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Lumps, bumps and discolourations, we can help!

Did you know that many of the annoying little skin anomalies that pop up over time on your face, hands and body can usually be very quickly and easily treated or removed, often in a single session?

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is taking care of age spots, skin tags, red veins and milia. In fact, I do all the lesion removal services in the clinic myself, that’s how much I love it!

We offer both cryotherapy (cold) lesion removal and electro desiccation (heat) methods of removal to ensure that you are getting the exact best treatment for your needs. A quick consultation determines the type and number of treatments that are the best fit for you. All of our treatments are non-invasive, meaning we work only in the upper layers of the epidermis. Both diathermy and cryotherapy are natural treatments using heat or cold energy that does not scar or damage surrounding healthy tissue.

Here are some of the blemishes that can be treated:

Red veins on the face – treated with diathermy. These tiny, visible veins respond very well to treatment and smaller ones will disappear in just one session. Larger or more extensive veins will need up to three sessions taken six weeks apart.

Thread veins b&a on nose

 

 

 

 

 

Skin tags: from the tiny ones on the neck to large individual tags anywhere on the body, these are very simple to treat, usually requiring just one session of either diathermy for the little ones or cryo for the bigger tags.

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Milia: very successfully treated with diathermy, one session for small ones, follow up treatment needed for larger or more extensive milia issues.

Milia removal by diathermy, before and after one treatment.

Milia removal by diathermy, before and after one treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age spots/hyperpigmentation patches: vey simple and quick to treat with cryotherapy.
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What cannot be treated?
We cannot treat anything that is deeper-rooted in the skin, beneath the epidermis such as moles, or flaky, recurring or weeping patches of skin. These need to be seen by a doctor.

Can I help you with any of the above? or maybe you have a spot that you are not sure if it fits in to any of the above categories? Just give me a call on 053 9145981 or pop in to our skin clinic, Skin Essentials by Mariga, in Selskar, Wexford Town and I will be happy to advise you.

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Is your phone damaging your skin?

Tips for neutralising blue light damage in your skin.

Skin Essentials Wexford skin clinic anti-ageing blue light graphic with phone, iPad and text is your computer ageing your skin, don't worry we can help

Did you know? We have a new source of free-radical skin damage to worry about now!
Blue light from your computer/mobile devices can have a negative impact on your skin. A recent report claims that four days computer time is the equivalent of twenty minutes exposure to the midday sun and that blue light goes deeper than UVA/UVB rays, accelerating oxidisation and damaging the vital skin barrier.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to bin your phone, just incorporate some simple tips to minimise the impact on your skin. For many of you, especially if you are already a Skin Essentials client, you will already be doing this so no change will be needed!

What is free-radical damage anyway?
Also known as oxidisation, free radical damage occurs when the skin is exposed to more biologically-stressing factors than it can effectively cope with. Our skin comes with naturally-occurring, in-built anti-oxidant capability but this can be easily overwhelmed in today’s world where almost everything we do, eat and apply adds to the oxidative stress load. Also, as we get older, these natural defence components of the skin reduce in concentration, meaning the older you are, the faster your skin will show damage from your environment. Yikes!

Of course, we have lots of help on hand for you in the form of topically-applied anti-oxidants that will offer immediate repair and also build long term strength to aid your skin cells in fighting the accelerated signs of ageing caused by free-radical damage.

Simply apply the advice below to drastically reduce the impact of blue light and other oxidants on your complexion.

1. Using a daily sunscreen with UVA/UVB filter and added anti-oxidants will protect you from blue light as well as sunlight. Another reason to make your daily SPF a last step in your skincare routine 365 days a year! Our daily SPF30 advanced protection cream will give you great protection while also supplying anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

2. Great ingredients in your skincare for repair are Vitamins C,A & E, green tea extract, dismutase super-oxide, niacin amide, ceramides, plant sterols. There are many, many anti-oxidants and the best approach is just like with your diet – get a variety for optimum skin health.

3. If you are over 35 your collagen will be breaking down faster then before so it is time to add a powerful serum full of ingredients targeted at helping the fibroblasts in your skin make and maintain good quality collagen for many years to come. Our Hydra Collagen Serum, used under your SPF, gives you added anti-ageing, anti-pollution, anti-oxidant, hydrating and collagen building goodness. No wonder it’s our best-selling serum!

4. Your skin also needs oil-soluble anti-oxidants to repair free radical damage in the vital lipid layers of the skin. Lipid Repair Concentrate is our stand-out facial oil formulated to repair and rebuild stressed, damaged and compromised skin. Use morning (dry skin) or at night (normal/oily skin) after your water based serum for complete skin repair.

5. Get anti-oxidants from the inside too. Help your skin to produce natural anti-oxidants. Eat a varied diet rich in omegas, fruit and vegetables. Keep hydrated.

6. It may seem obvious, but minimise exposure to blue light, direct sunlight and pollution where possible and protect well where it is unavoidable.

7. Avoid ingredients that can irritate your skin, causing a greater stress load on your cells. Worst offenders are perfume, sulphates and essential oils.

8. Make sure that your professional treatments are addressing your anti-oxidant needs. Tell your skin therapist if you spend a lot of time in front of your computer. The Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Facial is a great monthly facial to help reduce oxidative stress as well as the deeper lipid peroxidation that is the secondary stage of oxidative damage, and of course it offers barrier repair. All this and it’s very relaxing too.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Remember, at Skin Essentials by Mariga we are always researching and innovating to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information as well as practical solutions for all skin issues you might encounter, even ones you haven’t heard of yet!

Products mentioned can be bought from the Skin Essentials clinic in Wexford, or on our webshop. Need advice on choosing? Call us on 053 9145981.

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

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Lactic Acid Peel Demo

Acid peels – not as scary as they sound. When you have an acid peel with us, you will always have a progressive, not aggressive, peel. Many people think that acid peels are serious treatments requiring days of hiding out while you skin sheds, like the famous scene from Sex And The City where Samantha has the sever, raw looking skin after a peel.

Those types of peel do indeed exist, but they are chemical peels performed by a doctor only. Peels of that depth, using ingredients such as phenol or TCA, are for major resurfacing on people who have scarring or want a non-surgical alternative to a facelift for deep wrinkling. In fact, some require anaesthesia and have weeks of downtime!

When dealing with the epidermis (upper skin layers) as in a salon or skin clinic setting, we are taking about acids such as lactic, salicylic, mandolin or glycolic, most of which are naturally derived and work WITH the skin, not against it. These type of peels are best employed in a series of three or more to gradually get your skin where you want it to be in a gentle manner, rather than aggressively. See the video below for a demo and lots of details about the different acids and what they are used for.

 

 

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.

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.

Is your skin suffering from January syndrome?

Have you spent January being (mostly) healthy? Have you eaten well, exercised a bit and kept a consistent skincare routine? If you have, well done and I hope you are getting the benefits in increased energy and glowing skin!

Or are you one of those superhuman people that have actually stuck rigidly to a January ‘detox’? If so, your skin may be suffering from what we here at Skin Essentials by Mariga call January Syndrome! This is where you feel like you are doing all the right things for your body and skin but you still end up with a dull, dry complexion. The major culprit for this is fat, lack of good fats in your diet will impact skin negatively and after a few weeks you will notice that your skin feels rougher, looks less radiant, maybe even downright dull or ashy, and it can feel dry with an increase in noticeable fine lines.

Good fats are needed in your body for your skin cells to be properly formed, healthy and intact. Without these you are producing poor quality keratin cells that will not function properly to keep water in your skin and to keep environmental irritants out, resulting in the conditions described above.

Lipid Repair Concentrate from Skin Essentials by Mariga will help restore your skin to its radiant, healthy, strong best.

Lipid Repair Concentrate – restore healthy, radiant skin.

The good news is that this can be corrected as long as you haven’t let it go too far! People who follow a long-term fat free or very low fat diet will have prematurely aged skin that is difficult to restore to its former appearance. But if you have just started noticing it then it will be simple enough to reverse with correct skincare, barrier repair treatments where necessary and definitely a re-introduction of good fats in your diet. (The favourites from a skin point of view are avocados, salmon, nuts and seeds).

The most important consideration in your skincare routine to correct this issue is a high quality, bio-balanced facial oil that gives your skin the exact percentage of each type of lipid it requires to rebuild and restore strength, smooth uneven texture and give you back your glow. We recommend using Lipid Repair Concentrate morning and evening under your regular cream until your skin is showing signs of recovery and then reducing to once per day for maintenance.

To quick-start your skin recovery book in for a Barrier Repair Facial. This is available in a 30 or 60 minute version and is absolutely divine as well as delivering results. Definitely one to treat yourself to, especially if you have been good for the month of January!

Have you noticed any changes with your skin since the New Year? Give us a call on 053 9145981 and let’s see how we can help you today.