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Clinical vs Home Microneedling

It won’t come as a surprise to know that microneedling is my favourite anti-ageing treatment as I talk about it so much here on the blog and across all my social media channels!

The reason that I recommend it so highly is because it is natural, it works on all skin types and it can be used at any age and stage of ageing to prevent, and reduce, lines, wrinkles, loosening skin and all general visible signs of ageing.

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

Read all about our exclusive Bio-therapeutic needling programmes

I always advise my needling clients to use a home roller along with their clinical treatments. The two are very different and are used for separate but complimentary outcomes.

Clinical needling is deeper (up to 1mm) and has some downtime of redness associated with it, usually 1-2 days. It is used to deeply stimulate skin structures, notably fibroblasts, to increase their output and act like younger cells. We focus on the correct depths to increase collagen production which in turn and over time tightens, brightens and firms the skin.

Home needling is a much shallower treatment, .25-.3mm maximum. This depth affects only the top layer of the epidermis and allows for deeper penetration of your products for maximum absorption and results from your recommended homecare routine. It also acts like a ‘reminder’ to the fibroblasts of the clinical treatments and furthers collagen production started in the treatment room. Twice a week at home is great and it takes just 5 minutes. Ideally, use our Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum with your home roller for a hydration boost. And remember, always buy your rollers from a reputable source! (We sell them here). Cheap online versions of anything are generally cheap for a reason. Never compromise with your skin, it has to last you a lifetime.

Read all about our exclusive Bio-Therapeutic Needling programmes for younger skin here

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Hyaluronic acid – how it works to plump up the skin.

I think everyone knows by now how great hyaluronic acid is for plumping up the skin, fighting dehydration and minimising lines and wrinkles. But did you know that it also works deeper in the skin and in a longer-term manner by directly impacting the production of youth-fibres such as collagen and improving the quality of the skin progressively over time?

Hyaluronic acid works on every layer of the skin from superficial to deep in different ways. It can be introduced in to the upper layers of the epidermis via a serum such as our Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost where it will bind water to itself to revitalise, plump and banish dehydration. This is a daily dose of hyaluronic acid and will be used up by the skin in approximately 24 hours so you must reapply daily.

Hyaluronic acid can also be implanted deeper into the skin structure to fill deeper lines via dermal fillers. These can be administered by injectable or needle-free methods and will last for a minimum of several months. This is a different type of HA, a cross-linked version, that takes much longer to break down. It fills the spaces between cells to cushion them and breaks bonds between the skin layers that flatten over time causing wrinkles on the surface.

This little video shows just how HA works under the skin to keep us all looking younger!

Hyaluronic acid mechanism of action. Source: Multideditora. Skin Essentials by Mariga Wexford, dermal filler

Hyaluronic acid mechanism of action. Source: MultiEditora

Call us on 053 9145981 or drop in to our Selskar Street skin clinic in Wexford to see what hyaluronic acid products or treatments we have to best suit your skin.

 

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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.

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Autumn Packages for Peels and Skin Resurfacing

AUTUMN PACKAGES ON PEELS AND SKIN RESURFACING
Two weeks only – don’t miss out!
How can it be October? It’s true the older you get the faster the years seem to go.

Looking on the bright side, October is the perfect time to think about doing a skin reboot and jump-starting your skin before winter. A great way to revitalise all your skin’s processes to banish dullness, sluggishness, improve colour and address any sun damage picked up over the summer is with a course of personalised peels.

We have a great package for you right now at Skin Essentials when you book and pay for a course of 3 peels. Normally €70 each, you will get your series of 3 for just €150, saving you a huge €60.
But this is only available when booked and pre-paid by the October 14th so if you want your glow back at a very special price call us on 053 9145981.

Before and after a course of 6 Skin Essentials by Mariga brightening peels, image taken under skin scanner to show improvements from deep in the skin.

Before and after a course of 6 brightening peels, image taken under skin scanner to show improvements from deep in the skin.

This is an ideal time to resurface, rebalance and renew with a mini course of skin-boosting peels.
Skin Essentials peels are blended with AHA (lactic) and BHA (salicylic) acids to smooth, decongest and hydrate your skin from deep in the epidermis giving you back a youthful radiance and skin confidence.

Best of all? Our unique peels are oil-based meaning little to no sting or downtime for you, just pop in, have your peel done in less than 30 minutes and go back about your day.

As always, we prefer the progressive rather than aggressive approach to skincare and best results are achieved by taking a series of 3 peels in 3 weeks (or 6 peels in 6 weeks if more revision is needed) to fully rebalance your skin without irritation. Each peel is customised to your needs each time.

I’m looking forward to helping you achieve beautiful skin. Please reach out and let me know how I can help you today. We are always researching, innovating and learning new things and will keep you updated via our newsletter on whats new in the world of scientific skincare.

You can contact us at 053 9145981 or on info@skinessentialsbymariga.com

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Thanks for recommending us – referral rewards for you.

Thank you for being a valued client of Skin Essentials. When you choose us for your products, skincare services and skin education you support a local business that helps us grow and supports local employment both directly and indirectly. We pass this on by choosing local business partners for as many of our business needs as possible, from printing to laundry, florists to stationers!

Discount code graphic - 10% off product or treatment at Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford, when you refer a friend for a facial service

A big part of our new business has always come from your referrals, word-of-mouth is such an important tool in the decision making process for all of us and we all really value a friends recommendation when it comes to choosing products and service providers.

As you know we have always rewarded you for your referrals with vouchers off treatments and now we are revamping our referral rewards system with a broader range of savings for you!

Each time you refer a friend to us, you will receive a text message containing a code that you can use for 10% off your next treatment or product purchase at Skin Essentials by Mariga.
This replaces our old €10 voucher system, but don’t worry, if you have earned credit from our previous referral rewards programme we will of course still honour it!

The new referral rewards system is more flexible for you, allowing you to save on products as well as treatments and there is no limit to the number of ‘thank you’ codes you can earn.

To claim your reward discount simply show the text at checkout when you purchase your next product or service from us. You may use your codes together on a single purchase. For example, if you have three referral texts you can use them together to get 30% off a purchase.

There are some T’s & C’s of course but not many:

-Your friend must be a new client to us and the referral reward is activated when they purchase their first service from Skin Essentials, Wexford. Of course they have to tell us that you referred them!
-Reward codes are valid against full priced products and services only, and cannot be combined with other special offers, discount codes, or packages that have already been discounted.
-Codes expire 6 months from the date of the text message.
-No cash or exchange value.
-Your codes are unique to you and are not transferrable to anyone else.

What’s your type? Tips for each skin type.

Skin types listed on a face diagram by Skin Essentials by Mariga

What’s your type?

Do you find it difficult to choose a skincare product off the shelf ? There are so many, all claiming to be THE ONE that it’s no wonder the consumer is confused. After all, how are you supposed to know which new amazing-sounding high tech ingredient or ”new” plant extract is going to clear up that flaky patch on your chin or stop your make-up from sliding off your face an hour after you applied it? In an effort to categorise the products into something you might relate to yourself, most mass market companies divide their offerings into ”skin type”. You will see these as the words dry, dehydrated, combination, oily, normal, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, delicate, fragile etc. etc.

Clear? I thought not!

In reality there are only three basic skin types that everyone will fall into to some degree: Lipid Dry, Oily and Permanent Diffuse Redness (ref: Florence Barrett-Hill, Advanced Skin Analysis).
The rest are just marketing terms and have nothing to do with the skin type that you are born with. ”But I have dry cheeks and an oily T-zone, isn’t that combination skin?” I hear you say. Well, yes and no. You may well be suffering from an imbalance in your skin that is causing these symptoms, but this is a correctable or treatable condition, not your basic skin type. Often, these skin conditions are caused by ongoing use of the incorrect products for your basic skin type.

How do you know which one you are? If you have mainly oily, mainly dry or predominately red skin with little to no secondary concerns then it’s easy, just treat at home for your skin type and get an appropriate facial every couple of months (see the links below for characteristics and tips on each skin type). But many people won’t be an extreme version of any type so to get an accurate analysis you must be diagnosed by a skincare professional. This will involve examining your skin under strong light and magnification, taking a detailed history of your skin and using a diagnostic device such as a skin scanner. A comprehensive skin analysis will take at least 90 minutes. You will come away with a full understanding of your skin, what has been wrong in the past, how to treat it and which products to use going forward. Your basic majority skin type will be explained, any current skin conditions addressed and questions answered. This detailed consultation is the only way to truly understand your skin and means that your salon treatment and homecare regime will be completely personalised for a real, long-term solution.

Once this information is in place you can really begin to get a handle on your own individual skin needs and address them daily. In this way your skin will get better and better over time, transient conditions such as dehydration, flaking, shine will become a thing of the past and your skin will be balanced and well-behaved. Generally speaking your basic daily homecare is geared toward caring for your skin TYPE while corrective serums to use at home and/or clinical treatments correct skin CONDITIONS.

Remember, all skin types will require anti-ageing at some point, this does not affect your basic skin type!

See more on SKIN ANALYSIS here

Read Mariga’s focus on DRY SKIN here

Read about OILY SKIN here

More on REDNESS PRONE skin here.

Free download for you – a quick reference guide to choosing the best homecare products for your needs

Never sure if you are choosing exactly the right serum for your skin’s needs? Think it might be time to step up your anti-ageing game but not sure which products need to be upgraded? Just getting started with ‘good’ skincare and unsure where to start?

If any of these apply to you, or if you just want to make sure that you are getting it right, you need to download my FREE guide to choosing your homecare products.

A quick chart shows you what you need to use, morning and evening, for your skincare needs. Just pick the skin type or issue that most closely matches you from the column on the left then read across for your recommendations.

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Download it here

New – InfusION+ Therapy – a powerful add-on to your regular facial

NEW! InfusION+ therapy

We have introduced a new element to our bespoke facials here at Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford. You know we are always searching out the latest and best technology and ingredients to bring you the absolute maximum clinical results from your treatments :)

We can now incorporate the power of ION+ therapy into your facial. Choose from VitalfusION+ to brighten, revitalise and smooth a dull or sluggish skin, or LiftfusION+ for a tightening and radiance effect perfect before a big event when you want some extra wow factor for your skin! ION+ therapy will be used as part of your bespoke treatment when appropriate or you can specifically request it if you have an occasion coming up, be sure to let your therapist know! We do not charge extra for this powerful booster treatment – it is included in the regular price of your bespoke facial.

Ion therapy can also be taken in a series to deeply revitalise skin that has been neglected, or to delay the first signs of ageing when fine lines start to appear. It is also a great maintenance treatment between microneedling courses for maintaining skin texture, health and vitality.

Suitable for all skin types and issues as it is adapted for each client, the ION+ therapy is a universal facial. As it utilises a galvanic electric current to open channels in the skin to allow for deep active product penetration (it doesn’t hurt, it’s actually very relaxing), it is not suitable during pregnancy, for those with diabetes, epilepsy, or anyone with a lot of metal in their body such as plates or pins. (Fillings are ok).