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About Skin Essentials founder Mariga

About Mariga: skin & beauty industry expert


I graduated from the renowned Loriam School of beauty therapy in 1991 with internationally recognised qualifications from I.T.E.C., C.I.B.T.A.C. and the beauty world’s most prestigious diploma: C.I.D.E.S.C.O.

Over the next ten years I worked with some of the top international beauty
houses both here and in the UK, while continuing to study and learn everything I could about the beauty industry and my particular passion: skincare.

In 2000 I opened my first salon in Wexford Town and have spent the last eighteen years establishing Skin Essentials as the premier name in Ireland for unparalleled facial skincare treatments. Through constant education and innovation I have remained at the forefront of all the exciting changes in treatment technology and ingredients, finally culminating in the launch of my professional and home care product range Skin Essentials by Mariga. 

Among the qualifications I have achieved are Master Microneedling with Lance Setterfield and Advanced Skin Diagnostician with Florence Barrett Hill, both of which I am the only therapist in Ireland to currently hold.

I am a contributing beauty expert for Irish Beauty trade magazine where I contribute opinions and advice on current industry concerns and am a regular speaker at national beauty trade shows where I give seminars and workshops on the business of beauty as well as technical aspects of professional treatments and products. I have also contributed expert skincare advice for South East Radio’s morning mix show where I discussed skin problems and answer listeners’ questions.

I have been appointed as Irish delegate to the European committee for standardisation whose objective is to develop a standard for the management and quality of beauty professional services in Europe. This is a project particularly close to my heart as I believe that raising standards for all is a must in our industry which has seen too many casualties as a result of deep discounting leading to compromised standards.We aim to have the standard published in 2018. I am available for comment on the progress of the committee on our main number 053 9145981.

I am a founder member and executive council committee member of HABIC, Hair And Beauty Industry Confederation, Ireland

I am extremely proud to have been invited to become the first Irish member of the International Association of Applied Corneotherapy, an international expert group whose purposes and objectives are dedicated to the advancement of scientific research in the realm of Corneotherapy and related sciences such as dermatology, cosmetology, and corneobiology. I am the first and only therapist in Ireland to have graduated with the International Pastiche Advanced Skin Diagnostic Technician qualification.

In 2016 I published my first e-Book ‘The Skincare Rules’, a handbook of advice for everyone serious about getting, and keeping, great skin for life. It is available on Amazon UK here and Amazon US here as well as many other territories worldwide.

When I am not writing, training or concocting new skincare products, I like to hang out with my husband and cats while binge watching box sets on Netflix, or to cook extravagant and very spicy Indian feasts for anyone brave enough to try them!