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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.

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...

Product Spotlight: Ultra A Range

26th October 2017
Product Spotlight: Ultra A Range

New and improved! The Ultra A Range has been reformulated to include Ultra-RETI micro particles that can be more quickly absorbed into the skin and because the molecules are smaller, they are more efficient at significantly plumping the skin's appearance.

No skincare regime should be without Retinol, one of the most effective ingredients for improving the signs of ageing. As a pure form of Vitamin A, Retinol helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, acne, sun damage and age spots. Retinol also induces the skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid; an essential component of the dermal matrix (along with collagen and elastin) helping plump and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Working to increase your skin’s cell turnover, Retinol will helping the skin’s surface to appear smoother and more refined.

The Ultra A range has been developed with pure Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid, and contains a powerful comple... Continue reading

Product Spotlight: Sunscreen Range

27th September 2017
Product Spotlight: Sunscreen Range

Now that it’s Spring, it’s more important than ever to ensure your skin is kept protected from the sun’s harsh rays. It’s no secret that your skin can be damaged by the sun even on a cloudy day, so sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine. Check out our favourite SPF’s from Ultraceuticals!

 

Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser Range

We love this range from Ultraceuticals, which is perfect as an everyday sun protectant. The range includes the Hydrating SPF 30, Hydrating SPF 50+, Mattifying SPF 30, Mattifying SPF 50+, and a Sheer Tint SPF 30. For Normal-Dry skin types, the Hydrating option is great for retaining moisture, and ensuring your skin won’t feel dried out after application. For Normal-Oily skin types, the Mattifying option will help absorb excess oil whilst protecting your skin. Lastly, if you’re looking for a natural glow with your SPF, the Sheer Tint provides natura... Continue reading

Treatment Spotlight: Laser Genesis Facial

27th September 2017
Treatment Spotlight: Laser Genesis Facial

We call this treatment the ‘Hollywood Facial’, and for good reason! The Laser Genesis treatment is a breakthrough laser facial treatment that’s fast becoming the secret of celebrities as the alternative to botox. Laser Genesis is specifically designed to stimulate your skin’s natural processes. It works to remodel collagen to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture. It’s also great for repairing sun damage and facial redness, making it the perfect treatment to get your skin ready for spring!

 

We find that as the months get warmer, we prefer to wear less makeup so a regular course of Laser Genesis treatments will do wonders for your skin, and your confidence! During the treatment, small areas of your skin are heated to the optimal temperature of between 39-41 degrees to stimulate new collagen formation. Although the process does involve heating. it’s relatively pain-free and the treatment can feel li... Continue reading

The Best Cleanser for Your Skin Type

27th September 2017
The Best Cleanser for Your Skin Type

Cleansing is an essential element of any skincare routine, helping to remove dead skin cells, oil, dirt, makeup and other impurities from your complexion. Cleansing also helps to unclog your pores and prevent congestion which can cause acne. But with many different types of cleansers available, it’s hard to know which particular cleanser is best for your skin type. Our top 5 cleansers are suitable for many different skin types, and can also help with other skin imperfections like dull skin, blemishes and pigmentation.

 

For Normal - Dry Skin: Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser

This gentle cleanser is made from a richly hydrating formula so it’s perfect for skin in need of moisture. It contains ingredients like Vitamin B5, cucumber and grape seed oil, and it’ll leave your dry skin feeling soft and supple.

 

For Normal - Combination Skin: Ultra Balancing Gel Cleanser

If you’re looking for a cleanser th... Continue reading

Annie's Promotion

16th September 2017
Annie's Promotion

Annie has been promoted to Head Therapist!

Annie as Head Therapist has an active administration role in the planning, training and coaching of the fabulous team of skin specialists. Annie uses her impeccable organisational skills to treat her own clients and oversea the therapists during the course of a busy productive day at TBC.

Annie conducts one on one weekly meetings with each therapist to allow them to grow and learn from one of the best in the industry to be the best themselves. Annie motivates the team at TBC and loves watching the progress they all make as a result.

Toneya's Promotion

16th September 2017
Toneya's Promotion

Toneya has been promoted to Therapy Manager!

Toneya leads and manages by her unique calm, strong , focused manner. Her own example of focus, planning and achieving results for both her clients and the clinic overall has led her to this management role. Her new role covers the management of the therapies we offer at Total Body Concept to ensure they are trained and performed at the highest standard possible.

Toneya oversees the training of all of therapists, from new to facilitating the experienced therapists into further growth, especially with our Laser Genesis and IPL treatments. Toneya also oversees our social media direction and educational focus. She multi tasks these skills with her own client base, so life between the administration desk and her treatment room is nice and busy!

Long-haul Flight Skincare Tips

31st August 2017
Long-haul Flight Skincare Tips

If you’re heading on a long haul flight soon, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for the intense effects of flying. We recommend getting your skincare sorted before you leave the country, so you won’t have to worry about breakouts, dry or dehydrated skin while you’re on holiday. Follow our guide for maintaining your skin, even at 30,000 feet.

  • Keep drinking water - bring an empty water bottle onto the plane and ask a flight attendant to fill it up as soon as you got on board. Keep drinking throughout the flight and avoid drinking alcohol, as this will further dehydrate your body.

 

  • While onboard, remove all makeup with travel pack and apply B2 hydrating serum. The hyaluronic acid will help to draw moisture into the skin and keep your complexion hydrated.

 

  • Apply a hydrating mask in a thin layer, and leave it on as you sleep. This is key for keeping your skin l... Continue reading

The best facial for long-haul flights

31st August 2017
The best facial for long-haul flights

Get a facial before you fly: Getting a facial like the intensive hydrating peel-off mask, will help your skin to stay hydrated and plump throughout the flight.

The mask draws hyaluronic acid into the skin, giving your complexion an extra boost right before you travel. During the facial, you skin will be cleansed, exfoliated, and massaged, before a hyaluronic acid serum is applied as well as a rubberised intensive hydrating peel-off mask for 10-15 minutes.

During the time it’s on, hyaluronic acid is drawn from the mask into the skin using osmosis. As a powerful and hydrating ingredient, using hyaluronic acid is one of the best ways to ensure your skin stays plump, even throughout your long haul flight, and with ability to draw up to 1000x its weight in water into your skin, there’s no better facial than this one.

Be sure to book in for a facial as close to your departure as possible, and ask us about our ot... Continue reading

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