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I am Debbie McGregor, owner and founder of Total Body Concept. I started the skincare clinic and day spa back in 1993. Welcome to my blog about fostering a holistic, more positive outlook on life. I have just started on my new life's mission to become a motivational speaker, and this blog will follow this journey. Enjoy!

This is a place where I would like to share my knowledge on everything from skincare and inner health to holistic living and the importance of meditation, creative visualisation and affirmations. Nothing in life is by chance – and in this blog I’ll tell you why. Come and join me as we learn to Live the Balance.

The Right Order for Applying Skincare Products

16th January 2018
The Right Order for Applying Skincare Products

To get the most out of your skincare products, it’s super important to apply them in the correct order both in the morning and at night. A comprehensive skincare routine can seem daunting at the best of times, but with our easy to follow order for applying products, you’ll be an expert in no time.

Always start your morning skincare routine with a clean face. If you’ve forgotten to take your makeup off the night before, ensure this is fully removed before beginning your routine. The general rule is to apply products from the thinnest to the thickest - so start with the lightest products.

Cleanse the skin before toning, then apply eye cream to the eye area. Follow this with serum and finish with a moisturiser with SPF. For your evening skincare routine, follow the same routine (ensuring you double cleanse to remove makeup!). As there’s no need for an SPF at night, use a hydrating night cream instead. Refer to your personalised skincare plan f... Continue reading

The best way to care for your skin in between facials

15th January 2018
The best way to care for your skin in between facials

Nothing beats the post-facial glow, and the feeling of perfectly clean and nourished skin. To make that feeling last for as long as possible, and to keep your skin in tip top condition, it’s essential that you care for your skin in between facials. Maintaining your skin will also improve the effects of regular facials, meaning your post-facial glow will last for longer. Your at home skincare regime is responsible for 70% of your results, so don’t let the hard work of your regular facials down. Here are our best ways to care for your skin in between facials...

 

Stick to your prescribed skincare routine (morning and night!)

After your facial at Total Body Concept, your skincare consultant will give you a personalised skincare plan, specific to your skin type and skin concerns. It’s so important to maintain this routine if you want to keep your skin healthy and glowing. It’s also essential that you follow the routine morning an... Continue reading

Fitness Skincare Essentials

11th January 2018
Fitness Skincare Essentials

We love exercising, and not just for that post-gym glow! But there’s also a few things to keep in mind when you’re working out. We prioritise our skincare, so our handy skincare essentials will ensure your skin stays in prime condition before, during, and after exercising. Always make sure you have the following items in your gym bag:

 

Cleanser; to remove impurities, makeup and dirt, and allow your skin to breathe freely, make sure you cleanse before and after exercising


Moisturiser; to help keep your skin nourished and hydrated, don’t forget to moisturise post-exercising. Your skin may feel dried out after all that sweating, so a moisturiser will help return your skin to its normal state


SPF; if you’re going to the gym during the day, an SPF is a must. Make sure you apply it after exercising and before you head outside - even if you’re returning to the office. Your skin can still be damaged through w... Continue reading

Change is coming to Total Body Concept!

11th December 2017
Change is coming to Total Body Concept!

Exciting things have been happening behind the scenes at Total Body Concept. Earlier this year Debbie jetted off to Paris to meet luxury French skincare brand, Thalgo - La Beaute Marine. It was here that she learnt about the ethos behind the leaders in professional marine cosmetics and experienced a facial treatment like no other.

Widely used in international skin care clinics and luxury hotel spas, Thalgo is a European household name and is championed by skin experts the world over. Over the last five decades they've extracted and concentrated over 50 marine active principles in exclusive ingredients with unrivalled properties ... soon to be available at Total Body Concept. Yes, that's right ... in 2018 we are launching Thalgo facials and skincare at Total Body Concept, exclusive to Christchurch! This means that Resultime by Collin Paris will be discontinued at Total Body Concept. This is because the owners of Resultime have decided to take their business in a new direc... Continue reading

Staff News: Debbie Returns from Europe

22nd November 2017
Staff News: Debbie Returns from Europe

Last month Debbie was away in Europe, but her busy days certainly didn’t slow down her skincare regime! Read about Debbie’s top tips for keeping your skin looking its best while travelling below...

"My travel priorities are hydration and nutrition. I always drink 2.25 litres of filtered water a day. Externally my skin care regimes stay as routine as my water drinking! That way I can prevent the nasty effects of dehydration. Here are a handful out of my regular products, that I take on the plane: I always cleanse and hydrate before getting some sleep on long haul flights, and then again before landing. My goal is to step out of the plane as hydrated and nourishes as I stepped on!"

 

How to get your skin prepped for summer

22nd November 2017
How to get your skin prepped for summer

Summer is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time to be getting your skin ready for the change in seasons. The summer season means warmer and more humid temperatures, so it’s important that your skin is ready for the change. To help you achieve beautiful skin that you can feel confident in all summer long, follow our top tips for a healthy complexion.

 

1. Stay hydrated

It might seem the most obvious step, but it’s essential that even if you drink plenty of water normally, you should still increase your water intake with the warmer months. Being out in the sun and living a more active lifestyle can take a toll on your hydration, and on your skin. Water is the best natural detoxifier, helping to flush impurities out and keep your skin moisturised from the inside out.

2. Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins

We love vitamins for the incredible impact they have on our skin, and with their anti-inflammatory properties, t... Continue reading

Product of the month: SunActive SPF50+ Range

22nd November 2017
Product of the month: SunActive SPF50+ Range

The warmer months mean more time spent outdoors, and for many this can also mean living a more active lifestyle. Time spent on the beach, swimming, hiking and running around means more time in the sun, and more time sweating. Having a sunscreen that can keep up with your busy plans while giving you the best protection against harsh UVA and UVB rays is so important, and that’s why we recommend the SunActive SPF50+ range from Ultraceuticals. It’s specifically designed for an active lifestyle, and was formulated in Australia, to provide very high sun protection against one of the harshest climates in the world.

 

The SunActive range features complete UVA and UVB spectrum sunscreen ingredients antioxidant protection and touch-dry technology for a shine-free velvet finish, so you can say goodbye to tell-tale sunscreen covered complexion. Best of all? The range is up to 4 hours water resistant, so no matter if it’s saltwater from the sea or sweat ... Continue reading

Treatment of the Month: Vitamin Infusion Facial

22nd November 2017
Treatment of the Month: Vitamin Infusion Facial

For the ultimate summer skin try the Vitamin Infusion facial. A luxury treatment designed to pack your skin full of vitamins, this facial is our go-to for prepping your skin for the warmer months and ensuring your complexion is rejuvenated and reinvigorated for the summer.

The facial is tailored to your skin needs and concerns, and includes a 12% glycolic peel, followed by vitamin infusion; a process in which we use the ultrasonophoresis machine to vibrate your skin cells and push the product up to 10x deeper into your skin using ultrasound waves. Each infusion uses a combination of Vitamins A, C and B, so you can rest assured you’re giving your skin exactly what it needs to prep for the warmer months ahead.

If you’re looking to go au natural this summer, the Vitamin Infusion facial can give you the confidence to make the most of what you’ve got - naturally!

Your Guide to Collagen

26th October 2017
Your Guide to Collagen

Collagen might be the most abundant protein found in your body, but from the age of 24 you’ll start to lose 2% of your collagen production every year. In order to keep your skin looking plump and healthy, it’s important to incorporate a regular skin care routine that helps to repair and boost these levels of collagen when they won’t naturally appear.

So what does collagen do to your skin? Simply put, it is what is responsible for keeping your complexion looking firm and giving your skin elasticity. Collagen protein makes up for 70% of the total protein in your skin, and with a lack of collagen comes the dreaded signs of ageing; an increase in wrinkles, loose skin and less elasticity.

To avoid these unwanted effects, and to keep your skin looking youthful and plump, you should be thinking about incorporating collagen-boosting products and treatments into your skincare routine.

Our favourite collagen-boosting product is the Ultra C10+ Firmi... Continue reading

Treatment Spotlight: Radiance Renewal Facial

26th October 2017
Treatment Spotlight: Radiance Renewal Facial

Are you looking for a facial that will revitalise your skin, and help boost collagen levels? The Radiance Renewing facial does just that.

The treatment begins with a cleanse, exfoliation and a hot towel to deeply clean the skin and clear the pores, before a 20% Vitamin C concentrate is massaged into the skin. Afterwards, a collagen sheet mask with 100% native collagen is applied to your face, and dampened with a multi-vitamin solution made up of vitamins A, E and B5. The mask stays on for 15-20 minutes during which time the collagen offers a 'second skin' effect to act on skin hydration and skin surface smoothing. While the mask is on a decolletage massage and scalp massage is given, and finally the the mask is removed and day products are applied.

It’s the ultimate in relaxation and revitalisation for your skin, helping to lighten and brighten your skin and giving your complexion a youthful glow.

 

Ask us today about the Rad...

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