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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.

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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?

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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The pressure to look good vs. the judgement for prioritising yourself. Can you ever win?


You may have seen the Late Late Show last Friday night, and the segment on botox, lip fillers etc. I did a live video on Facebook to discuss the show and if you haven’t seen it, I will link it below.

Today I want to reflect on the aftermath of the segment and the negativity levelled at the show’s guests on social media.

Something that I have come to realise from talking to so many women over the years in the beauty business is that many women feel guilty about spending time or money on themselves.

Sometimes we feel like we should be happy as we are and not place so much importance on how we look. After all, its what is on the inside that counts, right?

Well I am here to call BS on that line of thought right now! If you are happy with how you look, fantastic! If you look in the mirror and feel that the person looking back at you reflects the person you feel like inside, even better.

But for those who don’t feel that way, please don’t feel bad for wanting to look good! Balancing how you feel inside (25 on a good day, 95 on others lol), with how you look in the mirror, can be a big factor in inner peace and self-confidence.Society places an awful lot of pressure on women to look younger, slimmer, more vital, than ever before. And yet the same society will ridicule and judge a woman for turning to cosmetic surgery or injectables. Enough!

It is not self-indulgent, vain or shallow to want to look the best you can, particularly if looking great boosts your self-esteem and contributes overall to a happy life. There are no medals for ageing slowly. There are equally no medals for getting old looking before you are ready. The prizes in life, I believe, go to those who are happy in their own skin. The prize is contentment and I believe that everybody should do whatever it takes for them to feel content in their life on a daily basis, And if that, for you, means holding back the onset of visible ageing and making peace with your mirror, then that’s what you should do.

My personal preference is to use natural, non-invasive methods of skin age reversal as I prefer a natural look, but what you do is up to you. It is your face, your life, and you owe nobody an explanation! You do you. Your way!
Mariga :)

Facebook Video Here – Skin Essentials by Mariga reaction to Late Late Show

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If this is your idea of happy, work it! 😀

Cleansing – getting the basics right

Happy New Year!

As the new year is a time of fresh starts and making new habits, I thought it might help to recap on some basics in your skincare routine to make sure that you are getting the best possible performance and results from your products.

Today I am looking at cleansing top tips and FAQ’s:

Q. Do you need to cleanse if you are not wearing makeup?

Q. Do you need a separate eye makeup remover?
A. Not if you are using a good quality, unscented oil-based cleanser. Otherwise, yes.

Q. Do you need to do a full cleanse in the morning?
A. Assuming you have done it the night before, then no. Unless you have very oily skin.

Q. Do you need toner?
A. No, again if you are using a good quality water-soluble cleanser it is not necessary. Use one if you enjoy it but make sure it is alcohol free.

See more advice on double cleansing and the new trend for pre-cleansing on my latest YouTube video linked below.

I’m looking forward to helping you achieve beautiful skin in 2017. Please reach out and let me know how I can help you today.

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-Email us at info@skinessentialsbymariga.com

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Home vs clinical microneedling: Mariga’s advice

We love both clinical and home microneedling here at Skin Essentials. Needling in general is a fantastic modality, when used correctly, for anti-ageing, skin tightening and reducing old acne marks or other scars. There is a huge difference though between the type of microneedling you do at home and the clinical version (bio therapeutic needling) that we perform here at our Wexford based skin clinic. See the video for differences and details: