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Advice on dealing with congested, bumpy skin

Mariga’s top tips for reducing congestion in your pores and skin.

Congestion, bumpy skin texture, blackheads and whiteheads are a very common skin complaints. I split them into two categories – surface congestion and deeper issues.

diagram of pore congestion types including acne, blackhead, whitehead, pustule

Surface congestion is when your skin feels rough with tiny bumps that you can feel more so than see. This usually happens when your skin needs a little extra TLC such as after outdoor exposure such as sun or ski holiday, after illness has depleted your reserves of water in the skin or during winter when surface dehydration is common. The simple fix for this problem is to do an Enzyme Exfoliation to boost your skin’s processes and smooth surface texture. You can do this at home using a product such as our Enzyme Exfoliator or have a treatment with one of our skin therapists. This type of congestion is generally temporary and will be well on the road to gone after your first home or clinical treatment.     To prevent this kind of surface issue from occurring this winter have a look at my tips here.

Pore congestion is deeper and ranges from an occasional blocked pore such as a single blackhead through to multiple involvement of pores with open and closed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) with a bumpy, uneven texture over much of the face. Often this texture is made worse looking by attempting to cover it with makeup.

Congested, bumpy skin can be ongoing if not treated properly with appropriate homecare and clinical treatments. As there may be many or multiple causes unique to every person a skin analysis is advised in this case to personalise advice and recommendations for you, but there are a few things you can do/use that will be common to most people with this skin issue.

1. DO NOT try to extract blackheads, whiteheads or milia at home. It is easy to cause scarring, pigmentation and infection when you try to DIY it.

2. Always cleanse gently, over stripping the skin with foaming cleansers, hot water, scrubs or too-frequent exfoliation will all cause dehydration and inflammation, a recipe to congestion and dry, bumpy skin.

3. Drink plenty of water and get lots of good fats in your diet. Salmon, avocado and nuts all help. A healthy digestive system plays a huge part in healthy skin

4. Have professional treatments to get you going. Acid peels, enzyme peels and/or extractions will be necessary to deeply clean and reboot the skin to prepare it to absorb and use active ingredients daily for prevention. 

5. Then move on to daily prevention.

Ingredients to look for in your products:

Salicylic Acid is the first ingredient to look for. It is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) which is oil soluble, as opposed to AHA’s such as glucolic or lactic acids which are water-soluble. Being oil-soluble, salicylic acid can make it’s way into pore and effect deep pore cleansing. From the Skin Essentials by Mariga range choose Salicylic Cleanser which also contains zinc to reduce inflammation which can contribute to congestion too (pore swells when skin is inflamed, trapping debris), as well as skin-healing vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin A is a must for skin health regardless of your skin type or issues. It has extra benefits for congested skin as it speeds up cellular renewal, helping to minimise formation of blockages inside the pore. From the Skin Essentials range choose from:
Blemish Control Cream for skin that has congestion AND acne.
Age Slowly Serum for skin that has mild congestion with a tendency to comedones.
Overnight Repair Cream for skin that is over 50 and still getting occasional breakouts or comedones.

Keep skin healthy and strong with the correct skincare recommended just for you

Keep skin healthy and strong with the correct skincare recommended just for you

Note: salicylic acid and vitamin A can be contra-indicated for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. For best advice on this or any medical issue always check with your doctor.

Have a skincare question? Call us on 053 9145981 or just drop into our skin clinic in Selskar, Wexford for advice.

 

Five common skincare mistakes to avoid

There are some skincare mistakes that we all have made at some point in time!

Often this is out of a misguided sense of ‘more is better’ or because of persistent beauty myths that abound on the internet. (Don’t even get me started on the coconut oil fixes everything craze). Maybe you are trying something that is working for a friend and can’t understand why you are not getting the same results? Or you had a facial and don’t understand why it didn’t fix your skin? Below is my list of common skincare mistakes to avoid. Have you made these skin mistakes?

  1. Over Cleansing – gentle cleansing every night is enough. Over stripping will cause water/oil imbalance and lead to inflammation
  2. Over exfoliation – your skin is not a floor, don’t scrub it.
  3. Not giving a new product/treatment time to work – skin takes time to get into a state of disrepair, it will take time to rebalance it too. There is no magic wand!
  4. SPF is not just for summer – light, not just heat, damages you skin leading to premature ageing at the least. Use it 365!
  5. Guessing your skin type – no no no! Have your skin professionally analysed to make sure you are getting it right from the start and avoid adding to skin damage by using an inappropriate product for you.

Not sure whether you are making skin mistakes? Drop in to our skin clinic in Selskar, Wexford or call us on 053 9145981 to talk to one of our expert skin therapists who will be happy to advise you and get to started on the path to great 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.

Avoid dry and dehydrated winter skin with these must-have products

Winter must-haves for beautiful skin.

Is it just me or does to seem like we have skipped autumn and landed straight into winter?
I find that I have already begun reaching for my winter skincare routine and thought I would share my must-haves for avoiding the winter dry-out with you early this year :)

See my top 5 products below, handily sorted by skin type to help you choose:

Image of the top five winter skin products from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford

Winter skin must-haves: Mariga’s picks.

All skin types:
If you don’t use it already our Lip Comfort Balm is an absolute MUST if you suffer with dry lips. Use as often as you like but my tip is build it into your skincare routine and use it morning and night when you do your regular skincare routine. This is enough to prevent winter dry-out or to maintain lip hydration. If you are already dry you may want to use it several times a day until your lips are back to their best then go to twice-daily maintenance.
Colourless, non-sticky and non- shiny it’s a must for everyone.

Dry or sensitised skin (low oil production):                                                                                         If your skin tends to dry out in the winter once the temperatures drop and heating kicks in, then prevent winter tightness and itchiness by switching to Skin Comfort Cream day and night to deeply moisturise, prevent and soothe irritation and combat redness cause by exposure. Apply after your normal serum/facial oil but remember even though it’s winter, you still need SPF30 over the top during the day.

Dehydrated skin – dry or oily (lack of water retention in the skin):                                                       If dehydration  is your issue, you will experience fine lines, particularly around the tops of the cheeks, flaking or patchy skin. This skin needs help to retain water and hyaluronic acid is the answer. This hero ingredient binds water to itself resulting in a hydrated and plumped up skin. The Skin Essentials by Mariga product to choose is the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum. Use alone or mixed in with your regular serum to provide a shot of hydration.         Tip: I use this at night under my night cream because my day serum (Hydra Collagen Serum) already has some hyaluronic in it. Too much hyaluronic acid on your skin at once can cause your makeup to roll off. If you don’t wear makeup, no problem use it whenever you prefer.

Oily skin:
You can still get dehydrated (see above) if the water in your skin is evaporating too fast due to central heating or fires. If this is already happening use the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost as above. To prevent dehydration and keep oily skin conditioned and healthy, but not greasy or shiny, use Hydrating Cream at night after your regular serum, and also during the day if you work in a dry heated environment. As always, you need SPF30 daily throughout the year.

Find all our products on our webshop here or call in to us in our Selskar Street skin clinic in Wexford Town for advice.

Free samples of cosmeceutical skincare – what’s the point?

After my last post on cosmeceutical vs cosmetic skincare I had some follow-up questions from you about whether it is best to ask for a free sample of cosmeceutical skincare products before purchase since they are far more active than cosmetic skincare. The rationale behind these questions is that you would like to know the effect on the skin before committing, in case they are “too strong”. (And thank you to the questioners, I love to hear your thoughts and am happy to follow up and clarify anything you need more in-depth information on). Please don’t be concerned about the products being too strong, too active or in any way scary! In skincare terms the word ‘active’ means it has a measurable impact on the health and appearance of the skin structure, not that it is ‘strong’ in any negative sense :)

In any event, samples are of absolutely no use when it comes to corrective skincare (and neither are they free).

Personally, and like many professionals in the skincare business, I have no time for samples. The fact is that in skincare they are useless. In cosmeceutical brands such as my Skin Essentials by Mariga range, what we are doing with the products is correcting a dysfunction in the cellular level of the skin. This can take from 30 to 120 days in some cases to see a visible result on the surface, as the repair begins in the lower levels of the skin, so a sample that you can try for a couple of days is completely useless as a gauge of the efficacy of the product.

This whole issue is one of the reasons that I always recommend buying your skincare from a skincare clinic as opposed to a retail outlet. You will have had your skin professionally analysed and examined so that the product recommendations your therapist makes will be exactly what your skin requires. Sampling to clients feels a bit amateur and more like trial and error or guesswork to those of us who take our skincare very seriously.

Graphic from Skin Essentials by Mariga skincare clinic in Wexford showing how free skincare samples are a rip off

The only effect that making samples available has is to push the price of the product up dramatically, certainly it’s no longer a ‘free’ sample and you have paid for the availability of a promotional item that is useless to you, but good for creating brand awareness for the cosmetic company. Imagine a situation where a company is making, say, 50 sample sachets for every product. They have to be paid for by the company, where do you think the cost is added back? On the full size product of course. These are some of the reasons that we don’t make samples of our product range, and the main reason that we can keep our prices lower than other cosmeceuticals of the same quality.

Sometimes people ask to try a sample in advance in case they are allergic to a product, and this is of course a valid concern that people have. In fact, allergies are very rare and some take days or weeks of exposure to an allergen to manifest. If you are attending a skincare professional they will have a full record of any previous allergies and can patch test your skin prior to purchase. In cases of true allergy you can always return your product for a full refund.

 No samples at the beauty counter?
I have also read several opinions recently that the sales assistants are keeping the samples for themselves, and that this is why they are less available than before. This made me smile as it brought me right back 25 years to when I was working for various cosmetic houses in department stores, and if we genuinely didn’t have the relevant sample available customers would often accuse us of hiding them for ourselves!
I can tell you categorically that we didn’t keep the samples. We didn’t have to because we got free full size products for our own use. We did have to watch out for the ‘professional samplers’ who would never have bought a product in a million years, and this is why samples were kept in a drawer behind the counter. It gave the opportunity to say ‘I don’t have any’ when someone came looking for the 100th time! Ah good times 😀

Do you love to sample? Remember the next time you ask for a ‘free sample’ that you have already paid for it when you bought a product. As you have paid for the ones given out to those who never buy. As the saying goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Keeping it simple – top anti-ageing products and treatments

Mariga’s quick tips for younger skin

Skin Essentials banner image, facial with the words specialists in non-invasive anti-ageing skincare. you. Younger. Naturally

Anti-ageing doesn’t need to be complicated or confusing. It can be hard to figure out the many types of anti-ageing treatment, products and ingredients that we are constantly bombarded with on social media, magazines, tv etc. From snails to stem cells, vampire facials to baby botox, there is a never-ending stream of “the next big thing” in anti-ageing. If you are overwhelmed with choice, bewildered by conflicting advice and unsure of what’s really necessary, this blog is for you. Below I have outlined the basics of sensible, proven anti-ageing treatments and products that are all you will need to see a visible difference in your skin. If non-invasive anti-ageing is your thing (we deal in ‘fresh not frozen’ outcomes) then read on! These are my top 3 in treatments and products for a younger complexion on all skin types.

Prefer your info in video format? Scroll to the bottom :)

Treatments top three:

  1. Microneedling – delay and reverse visible signs of ageing. This is the ultimate non-surgical treatment for giving you a youthful look that is fresh – not frozen. For those who want subtle yet visible revision of lines and laxity. Results are gradual and permanent. Fantastic also as a time-delay treatments for pre-ageing clients.
  2. LED light therapy. Powerful, natural, non-invasive and customisable. Stimulates collagen, gives a revitalised softness and glow back to your skin. Add-on to your facial to supercharge results or have a course for a deep skin re-boot on skin that has been neglected or over-exposed to the sun. I have been using LED therapy on my clients for over ten years now and it shows in their skin!
  3. Facial Massage. This old-school treatment will always have a place in our customised facials. A targeted, personalised facial massage is far more than just rubbing lotions into your skin. In the right hands it is a stand-alone anti-ageing tool that increases the availability of nutrition to the skin cells, stimulates lymph flow for sharper contours, releases muscle tension from the face, eyes and shoulders. Our therapists are trained in many types of massage so that we can tailor the best one for you. Examples are sculpting and lifting massage to give a more wide-awake and fresh look to the face and eyes, lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness or pressure point manipulation to relieve tension. And of course whatever method we choose for your facial, it’s blissful to receive!

Products top three:

  1. Gentle cleanser and SPF30 moisturiser are your basic core products in any skincare routine. Without a thorough, yet gentle, cleanse, your following products will not work to their full effectiveness. And, of course, we all know that prevention is better than cure, so SPF30 daily moisturiser is a must-have. From the Skin Essentials range look for Skin Comfort Cleanser and SPF30 Day Cream.
  2. Serum. If you have not yet started using serum then it is time to make the change! Well-formulated serums can deliver targeted actives much deeper than your treatment cream and deliver visible results over time. There are serums for all ages and skin requirements but from an anti-ageing point of view the number one ingredient to use is Vitamin A, the global gold-standard in effective anti-ageing. This ingredient is vital for skin health and function and will keep cellular turnover at optimum levels, giving you brighter, clearer skin with less congestion, diminished lines and a more even colour and texture. Choose the correct serum for your skin type then add a vitamin A serum at night for anti-ageing power on every skin type. From the Skin Essentials range look at Age Slowly Serum.
  3. Treatment Cream. Far more than a ‘moisturiser’, your chosen cream should supply nutrition, hydration and anti-oxidants at a minimum, then ideally you should be able to choose one that also has active ingredients for your skin’s particular needs. Ingredients to look out for: hyaluronic acid, plant butters, seed oils. Try to use creams that do not have silicone in the first few ingredients on the label as a general rule. For example: our Skin Comfort Cream is a fantastic universal cream for normal-dry skin types that will also provide multi-anti-oxidants, plant sterols to deeply moisturise and calm redness, all facilitating an environment where skin cells can function to their capacity, giving you a much slower ageing

For more information on any of these products or treatments, click the links in the text above, check out our treatments page, pop in top our clinic in Selskar, Wexford Town or call us on 053 9145981

Mariga x

Good-better-best: a budget-conscious approach to buying your home skincare

Good-better-best: a budget-conscious approach to buying your home skin care.

In skincare, as in so many other areas of life, it is true that nothing is better than the wrong thing. Bearing that in mind, let’s look at best skincare practice on a budget.
From time to time, many of us have to cut back in this or that area of our spending as life happens! How do you approach reducing your skincare spend if the budget just isn’t there this month? 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! So in this instance you are far better off dropping some items than replacing them with cheaper, possibly skin-damaging options. Below I have outlined a three tiered option for every budget. Simply make sure that you have the correct products for your skin from option one, then add the others if and 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:
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).

If and when budget allows, 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 homecare routine whatever your budget in our web shop here:
Remember, all Skin Essentials by Mariga 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 just email us at our Wexford clinic info@skinessentialsbymariga.com or call 053 9145981and 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.

 

 

What price great skin?

How much should you be paying for you skincare products?

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That depends on what you want a product to do. The more active a product, likely the more expensive the ingredients are.

Paying big money for your skincare is no guarantee of quality. That said, you won’t get quality formulas and active ingredients cheaply, so from that we can we infer that a cheap product is not doing any good? It all depends on ingredients:

Ingredients in a skincare formulation can be active or inactive. (Occasionally both).
Active ingredients are those which can change, correct or support cell function deep in the epidermis.
Inactive ingredients can change only the surface appearance.

Usually, active ingredients are expensive as they have undergone years of research and development. Any formula that claims to change how skin cells act such as anti-wrinkle, acne clearing or rosacea control needs to have active ingredients to work. Therefore they will be more expensive than inactive formulas.
Inactive ingredients are things like inert (not essential) natural oils, silicones, glycerine, mineral oil or other conditioning agents that give that nice feeling of slip under makeup and usually serve to retain moisture in the skin. There is nothing wrong with using inactive formulations as long as you are aware that they can’t change anything in your skin and are just washed off every evening. Do not expect to pay so much for these types of products.

Irritating ingredients like sulphate, synthetic fragrance and artificial colours cost pennies per gallon and appear in most mass market skincare, even the most expensive. Beware of these as they will irritate and age your skin at its deepest level.

Whether you choose products with high levels of active ingredients really depends on your needs and your budget. Just don’t part with your money for something that looks/sounds/smells good until you know what it can and can’t do for your skin.

All Skin Essentials by Mariga products contain the maximum actives for results in each formulation so all our active serums and creams do exactly what they claim.

Learn more: for everything you need to know about getting, and keeping, great skin pick up a copy of Mariga’s ebook ‘The Skincare Rules’ from Amazon now for just 2.99!

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