Sun Repair Special

Get 15% OFF Sun Repair Kit

Offer ends Sat 14th July

These past few weeks have felt like we’re living in the Mediterranean, but the drying effects aren’t only visible in the soil, it’s also damaging our skin.

That’s why we’re launching our very special offer this week to help repair your skin from the sun!

For this week only, get our Advanced Protection SPF30 & Age Slowly Serum package for just €95 (RRP €112)Sun repair special offer kit from skin essentials by mariga, skincare experts

SPF30: As you know you should always use SPF30 to protect your skin from ageing and damage but did you know that Skin Essentials SPF is so much more than a sunscreen?

It contains added Vitamins, Minerals, and anti-oxidants to protect against and repair cellular damage caused by UV rays to skin cells.

Use daily over your chosen serum

Age Slowly Serum: So much more than an anti-ageing serum, this is our Vitamin A powerhouse product.

Vitamin A is the hero ingredient that normalises cell function while you sleep, aiding repair, protecting against further pigmentation damage and keeping your skin functioning at it’s best.

In addition, one of the major ways that UV rays age our skin is by speeding up the breakdown of collagen fibres. Age Slowly Serum is also high in collagen peptides to help repair this damage.

Use at night under your chosen cream.


Sun ages skin by:

  • Creating free radicals that weaken our cellular function
  • Increasing MMP enzyme production in the skin which accelerates collagen fiber breakdown
  • Disrupting normal pigment activity leading to dark patches
  • Accelerating elastin breakdown

Counter this with:

  • Anti-oxidants to repair free radical damage
  • Colagen peptides to boost our own collagen building activity
  • Vitamin A to normalise cell activity and repair damage
  • SPF to guard against burning

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3 Surprising Things That Can Make You Look Older

I spend most of my time helping people to look younger and advising on products, treatments and tips for looking as young as possible in a healthy, natural way.

But of course the other side of this is avoiding things that make you look older.

We all know that an unhealthy lifestyle, sun exposure, bad products for your skin etc. will age you over time, but here are some surprising things that I think make people look older than they are and are easily correctable!

1. Heavy makeup, especially foundation. As we get older we need to revise our makeup routines. Many liquid and cream foundations settle in lines and actually make them look deeper.

  • Heavy under-eye concealer will even make you look like you have lines that aren’t even really there, particularly when set with a heavy powder. Less is definitely more! Look for dewy tinted moisturisers, mineral foundations and light textures.
  • The aim is radiance, not coverage. Do you still use full coverage foundation to mask less-than-perfect skin? Then it’s time to invest in some advanced skin treatments to sort that out once and for all.

2. Overdone botox. Having too much botox or getting topped up too often always looks to me like unnatural, plasticky skin, especially on the forehead.

  • Subtle botox should not be noticeable like this (each to their own, it’s not for me, but if you are going to have it, please, please make sure it’s subtle).
  • I think that this overdone anti-wrinkle injections can make a 30-something look like a 40-something with botox, not a 30 year old. Like with the makeup, less is more!

3. Exfoliation. The darling treatment of social media posts and clueless beauty ‘gurus’, indiscriminate exfoliation will strip the natural moisturising factor and lipids from your skin leaving it dull, rough and crinkly.

  • This applies to home exfoliation product that is too harsh or applied too often, or to salon treatments such as microdermabrasion or peels applied inappropriately.
  • YOUR SKIN NEEDS ITS BARRIER TO BE HEALTHY. STOP STRIPPING IT. Yes, the short term pay off is makeup that applies smoothly for a day, but you will end up with prematurely aged skin that is a battle to restore. 
  • The only safe home exfoliators in my opinion are gentle enzymes of papaya or pumpkin, and then used only once or twice a month.

Mariga has been working in the beauty and skincare industry for over 20 years, and is one of the top trained skincare experts in the country. Trust us when we say Mariga knows all of the tips and tricks for perfect skin!

Treat your skin to our famous enzyme facial for healthy, glowing skin – simply book your treatment online.

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New and improved formula – Daily Nutrient Serum is now Essential Nutrient Serum

New Essential Nutrient Serum from Skin Essentials:

Daily Serum is now more concentrated and paraben-free

Close up pic of 30ml Daily Essentials Nutrient Serum from Skin Essentials by mariga, wexford. Airless pump bottle for sensitive, oily or dehydrated skin

Summary: Daily Nutrient Serum has been replaced by the more concentrated Essential Nutrient Serum which gives all the benefits of DNS, but with added high-powered anti-oxidants for cell protection and anti-ageing, and added anti-inflammatory for cell protection and repair and anti-ageing AND anti-redness, phew!

Active Ingredients in new serum NOT in Daily Nutrient Serum:

(increases collagen synthesis and UV protection) Fucoidans are sulfated polysaccharides with structures that depend on the plant source and growing conditions.

Applied to the skin, fucoidan will increase the density of collagen bundles, decrease activity of proteases (enzymes that break down dermal proteins), increase scavenging of free radicals and increase cell proliferation.

These effects would be mediated through increased expression of ß1-integrin and may also help with wound healing.

Because of its particular molecular structure, astaxanthin serves as an extremely powerful antioxidant.

It has a very effective quenching effect against singlet oxygen, a powerful scavenging ability for lipid and free radicals and effectively breaks peroxide chain reactions.

Carotenoids are effective at low oxygen concentrations, complementing the activity of vitamin E which is effective at higher oxygen concentrations.

Astaxanthin has also been shown to enhance and modulate the immune system. The antioxidant and immunomodulating activities, in combination or separately, may reduce the acute inflammation reaction that follows excessive exposure to UV radiation for the skin and tissue just beneath the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid
Included instead of sodium hyluronate, the bigger molecule holds more water and binds water in the upper layers of the epidermis. Will not draw water from lower epidermal layers in dry air.

The formula is now water-free so no parabens (more concentrated)

  • Ingredients in DNS NOT in new serum
  • water, parabens
  • Laminara Japonica extract
  • Arthrospira
  • Sea kelp extracts
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    (See above)

Essential Nutrient Serum is a more concentrated, more anti-inflammatory and more anti-oxidant serum than Daily Nutrient Serum.

It still has the water-based daily nutrients such as peptides, coconut endosperm, and anti-irritant bisabolol.

The hyaluronic acid bigger molecule makes it more moisturising and a little thicker.

Suitable for:

  • Younger skin
  • Men after shaving
  • Change to other serum once ageing becomes a concern
  • Better for acne anti-inflammatory
  • Use for younger rosacea where anti-ageing not yet needed

Rosacea – a surprising treatment

One rosacea treatment that I have found to help greatly with controlling the visible symptoms of redness, flushing and bumpiness is microneedling.

It may seem counter-intuitive at first that stimulating the skin with micro-fine needles can actually calm the symptoms of rosacea but it does exactly that.

It works by stimulating collagen production in the dermal layer of your skin which strengthens and thickens both the dermal and epidermal layer.

This means that the skin is more resistant to the triggers that cause the redness and flushing normally associated with rosacea.

Over time it also reduces the rough and bumpy texture that some forms of rosacea produce. If you have breakouts with your rosacea then you can still have microneedling but only at times when the skin is calm, not during an episode of breakouts.

A course of three is recommended to see best results (6 if you also have deep lines or acne scarring) and these are taken 4 weeks apart. You will also need to use appropriate homecare to complement and boost your treatments.

This will be recommended for you based on a consultation before treatment begins.

All of our bio-therapeutic microneedling treatments include a personalised 30 minute LED phototherapy session which is very beneficial for rosacea-prone skin, helping to further calm inflammation and speed up healing.

You can begin slowly by using a home roller and this is also beneficial during and after a course of clinical microneedling to maintain skin benefits.Microneedling, home roller system, rosacea, skin essentials wexford

Read more about our exclusive bio-therapeutic needling here or call us on 053 9145981 for more details.

Remember, this treatment is exclusive to Skin Essentials by Mariga, you won’t find it anywhere else!

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Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Fathers Day is coming!

As Sunday 17th June is the big day for dads, what will you get the dad that has everything?

Take a look at our Top 3 gift ideas below from Skin Essentials by Mariga, all under €60:

  1. Our Fathers Day Special – Old Fashioned Facial

Old Fashioned Facial, Fathers Day Gift Ideas at Skin Essentials

The health benefits of this French Oak Smoked Bourbon facial boosts your antioxidant levels to new heights!

The cumulative effect of its antioxidant power could help reduce the effects of aging. French Oak treats both surface skin as well as hair follicles on men’s beards.

30 mins of this Bourbon heaven facial is €50 with Mariga and €47 with Jane.

Book this facial online HERE for Dad, call us on 053 9145981, or buy a voucher at

2. Hyaluronic + Moisture Boost SerumHyaluronic + Moisture Boost, Fathers Day Gift Ideas at Skin Essentials

A saviour for dehydrated skin.

This is the ultimate serum to combat the earliest signs of ageing in men and women. Tell your dad to use this highly-concentrated blend of hyaluronic acid and collagen peptides morning and evening on clean, damp skin for plumping, hydrating and age-proofing the face and eye areas.

Hyaluronic + Moisture Boost Serum 30ml – €55 

Find online HERE and in our Wexford clinic.

3. Advanced Protection SPF30 **Product of the month**

Advanced Protection SPF30, Fathers Day Gift Ideas at Skin Essentials

We all know how bad some Dad’s can be at remembering to wear their suncream!

Many of us women have it down to a ‘T’ as SPF is already present in our beauty products, but its time to get Dad his very own SPF30 to use as part of his morning routine.

Our special formula contains mineral SPF, anti-oxidants, moisturiser and a vitamin treatment all in one.

Advanced Protection SPF30 100ml – €44

Find online HERE and in our Wexford clinic.

At Skin Essentials by Mariga, we’re getting ready for a very exciting skincare launch taking place this Summer!

This launch is the ultimate in non-invasive, anti-ageing treatments and is exclusive to Skin Essentials. You won’t want to miss this.

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Skin texture – how to get smooth, even skin

Skin texture – how to get smooth, even skin whatever your issue.

What do we mean by texture?

When we talk about assessing your skin texture we mean two things

  1. Whether your skin is thin, medium or thick in density. Generally this is determined by your genetic make up and is not subject to change, except in the case of skin that has been artificially thinned due to illness, over-treating with inappropriate products or other factors.
  2. Texture also refers to the level of smoothness of the skin. Is there uneven or bumpy areas visible to the naked eye, or apparent to the touch. This can be surface texture as in flaky patches, or a deeper issue such as congested pores or badly adhered skin layers. This is the texture that can be worked on using professional products and treatments to make it smoother.

What is ‘normal’ texture?

In skin there is no ‘normal’, we go by what is normal and achievable for you on taking into consideration your genetics, level of past skin damage, skin health on an overall and a cellular level and commitment to effecting and sustaining change in your skin’s health and appearance. In general, almost everyone wants to achieve a higher level of visible and touchable smoothness to their skin.

Reasons for/types of texture you might experience

Acne scarring

Tiny grains-of-sand feeling under the skin

Congested pores, blackheads, whiteheads


Dry patches

Enlarged Pores




What can be done to improve the appearance of textured skin?

Acne scarring: can be successfully treated with clinical treatment such as microneedling or trifractional radio frequency, our pyramid facelift treatment is amazing for scars that are indented or pitted.

Acne scarring can be successfully treated

Tiny bumps that can be felt more than seen: often due to an incomplete or disrupted skin call life cycle, this can be smoothed from the outside with enzyme exfoliation and addressed at source with products high in bio-identical lipids such as our Lipid Repair Concentrate. Vitamin A is also a great cell normaliser, find it in Age Slowly Serum, Blemish Control Cream and Overnight Repair Cream. If it is medically ok for you to do so,  you can take an omega 3, 6, 9 supplement to build better quality skin lipids from the inside. Reduce sugar intake also.

Congestion, blackheads, whiteheads: At home, use products containing salicylic acid (Salicylic Cleanser, Vitamin A (see above) and hyaluronic acid (Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost). Drink plenty of water. Clinically, extraction facials or acid peels will help clear skin faster at the beginning then homecare will maintain clear pores.

Dehydration: This requires a two-fold approach of getting more water in the skin (drink your 8 glasses a day) and then keeping it there by strengthening the lipid layer. Dehydrated skin is more prone to closed comedones and fine, papery-feeling lines but is pretty easy to correct with the right habits and products.

Dry patches: dry skin can be challenging for the client  as it takes time to slowly bring it back to optimum function. It is not hard to do, just using the right homecare products (focusing on replenishing products such as Skin Comfort Oil and Skin Comfort Cream), and adding nourishing facials to speed the process, but does require compliance and patience. It will takes months to begin to turn around skin that has been drying our for possibly years but the rewards are great when you get there. The temptation is to constantly exfoliate to temporarily relieve dry patches and reveal radiance but this is detrimental in the long run as skin get dryer and more sensitised without it’s protective barrier.

Enlarged Pores: note that I don’t use the phrase ‘open pores’ here – pores are supposed to be open, that’s normal! However, some people do have visibly enlarged pores and how to make them appear smaller is a common question. My advice here is to use products containing vitamin A (nightly) and vitamin c (daytime) and if you have oily skin use a Salicylic Cleanser in the morning. Trifractional Radiofrequency Treatments are the best treatment on the market for reducing enlarged pores.

Before and after a course of trifractional

Glycation: often mistaken for wrinkles, glycation is a manifestation of a combination of ageing skin, built-up sun exposure and excess sugar in the system. It can appear anywhere on the face but is very common on the chin, around the mouth area and the cheeks. It looks like square, cushioned texture and is not something that is easily treated – this one is a prevention is better than cure situation so be careful of the aforementioned triggers.

Example of glycation

Wrinkles: this one is obvious, wrinkles disrupt the smooth texture of the skin. Treatment will be bespoke for everyone but I always recommend looking at microneedling both as prevention and to reduce existing lines in a progressive, sustainable way. For a deeper revision of wrinkles combined with skin tightening the Pyramid Facelift is unbeatable.

Acne: once we assess whether your type of acne is within our scope of treatment you will be given a personalised course of action to get it under control. This will include homecare, professional peels and diet/lifestyle advice.

Maintaining your results

Once your skin texture has been improved to target levels (remember this can be different for different skin types and conditions, expected outcomes are covered at your initial consultation so that you know what can be achieved for you), a maintenance programme will be put in place to keep everything smooth.

This can include professional treatments every 1-3 months, continued diet and lifestyle trigger control and suitable homecare to keep your skin clear. We recommend reviewing your skin goals every 6 months to make sure all is as it should be and to tweak any homecare or clinical maintenance for the current season.

Pyramid Facelift Launch – the end of surgical facelifts?

In the next of the series of articles detailing the exciting all-new skin transformation menu coming to Skin Essentials this summer…

I am bringing you all the info on the creme de la creme of the latest anti-ageing treatments – the Pyramid Facelift.

Read on for all the info on this facelift-alternative.

I’m so excited about this one, I know it’s the solution so many of you have been waiting for. I can’t wait to see you in-clinic for your treatments! Pictures and/or video are included too to help you get a picture of what this amazing new technology platform can do for you.

But don’t worry, of course we will advise you on the best course of treatments for you at your initial consultation.

Today we are looking at the Pyramid Facelift

The Pyramid Facelift combines TriPollar Radiofrequency, Trifractional radiofrequency, and Voluderm technology in one super-treatment for maximum impact and lasting results.

  • Best for: You have deeper wrinkles and noticeable laxity of the contours such as neck, jawline, mouth or eye area. You want a one-stop solution for reversing the signs of ageing and looking noticeable younger. Also for pitted or indented acne scarring.
  • General age range – 40+
  • Treatment time – 40 minutes
  • Downtime? You may be red/pink for 3-10 days but can wear makeup from day after treatment
  • How many will you need? We will advise at your consultation, but 3-6 sessions is average
  • How much does it cost?

Single treatment €395, Course of 2 €690, Course of 3 €990, Course of 6 €1800 (see our AMAZING intro offers on our Gen4 page for even greater savings on these prices during our launch special).


Amazing results from the very first treatment on eye lines and overall texture. Before and after photo following pyramid facelift treatment. Lines dramatically reduced

Amazing results from the very first treatment on eye lines and overall texture.

Immediately after last session

Pics reproduced with permission of AES UK and Shane CooperUK