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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.

Technology and skin (aka Beauty Tech) - what you need to know

9th June 2020
Technology and skin (aka Beauty Tech) - what you need to know

Skincare is getting techy!

Historically, the focus of skincare has primarily been about a product’s ingredients, whether it’s Vitamin C for brightening, Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, or Vitamin A for refining skin texture. Whilst ingredients are still a crucial part of a skincare regime, it’s the technology that sits alongside which you should be paying attention to, i.e. the techy ways to get ingredients deeper into the skin, and using lasers to increase collagen production. Introducing ‘beauty tech’, the future of skin care. 

At Total Body Concept we have been working with technology and skin for years. Our technology treats a range of skin concerns from acne and surgical scars, stretch marks, and melasma to age spots, fine lines and rosacea. 

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Why you need Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare routine

27th May 2020
Why you need Hyaluronic Acid in your skincare routine

Don’t be put off by the mouthful of a name, hyaluronic acid is a skin’s best friend when used well. 

What actually is hyaluronic acid? 

Naturally found in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is capable of holding 1000X its weight in water in each skin cell to ensure skin stays fresh, hydrated and youthful. However, as we age the levels of hyaluronic acid start to deplete which leads to dullness, wrinkles and lack of firmness. Never fear! There’s plenty of actions you can take to ensure your levels of this important acid are kept boosted, and here’s why you’d want to.

Benefits of hyaluronic acid

Goodbye wrinkles: Joints, skin and cells all benefit from the lubricating effects of hyaluronic acid, and as we age it’s i... Continue reading

Everything you need to know about dry and dehydrated skin.

22nd May 2020
Everything you need to know about dry and dehydrated skin.

Do you know there’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? In basic terms, dryness refers to a skin type, and dehydration refers to a skin condition. Dry skin occurs when there are fewer oil-producing glands on the face and body, whereas dehydrated skin is characterised by a lack of water in the body, not oil. The answer in both cases is to restore and hydrate!

Signs You’re Dehydrated

Not drinking enough water can affect our bodies in some unusual ways, none of which are particularly pleasant. Sometimes it can be hard to know what constitutes ‘enough’ water, but a general rule of thumb is that you should be consuming around two to three litres of water a day.

Everybody is different though, so it’s important to recognise the signs of when your body has not had enough water and is potentially dehydrated. You may know some of the more obvious signs to look out for; urine colour, dry throat, tiredness - but there ar... Continue reading

Stress and Skin: What you need to know

23rd April 2020
Stress and Skin: What you need to know

In busy times often one of the first things we start to neglect are our skincare and beauty routines. But in times of stress, skin can be directly affected, and neglecting skincare routines is one of the worst mistakes to make. We’ll show you the damage stress can cause to your skin, and why a skincare routine is so important especially when you’re feeling stressed out.

Dry Skin 

According to dermatologists, stress increases the body’s production of the hormone cortisol, which damages the skin’s ability to hold on to water. The lack of moisture can result in dry or itchy skin, and diminished luminosity leaving you looking tired. To avoid this, ensure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day with water, and use a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that naturally occurs in the body and hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

Use: Ultraceuticals B2 Hydrating Serum 

Acne

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Beneath the skin guide - mind, body and spirit

1st April 2020
Beneath the skin guide - mind, body and spirit

It’s time to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. We can adapt and we will find beauty in the situation we find ourselves in. It’s difficult when we are faced with uncertainty but we must be gentle to ourselves, warm and compassionate to others. The most powerful thing you can be in this moment is patient, especially while things are unfolding but what we do have in isolation is time to reflect and be in the moment. Social distancing is not social isolation. It can really feel more like a strong social connection.

Here are our TBC tips (with love) on how to thrive and survive.

Happiness and relaxation builds strong immunity

Remember that self-care is important to prevent sickness. We need to look after ourselves so we don’t get sick rather than when we do get sick. Eating well and getting enough light exercise keeps stress levels down and aid resilience.

Go with your gut; Nourish to flourish!

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The important role Vitamin A plays in anti-ageing

1st April 2020
The important role Vitamin A plays in anti-ageing

Vitamin A is a wonder vitamin for the skin. By ingesting Vitamin A or applying it topically on the skin it:

- Protects against UV damage;
- Slows sign of aging;
- Encourages healthy cell production;
- Clears acne; 
- Evens skin tone and gives you a healthy glow;
- Smoothes wrinkles; 
- Protects against infection; 
- Encourages skin cell production.  

Contrary to popular belief, Vitamin A does not come in one form. It’s actually the name given to a variety of related nutrients, and each variety helps perform a different role in the body.

The two main forms; retinol and carotenoid, help the body to function in different ways. Retinol is the animal form of Vitamin A, and is found in some animal products, while carotenoids are from plant sources. Its pigment is responsible for giving orange and red vegetables their bright colours.

Vitamin A derivatives

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Foods to Avoid to Ensure Healthy Skin

30th March 2020
Foods to Avoid to Ensure Healthy Skin

Diet and health have a pretty close relationship, and often what we eat can have a direct effect on the health of our skin. Sometimes the cause isn’t always obvious, but we’ve looked at the most common foods that could be causing you skin woes. It’s a good idea to take note of what foods your skin may be reacting to, and if you notice any negative effects, be sure to cut that food out of your diet to see if it makes a difference. It’s important to note, however, that every skin type is different and any specific skin concerns should be mentioned to your skin therapist.

Simple Carbs

Simple carbs such as white bread, white pasta and white rice are made up of higher amounts of sugar, and so the body breaks down these simple carbs the same way it does with regular sugar, and converts them to glucose. This is especially harming for collagen production, as the glucose sticks to the protein and can damage it’s production ability. The resul... Continue reading

Your guide to Acne and how to manage breakouts

17th March 2020
Your guide to Acne and how to manage breakouts

Clogged pores, excess oil production, poor diet and a lack of hydration can all wreak havoc on your skin, and cause acne and breakouts to form. If you’re tired of having to deal with unwanted visitors taking up residence on your skin’s surface, read our guide to banish acne, and feel confident with your complexion.

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Our Exclusive Yoga Workout Facial

17th March 2020
Our Exclusive Yoga Workout Facial

You workout your body so why not your face? That’s why we have specially designed an exclusive facial treatment for that very reason.

Our Yoga Workout facial works by stimulating the 43 muscles in your face which increases the blood circulation and stimulates collagen production, all while releasing any build up of tension in the face and neck area. It's relaxing and energising at the same time!

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Your best sun and after-sun skin care

20th February 2020
Your best sun and after-sun skin care

There are many reasons to love the sun ... We love the warmth it allows us to navigate our rivers, lakes and skies. It gives us those fuzzy feelings and gets us out more and of course, it gives life to all things on earth! But we have to be conscious of the harm it can cause if we don’t take precautions (we’re looking at you UVAs and UVBs). We want to encourage you to embrace the sun rather than hide away because that vitamin D can be blissful.

 

What are UVAs and UVBs

It can be all too confusing with UVAs and UVBs. What’s the difference and why are they harmful we hear you cry? Well, ultraviolet (UV) rays are emitted by the sun and can be divided into two types, UVA and UVB. Both affect the skin but in a different way and it’s important to get to grips with these when choosing the right sun protection.

Let’s start with the A’s

UVA rays are present all year round - as long a... Continue reading

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