Your virtual personal skin guru, wherever you are!

Do you read blogs, magazines and watch videos from people reviewing and talking about their amazing facialist or skin guru?

Do you wish that you had access to a skin expert near where you live?

Don’t worry, we are here for you!

When we launched the Skin Essentials by Mariga skincare philosophy and products in Wexford in 2010, one of the most common reactions we got was “It’s so great to have this quality of skincare advice available in Wexford, everything seems to be usually only available in Dublin.” It was, and still is, quite novel to have clients travelling from Dublin, and all over the country, to Wexford for skin advice, rather than the other way around!

It soon became apparent that there was a demand for this level of quality skin assessment service in every corner of the country, we were getting so many questions about whether we were planning to open anywhere else, did we travel around the country hosting events or had we plans to sell our products through other outlets. We already had the Skin Essentials range of products available to buy one through our webshop, but people wanted personalised advice and support to go with them, just like our local clients and those able to travel to Wexford were getting.

It became obvious that the next step was to develop a way to offer consultations and advice to those who couldn’t get to our clinic in Wexford and in 2011 the Distance Assessment Programme was launched, a first in Ireland and the UK.
The Distance Assessment programme is a virtual consultation that we undertake with you in order to learn all about your skin and offer personal recommendations and support. Read details of how it works here.

Even now, seven years later, we remain the only skincare facility in the country offering Advanced Skin Analysis consultations using the international gold standard qualification of Pastiche Skin Analysis, the system learned and used by the best skin experts worldwide, and we still have clients travelling from every corner of Ireland for our consultations, advice, products and treatments.

Our online assessments have been taken by hundreds of happy clients and it continues to be a very in-demand service. Read testimonials here.

Can’t get to Wexford for a consultation with one of our renowned skin consultants? We can get to you “virtually’ anywhere!

Have you read Mariga’s book? The Skincare Rules is available on Amazon Kindle or paperback. It is a fantastic resource of expert skin tis, advice and information that can be used by anyone to achieve healthier, more beautiful skin. Get your copy here.

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

New Serum – Daily Nutrient Serum is getting an update!

Daily Nutrient Serum is now being replaced with Essential Nutrient Serum.

daily-nutrient

This is the first time that Daily Nutrient Serum has been reformulated since we launched it in 2010!

So, what’s new?

The formula is more concentrated than ever, with added antioxidants and collagen boosting ingredients along with a larger hyaluronic acid molecule. As there is no longer water in the formula we don’t need the parabens any more, for those that have an issue with them (we don’t!). We have replaced some of the original ingredients with newer, ore powerful seaweed and plant extracts to keep up to date with the best advances on the market.

What does that mean for your skin?

You will still get the great skin nutrition, anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory effects of the old formula but with more skin repair power, collagen building ingredients and higher-performing hyaluronic acid, giving you plumper, brighter and more vitalised skin with even better age-slowing proerties. The formula is very slightly thicker, you may not even notice the change :)

What are the new ingredients?

Fucoxanthin -increases collagen synthesis and UV protection

Astaxanthin – an extremely powerful anti-oxidant to battle free radicals and repair oxidation damage which shows up as dull skin and premature ageing.

Hyaluronic Acid – included instead of sodium hyluronate, the bigger molecule holds more water and binds more water in the upper layers of the epidermis.

Essential Nutrient Serum is a more concentrated, more anti-inflammatory and more anti-oxidant serum than DNS.
It still has the water-based daily nutrients such as peptides, coconut endosperm, and anti-irritant bisabolol.

Suitable for:
-Younger skin before visible signs of ageing such as lines and wrinkles.
-First serum to use as an anti-ageing prevention (Change to Hydra Collagen serum once ageing becomes visible).
-Great for skin nutrition and calming after shaving for men.
-Improved soothing and calming for acne (anti-inflammatory)
-Use for first signs of rosacea in skin under 30.

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.

30ml €48

Buy Essential Nutrient Serum here

Mother of the bride or groom? Don’t panic, we have your skincare needs covered.

Mother of the Bride or Groom?

So, you’re mother of the bride or groom in 2017, congratulations!
As the the big day gets closer, for some the excitement turns to anxiety as the thought of being centre stage, in every photograph, and at the top table starts to become more real.

Many women find that this is the time that they really begin to think about anti-ageing skincare therapies for the first time.

Photo of mother and bride

We get a lot of calls from women who are starting to get the jitters and are looking for help with looking their absolute best on the day and feeling confident with all eyes being on them. Here are my top tips for being the youngest-looking mother of the bride or groom this summer!

-It’s never too early to start, particularly if you want to reduce lines. Some therapies need weeks and even months to show full results, especially on firming contours and reducing wrinkles. Give us a call as soon as the date is set and we will work out a plan for you.
-Left it until the last minute? Don’t worry, we can still shave a few years off, at this stage we focus on temporary rejuvenation to get you camera-ready.
-Be consistent, using your recommended skincare at home daily, drinking water and eating well every day will reward you with radiant skin and bright eyes for the wedding day and beyond.
-As a general guide, you need 6+ months for real wrinkle reduction, 12+ weeks for removing brown patches, red veins, milia or skin tags, 6+ weeks for superficial rejuvenation, skin smoothing and brightening.
So, what can we do to refresh, rejuvenate and turn back the clock for you? Here are some different options depending on how much revision you would like to achieve, how much time you have to prepare and of course how committed you are to achieving results.
Option 1:
Refresh with a series of peels.

Choose this when you have 6-12 weeks only to see a result.
A series of skin peels will refresh your look, hydrating, plumping and smoothing the skin. A minimum of three peels spaced one week apart is optimum, ending one or two weeks before the wedding.
What results can you expect?
-brighter skin
-smoother skin
-diminished lines
-evening out of skin colour
-makeup applies easily and beautifully
Cost: €70 per peel, discount on courses. Read more here

Option 2:

Rewind with microneedling: choose this when you want serious long-lasting wrinkle lessening, skin tightening and scar reduction and have at least 6 months before the wedding.

Clinical Microneedling has become the international gold standard in non-surgical skin revision for wrinkles and acne scars over the last few years, with numerous clinical studies and thousands of satisfied clients backing up the science of collagen induction therapy.
At Skin Essentials we have integrated the precision Swiss technology of the Dr. Dermic automated needling machine with our exclusive state of the art Bio Phototherapy skin modulation device to bring you the future of skincare – NOW.
This precision process creates new collagen fibres which build over time to give positive and visible changes from deep in the skin’s layers. Skin will be tightened, smoother, wrinkles reduced, and scars reduced.
Results are long term and progressive the more you have. A course of 3-6 is needed depending on the amount of skin tightening and wrinkle revision needed.
Cost: €230 per treatment, special packages available on courses of 3 and 6. Read more here

Before (top) and after(bottom) course of 6 microneedling treatments at Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford.

Before (top) and after(bottom) course of 6 microneedling treatments from Skin Essentials by Mariga

Option 3
Relax and rejuvenate with light therapy facials: choose this when you have left it until 6 weeks before the wedding to contact us (it happens more often than you would think!)

Skin Essentials are proud to be the first skincare clinic in Europe with Celluma Biophotonic Therapy. The Celluma machine’s unique application of the technology allows for the most powerful effect, combining multiple wavelengths of blue, red and infra red light in the same session to give your skin a power super-boost in a very relaxing treatment.
Biophotonic therapy can be taken in a series for anti-ageing or acne, or a single session can be added on to your prescribed facial or peel treatment to supercharge your results.

Cost €40 per session, or book an intensive course for fast results. Pay just €250 for unlimited use for a month. (Optimum results come from 3 sessions a week but some like to use it more often, the monthly plan gives you unlimited sessions). Read more here

Course of 12 LED light therapy sessions and appropriate homecare from Skin Essentials by Mariga skin clinic, Wexford. Anti-ageing specialists.

Course of 12 LED light therapy sessions and appropriate homecare official Celluma pic

Option 4.
Plump out lip lines with hydroporation: choose this when you haven’t the time before the wedding to wait for microneedling results.

Hydroporation is a method of introducing skin-loving hyaluronic acid into the deeper layers of the epidermis without needles.
It is applied directly beneath deep lines around the lips or downturned corners of the mouth to fill and plump them fast! A course of 3 is needed to full results, taken 2 weeks apart. This is a fantastic way to dramatically look refreshed and rejuvenated without aesthetic surgery or fillers. The results will last up to six months and can be topped up if you wish, or it will just gradually break down over the months and return to normal.

Cost: €30 per shot, more details and example pricing at the link Read more here

Before and after hydroporation for lip and mouth lines, course of 3 plus one top up session from Skin Essentials by Mariga skin clinic Wexfor

Before and after hydroporation for lip and mouth lines, course of 3 plus one top up session from Skin Essentials by Mariga skin clinic Wexford

Option 5.
Remove annoying blemishes such as sun spots and red veins.
Many women are perfectly happy with their skin but just have isolated blemishes on their face or hands that they would love to be rid of.
At Skin Essentials we can quickly and easily remove sun spots, red veins, milia and skin tags with diathermy or cryotherapy treatments. Book a consultation 6-12 weeks before the wedding.

Cost: diathermy treatment (red veins, milia) from €35, cryotherapy removal (sun spots) from €75 Read more

cryo sun spot progress official pic

cryo removal sun spot progress official pic

Remember, no matter what you choose, you will achieve far greater results when combined with the appropriate homecare products. Just give us a call on 053 9145981 and we can help put together a plan that suits your timescale and budget. There’s lots to organise before a wedding, but you can leave the skincare to us! Read more here

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Dehydrated skin – the lowdown.

According to the many magazine/blog articles devoted to the subject, dehydration is a major concern among skincare fans.  This is for good reason, as it is a very common issue and can affect any skin type.

There are numerous products on the market to prevent or cure it but what is it, how do you know if you have it and what really works to prevent it?

Dehydration is the lack or loss of water in our skin. It can be superficial or run deeper.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

Most of us will experience superficial dehydration from time to time. It shows as sudden fine lines appearing on the face, often noticeable in straight lines around our eyes and cheeks. This is due to the temporary loss of water from the upper layers of the skin and is brought on by simply not drinking enough water for a couple of days, consuming too much alcohol on a big night out, after a sun holiday or exposure to dry heat such as when we start lighting fires or turn on the heating for the winter. Being sick, particularly with a raised temperature, will also cause a temporary loss of water. Simply drinking more good fluids will soon restore this balance in a healthy, functioning skin.

For some, dehydration will run deeper and cause more problems. Flaky, itchy, reactive problems often start with dehydration. Confusingly, this skin can also seem shiny at times, leading sufferers to think their skin is oily. In fact, this shine is from water evaporating too fast when you do drink it. The reason for this condition is actually a lack of oil in the skin. One function of the oil is to keep water in the skin where it is needed for many functions. When this natural barrier is unbalanced it can’t stop water from evaporating, leading to the symptoms outlined above.
Most of the impaired water/oil balance that I see in clients is due to using the incorrect products for their skin, keeping a bad diet or lifestyle choices that are unhealthy in general. Some medications can also contribute to dehydration.

If your skin is showing signs of dehydration here’s some changes you can make to help:

• Consume more good fluids. This is the number one thing you can do for skin health. This can be from water, herbal teas (caffeine-free of course), juices, soup, fruit, vegetables and salads. Avocado, nuts, oily fish and seeds will support your lipids and slow water loss.
• Protect your skin from the outside with nourishing facial oils; look for ingredients like plant butters, ceramides, squalane, jojoba seed oil, avocado seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, hyaluronic acid.

-Our Lipid Repair Concentrate will quickly help to balance a dehydrated skin. If you are very dry, try our Skin Comfort Oil instead. Use at night alone or mixed with your regular night cream.

Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost serum is rich in hyaluronic acid (the rehydration absolute hero ingredient!) to hold water in the skin. Use it under SPF during the day and/or under your night products. A must-have for anyone suffering from dehydration.
• Avoid alcohol, caffeine, stress, direct heat and processed foods as much as possible.
• Always be gentle with your skin. Avoid any skincare products containing fragrance or sulphates. Exfoliate only when necessary and use an enzyme based exfoliator only, never scrub.

Fun fact: too much water can lead to dehydration!!
While the skin is great at absorbing water, it’s not great at holding on to it. As the skin softens on prolonged contact with water, like during a long bath, its barrier weakens leading to water loss and dehydration, so luxuriating in the bath too often really will leave you looking like a prune!

Do you struggle with dehydrated skin? Call us on 053 9145981 or call in to our clinic, Skin Essentials by Mariga, in Selskar, Wexford Town and let us help you to get back on track.

Have you read Mariga’s e-book yet? ‘The Skincare Rules’ is packed full of simple, easy to implement tips that will help to get you great skin – for life!

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

The Skincare Rules is 1 year old!

I can’t believe that my first e-book, The Skincare Rules, is a year old!

In that time it has made the Top 20 in beauty and skincare on Amazon.com and been listed in Amazon’s Hot 100 New Reads.

I have been really delighted that the book has brought me in contact with many new skincare fans around the world and helped me to learn even more about what you, the consumer, really want to know about skin and what you want from your skincare.

Buy it now for Kindle €2.99 – the best investment you will ever make in your skin.

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

Distilling 25 years of skin consultation experience into the 10 golden rules of great skin, this book has all of the basic advice you need for making sure that your skin is the best it can possible be.

Along with the rules, and their rationale, learn the basics of taking care of your skin at home in a simple yet effective way. Sections on correct methods cleansing and exfoliating are particularly important and these are the areas most people get wrong!

Buy it here right now for just €2.99 and do let me know what you think!

Mariga :)

The Skincare Rules by Mariga Sheedy, Wexford, top 20 in Kindle health and beauty pic

 

Remove sun spots, skin tags, milia easily and quickly

Are you bothered by little skin lumps, bumps and discolourations?

Did you know that many of them are easily and quickly removed here at Skin Essentials by Mariga using diathermy or cryotherapy?

What can we treat?

-Red veins on the face

-Sun spots (flat brown pigmented patches)

-Milia

-Skin tags

What can we not treat?

-Moles

-Verrucae

-Any lesion that bleeds, recurs or is varicoloured

Very often, clients mention to us in passing some little anomaly on their skin (face or body) that really bothers them, and many are surprised to find out that we can treat them very easily and quickly in just a few minutes. Do you have something you would love to get rid of? Call us on 053 9145981 or drop in to our clinic in Selskar Street, Wexford to find out if we can help you today.

I did a Facebook live video on this topic recently and received a lot of follow-up enquiries so I know this is something many of you are concerned about. You can see the video at the link below for more detailed information about the treatments, prices and suitability.

See the video replay here

Pictures of lesions treatable by cryotherapy in Skin Essentials skin clinic, Wexford

Some lesions we can treat

Here is a recent testimonial from a happy client!

“Hi …I had an appointment with you end of January for a sun spot which was really annoying me.
Had the app with Emma. .. all I can say is Thank you… three weeks later and totally healed and just a slight pink mark … which I take care to use 50+ sun screen on.
Wish I had the courage to have had it done years ago.
Please thank Emma for me…
Blessings… ☺x”

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