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See the results – skincare products and treatments that REALLY work!

Do clinical skincare products and treatments REALLY work? The results are in. See seven years of progress on my skin in photos and digital analysis.

As I’ve just had a birthday, I thought it would be a good time to do a progress check-in to compare how my skin is now towards seven years ago when I started keeping photographic and digital records to track results.

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Change in wrinkle depth over 7 years

The photographic version - (L) 2011 (R) 2018

The photographic version – (L) 2011 (R) 2018

I actually did this skincare results update at the five year mark and can’t believe that another two years have passed since then!! Definitely time for another review.

For reference, my skin is typically Celtic pale and see-through with a tendency to rosacea and is normal to slightly dry in general.

My core skincare routine, as with everyone, cares for my skin TYPE then you add specific products and treatments to address any issues, conditions or preferences. In my case, I focus on anti-ageing but for you it may be prevention of ageing, acne control, rosacea or a mixture of things.

You can see my daily skincare routine listed below as well as details of clinical treatments taken.

You can watch the full video below to see all of the before and after pics and readings, the good and the bad, but the short version is that my skin is reading at 35 years old (I’m 46)! which is actually even better than previous years.

do skincare products really work - see the digital evidence here as the skin scanner reads 46 year old skin as 34 years old

I’ll take that, thank you!

The lesson here?

Over time with the continued use of products and treatments specifically chosen for your exact skin type and needs, your skin can actually continue to get stronger, healthier and younger!

Certainly I’m happier with my skin now than I was 10 years ago and I look forward to beating the clock for a long time to come.

My daily home routine:

Morning:

Rinse with warm water and cloth.

Apply 1 pump Hydra Collagen Serum

Apply Skin Comfort Cream (pea size).

Apply SPF30

Evening:

Cleanse with Skin Comfort Cleanser.

Apply 1 pump Age Slowly Serum.

Apply 1/2 pump Lipid Repair mixed with 1 full pump Skin Comfort Cream.

Weekly:

Light home needling with home roller and Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost

Sometimes:

When my skin is feeling dry, usually mid-end of winter, I will add a pump of Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum to my day or night serum.

Clinical:

My main treatment is microneedling, I have a course of 3 every two years or so and maintain it with a single treatment every six months. I have an LED facial once a month or so and exfoliate only when necessary, maybe once every two-three months. This could be with a home products such as Enzyme Exfoliator or with a clinical enzyme or acid peel.

What do you think? I’m delighted with the continued increase in my skin’s health strength and integrity.

While it is never too late to start and to see results definitely the earlier you start taking care of your skin in a properly customised and deliberate way the better.

Do you want to see results like this for yourself? Do you want to look back in 10 years and have not aged, or even aged backwards? Than give us a call we would love to work with you to get you on track for getting younger, stronger, healthier skin, for life.

See the full video and all the clinical data HERE.

 

do skincare products really work - see the digital evidence here as the skin scanner reads 46 year old skin as 34 years old

Mother Of The Bride – Prepare your skin

Are you a Mother of the Bride or Groom in 2018?

Originally published last April 2017

Huge congratulations if you are going to be Mother of the Bride & Groom this year!

There are exciting times ahead as you help your sons and daughters organise their big day, but we understand its your big day too.

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But we also understand the anxiety you might feel at the thought of being centre stage, in every photograph, and at the top table as this starts to become more real.

As skincare therapists, we find that many of our customers begin to think about anti-ageing skincare therapies for the first time. 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 year:

  • 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.

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: from €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 down-turned corners of the mouth to fill and plump them fast! A course of 3 is needed to see 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

Book your treatments online by clicking the link below:

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Glowing skincare for mums-to-be exclusive pregnancy skincare kit

Pregnancy skincare – the experts advice.

pregnancy skincare kit from skin essentials by mariga wexfordOne of the nicest things about being a skincare professional and having hands-on contact with our lovely clients all day means that we are often the first to hear the happy news that someone is expecting a baby.

Partly this is because newly expectant mums are usually dying to tell someone before it becomes general knowledge and they know there is the seal of the confessional in our treatments rooms!

But also, there is a practical reason and that is because there are some ingredients that you may want to avoid during pregnancy and we need to review your home and professional skincare routines to adapt for changing needs.

(Note: all the following applies to nursing mums as well as during pregnancy). Read on for our expert advice on pregnancy skincare…

Depending on the skincare routine you are on before becoming pregnant, it may be necessary for you to change some of your products.

Skincare containing Vitamin A, Retinol and Salicylic Acid are not recommended for use during pregnancy.

These ingredients are most often found in products aimed at acne control and anti-ageing. In the Skin Essentials by Mariga range the products containing these ingredients are Overnight Repair Cream, Age Slowly Serum, Blemish Control Cream and Salicylic Cleanser.

It is important to note that there is no evidence that using these skincare ingredients is in any way harmful to you or your baby. We do know that the prescription strength versions of these ingredients are not for use during pregnancy so it is just a precaution to avoid them altogether, even in the relatively tiny amounts and different forms present in skincare products.

If you are not sure whether your creams have these ingredients please ask your skincare professional for advice.

Some professional treatments, particularly peels, will contain various acids so you should let your therapist know before treatment if you are pregnant so that she can tailor your treatment accordingly.

Some electrical treatments are also contraindicated but you can still have a lovely, relaxing treatment to help keep your skin nourished and hydrated. At Skin Essentials we have a special nourishing facial perfect for expectant mums and also our treatment couch is fitted with adjustable pregnancy cushions to keep you comfy and supported right through to your due date.

It is not unusual for our clients to schedule an appointment with us a week before their date for some much-needed me-time!

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During pregnancy, much of the nourishment that your body receives from your diet can go to your baby so the skin can suffer from lack of nutrients. You can counter this by using products rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

I particularly recommend my Skin Comfort Oil, Skin Comfort Cream and Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum for this special time (You can use these on your tummy too).

Some women will experience pigment changes in the skin during pregnancy. These show up as brown patches on the face often referred to as ‘mask of pregnancy’.

This is very much down to genetic predisposition and can’t be prevented, but using a good SPF30 daily will prevent the marks from becoming permanent through UV exposure.

Some women will find that their skin becomes radiant, especially after the first trimester, giving that pregnancy ‘glow’. For others, unfortunately, the opposite can occur and many women experience a recurrence of long-forgotten acne.

As the actives to control breakouts are not suitable for use while pregnant the best that you can do is to keep your skin strong to help reduce the occurrence of spots.

Drink plenty of water and use skincare with nourishing oils as above and add a hyaluronic-acid based serum such as Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost under your moisturiser to help prevent water loss which can lead to sensitivities and spots.

Getting plenty of sleep helps too (while you still can!)

I have created the Glowing Skin Kit to contain all of the water and oil based nutrients your skin will need to make sure you are a radiant mum-to-be. It is suitable for all skin types, except very oily, and can be used safely throughout pregnancy and during breast-feeding.

It makes a lovely gift for a special someone in your life or a beautiful treat for yourself!

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If you are expecting and have any questions about your skin or products please give us a call on 053 9145981 or email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com, we will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.

facebook-icon-preview-1-400x400This Saturday 17th Feb, Mariga will doing a Facebook live video on this topic. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to the do’s and dont’s of pregnancy skincare, leave a message or comment on our facebook page and Mariga will address them in her live video.

 

Skin benefits of home rolling / microneedling

Why do at home microneedling?

Cosmetic needling, also known as dermal rolling, is performed at home between clinical microneedling treatments to enhance the results obtained.

It is a complementing home therapy intended to boost outcomes, rather than a separate treatment.

When we do home needling we are working on and influencing the epidermis, the outermost layers of the skin. This releases epidermal growth factors within the skin structure which results in thickening and strengthening of the epidermis giving you a smoother more even texture.

Cosmetic home needling, which is done at a depth of no more than 0.3 mm, also enhances penetration of your recommended active ingredients increasing their penetration by up to 8 times.

Home needling in conjunction with clinical depth treatments will show enhanced results versus clinical needling alone.

Image from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford showing 40 year old skin post microneedling

Read all about our exclusive Bio-therapeutic needling programmes

All skin types and conditions can benefit from home rolling 2-3 times per week as long as it is done with the correct technique and using the right products for your skin’s requirements.

(See video below for Mariga’s demo on best technique for home rolling).

Your therapist will recommend the best Skin Essentials By Mariga serum for your individual home needling requirements, but in general Hydra Collagen Serum is a good choice for those on an anti ageing programme.

For those using needling treatment to help reduce acne scarring your therapist may recommend Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum for a younger skin type or perhaps Essential Nutrient Serum for those who are prone to inflammation.

If you are using home needling as a preventative or general part of your skincare routine and are not having clinical needling treatments for correction, you can use your home roller 2 to 3 times a week with your regular Skin Essentials serum.

If in doubt, the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost serum is a universal product that will benefit all skin types when used in conjunction with home rolling.

See our home rolling kit here for a great value option on a starter kit.

Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum 30ml bottle white pearl airless pump presentation from Skin Essentials, Wexford clinic.

At Skin Essentials, we are huge fans of microneedling and have seen fantastic results on all skin conditions over the years from wrinkles to sagging skin, rosacea to scars.

But it is also carries risks if not performed correctly so it is very important to purchase your home roller from an authorised source.

There are many cheap versions available on the internet but these cannot be authenticated and may often be substandard tools. With the potential for skin damage associated with inferior rollers, it is never worth it to buy from an unknown source.

Remember, it is inappropriate to ever use needles deeper than 0.3 mm or to use any skincare product that has not been recommended for you in conjunction with your needling.

A good quality roller will last 4-6 months depending on how often you use it, and will then need to be replaced as the needles become blunt over time with repeated use.

Begin your Microneedling journey by booking your first microneedling consultation at Skin Essentials by Mariga.

Call us on 053 9145981, email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com, or simply click the link below to book your treatments on online.

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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.

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.

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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.