Davina’s 30? Selling Sunset has us shook…

Does anyone else watch Selling Sunset on Netflix here?

I have to say I was floored when I discovered Amanza is 43 and Davina (who seems way older) is only 30!

We know its Hollywood but sometimes its fun for us to have a look at what we would recommend for them (pretending they come waltzing through the door one day 🤩).

First off, Amanza who is 43 has beautiful glowing sallow skin. So clear and dewy. But it’s Hollywood, we know there’s a tonne of make-up and perfect lighting on these girls, but bare with us.

Amanza definitely takes care of her skin. She probably drinks plenty of water, has a great home skincare routine and gets facial treatments regularly. She looks quite natural so we might be a bit naïve here and say she’s gone down the non-invasive root!? (although her forehead is looking a bit too perfect here…)

If someone like Amanza came into the Skin Essentials clinic, we would be recommending these homecare products:

Skin Essentials advanced skin treatments we’d recommend for Amanza:

  • Exceed Mironeedling – Recommended for age 25 to 45yrs to have a course of 4 over a 6 month period:
    • For skin that is showing the first signs of ageing or as an occasional collagen boost on younger skin as a pre-ageing prevention treatment. 
    • Also suitable for anyone who wants to deeply revitalise their skin whether to get started on a new skin programme, to give a reboot after winter or to maintain results of a deeper corrective programme.
    • A great choice when open pores are your main concern.
  • Mesotherapy Dermal Infusion Hyaluronic Acid – Recommended for age 30 to 45yrs. We would recommend Amanza to get a boost of this treatment every 6 months after having a course of Exceed microneedling.
    • This treatment delivers incredible hydration – not just at the surface like a facial – but deep into the epidermis where it works to produce beautiful smooth, dewy revitalised skin from the inside out.
    • Available in single treatments for those who just need a bit of a pep-up on tired, dehydrated or dull skin, or as an intensive series to restore the youthful glow to dry skin with fine lines.

Now onto Davina. She’s a beautiful woman, flawless skin and clearly has good genes, but there’s something about her that makes her look that much older then she really is!?

Of course a lot of it comes down to personality and mannerisms that can sometimes make a person seem a bit older, but there are definitely ways to care for your skin to maintain that youthful look, especially at the tender age of 30.

We would advise this home skincare routine below:

Skin Essentials advanced skin treatments we’d recommend for Davina:

  • LipoFirmMed Skin Tightening – Recommended for age 30 to 60yrs to have a course of 6 over a 6 month period:
    • This course of treatment is performed all over the face, eye contours and neck for visible results such as tighter jawline and eye area contours, neck lines are beautifully smoothed, and an over all lifted and brightened appearance to the skin.
    • We would want to specifically tighten Davinas jawline to give more of a youthful look.
    • This is a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting treatment which contributes to a firmer and more youthful-looking face, results can be seen from the first treatment.

We would also recommend Davina to have a monthly luxury facial, if anything it would help her relax as it would melt away the tensions from the work day.

Here’s the full description of our 45 min Bespoke facial treatment: Drift off in relaxation while we deeply cleanse, massage and treat your skin with a specially chosen blend of deluxe ingredients including masks/enzyme therapy and a beautifully relaxing hot stone shoulder massage.

There you have it, if you’re a 30 year old who looks like you’re 45, or a 45 year old who looks like you’re 30, it all comes down to skincare and the correct treatments for your skin to attain the youthful results you want.

Booking a treatment or consultation with us is simple, just click HERE and scroll through the appointments and times available online.

For a full treatment list at what we do here at Skin Essentials, see HERE.

And finally, to shop expert skincare online see HERE.

Happy binging Selling Sunset 😊

Can one facial really make a difference?

Can ONE facial really make a difference to your skin?

Ooh I wish I had a penny for every time someone wanted to book a facial ‘to get rid of wrinkles’ or to ‘reverse pigmentation’. Irresponsible marketing and filters really have a lot to answer for when it comes to setting expectations!

BUT – it is in fact possible to see a big difference in some skin types from a single facial. Read on to find out how…

In this post I’m talking strictly about facials, as in hands-on treatments involving things like cleansing, exfoliation, masks, maybe a little light enzyme peel or machine-aided product penetration, not the advanced treatments such as microneedling, radiofrequency or pyramid facelifts. So, now that we are on the same page, can you see a difference with one facial?

Often, yes. If it is your first facial in a long time (or ever), or if your skin has gone into a dull, dehydrated or congested state,  we will certainly be able to see a dramatic, visible difference from the first facial. This is because facials are especially good for hydration, temporary plumping, deep cleansing, pore extractions and a general sense of well being. So if that sounds like something you would benefit from, absolutely, a facial will give you the results you want. All of our facials are customised to your specific skin needs each time and prices start at €75.

Sometimes, no. If wrinkles, lax skin, acne, rosacea or pigmentation is your primary concern, then unfortunately no, a single facial will not give you the results you are looking for. Your skin WILL look better afterwards (and you will feel very relaxed) but that is because all skin conditions appear better when skin is well hydrated but there will be no effect on the underlying condition. In theses cases we would work on a programme to correct your primary concern, starting with corrective homecare then progressing to corrective treatments.

Do I recommend facials? Definitely! For skin requiring no correction, or once correction is achieved, having a facial at least every three months or so will deal with any seasonal skin changes and keep things balanced, keeping you looking younger and fresher for longer. What’s not to love?

Check out our limited edition facial we launched to combat post lockdown skin. It involves delicious Eucalyptus and Honey ingredients. This beautifully aromatic and relaxing treatment utilises the botanical power of eucalyptus enzyme to increase cellular renewal for a natural exfoliation, leaving skin soft and smooth.

Followed by a deeply hydrating and nourishing honey mask to boost the natural protective barrier of your skin for increased moisture retention and deep softness.

Book this facial online HERE.

Quick tips to help with maskne

We have a new word in our skincare dictionary – maskne! As you can probably tell, it refers to breakouts caused by the wearing of face masks. As makes are something that we have to use, and may be with us for quite some time, we need to have some new ways of treating our skin to help reduce the side effects of breakouts, chapped or sore skin.

There are two ways in which the wearing of face masks affect the skin underneath – the friction of cloth against skin and the buildup of bacteria from our mouth/breath being trapped against the skin.

The first, friction, is properly known as acne mechanica and is something that we are used to treating. It can show the following symptoms:

  • soreness
  • redness
  • flaky/chapped areas
  • impacted congestion such as blackheads, whiteheads, dry bumps which may be sore
  • rash-type appearance
  • rarely shows infected-type spots (pustules)

The aim in helping control this type of maskne is to keep the skin layers strong so that your skin is in the best possible condition to repair itself quickly and protect against barrier disruption. We focus on skin strengthening serums, anti-inflammatory ingredients and repair at night.

Here are some simple changes to your routine that will help:

  • Cleanse as soon as you get home instead of waiting for bedtime, apply a barrier repair product such as Lipid Repair Concentrate to rebuild skin defences.
  • Choose good quality cloth masks. I like cotton best, line with silk or linen for extra protection, particularly if you have to wear masks all day. Do NOT use fabric conditioner in the wash, you don’t want that against your skin all day.
  • Make sure that you have anti-inflammatory ingredients and vitamin A in your skincare products to repair and strengthen skin daily.
  • Don’t wear foundation/makeup if possible where the mask sits. The less your skin has to deal with the better.
  • Do not exfoliate too often, you need to build up your skin, not break it down.
  • If you are getting chafing where the top of the mask rests on your cheeks/under your eyes, try applying a light layer of vaseline to the area.

Good products to include:

  • Lipid Repair Concentrate is your best friend here. Add one drop of it into your morning serum for barrier protection through the day. Follow with sunscreen as normal.
  • If redness is becoming an issue, use Anti-Redness Concentrate as your morning serum.
  • Age Slowly Serum at night mixed with Lipid Repair Concentrate will rebuild skin layers and help heal damage done during the day.

In the second instance where bacteria is building up on the inside of the mask/transferring to the skin we would need to do a more personalised consultation as it will vary from person to person depending on skin type, diet, medications etc. but in general you will see infected spots (pustules) possibly a fungal aspect ( may appear as a ‘wet’ flakiness and/or individual pores/folicles visibly affected like a dotted appearance).

This is treated differently as we need to add in an anti-bacterial element to the routine, perhaps an anti-fungal and salicylic acid or a probiotic lotion to protect and restore the skin’s own microbiome.It is possible to experience both types of maskne at once. Some tips:

  • Use mouthwash regularly thought the day to reduce bacteria.
  • Change masks regularly throughout the day.
  • Don’t squeeze or pick! Get professional help from a skin therapist.
  • Use ice (wrapped in kitchen paper) to bring down inflammation in sore, infected spots.

Products to consider:

  • Ask about our cucumber probiotic toner to hydrate and balance skin’s microbiome.
  • You may need a separate specialist cleansing product for affected areas, salicylic acid or fruit enzymes can help. We will recommend one for you based on a personalised consultation.
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Delicious New Eucalyptus & Honey Facial

We have a lovely new facial waiting to welcome you back to Skin Essentials and boost your skin hydration and glow post-lockdown.

This beautifully aromatic and relaxing treatment utilises the botanical power of eucalyptus enzyme to increase cellular renewal for a natural exfoliation, leaving skin soft and smooth. Followed by a deeply hydrating and nourishing honey mask to boost the natural protective barrier of your skin for increased moisture retention and deep softness.

Suitable for all skin types. Available as a 45 minute classic facial (€78) or a 60 minute deluxe option (€110). Available while stocks last.

This Limited Edition Professional Skin Treatment includes:

Eucalyptus Enzyme:  Eucalyptus has a clean fresh scent that relaxes our muscles. Gatuline® Renew, Telangynâ„¢, PhytoCellTecâ„¢ Symphytum and X-pressinâ„¢ increase cell renewal, barrier function, and reduce redness leaving the skin exfoliated and soft.

  • Gatuline® Renew (INCI Cryptomeria Japonica Bud Extract, Water and Butylene Glycol) increases cell renewal from the basal layer to the stratum corneum.and the skin can fully recover its barrier function ensuring optimal water content. Smooth skin is restored.
  • Telangynâ„¢ (INCI: Acetyl Tetrapeptide-40 and Capryly Glycol) reduces redness and telangiectasia resulting in even skin tone.
  • PhytoCellTecâ„¢ Symphytum (INCI Symphytum Officinale Callus Culture Extract, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate and Water) improves skin renewal through the plant stem cell of comfrey to reveal fresher and smoother skin.
  • Glycerin acts as an emollient and lubricant. It also can be a humectant and draw moisture from the air to the skin.
  • X-pressinâ„¢ (Water, Papain/Carbomer Copolymer, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Algin) 1% is Papain, an enzyme derived from papayas. It digests keratin proteins to help accelerate exfoliation leaving the skin softer and smoother. It is an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil is an essential oil that helps fight skin infections; it is healing and the analgesic properties help relieve aches and pains
  • Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Seed Oil has a warm, spicy aroma and increases blood circulation (detoxification) to the skin.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice soothes and calms redness and inflammation and provides gentle hydration while protecting the skin from external aggression.

Golden Honey Nourishing Mask: This hydrating mask contains honey and Royal Epigen P5 to increase regeneration of skin for soft, smooth, hydrated skin. Honey is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Allantoin and panthenol improve the skin’s natural protective barrier and provide significant hydration. 

This nourishing mask reveals a more even-toned skin. Improves cell turnover, increases hydration, aids in the skin detoxification process and delays cellular aging.

  • Glycerin acts as an emollient and lubricant. It also can be a humectant and draw moisture from the air to the skin.
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil replenishes and restores the skin with nourishing fatty and amino acids to increase moisture retention.
  • Royal Epigen P5 (3%) (INCI: Pentapeptide-48) accelerates epidermal regeneration for smooth skin revealing a more even toned skin.
  • Honey is wound healing, antibacterial and moisturizing. It helps keep the skin soft.
  • Allantoin reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier and improves moisture retention, creating a smoothing effect to the skin.
  • Panthenol provides significant hydration and is a source of Vitamin B for the skin.
  • Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract has a high content of Omega 7 fatty acid, tocopherols and carotenoids to promote healing
  • Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Stimulates microcirculation and has a warming sensation.

Available to book now on our online booking system.

Collagen Glow Hand & Body Lotion 🥰

You have been asking for years… now I can finally reveal that our first ever Hand & Body lotion is available and we are so excited that you can now extend your Skin Essentials anti-ageing regime beyond your face and neck to the whole body!

Meet the newest member of our skincare family: The Collagen Glow Lotion

Formulated to be light enough to absorb quickly yet deeply hydrating our new lotion can be used daily all over to give the softening and brightening benefits of our active botanicals to all the skin on your body, or keep by your sink or on your desk for a non-greasy anti-ageing hand cream with added power of essential oils to enhance your hand sanitising routine.

What’s special about it?

As you have come to expect from Skin Essentials by Mariga, this is a highly-active, multi-tasking product. Not just a moisturiser, this has collagen peptides, essential fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and multi-anti-oxidants making it a true anti-ageing cream as it gives your skin cells all the ingredients they need to perform at their youthful best.

Just like our facial skin care products, this lotion is highly concentrated and a little goes a long way. Half a pea-sized amount is perfect for your hands a two pumps will suffice for a full body application on average.

Anything else?

Yes, of course! Our bio-chemist recommended that we try doing an essential oil blend that they created especially for the times we are in. By blending oils that have anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties this adds an extra benefit of enhancing your existing handwashing and sanitising routine while also adding a lovely, fresh scent.

Note: this blend is intended to enhance, not replace, hand sanitising/washing.

Essential oil blend contains:

Eucalyptus citriodora Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis Leaf Oil, Citrus limon Peel Oil, Lavandula hybrida Flower Oil, Eugenia caryophyllata Stem Oil, Backhousia citriodora Leaf Oil, Origanum majorana Leaf Oil, Origanum vulgare Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon martinii Leaf Oil, Salvia officinalis, Minthostachys Verticillata extract. As with all essential oil products we do to recommend using this on the face, while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Other ingredients:

Water, Seakelp Bioferment, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Persea Gratissima Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherols, Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Xanthophyll, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Fucoxanthin, Porphyridium Polysaccharide, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.

Price: €50 / 180ml

Intro Special: Buy 2 for €80 – keep one at home and one at work!

Special Bundle: Buy our two newest products together C&E Booster for face and Collagen Glow Hand & Body Lotion for just €99 while stocks last saving a massive €31!!! (Limited stocks on all these offers).

Buy Collagen Glow hand and Body Lotion from Skin Essentials by Mariga. Anti-ageing skincare for the whole body.

Buy Gift Vouchers Online

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Online Gift Voucher Service

As we try to make as much of our service to you as possible available online to reduce the need for unnecessary contact while we fight this pandemic, this is the latest in our suite of instant self-service opportunities from Skin Essentials by Mariga, designed to make your life easier.

Luckily we already had our online skincare shop well established and so many of you were able to avail of it during lockdown. Our live booking has also been available for many years to enable you to make your next appointment online 24/7 without the need of remembering to call us during working hours (you still can of course)!

Now, you can instantly buy and email direct (or print) a Gift Voucher for a friend or loved one without having to wait for it to arrive in the post, or having to come in and collect it in person.

It’s so simple, just click the link here, choose the value of voucher(s) you want to gift and instantly print it out to present to someone or choose to instantly email it to them with your message.

The recipient can choose to book online straight away if they wish, or can present the voucher for redemption against their next service.

This is a Godsend for those of us who leave gifting until the last minute or forget an important occasion in the busyness of life.

Note: online gift vouchers can be redeemed against any service booked online or over the phone but cannot be used directly on our webshop to purchase products. Contact us if you wish to use your voucher for product sales.

086 3826308 / 053 9145981 / info@skinessentialsbymariga.com

COVID 19 Client Questionnaire

As we get ready to reopen (yay!) we have new compliance documents that need to be kept on file.

Before each appointment we now need you to fill out a COVID19 self-declaration questionnaire.

You can download and fill it out online here


If you prefer there will be a paper copy available for you to complete on arrival at the salon for your appointment.

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