Home Skincare on a Budget

Last week we talked about The Hard Truth of Cheap Beauty Treatments, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your home skincare on a budget.

As we’ve said before, many of us have to cut back in this or that area of our spending as life happens! Especially in ‘dry’ January as we may have overspent during the Christmas period!?

So with that, let’s take a look at how you can make the best skincare choices on a budget…

(Originally published in Jan 2017, ‘Tis the Season for a tight budget)

3 tips for a budget friendly skincare routine

1. If you are using six different skincare products in your routine do you buy six cheaper versions or cut out a few from your routine?

The answer…

It’s better to use nothing than the wrong thing!

If you are generally good wth your skincare and just find yourself temporarily having to choose between replacing one skincare item only or buying cheaper versions of several items, we recommend going without for a couple of weeks until you can get the right serum for example.

As long as you are using a good cleanser and SPF most skin types will find that their history of taking care of the skin will stand up to going without for a week or two. This is much better than replacing your normal moisturiser or serum with a cheaper version and possibly end up doing harm.

blog pic 12. Make sure that you have the correct basic products for your skin as outlined above, then add the others when budget allows.

(Or drop hints to your nearest and dearest for birthdays, Christmas etc.)!

Here are the basics of a good budget routine for skin protection:

  • Gentle, fragrance free cleanser and make up remover in one.
  • Daytime moisturiser containing SPF, skin-conditioning ingredients, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
  • Night time facial oil to condition and add essentials fatty acids and anti-oxidants to the skin.
    • Note: This MUST be a blended oil – specifically for face – single straight oils will not work to your skin’s benefit in the long run.
    • See our Lipid Repair Concentrate or Skin Comfort Oil for examples.

To make this routine even better add:

3. A morning treatment serum to address and correct any current problems with your skin such as inflammation, redness or dullness.

(We can advise you on the best for your particular skin needs).

Depending on your budget, you can make this routine the best possible by adding some serious anti-ageing in the form of a Vitamin A serum or cream for night.

Find the best products to build your home-care routine whatever your budget in our online shop:

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We pride ourselves at Skin Essentials by Mariga as all of our products are highly concentrated and high-performance, assuring you of great value for money whatever your budget.

If you would like one of our highly experienced skin therapists to help choose a personalised routine for you, simply email us at our Wexford clinic – info@skinessentialsbymariga.com, or call 053 9145981 and we can work together to get you the best possible solutions in your budget.

Of course, there are lots of other budget-friendly tips and lifestyle changes that you can make to help keep your skin in great condition.

See the first in Mariga’s free skincare tips below, and find lots more on our Skin Essentials by Mariga YouTube channel.

New enzyme facial launch for 2018!

New for 2018, we are really excited to bring you the first of our new treatments – The Enzyme Facial!

This is the latest exclusive launch from Skin Essentials by Mariga.

We are delighted to be partnering with an internationally-renowned specialist manufacturer of natural, skin-boosting extracts and we are the ONLY skin clinic in Ireland offering these amazing enzyme facials.

Usually, we only use our own brand of skincare in the treatment room, but when we find someone doing such amazing work in the field of corrective skincare treatments we are delighted to incorporate their beautiful ingredients into our facials in the interest of always bringing you the very best from around the world, right here in Wexford.

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Our new treatments are centred around fresh fruit and flower extracts and enzymes, bringing the healing power of nature to your facial.

Fruit enzymes are a super way to help the skin functions and processes to operate optimally.

Harnessing the power of natural enzymes, we can produce many different responses and results both on the skin’s surface and deep within the structures.

This gives us the opportunity and ability to micro-customise your facial even more by choosing the exact enzyme that will produce the particular result we need for you, from surface exfoliation to cell-to-cell signalling that will begin a process such as pore tightening, impaction softening, or speeding collagen production.

This new suite of products gives us enormous scope to my micro treat every possible skin condition and to address several skin issues in the same treatment session.

To make it even better, these treatments are an absolute delight to experience.

With their natural fruit and flower aromas and natural heating or cooling properties each facial is completely relaxing and a real treat for all the senses.

These fabulous facials are available in a 45 or 60 minute treatment session with Mariga or Jane. Simply click the button below to book your facial at Skin Essentials:

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The Hard Truth of Cheap Beauty Treatments

Are You Safe In The Salon?

Originally published by Mariga in 2016, now more then ever its important to be reminded about Safety in the Salon. Be wary about the quality when it comes to cheap beauty treatments…

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it:

Cheap treatments are cheap for a reason.

Where reputable professionals are offering a quality service they first have invested heavily in staff education such as:

  • Advanced learning in the theory of skin science,
  • Anatomy and physiology,
  • Product ingredients and their effects,
  • Cosmetic chemistry to name just a few.

Then each treatment offered has been heavily researched and specific theoretical and practical training undertaken for each protocol.

(At Skin Essentials by Mariga we undertake independent industry recognised training for each new machine/treatment before we do manufacturers training).

Reputable salons and clinics will use only high-grade products sourced from a reliable supplier, never cheap bulk products from unregulated internet sites.

All good professionals will have the appropriate insurances for each treatment. As far as possible disposable materials and tools will be used and a complete set of new disposable instruments/hygiene products are used for each client.

Appointments are spaced out such that there is time to sanitise each workroom between clients.

All of this costs money, and often represents the difference between a cheap treatment and a standard priced one.

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Please, don’t put your health at risk for a discount.

As to industry regulation, it is a regrettable fact that regulation is poor at the moment, and under-enforced, but there are great professionals out there that take pride in their work and are trying to raise standards for everybody.

There is a European Committee currently convened to produce a document outlining guidelines for standardising the provision of beauty services across thirty three participating countries in Europe.

I am proud to be an Irish delegate to this committee and to confirm that there is an appetite for change within the industry.

The choice, as always, is with the consumer but please be sure that you are fully informed before you choose a service provider.

There is no problem with asking your skincare professional/waxer/nail tech about their qualifications, insurance and continuous professional development.

Those that have pride in their work will be delighted to tell you all about their qualifications and expertise.

Please share this article to help keep everyone safe in the salon.

Mariga Sheedy
Skin Essentials Ltd.

Find out more about Skin Essentials by Mariga by clicking the button below:

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The world’s most relaxing facial? Our clients think so, and so do we!

Relaxing facials at Skin essentials by Mariga, Wexford skincare clinic

At Skin Essentials, one of the most unique features of Mariga’s famous dark, relaxing facial service is that she performs the treatments in an almost completely dark room.

(She does leave on a small salt lamp or candle to provide a point of orientation and comfort for her lucky clients.)

Having examined your skin under bright lights and magnification to determine exactly the right treatment for you, she then proceeds to turn off almost all lighting to create a womb-like experience where you can truly relax as her magical hands manipulate your skin using micro-personalised ingredients chosen just for you, along with an array of high tech tools to get exactly the results she wants.

Mariga says, “Working with minimal lighting allows me to see with my fingertips and hear what the skin is telling me. When you take away the eyes the other senses sharpen and I can feel microscopic texture in the skin that could otherwise be missed.

When we were relocating to our current space, I designed this interior room specially with this treatment in mind. As many of our skin issues can be related to stress, it makes sense to me to treat skin, mind and spirit at the same time for a complete treatment.”

This attention to details and unique skill-set allows for total relaxation for the client, making Mariga’s award-winning facial a deeply relaxing experience, while at the same time producing outstanding results on your skin from the first session.

Facials with Mariga can be booked in a 30, 45, or 60 minute appointment at Skin Essentials state-of-the-art skincare clinic in Wexford town.

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With almost 30 years experience in the skin care industry and having studied with the top global educators, Mariga is the most experienced and highly qualified skin therapist in Ireland and is the author of ‘The Skincare Rules’, a roadmap for getting, and keeping, great skin.

Along with the other highly qualified skin therapists in Skin Essentials, Mariga has been nurturing the skin of people in the South East and throughout Ireland since setting up Ireland’s first skincare clinic over a decade ago.

Book in a relaxing facial with Mariga today. Call us on 053 91 45981, or book online by clicking the button below:

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Upgrade your facial and your results with BLD – new to Skin Essentials by Mariga

Biodynamic Lymphatic Drainage facial massage, new to the Skin Essentials Wexford  luxury facial menu. You will love this as much as we do – guaranteed!


Biodynamic lymphatic drainage is a manual technique employed to assist the natural lymphatic system of the face, neck and chest to flow easily and naturally. This keeps the contours of the face sharper and gives a beautiful, natural, lit- from-within glow to the skin.

Skin Essentials are currently only skincare clinic in Ireland offering biodynamic lymphatic drainage facials. All of our therapists have studied this beautiful modality with international expert educators.

BLD facials work on different levels of the skin, it’s structures, and also on the senses.

The first and most superficial effect is one of surface exfoliation which happens naturally as the skin is warmed and massaged during treatment. The increased circulation resulting from the specialised massage brings nutrients and oxygen to the cells resulting in an increased radiance and that lit from within glow that we are constantly chasing and trying to fake with make up! Finally, and most importantly, the specialised massage techniques combined with the intuitive energy of biodynamic lymphatic massage assists the flow of lymph around the face, draining down through the lymph nodes of the lower face and neck and draining into the terminus of the clavicle area.

The result? A softer, smoother, plumper skin with beautiful radiance, a boosted immune response, sharper facial contours and unbelievable levels of relaxation.

This exclusive treatment can be taken as a stand-alone facial treatment, as part of a series for longer-lasting results, or can be incorporated into any of the skin essentials customised facials.

You can request this treatment modality when booking your customised facial or we may recommended it as part of your treatment once we have examined your skin and determined your needs before your facial.

We love this treatment so much and believe that everybody should experience the results for themselves. We think this is the best luxury facial we have ever offered, so much so that we include it as part of the standard priced facial service – that’s right, an upgraded facial at no extra charge!

While everyone can benefit from BLD massage treatment, at Skin Essentials we particularly love performing this treatment on people who have difficulty sleeping, or who do not relax well in general, as we enjoy hearing your snores during treatment! 

Ask about this new upgrade next time you are having a facial at Skin Essentials clinic, Selskar, Wexford.. Not booked in for your next facial yet? Click the button below to fix that right now or call us on 053 9145981!

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The classic Skin Essentials Facial – what makes it so special?


Sometimes we can get so caught up in all of the wonderful advanced treatments and technology that is available to us to help us Age Slowly that it’s easy to forget the blissful treatment that is the classic, relaxing facial.

Far from being outdated, at Skin Essentials we keep the classic facial updated with the latest technology to give you maximum results while you rest and relax. It’s why we were a winner of RSVP magazine’s Best Facial!Relaxing Facial image from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford

Benefits of a Skin Essentials classic facial:

-Deep cleansing prevents and treats congestion, getting rid of any ‘bumpy’ feeling under the skin.
-Acid or enzyme treatments helps rebalance any water/oil movement issues, tackling dehydration, patchiness and rough texture.
-Massage increases circulation, reducing puffiness, increasing nutrient exchange and oxygenation of the skin tissues for brightness, radiance and sharper contours.
-Masks calm, nourish and ‘settle’ the skin’s pH, restoring comfort and suppleness
-Pampering and relaxation promote an all over deep feeling of relaxation and wellbeing..
-When you treat your skin with regular facials, we can keep any historical issues in check, while preventing seasonal changes such as dehydration or sensitivity and dramatically slow the formation of lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

How often should you have a facial?
Ideally, every 4-6 weeks for maximum effect but no less than one every three months to balance seasonal changes. If you go beyond three months you are losing the maintenance effect of your facial and reverting to corrective treatments, effectively treating symptoms and effects instead of maintaining constant balance.

What special about a Skin Essentials facial?
-All of our 45 and 60 minute facials include a blissful, relaxing hot stone neck, shoulder and décolleté massage.
-Warm blankets, low level lighting (or just candlelight if you prefer) and the patented ‘comfy client’ memory foam ergonomic treatment bed ensure complete comfort.    

  -We will never leave the room during your treatment, if you pay for 60 minute treatment, you get 60 minutes of continuous treatment!
-Prefer low, loud, or no music? Let us know, we will adjust it for you.
-Choose the heat level of the room to suit your comfort preferences.    

  -Advanced modalities ‘push’ active compounds deep into the epidermis, giving longer-lasting results than a spa-type facial.    

  -Our therapists are all from multi-discipline backgrounds and have education and experience in scientific skincare, various holistic therapies as well as cosmeceutical treatments, so can tailor a treatment to suit your exact skin needs, as well as customising healing therapy during each appointment.

Book your lovely relaxing facial now by calling us on 053 9145981, drop in to our Selskar Street clinic in Wexford Town, or book online using the button below. We also offer Gift Vouchers for all of our treatments. Enjoy!

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Five things to do right now for younger looking skin!

You want brighter, smoother, clearer, healthier, younger looking skin, right?
And you want it to happen quickly and easily too?

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Now, you know if you have been to this website before, have read my book or have watched any of my YouTube videos that there is no magic wand. Great skin comes from doing lots of small things daily, not from fast fixes!

But there are some things that you can do to give your skin a quick boost of radiance in the short term while you wait for long-term results to kick in from your daily routine and clinical treatments. Here are my tips:

1. Hydrate – drink plenty of water or herbal tea today to replenish water from the inside to help get rid of dullness.
2. Home treatment – use your favourite mask or enzyme treatment for a fast, visible boost of brightness and smoothness. I recommend Enzyme Exfoliator for a brightening boost in just 10 minutes.
3. Book a facial – many of our facials can be adapted into an express 30 minute treatment perfect for a skin beauty boost before an event. Book online here.
4. Sleep – if you have been boring the candle at both ends you KNOW that a good nights sleep will get you looking back to your best. Go to bed at nine o clock tonight – no excuses!
5. Exercise to get oxygen and nutrients from the blood rushing to the skin to nourish and revitalise from the inside out.

Can we help you with any aspect of your skincare today? Maybe you have a question you would like us to answer? Or a skin issue that you would like to solve? Get in touch on 053 9145981 or call in to us in our Wexford Town skin clinic. We are located just off Redmond Square, on Selskar Street.