as over-exposure to the sun, pollution, and lifestyle factors can increase the speed at which a woman’s skin loses it elasticity and bounce. At one time there was very little choice for women who wanted to halt the skin aging process. Nowadays we have many options at our fingertips ranging from anti-aging cream to surgery. Here at Swann Beauty we believe there’s a better option that’s quicker than creams and less invasive and final than surgery: dermal fillers.

Dermal fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid which is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. Its role is to bind water molecules and act as a lubricant and shock absorber in moveable parts of the body. It is also responsible for transporting nutrients and regulating water balance in the skin. Dermal fillers boost the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, revitalising and adding volume to the skin, thus diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Here we’re going to take a look at some of the main benefits of dermal fillers:

Quicker than creams – Anti-aging creams are a long-term investment in your skin. Applied daily in small amounts, the results can take several months to appear and may not even be very noticeable at all. Dermal fillers are injected into areas of the skin that need a little extra plumping and the results can be seen almost instantly.
Quicker than surgery – Most dermal filler procedures take less than an hour, so you can have your face plumped in your lunch hour then return to work straight after! Surgery tends to give slightly better results […]