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The Best Foods to Boost Mood, Health and Wellness

Good Food, Good Mood

You’ve probably heard of the term “Good Mood, Good Food”, but what does it mean?

The science about foods that improve your mood is clear; one of the benefits of eating healthy is how you feel.

Research has shown the effect of diet on mental health. This is due to the nutrients contained in mood-elevating foods needed to balance the chemicals in your brain.

These chemicals influence your mood, energy levels, sleep, appetite and sex drive, as well as the healthy functioning of the body. Strongly connected to food for good mood is the production of serotonin — the happiness chemical.

You can boost serotonin with exercise. Doing things that make you feel special and happy is vital for good mental health. There is a lot of talk about self-care, and you will probably have an occasional hot bubble bath or spend an hour just reading a book or listening to music. Doing things just for you is essential to your health and wellness.

What Is Serotonin?

Serotonin is a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells produced by the central nervous system. Serotonin functions as a neurotransmitter and is vital for neural activity in the brain and nervous system.

The body requires the amino acid tryptophan, various vitamins, minerals and folic acid to produce serotonin. Low serotonin levels have been linked to tryptophan deficiency and low mood. Eating food containing this amino acid is essential for the body to produce serotonin.

Why Does Serotonin Make You Happy?

Although serotonin levels are typically associated with mental health, the chemical also contributes to physical health. The four brain chemicals related to mood are serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins. Each one of these chemicals has a different role. The effects of the four chemicals are:

  1. Serotonin is a mood stabiliser and increases feelings of well-being.
  2. Dopamine increases motivation and is released when you feel a “buzz” of happiness, such as getting a promotion or passing an exam.
  3. Oxytocin helps you trust and feel a close bond with someone and is released when you feel love.
  4. Endorphins are released when you exercise and provide pain relief and an extra boost of energy.

What Are the Best Foods to Boost Mood and Energy?

The key element to eating foods that boost your mood is a balanced diet. To produce serotonin and other chemicals, your body needs a mixture of food containing complex carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids and various vitamins and minerals.

Additionally, the function of the gut is linked to a good mood. To keep your gut healthy, you should also eat food with probiotics that are high in fibre. Staying hydrated is also vital for your gut health and to prevent constipation.

Sugar is another factor to help with depression. Sugar is needed by the body, but too many people eat too much. Refined carbohydrates like biscuits, cakes, chocolate and sweets are high in sugar. You may need these types of food when you feel tired or low and need a boost. Easily digestible, refined carbohydrates cause a quick rise and then drop in glucose. When glucose levels plummet, it can directly impact serotonin levels and could contribute to symptoms of depression.

To maintain glucose levels and a healthy, balanced diet, you should eat:

  1. Complex carbohydrates such as whole-grain bread and pasta, cereals, brown rice, oats, lentils, seeds and nuts.
  2. High protein foods like white meat, lean red meat, seafood, cheese, soya products, lentils, seeds and nuts.
  3. Probiotics found in live yoghurt and probiotic drinks.
  4. Fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6 found in oily fish such as salmon and sardines, avocados, eggs, dairy products, olives, seeds and nuts.

Keeping your glucose levels stable may also help with weight loss and tummy fat reduction, which can also boost confidence and mood.

Nine Superfoods That Boost Mood

  1. Avocado
  2. Asparagus
  3. Spinach
  4. Sweet Potato
  5. Lentils
  6. Raspberries
  7. Watermelon
  8. Bananas
  9. Walnuts.

Including superfoods in your diet is a good way to improve your mood. Certain foods interact with antidepressants and other types of medication. If you take medication, check with your GP and pharmacist if there are any foods you shouldn’t eat.

Eating the right food helps prevent a chemical imbalance in the brain. However, your mood can also be affected by what’s happening in your life, such as financial pressure, struggling with bereavement, relationship or family problems. If your mood is low or you feel constantly anxious, it is often due to more than what you eat. It is a good idea to speak to your GP about how you feel. Life can be hard, so be kind to yourself.

What Is the Best Health and Wellness Treatment?

Do you need some “me” time? At home, it can be almost impossible to find time — or maybe you just need a boost. Infrared sauna therapy gained popularity in 2021 and is still in demand in 2022. Infrared saunas and body pods offer various health benefits associated with boosting your mood and overall health and wellness. Unlike traditional saunas, which heat the body using air, infrared saunas use infrared light.

Research Has indicated using an infrared sauna may help inhibit cortisol production and reduce stress and anxiety, and have other benefits, including:

Click HERE to find out more about infrared sauna therapy at Body Lipo Lincoln, a medically-led aesthetic clinic. Offering a wide range of treatments using the most advanced technology, we are here to support you with your health and well-being.

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Personalised Skin Care: Why Does It Matter?

The Importance and Benefits of Good Skin Care 

The benefits of a skin care routine include: 

  1. Keeping skin healthy 
  2. Reducing fine lines and wrinkles 
  3. Maintaining hydration
  4. Preventing acne
  5. Helping skin to look flawless.

What Is Personalised Skin Care?

Personalised skin care products work with individual skin types and address specific concerns. Numerous top-selling brands, such as Decléór, have launched personalised skincare ranges. One way top brands provide advice is through online questionnaires designed for customers interested in skincare products for their skin type, age and lifestyle. 

What Is the Difference between Customised and Personalised Skincare?

The vast array of skincare products can be confusing, especially if you consider buying customised or personalised skincare. So what is the difference between them?

Customisable skincare products are created for individual customers based on their specific requirements. Meaning ingredient combinations can be changed to suit particular skin types and goals and offer customers truly customised skincare products.  This Glamour article reports that some companies also provide the option to add your own name onto the bottles of skincare products. 

Personalised skincare is not necessarily customisable. Numerous companies that advertise personalised skincare offer a selection of pre-manufactured products that have been selected based on skin concerns and skin type. There are advantages and disadvantages to both custom-made and pre-manufactured skincare products.   

Advantages of customisable skincare include the option to select different ingredients designed to treat different combinations of individual skin concerns. This means someone with dry skin who does not want a specific ingredient such as salicylic acid can be sure this will not be in their products. A disadvantage is that it costs more to mix individual products per order. 

On the other hand, pre-manufactured products combine specific ingredients that can produce better results when used together. This is why skincare brands spend huge amounts of money on research before creating their products. In some ways, this is another reason why a personalised selection of pre-manufactured skincare can be much better value.  

Why Should You Trust a Dermatologist?

Dermatologists are not the same as skin care consultants who determine skin type and the best skin care routine to follow and recommend products. Dermatologists are medical doctors who undergo the same medical undergraduate training as other doctors. 

After becoming a qualified doctor, dermatologists must pass the Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) exams before proceeding with specialist training at a teaching hospital to be awarded a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST). The next step is to apply for consultant posts, where they are in charge of individual patients care and treat skin diseases, such as eczema and diagnose and treat skin cancer. 

Five Dangerous Ingredients in  Skin Care Products

When you consider that the ingredients in skin and hair care products can be absorbed through the skin, it is no wonder dermatologists recommend avoiding the following harmful ingredients:

  1. Methylisothiazolinone (MI) — Considered a sensitising agent, this ingredient is used in pesticides! It is highly toxic and an allergen that can cause skin reactions and irritation.
  2. Parabens — These chemicals are used to make skincare products last longer. Research has indicated they may escalate the cellular damage from UV rays, speeding up the ageing process and leading to fine lines and wrinkles. However, the main concern is that advancing the effect of UV exposure may increase the risk of skin cancer. (Look out for Methyl, Propyl, Ethyl and Butyl).
  3. Formaldehyde — If this chemical sounds familiar, you have probably heard it is used to preserve corpses and is also contained in cigarettes. Formaldehyde is classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Formaldehyde is also a skin irritant yet is in a surprising variety of skin and hair care products. (Look out for DMDM Hydanton and Urea).
  4. Phthalates — This ingredient is highly toxic. Phthalates have been linked to health issues, with research indicating they may cause damage to the kidneys, liver and thyroid glands. What is really scary is manufacturers do not need to legally list it in the ingredients! The best way to avoid phthalates is to look for products labelled “phthalate-free”.
  5. Propylene Glycol (PG) — Research has indicated this ingredient can cause skin irritation. Numerous studies have also shown Propylene Glycol is toxic and may increase the absorption of other harmful skincare ingredients.

Personalised Skin Care with Body Lipo Lincoln Skin Club

Confused? We get it; who has time to check the ingredients of every product? And who wants to avoid the “power ingredients” known to help prevent skin ageing, acne, dry skin and a whole range of other skin-related issues? 

Let us take away the guesswork with an in-depth skin consultation and a range of treatments that will keep your skin looking healthy and at its very best. Not only do you benefit from treatments at our medically led clinic when you join the skin club, you just pay one monthly fee and save money on the standard cost for all of the treatments.

Click HERE for more information about Skin Club Membership Treatments.

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Is Your Contraception Causing Acne?

Acne does not just happen to teenagers; women can suffer from acne all the way up to and during menopause. At Body Lipo Lincoln, we believe that beautiful, clear and stress-free skin shouldn’t be something you just dream about. We want to make it happen, and as part of our in-depth consultation process, we will discuss all aspects of your health. 

If you want to know if your contraception may be causing acne or making it worse, you don’t need to wait to come to see us. This post covers all of the most common questions we get asked about acne and the contraceptive pill — and other forms of hormonal contraception.

Hormonal  Acne

Hormonal acne is acne that affects women and men. Men tend to be impacted if they are receiving testosterone therapy or use steroids. Women tend to be more severely affected by natural hormonal fluctuations, resulting from menstruation, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy and menopause. These changes can cause excess sebum, which clogs pores and traps dead skin cells, increasing bacterial growth and leading to acne. Hormonal acne is common for women aged 20 to 49 and tends to cause blackheads, whiteheads and subdermal cysts that form sore, tender, red lumps under the skin.   


Contraception and Acne

Research has shown that increased hormonal therapy for acne can be effective, and the combined pill may be prescribed to help reduce acne. Below are hormonal contraceptives that have been associated with acne, which can appear in various areas of your body, including your face, neck, chest, shoulders and back. 


Progesterone Only Pill

The progesterone-only pill (POP) is often referred to as the mini-pill, brands include Cerazette®, Aizea®, Cerelle®, and Feanolla®. The mini-pill does not contain oestrogen and may be recommended to women concerned about weight gain. The mini-pill is also considered a safer option than the combined pill for women at risk of blood clots, who smoke or have a history of migraines and/or high blood pressure. Unfortunately, the mini-pill is associated with acne, and if you are suitable for the combined pill, you may want to consider swapping if acne is becoming a real issue. 

Contraceptive Injection, Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUDs) and Hormonal Implants


All forms of contraceptive injections, hormonal IUDs and hormonal implants have been linked to acne. Various types include:


  • Depo-Provera injection is the most common brand name for the contraceptive injection, often referred to as the Depo injection, or Depo shot. 
  • Mirena coil is the most used hormonal IUD. Although other brands all work the same way, some last longer than others. 
  • Nexplanon implant is the most common brand of subdermal hormonal implant and consists of one flexible rod placed under the skin in the inner arm.


If you are acne-prone, it’s best to avoid the above contraceptives. If you can’t take another form of contraception, don’t despair; we have various treatments that have been proven to be effective at reducing and preventing the recurrence of acne. 

Ways to Prevent Acne 

There are various ways to help prevent acne that might also help reduce acne already present. 

Staying Hydrated

When you are dehydrated, this may increase oil production. Although drinking water is probably what comes to mind when you think about staying hydrated, herbal tea offers an alternative. Herbal tea can be hot or made and put in the fridge for a refreshing cold drink. With so many flavours, herbal tea is a great option if you’re not keen on water.

Avoid Touching Your Face

Our hands are covered with bacteria, and washing hands will not remove all bacteria which will transfer whenever you touch your face. This bacteria can contribute to acne and impurities that you can’t see and to clogged pores, all of which can cause acne and breakouts. 

Washing Skin

Avoid scrubbing skin, which can cause irritation and increase oil production. Also, do not use flannels or face cloths as it is difficult to judge how much you are rubbing the skin. Additionally, unless you use a fresh one every day, flannels and face cloths are a breeding ground for bacteria. Use fingers to apply face wash and apply in small circular motions. Rinse off with warm, not hot, water and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel. Wash your hair regularly and try to avoid letting your hair fall across your face.

Skincare and Facials

The ingredients in the skincare and makeup products you use can impact oil production and increase acne. Using the correct products can also reduce acne and help prevent future breakouts. With so many different ingredients, it can feel impossible to know what skincare products and facials are best when you have acne-prone skin. This is where our skin club membership can save you money and make your life easier. 

We know that various factors can cause acne, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We will always put results over profit and never perform a treatment or recommend a product if we don’t believe you will have a high likelihood of positive results. 

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Does a Non-Surgical Facelift Work?

Various microneedling devices are available, and they are not all the same! If you are looking for a microneedling treatment to refresh your overall facial appearance, one of the most important things to check is the type of device being used. The SkinPen is the only microneedling device classified as a C.E Class 1 medical device in the UK. Also, the SkinPen is manufactured in the USA and is the first microneedling device to receive FDA clearance.

Why choose Microneedling treatment with the Skinpen?

  • Single-use, sterile needle cartridge to prevent cross-contamination
  • Clinically proven to be safe for all skin tones
  • Stimulates production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid 
  • Lifts and plumps skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Treats sun damage
  • Reduces pore size
  • Smooths acne scars
  • Evens out pigmentation
  • Improves skin texture.

Treatment time: 30-60 minutes.

Downtime: skin redness for around 48 hours.

Radiofrequency Skin Tightening

If you prefer to avoid needles, this treatment might be for you! Clinically proven and FDA cleared, radiofrequency skin tightening treatment is painless and uses radio waves to gently heat the dermis (deeper layers of tissue below the skin surface). The heat stimulates collagen production and cell regeneration. 

This treatment provides instant and visible chin tightening and lifting — skin tone and elasticity will continue to improve over the following months. 

Why Choose a Radiofrequency Facelift?

  • Immediate effects
  • Used since 2011 
  • Triggers collagen production
  • Increases levels of hyaluronic acid
  • Lifts and tightens skin
  • Improves facial contours
  • Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles 
  • Reduces effects of sun damage.

Treatment time: 30-60 minutes.

Downtime: minor skin redness, which may last up to 24 hours.

Facials

There are so many facials available that it can be overwhelming and difficult to know the best treatment for anti-ageing skin. Can a facial make a difference? The answer is a big fat yes! Facials allow for the deeper penetration and infusion of clinically proven ingredients. So what are the ingredients that help the skin stay hydrated, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone and boost collagen?

  • Hyaluronic acid is essential for the skin to retain moisture and is naturally produced by the body.
  • Retinol has been used for over 40 years and is also known as Vitamin A. Don’t underestimate how powerful this ingredient is! 
  • Vitamin C is a collagen booster and provides a barrier against pollutants and anti radicals that contribute to skin ageing. 

Top Celebrity Facials

We can’t all be celebrities, but we can certainly follow their beauty routines for celebrity skin. Is it time for a facial?

The Red Carpet Facial

The Red Carpet Facial is one of the most popular facials among celebrities for good reason. This is considered one of the best, if not the best, facial for anti-ageing. With a combination of individual treatments to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin smoother, plumper, and tighter, the red carpet facial really can make you look fresher instantly!

How does the Red Carpet Facial work?

  • A deep exfoliation peel is applied, containing enzymes to gently but effectively banish dead skin cells. This brightens skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. 
  • Radiofrequency treatment is then used to tighten skin and define facial contours immediately.

Have you recently looked at yourself on a webcam and thought you look older than you want to? You’re not alone. The “zoom boom” has meant that many people look at themselves on webcams with extra scrutiny. Although ageing may not always be the primary concern, everyone wants to look well-rested and fresh. Wrinkles, sagging jowls and dull skin can all contribute to how you are perceived, especially when your face and neck is the main focus during virtual meetings! 

Botox and dermal fillers might be the quickest way to smooth out wrinkles, add volume and contour the face, but they have serious associated risks and complications. These include necrosis (death of cells) which causes the skin to “rot” away, granulomas, which are small lumps of filler that can cause bumps under the skin and permanent nerve damage, to name a few.

Advancements in treatments such as radiofrequency have changed what was ever previously thought possible. More than ever, going under the knife may not be needed to achieve a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance. Let’s take a closer look at non-surgical treatments and how they work to reduce wrinkles, smooth deep creases, improve skin tone and define facial contours.

Microneedling Treatment for Lifted, Tighter, Smoother Skin

Microneedling treatment is a clinically proven skin tightening treatment with incredible, long-lasting results and almost no downtime or risks. It is not surprising this has become such a popular treatment. Microneedling devices work by penetrating the skin to trigger micro-injuries, stimulating cell rejuvenation to remodel the skin structure effectively. 

This process has three stages:

  1. Inflammation — when the needle punctures the skin, blood flow is stimulated, and new cells form. 
  2. Proliferation — the micro-wounds repair with new cells, and new blood vessels develop.
  3. Remodelling — the wound is healed with the new cells and blood vessels, effectively creating “new” skin.
  • The next stage is an application of a face mask which is high in concentrated hyaluronic acid, to increase moisture retention for plumper looking skin.
  • The final stage is a facial massage with a peptide serum to stimulate blood flow and leave skin looking brighter.

The HYDR02 Facial

This facial is loved by Kate Winslet and is a Bazaar beauty team recommended facial. With a combination of seven treatments, this facial uses the latest technology and provides (in our opinion) results that are almost equivalent to treatment with botox and fillers.

How does the HYDR02 Facial work?

  • The facial starts with a Hydro Peel that uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) to deeply cleanse and hydrate for brighter, smoother skin. 
  • Exfoliation with active ingredients, Kojic Acid and Retinol remove dead skin cells and increase collagen production to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
  • The effect of oxygenation is then created with a patented spray to help skin cells retain more moisture for plumper, more youthful-looking skin.
  • Electroporation uses an electrical pulse to increase cell membrane absorption. This allows products to work better by penetrating the deeper layers of the dermis.
  • Collagen production is then given an extra boost with radio-frequency, which helps to tighten and lift skin. 
  • Ultrasound is then combined with a hydrating mask, which helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
  • The next step is often called the Fire and Ice facial and can also be done as a completely separate facial. Using an advanced applicator, the therapist applies heat, which stimulates blood supply and opens pores, to further increase product absorption. Cryotherapy is then used to reduce inflammation, close pores and lift and tighten skin.

Now let’s be honest, non-surgical treatments will not deliver the dramatic results you can achieve with a surgical facelift. With that in mind, skin tone, texture and “plumpness” can undoubtedly be improved by non-invasive treatments. 

Feeling inspired, but not sure which treatment is right for you? Our Skin Club membership includes in-depth skin consultations. We recommend the best treatments for your concerns, and you receive a range of monthly treatments at a significantly reduced cost.

Alternatively, please feel free to call our friendly team on 01522 523777.

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New Year, New You. What Are the Top Cosmetic Treatments You Should Try?

New Year is a perfect time to consider professional self-care and aesthetic treatments. Technological advancements and new treatments provide faster, safer and more effective solutions for almost every concern. We asked Louise White, an award-winning aesthetic therapist and recognised expert on anti-ageing procedures and women’s health, about the expanding field of non-surgical treatments.  

Louise is an advocate for safe practices in the non-surgical treatment area and constantly explores new techniques and advancements. With technological advances, the top aesthetic treatments are continually evolving to improve on existing concepts and deliver safer and more effective results.

Whether you just need some ‘me time’ or you want to boost your confidence, there will be a wellness and aesthetic treatment that can help. Here are the top treatments that can make a huge difference to how you look and feel! 

Face and Neck Rejuvenation

Signs of ageing are often a result of lifestyle, sun exposure and genetics. Facelift and neck lift plastic surgery procedures might offer effective solutions, but they also come with a long list of possible risks and complications

So, what is the most effective non-surgical solution for skin tightening and reducing fine lines and wrinkles? 

Skin Pen Microneedling 

We are confident that Microneedling is one of the most effective and safest ways to produce long-lasting skin tightening and rejuvenation. At Body Lipo Lincoln, we use the most advanced CE Class1 medical device available in the UK. 

Key Benefits of Microneedling Treatment 

  • Fast: Skin Pen Microneedling treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. Optimum results are normally visible within four and six weeks.
  • Side effects: The treatment leaves skin with a similar feeling to mild to moderate sunburn, and any redness should fade within a day. 
  • Effective: The Microneedling pen creates thousands of micro-injuries that trigger long-term collagen production. This reaction naturally tightens and plumps skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. 
  • Long-lasting: The results last between 3 to 4 months. We guarantee you will want to have maintenance treatments when you see the amazing difference!

Microneedling Treatment Post-Care

We use clinically proven Skinfuse® skincare products developed specifically for use after Microneedling treatment. 

Click HERE to find out more about Microneedling Treatment at Body Lipo – Lincoln.

Body Sculpting and Fat Reduction

Most people have pockets of stubborn fat, especially under the chin and around the abdomen and hip area, inner thighs and upper arms. Liposculpture and Liposuction offer a way to remove fat cells from the body. However, plastic surgery comes with risks, complications and downtime! A non-surgical alternative body sculpting treatment that has been clinically proven to work is Cryolipolysis/Cryotherapy, often referred to as coolsculpting.

Key Benefits of Cryolipolysis Treatment 

  • Fast: Cryolipolysis treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated. Results are normally visible within two weeks and will continue to improve over the next couple of months following treatment.
  • Side effects: The area treated may be red or look darker. Following Cryolipolysis treatment, it is normal to experience mild swelling and bruising, tingling and numbness, which will usually disappear within a few hours.  
  • Effective: Fat cells are destroyed during the freezing process and naturally expelled in urine. 
  • Safe: Fat freezing is considered a comparatively safe procedure with relatively few associated risks and complications.
  • Long-lasting: The effects of fat freezing are permanent as long as you maintain a healthy BMI. For significant fat reduction, a course of treatments may be required,

Cryolipolysis Treatment Post-Care

You will probably want to just relax after treatment, and we also recommend drinking plenty of fluids to aid the body in eliminating the fat cells. 

Click HERE to find out more about Cryolipolysis Fat Freeze Treatment at Body Lipo – Lincoln.

Wellness and Self Care

Feeling good about yourself is more than skin deep. One of the newest trends of 2021 — and for good reason — is Infrared Sauna Therapy. A session in our Body Pod is a chance to rejuvenate yourself inside and out.  

Infrared Saunas 

Infrared Sauna Therapy stimulates blood flow and increases circulation. This helps clear skin, improve cell function and reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue, cardiovascular, respiratory, and rheumatology problems.

Key Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

  • Fast: Infrared Sauna Therapy takes only 30 minutes. 
  • Effective: Our Infrared Body Pod, which may also be referred to as a far-infrared sauna, uses infrared waves to elevate core body temperature. Numerous studies have shown this to produce profound physiological and cellular effects.
  • Side effects: On rare occasions, some people have felt dizzy or lightheaded following Infrared Sauna Therapy. These symptoms are easily resolved by rehydrating and avoiding any strenuous activities for a few hours.
  • Long-lasting: Research has shown that the physiological and metabolic effects are likely to be long-lasting.

Infrared Sauna Therapy Post-Care

Following a session in our Infrared Body Pod, you should drink water to rehydrate. We also recommend avoiding alcoholic drinks and drinks high in caffeine and sugar for the rest of the day. 

Click HERE to find out more about Infrared Sauna Therapy at Body Lipo – Lincoln.

How to Be Your Best Self 

Body Lipo is a medically-led clinic leading the way in innovative aesthetic and wellness treatments. We believe in holistic care and supporting our clients by gaining a comprehensive understanding of their overall health and wellbeing. Our in-depth consultation process ensures we provide clients with the best possible treatments, which meet their personal requirements and expectations. Our commitment to our clients to provide the most effective treatments that deliver real and long-term results is at the core of everything we do.

The most advanced technology and devices help our team achieve the very best results for our clients. Many of our clients work together with us to create a longer-term treatment plan combining various treatments. This often helps people reach their goals faster and maintain their results long-term.

Please fill in our inquiry form to ask about your requirements or any concerns, and we will aim to respond within 24 hours whenever possible. 

Occasionally, the desired results can not be achieved with non-surgical treatments. If you are considering plastic surgery, all we ask is that you take the time to consider the possible risks and complications. In the UK, any surgeon can perform plastic surgery, and it is advisable to check your plastic surgeon is on the GMC Specialist Register, which means they have completed specific plastic surgery training and assessments. You can also find specialist plastic surgeons on the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons’ (BAAPS) find a surgeon tool and the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons’ (BAPRS) find a member tool. 

We know there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and we will always advise you honestly if we don’t believe a treatment will give you the results you want. 

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Should You Use Kegel Weights and Pelvic Floor Training Devices after Childbirth?

Following childbirth, many new mums are concerned about their pelvic floor and preventing problems such as stress incontinence and prolapse. With a new baby to care for, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by everything and make a hasty purchase of Kegel weights or a pelvic floor training device. Before you do, it is important to understand how pelvic floor muscles work. 

The pelvic floor muscles are located at the floor of the pelvis and form a hammock shape across the pelvic cavity. 

Weak pelvic floor muscles symptoms and signs include:

  • Urinary incontinence (especially stress incontinence which may happen when you cough, laugh, or exercise).
  • Faecal incontinence.
  • Reduced sensation during sex.

What Are Kegel Weights and Pelvic Floor Trainers?

Kegel weights also referred to as Kegel balls, and pelvic floor trainers are devices designed to be inserted into the vaginal canal. They are usually the shape of a cone or a ball, sometimes with a loop to pull them out. Made from a wide range of substances, although the most common is medical-grade silicone, they can be solid, firm, or pliable. Often women are led to believe that they need to use Kegel weights when exercising the pelvic floor. The hype around these products certainly seems to give that impression!

Are Kegel Weights Safe?

Kegel weights, in most cases, are safe to use, although it is essential to keep them clean to prevent bacterial infections. Some women also find that they suffer from urinary tract infections following the use of Kegel weights.

Although weak pelvic floor muscles normally cause pelvic floor dysfunction, this is not always the reason. Another condition that many women may not have ever heard about is an overactive pelvic floor. This means the pelvic floor muscles are contracted for longer periods, which can cause similar symptoms to weak pelvic floor muscles. Women who have this condition should avoid using Kegel weights, as they can worsen symptoms such as incontinence. Prior to starting any pelvic floor exercises, it is important to discuss this with your midwife or GP, who will be able to advise if you need further tests to determine the cause of your pelvic floor dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor Exercises without Kegel Weights

Kegel weights are not needed to perform pelvic floor exercises, and when done correctly without Kegel weights, the results will be the same (or even better). Many women worry that they may not be doing pelvic floor exercises correctly, hence the rise in popularity of Kegel weights! 

Three Methods to Find Pelvic Floor Muscles

Finding your pelvic floor muscles is vital before trying to do pelvic floor exercises. If you are tightening your buttock, abdominal, or thigh muscles, you will not get a result! 

  1. Sit on the toilet lid, fitness ball, or hard surface with your feet flat on the floor, Lean slightly forward so your vulval is in contact with the hard surface. With your hands on your thighs try to lift your vagina and anus off the hard surface you’re sitting on. 
  2. If you are a tampon user, try inserting one then pull gently on the string, at the same time contract your muscles around the tampon to stop it from coming out. This is a good way to isolate the correct muscles.
  3. Imagine you need to pass wind, squeeze your sphincter closed, again there should be no movement anywhere else. Placing your hands under your buttock and trying this sitting up may help.
  4. Previously it was recommended that your try to stop your urine flow to locate your pelvic floor muscles. If you are really struggling, this can be one of the easiest methods. The NHS advice is not to do this too often, as it may lead to urinary tract infections and issues with your bladder.

How Do I Know If I Am Doing Pelvic Floor Exercises the Right Way?

Manufacturers try to sell the benefits of Kegel weights by making it easier to know if you are doing pelvic floor exercises correctly. This is a clever and cynical technique as it is still possible to do pelvic floor exercises wrong even with Kegel weights. Once you have located your pelvic muscles, pelvic floor exercises are simple. There are two recommended methods, and it is a good idea to alternate between them.

  1. Quick pelvic floor contractions are performed by contracting your pelvic floor muscles, holding for three seconds, and then relaxing. This should be repeated ten times.
  2. Longer pelvic floor contractions involve contracting your pelvic floor muscles, counting to five, and then releasing them. When you can comfortably hold your pelvic floor muscles for five seconds, you should aim to build up to ten seconds.

Pelvic floor muscle exercises need to be done regularly, preferably multiple times a day. This can seem daunting at first, especially with so many other things to remember when looking after a baby. As with everything, when you get into the habit of doing them, it will become second nature.  

How Soon Should I Start Pelvic Floor Exercise after Childbirth? 

You should always speak with your midwife or doctor before starting pelvic floor exercises following childbirth. With natural childbirth, it is normally safe within a couple of days of the birth. But don’t worry if it’s been longer; starting pelvic floor exercises at any time (regardless of if you have recently had a baby) is strongly advised. This is because, with age, the pelvic floor muscles will usually weaken in all women. 

What Are the Alternatives to Pelvic Floor Exercises?

There were previously no real alternatives to pelvic floor exercises to strengthen weak pelvic floor muscles, that was until the Emsella Chair! The Emsella Chair is a revolutionary medical device created by a pioneer in incontinence therapy. The Emsella treatment is fast, quick, and painless, and you remain dressed during the treatment. When sitting in the Emsella chair, electromagnetic technology stimulates the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor muscles contract at the supramaximal level, which means your brain is not regulating the contractions. This makes the Emsella treatment extremely effective, with just one treatment lasting 28 minutes, comparable to 11,200 pelvic floor contractions!

If you want to know more about the Emsella treatment, please complete the form below to book an in-depth consultation. Following your consultation, you can have a trial session in our Emsella Chair if you want to. The £50 consultation fee is redeemable against any treatment plan.

The Emsella Chair Treatment – Consultation Form.

Alternatively, please feel free to call our friendly team of incontinence specialists on 01522 523777.

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Infrared Sauna

Seven Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Therapy (FIR)

1. Infrared Saunas improves blood circulation and skin complexion

Far-Infrared Saunas expand capillaries which stimulate increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygen.

It also maintains and promotes healthy lung function

If sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands), resulting in clearer skin

2. Strengthens cardiovascular system

Far-Infrared saunas can strengthen the cardiovascular system by causing heart rate and cardiac output to increase, and diastolic blood pressure to decrease – research by NASA in the early 1980s led to the conclusion that far infrared saunas stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flight

FIR and gentle tissue warming have also been shown to help improve the ‘health of the cells that line our blood vessels, which if left untreated may increase the risk of heart disorders.

The benefits of an infrared sauna include; pain relief, collagen boosting, anti-aging, skin purification, cell health, improves circulation, boosts mood, burns calories, gives you a workout (without actually working out) and gives your skin a lovely glow

3) Infrared Saunas improve detoxification

Far-Infrared sauna is excellent for detoxification and helps lymphatic cleansing

Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins.

Far-Infrared thereby promotes the elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood: poisons, heavy metals – carcinogenic substances from food processing – lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue – excess sodium associated with blood pressure – and uric acid.

Where these toxins accumulate, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. Elimination begins when an 8-10 micron Far-Infrared wave is applied to these large water molecules and the water begins to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds of the atoms that are holding together the molecules of water. As the vibration continues, breakdown of the water molecules occurs and encapsulated gases and other toxic materials are released.

4) Infrared saunas help wound healing

Some good quality experimental and clinical scientific studies (2003) from Japan have shown Infrared saunas to result in more rapid wound healing which was independent of changes in blood flow and skin temperature.

FIR helped this healing by stimulating a group of cells called fibroblasts to make more collagen which is a very important part of good wound healing and tissue repair.

Furthermore, it supports cell growth, DNA synthesis, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems such as acne and skin breakouts – anti-aging effects and lessening/softening of wrinkles due to enhanced collagen production.

5) Relaxation and pain/aches management

Infrared Saunas therapy relieves nervous tension and relaxes the auto-neuro muscles thereby helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities.

FIR reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms, as muscle fibres are heated. As a result, rapid reduction of swelling, inflammation and associated pain occurs. Relaxation of muscles and relief of muscular aches – reduces back, shoulder and neck pains.

FIR soothes tension and stress in both body and mind.

The benefits of an infrared sauna include; pain relief, collagen boosting, anti-aging, skin purification, cell health, improves circulation, boosts mood, burns calories, gives you a workout (without actually working out) and gives your skin a lovely glow

6) Immunity boosting

Infrared saunas therapy strengthen and support the Immune system by supporting increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.

“Natural killer cells in the immune system are crucial to effective immune defense. Hyperthermia releases a bunch of cytokines and heat shock proteins which make cancer cells more immunogenic that means they are better recognized by the natural killer cells. NK cells are essential in killing virus-infected cells and destroying cancer cells. The nutrients selenium, ß-glycan and zinc increase circulating levels of natural killer cells and boost their cancer-killing activity.” – Extract from an article written by Dr. Friedrich Douwes, Klinic St. Georg, Germany.

7) Cancer support

Infrared Sauna Thermal Therapy – commonly known as hyperthermia across Europe and Asia – provides support in the destruction of malignant cells which supposedly cannot survive if the temperature of the cell becomes 107.6F/42C and above

Hyperthermia is used worldwide by hospitals and thermal oncologists. Here are just a few countries that is can be found in use such as Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Hungry, Turkey, Iran, India, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan.

Hyperthermia is used extensively in Asia and Europe – especially Japan and Germany – but is only fairly recently in comparison, being researched and utilized within the UK, acknowledged and attested to by the Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Institute on their respective websites.

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Did You Know 2 in 3 Women Over 35 Experience Unexpected Leaks?

Women are pretty amazing at talking and sharing life experiences when we need to debrief or feel understood. Isn’t it funny though, that while we might be happy to share details about the colour of our baby’s poop or embarrassing moments with strangers, experiencing unexpected leaks is not often shared?

Over 70% of women have problems with unexpected peeing as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and natural ageing.

Yep — that’s a lot of us. Two in three women over 35, post-childbirth, leak a little bit when we run, laugh, bend, lift, sneeze or jump, yet hardly anyone talks about it. We don’t need to put up with “oops moments” or stop doing the things we want to do, like jumping on the trampoline with our kids, running for the bus, or simply having a good laugh.

For most women, it starts with a surprise pee that, in most cases, can be resolved with a quick change of undies and a pad. However, left untreated, urinary incontinence may worsen with time; but it does not have to be this way. Urge and stress incontinence may be common, but that doesn’t mean you should accept it as just part of being a woman!

Common Causes of Incontinence in Women

What your body typically goes through is mind-boggling. Can you imagine if men had to get pregnant, give birth or go through the symptoms women often have to cope with during menopause? It’s easy to dismiss all of these things and leaks that may occur as a result, but you shouldn’t, and you most definitely shouldn’t feel embarrassed if you are experiencing incontinence. After all, your body does amazing things, so it isn’t surprising that many women experience leaks over the age of 35. 

Postpartum Incontinence

Giving birth puts the body through extreme change, and the weakening of pelvic floor muscles during natural childbirth increases the risk of incontinence. Incontinence following delivery can also happen with a caesarean section and is associated with weaker bladder and pelvic muscles due to the weight of your uterus during pregnancy and hormonal changes (no surprise!). 

Post-partum incontinence is also referred to as post-pregnancy incontinence. Urinary incontinence is very common after childbirth and is thought to affect one in two women. What you may not know is it can happen months or even years after childbirth. The two most common types of incontinence resulting from giving birth are urge and stress incontinence. 

Incontinence and Menopause

A known cause of incontinence is hormonal changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause. These changes usually start between ages 40 and 50 and as oestrogen levels drop, urethral and vaginal tissues become thinner and pelvic floor muscles weaken.

The two main types of incontinence which usually begin during perimenopause are: 

  1. Stress Incontinence — urine leaks when you put your bladder under pressure, such as when you laugh, cough, or during high-intensity exercise.

  2. Urge Incontinence — also called overactive bladder, which causes both frequent and sudden urges to urinate and leaks due to difficulty reaching the toilet in time. 

How Can You Improve Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is not something you should put up with or accept as part of ageing. It is always advisable to approach your GP if you have experienced any leaks, no matter how small or infrequent. Leakage of urine may indicate another medical condition and should be investigated. When any other underlying causes are ruled out, there are several things you can do that may help to reduce incontinence, including:

  • Pelvic floor exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor can be done with or without using kegel weights.
  • Fibre intake can help prevent constipation which can put pressure on your bladder.
  • Fluids are essential to prevent constipation and urinary tract infections which may worsen urinary incontinence.
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol as they can cause dehydration and irritate your bladder.
  • A healthy weight is important as being overweight adds extra pressure on your bladder. 
  • HRT oestrogen replacement therapy is available through the NHS and has been shown to improve both urge and stress incontinence during and following perimenopause.
  • Pessaries, silicone rings, and medications are available through the NHS to help reduce urinary incontinence.
  • Surgical procedures can be performed if all of the above fail.

The Emsella Treatment

The Emsella treatment is an FDA-approved treatment that has been clinically proven, with 95% of users reporting a considerable improvement in the two most common types of incontinence. The treatment is simple, painless and, best of all, it is non-invasive; you don’t even need to get undressed. All you have to do is sit in the Emsella chair for less than 30 minutes. The revolutionary technology uses high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy (HIFEM), stimulating your pelvic floor at a supramaximal level. In just one session, your pelvic floor experiences the equivalent of 11200 kegel exercises. 

Completely safe with no known contraindications or recovery time, you can typically reduce or cure urge and stress incontinence with one weekly session for six weeks. An occasional top-up treatment may be required to maintain the results and remain leak-free. This revolutionary treatment is not available through the NHS, which means finding a private clinic. We spoke to Louise White, Director and Co-Founder of Body Lipo Lincoln, a medically led clinic that was one of the first in the UK to provide the Emsella treatment.

“When I started to suffer from stress incontinence, I knew I didn’t want to risk the side effects of medication or the risks of surgery. The Emsella treatment is recommended by Dr. Kohil a Urogynecologist with a specialist interest in the treatment of urinary incontinence and vaginal laxity. Although six treatments are normally enough, sometimes additional sessions can be beneficial. I am proud to say we are the only medically led clinic that will provide additional treatments without any extra cost.” Louise White

Find out more about the Emsella Chair at Body Lipo Lincoln, a medically-led aesthetic clinic. Offering a wide range of treatments using the most advanced technology, we are here to support your health and well-being.

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WHY INGREDIENTS WORK BEST TOGETHER

There’s no doubt that when I perform combination treatments there is real synergy that happens within the skin and body. 
Many of you will know eating healthy and combining this with exercise is a great combination so when it comes to the skin, combining THE RIGHT ingredients leads to a harmonious end point. This improves compliance with product use and this leads to better results. ??
This was the inspiration behind my SKIN CLUB, I know by getting the correct ingredients into the skin at the right time –  when the skin is absolutely ready for those ingredients –  ANd using the correct techniques to do so will enhance the clinical outcome of the treatment.
My aim is to take out the guess work when it comes to skincare, treatments and help you understand what’s happening with YOUR UNIQUE SKIN.
This is me at the end of a long day looking after my own skin! 
Louise ❤️01522 523777
Info@bodylipolincoln.co.uk

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Rosacea

MY PERSONAL STRUGGLE WITH ROSACEA: LOUISE’S TOP TIPS AT MANAGING ROSACEA.

If extensive and prolonged blushing cheeks and redness across the mid face is causing
you some concern or maybe your skin is becoming irritated when trying to introduce
a more grown up skincare routine and you are noticing that you are developing
blemishes that are certainly different to the usual T-Zone or hormonal breakout then
chances are you have Rosacea.

April is Rosacea awareness month and I thought I would look at this condition that
both myself any so many of clients I see in my clinic suffer with and discuss how to
help improve this irritating and debilitation condition. With the weather changing I
know I will see an increase in Rosacea clients on my clinic couch and my aim in this
blog is to help you take control over it and prevent it becoming worse.

My skin started to change in my 30’s, I would develop a flushed redness across my
cheeks as soon as I took my first sip of red wine, similarly spicy food would instigate a
prolonged flush and introducing skincare that carried a low pH such as Vitamin C

became more and more difficult. As I aged even sunscreen became a problem for my
tingling, flushed cheeks.

If you’re reading this and can relate to these symptoms and causes then the good news
is I can help you navigate your way round, what often feels confusing, skincare
routine.

Different Types Of Rosacea.

More often than not this common condition affects those aged between 30-60. This
group affected with Rosacea is commonly those with lighter skin tones but thats not to
say darker skin tones can’t suffer with Rosacea – they absolutely can, it’s just the
melanin (colour) in the skin often masks the redness and this leads to a difficulty in
diagnosis.

There are 4 main sub-types of Rosacea.

Type 1 – Erythematotelangiectatic Rosace – a mouthful to say but this type of early
Rosacea is characterised by a long lasting flush across the cheeks. The redness that
can be seen is down to dilated capillaries (telangiectasia)

Type 2 – Papulopustular Rosace – This is probably the most common type as there
seems to be an overlap with acne because as well as the redness and flushing you will
see papules (red spots) and pustules (white head spots) often seen across the cheeks,
nose and chin.

Type 3 – Phymatous Rosace – Men tend to suffer with this type of Rosacea and there
is a clear thickening across where the redness sits. If you have ever seen a thickened
nose with a bright red zone then (rhinophyma) then this is classic type 3 Rosacea.

Type 4 – Ocular Rosacea – Sore, red eyes, often blood shot and the skin around the
eyes can also feel gritty.

When I’m in a skin consultation more often than not is someone has Rosacea there is
often an overlap of all these subtypes, but regardless of what category you fall in there
is always have sensitive, irritated skin that stings when it doest like a product and this
is down to the disrupted barrier function.

Know Your Tiggers

To understand your skin and understand what triggers the ‘flare up’ will mean you
are forearmed. Cold weather, Summer days, central heating, air conditioning,
holidays abroad and skiing all have the potential to make matters worse. Because
these conditions pinch the moisture from your skin and if you have a poor barrier
function this is not ideal. Remember, if your skin is inflamed whether thats from skin
sensitivity, Rosacea or acne then your skin won’t keep the moisture in so its essential to
deal with the inflammation.

Food, if consuming alcohol and eating spicy foods cause a flush then it’s triggering a
histamine response and my advise is to go easy on these. Even coffee and hot drinks
can be a skin problem for some Rosacea sufferers.

If like me you enjoy a hot bath or a bit of hot yoga then I’m sorry to tell you this
pastime is not ideal for Rosacea skins. If you enjoy a spa day skip the sauna and relax
in the quiet room!

Skincare for Rosacea.

Keep it gently and uncomplicated. Don’t use fragrance in any of your product choices
and treat your skin like baby skin, soft movements when cleansing, definitely don’t
cleanse your face in a hot shower. If you’ve seen my video on sensitive skin then I
advocate a gentle non foaming cleanser and I’m not a huge fan of a double cleanse
because we don’t want to disrupt the skin. Avoid beauty toners they have no place in a
rosacea skin – or any skin for that matter. No essential oils and avoid chemical SPF’s
opt for a mineral one.

How to repair a disrupted skin barrier

Stop harsh cleansing and stop strong active skincare. Go back to basics. Choose a
moisturiser that has barrier boosting ingredients in it such as niacinamide and
ceramides.

Acids for Rosacea.

Stay clear of AHA;s and BHA’s and even if you have spots with your rosacea these will
be completely different than an acne blemish – the issue isn’t in the pore – so don’t fall
into the trap of reaching for the Salicylic Acid. Opt instead for an Azelaic Acid with
percentages between 5%-20%

Louise’s Final Note On Rosacea.

This is such a challenging condition to manage and can be really tricky navigating
your way through the skincare ingredients – get this bit wrong and its hard to get a
handle on the condition. If your skin is serenely inflamed then you may need to see
your GP for a prescription product, but having a long term strategy in place is

essential and once the Rosacea is managed then we can move on to tackle concerns
like anti ageing,

Louise white Bsc (hons)