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Bio Therapeutic Micro Needling – Created by Mariga exclusively for Skin Essentials clients

Bio Therapeutic Micro Needling – what exactly is it and why is it available only at Skin Essentials by Mariga?

Picture of a sheep with the caption Skin Essentials by Mariga Wexford we research, innovate and create, we never follow the herd

One of the special things about choosing Skin Essentials by Mariga as your skincare service provider is that you are getting a completely bespoke experience. Not alone do we customise your treatment every time, we actually create protocols from scratch that are completely exclusive to Skin Essentials. A good example of this is the Bio Therapeutic Micro Needling Protocol which I created (and copyrighted) in 2015.

At that time, and still currently as I write this, we were the only clinic in Ireland educated and approved by Dr. Lance Setterfield, global microneedling master educator, and also the only skin clinic in Europe with the world-leading Celluma LLT device. Working closely with Celluma and bringing our own unparalleled levels of skin science education and experience into play, I created the treatment, and the name, Bio Therapeutic Micro Needling to describe the custom treatment we could now offer exclusively to our personal clientele. 

So, is it a combination of microneedling and LED and can’t anyone do that?

Yes, it is a combination of microneedling and LED and no, not anyone can do that! At least , not in the way we created. Our name ‘Bio Therapeutic Microneedling’ very specifically  represents BIO photas, (creator of Celluma LED) THERAPEUTIC aftercare created only by Skin Essentials and the MICRONEEDLING protocols trained only by Dr. Setterfield. Thus, the name very specifically relates to the treatment that I alone created combing all these elements. In addition, it is absolutely not a one-size-fits-all-treatment. Within the protocol there are any number of adjustments to each element that makes it completely unique to your own customised treatment. 

We do this with many of our treatments but I am specifically focusing on this one in today’s blog as it has been brought to my attention that Bio Therapeutic Micro Needling as a treatment name is being offered elsewhere and I want to assure you that I have never trained anyone else in this protocol and if they are using my protocol name then it is not with my permission and certainly they are not using the same techniques, products and skill that you can expect only from Skin Essentials therapists. Usually I don’t care about the copycats, I have had to put up with that a lot in my career as I am always very focused on research, innovation and bringing the best to you, which sometimes other people (wrongly) think that they can recreate without doing the groundwork. But in this instance I wanted to highlight it as it is a direct copying of a name I created but cannot be the same treatment as I have never shared the techniques so please don’t be fooled into thinking that you can get our treatments anywhere else. 

I really didn’t mean this to be a negative post but sometimes I get frustrated that clients are being fooled in this manner, always do your research and ask questions! I guess it’s obvious that anyone who is not concerned with copyright/IP infringement is hardly lily to have their clients best interest at the front of their and when performing treatments.

On the bright side, know that you can always trust us at Skin Essentials to bring you honesty, integrity and originality 😀

Mariga x

Sunscreen / SPF FAQ’s – what tan is a safe tan?

A good SPF should be the last step in every morning skincare routine, every day of the year. But there are a few things that are more specifically related to summer time / high UV index that you may find of help. Click the video below to see my detailed advice on safe tanning/tanning through SPF and how it is that your skin might darken over the summer months even though you are scrupulous with your SPF.

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Things to know:

  • You may still tan through a properly applied SPF (see video for details), this type of tan will not harm your skin’s health or beauty.
  • Sunscreen can be physical or chemical in it’s action – I prefer physical (mineral) SPF, and so does the environment.
  • ALL sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours when outdoors in direct heat, more often if swimming.
  • Through your eyes and your surface skin cells (keratinocytes) are two of the ways your body detects and processes the levels of UV in your environment and reacts accordingly, making colour pigment to protect your cells. So cool.
  • Darker skin tones have a longer-reaching deposit system from their pigment-creating cells, meaning the colour gets much nearer the surface then in lighter skin tone, giving a darker complexion and more natural protection (although sunscreen is still needed).
  • Tanning beds and booths are dangerous for both the health and beauty of your skin. 
  • A sunburn does not turn into a suntan! One is direct damage, the other is a protection system. A pale-skinned person will not experience a sunburn ‘turning into” a suntan. You DO NOT need to burn to tan. (Big myth from my childhood)!!
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Can you tan without skin damage? Can you tan through SPF? Your FAQ's answered

In today's video Mariga explains how your body/skin reacts to sun exposure and answers your most asked questions relating to tanning / skin damage / spf

Posted by Skin Essentials by Mariga on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Do you have any questions about SPF/tanning that you would like Mariga to answer?

Just drop us a line at info@skinessentialsbymariga.com, call our Wexford-based skin clinic on 086 3823608 / 053 9145981 or drop in to us, we are open Tuesday – Saturday. 

Skin texture – how to get smooth, even skin

Skin texture – how to get smooth, even skin whatever your issue.

What do we mean by texture?

When we talk about assessing your skin texture we mean two things

  1. Whether your skin is thin, medium or thick in density. Generally this is determined by your genetic make up and is not subject to change, except in the case of skin that has been artificially thinned due to illness, over-treating with inappropriate products or other factors.
  2. Texture also refers to the level of smoothness of the skin. Is there uneven or bumpy areas visible to the naked eye, or apparent to the touch. This can be surface texture as in flaky patches, or a deeper issue such as congested pores or badly adhered skin layers. This is the texture that can be worked on using professional products and treatments to make it smoother.

What is ‘normal’ texture?

In skin there is no ‘normal’, we go by what is normal and achievable for you on taking into consideration your genetics, level of past skin damage, skin health on an overall and a cellular level and commitment to effecting and sustaining change in your skin’s health and appearance. In general, almost everyone wants to achieve a higher level of visible and touchable smoothness to their skin.

Reasons for/types of texture you might experience

Acne scarring

Tiny grains-of-sand feeling under the skin

Congested pores, blackheads, whiteheads

Dehydration

Dry patches

Enlarged Pores

Glycation

Wrinkles

Acne

What can be done to improve the appearance of textured skin?

Acne scarring: can be successfully treated with clinical treatment such as microneedling or trifractional radio frequency, our pyramid facelift treatment is amazing for scars that are indented or pitted.

Acne scarring can be successfully treated

Tiny bumps that can be felt more than seen: often due to an incomplete or disrupted skin call life cycle, this can be smoothed from the outside with enzyme exfoliation and addressed at source with products high in bio-identical lipids such as our Lipid Repair Concentrate. Vitamin A is also a great cell normaliser, find it in Age Slowly Serum, Blemish Control Cream and Overnight Repair Cream. If it is medically ok for you to do so,  you can take an omega 3, 6, 9 supplement to build better quality skin lipids from the inside. Reduce sugar intake also.

Congestion, blackheads, whiteheads: At home, use products containing salicylic acid (Salicylic Cleanser, Vitamin A (see above) and hyaluronic acid (Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost). Drink plenty of water. Clinically, extraction facials or acid peels will help clear skin faster at the beginning then homecare will maintain clear pores.

Dehydration: This requires a two-fold approach of getting more water in the skin (drink your 8 glasses a day) and then keeping it there by strengthening the lipid layer. Dehydrated skin is more prone to closed comedones and fine, papery-feeling lines but is pretty easy to correct with the right habits and products.

Dry patches: dry skin can be challenging for the client  as it takes time to slowly bring it back to optimum function. It is not hard to do, just using the right homecare products (focusing on replenishing products such as Skin Comfort Oil and Skin Comfort Cream), and adding nourishing facials to speed the process, but does require compliance and patience. It will takes months to begin to turn around skin that has been drying our for possibly years but the rewards are great when you get there. The temptation is to constantly exfoliate to temporarily relieve dry patches and reveal radiance but this is detrimental in the long run as skin get dryer and more sensitised without it’s protective barrier.

Enlarged Pores: note that I don’t use the phrase ‘open pores’ here – pores are supposed to be open, that’s normal! However, some people do have visibly enlarged pores and how to make them appear smaller is a common question. My advice here is to use products containing vitamin A (nightly) and vitamin c (daytime) and if you have oily skin use a Salicylic Cleanser in the morning. Trifractional Radiofrequency Treatments are the best treatment on the market for reducing enlarged pores.

Before and after a course of trifractional

Glycation: often mistaken for wrinkles, glycation is a manifestation of a combination of ageing skin, built-up sun exposure and excess sugar in the system. It can appear anywhere on the face but is very common on the chin, around the mouth area and the cheeks. It looks like square, cushioned texture and is not something that is easily treated – this one is a prevention is better than cure situation so be careful of the aforementioned triggers.

Example of glycation

Wrinkles: this one is obvious, wrinkles disrupt the smooth texture of the skin. Treatment will be bespoke for everyone but I always recommend looking at microneedling both as prevention and to reduce existing lines in a progressive, sustainable way. For a deeper revision of wrinkles combined with skin tightening the Pyramid Facelift is unbeatable.

Acne: once we assess whether your type of acne is within our scope of treatment you will be given a personalised course of action to get it under control. This will include homecare, professional peels and diet/lifestyle advice.

Maintaining your results

Once your skin texture has been improved to target levels (remember this can be different for different skin types and conditions, expected outcomes are covered at your initial consultation so that you know what can be achieved for you), a maintenance programme will be put in place to keep everything smooth.

This can include professional treatments every 1-3 months, continued diet and lifestyle trigger control and suitable homecare to keep your skin clear. We recommend reviewing your skin goals every 6 months to make sure all is as it should be and to tweak any homecare or clinical maintenance for the current season.

Pyramid Facelift Launch – the end of surgical facelifts?

In the next of the series of articles detailing the exciting all-new skin transformation menu coming to Skin Essentials this summer…

I am bringing you all the info on the creme de la creme of the latest anti-ageing treatments – the Pyramid Facelift.

Read on for all the info on this facelift-alternative.

I’m so excited about this one, I know it’s the solution so many of you have been waiting for. I can’t wait to see you in-clinic for your treatments! Pictures and/or video are included too to help you get a picture of what this amazing new technology platform can do for you.

But don’t worry, of course we will advise you on the best course of treatments for you at your initial consultation.

Today we are looking at the Pyramid Facelift

The Pyramid Facelift combines TriPollar Radiofrequency, Trifractional radiofrequency, and Voluderm technology in one super-treatment for maximum impact and lasting results.

  • Best for: You have deeper wrinkles and noticeable laxity of the contours such as neck, jawline, mouth or eye area. You want a one-stop solution for reversing the signs of ageing and looking noticeable younger. Also for pitted or indented acne scarring.
  • General age range – 40+
  • Treatment time – 40 minutes
  • Downtime? You may be red/pink for 3-10 days but can wear makeup from day after treatment
  • How many will you need? We will advise at your consultation, but 3-6 sessions is average
  • How much does it cost?

Single treatment €395, Course of 2 €690, Course of 3 €990, Course of 6 €1800 (see our AMAZING intro offers on our Gen4 page for even greater savings on these prices during our launch special).

 

Amazing results from the very first treatment on eye lines and overall texture. Before and after photo following pyramid facelift treatment. Lines dramatically reduced

Amazing results from the very first treatment on eye lines and overall texture.

Immediately after last session

Pics reproduced with permission of AES UK and Shane CooperUK

Personalised acid peels for skin needing correction

Personalised acid peel blends at Skin Essentials by Mariga

For skin that needs deep correction for blemishes, discolouration or texture issues.

Have you let a skin issue get beyond your control? Are home face masks, spa facials or exfoliation not working for you?

You may just need a course of corrective skin peel blogacid peels (or enzyme/acid blends) to get you back on track!

From lactic for lightening discolouration through to glycolic for release bumpy impactions and mandolin or salicylic to help different kinds of acne, our highly qualified skin therapists can tailor the right peels for your skin and work with you to achieve the results you want.

Peels at Skin Essentials by Mariga are progressive, not aggressive, meaning we use superficial peels at very specific pH levels to stimulate the desired response in the skin.

Over the course of 4-12 weeks depending on how much correction is needed, we will help restore your skin to its best (remember, homecare is vital in getting the desired outcome, especially in the case of acne, so you have to comply with recommendations between clinic visits)!

There is very little downtime, usually just a redness on the day of treatment and some very light peeling in the days after.

Start your peels now to restore an even, bright skin tone and keep your skin glowing and hydrated all year.

Peels can be taken singly for a quick boost, monthly for maintenance, or in a series of 4 – 12 taken weekly for correction, before moving on to monthly maintenance. Our skin experts can recommend the best option for you, just give us a call or drop in for a quick chat.

As a general guide, texture issues will need approximately 4 peels, 6-8 for discolouration and up to 12 for acne depending upon type and severity.

Prices start at €70 for a single acid peel and package prices apply to courses paid in advance. Book online by clicking the button below, or call us on 053 9145981.

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FAQ’s in skincare – parabens, vegan, pregnancy and more

Today’s FAQ’s in skincare blog is a summary of the most frequently asked questions relating to specific suitability/non-suitability of our products for specific groups of people. 

Pic showing confused woman and question marks with the text "answering your questions" illustrating a FAQ's in skincare blog from Mariga at Skin Essentials skin clinic, Wexford

 

 

 

 

I’m including the paraben-free section here as it is a popular question but I will add the note that to-date parabens have never been scientifically proven to be harmful in any way. However, there are some people that prefer to be paraben-free so the list is below to help if that relates to you.

At Skin Essentials our number one priority is bringing you scientific skincare that will make a measurable difference to your skin and we believe that the first step in any type of change is education so we welcome all your questions and will always answer with honesty, integrity and transparency.

Mariga x

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are paraben free?

-Skin Comfort Cleanser
-Skin Comfort Oil
-Hydra Collagen Serum
-Lipid Repair Concentrate
-Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum
-Age Slowly Serum
-Enzyme Exfoliator

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are vegan?

-Blemish Control Cream
-Hydrating Cream
-Enzyme Exfoliator
-Salicylic Cleanser
-Spf 30 Day Cream
-Skin Comfort Oil
-Skin Comfort Cream   (our non-vegan products containanti-ageing collagen extracts from fish scales. All of our ingredients are sourced from PETA-certified suppliers).                                                                                                                        

Which Skin Essentials by mariga products are suitable during chemotherapy?

-Skin Comfort Oil
-Skin Comfort Cream
-Lip Comfort Balm
-Skin Comfort Cleanser
-Lipid Repair Concentrate
-Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

-Everything except Blemish Control Cream, Overnight Repair Cream, Salicylic Cleanser, Age Slowly Serum

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are suitable for men?

-Everything except Youth Boost. Essential Nutrient Serum doubles as a great soothing after shave balm.

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are suitable for children?

-SPF30
-Skin Comfort Cleanser

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products have special usage precautions?

-Overnight Repair Cream, Blemish Control Cream and Age Slowly Serum all contain Vitamin A derivatives and must only be used at night, and discontinued during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

-Salicylic Cleanser should be discontinued during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

-As with any product do not use a Skin Essentials by Mariga skincare product if it contains any ingredients you know/suspect you might be intolerant/allergic to.

I hope that helps address some of your FAQ’s. If you have any other queries just call us on 053 9145981, email info@skinesssentialsbymariga.com or pop your query in the chatbox on the bottom right of your screen (if you are reading this on our website). If you are Wexford-basde you can always pop in to our clinic in Selskar Street during opening hours Tuesday-Saturday and we will have someone available to help you.

Buy Skin Essentials by Mariga products online here for delivery in Ireland/UK.

A styled photo of Skin Essentials by Mariga products in a white magnetic box tied with green ribbon on a white background which are available online or from our Wexford town skin clinic