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Is your phone damaging your skin?

Tips for neutralising blue light damage in your skin.

Skin Essentials Wexford skin clinic anti-ageing blue light graphic with phone, iPad and text is your computer ageing your skin, don't worry we can help

Did you know? We have a new source of free-radical skin damage to worry about now!
Blue light from your computer/mobile devices can have a negative impact on your skin. A recent report claims that four days computer time is the equivalent of twenty minutes exposure to the midday sun and that blue light goes deeper than UVA/UVB rays, accelerating oxidisation and damaging the vital skin barrier.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to bin your phone, just incorporate some simple tips to minimise the impact on your skin. For many of you, especially if you are already a Skin Essentials client, you will already be doing this so no change will be needed!

What is free-radical damage anyway?
Also known as oxidisation, free radical damage occurs when the skin is exposed to more biologically-stressing factors than it can effectively cope with. Our skin comes with naturally-occurring, in-built anti-oxidant capability but this can be easily overwhelmed in today’s world where almost everything we do, eat and apply adds to the oxidative stress load. Also, as we get older, these natural defence components of the skin reduce in concentration, meaning the older you are, the faster your skin will show damage from your environment. Yikes!

Of course, we have lots of help on hand for you in the form of topically-applied anti-oxidants that will offer immediate repair and also build long term strength to aid your skin cells in fighting the accelerated signs of ageing caused by free-radical damage.

Simply apply the advice below to drastically reduce the impact of blue light and other oxidants on your complexion.

1. Using a daily sunscreen with UVA/UVB filter and added anti-oxidants will protect you from blue light as well as sunlight. Another reason to make your daily SPF a last step in your skincare routine 365 days a year! Our daily SPF30 advanced protection cream will give you great protection while also supplying anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

2. Great ingredients in your skincare for repair are Vitamins C,A & E, green tea extract, dismutase super-oxide, niacin amide, ceramides, plant sterols. There are many, many anti-oxidants and the best approach is just like with your diet – get a variety for optimum skin health.

3. If you are over 35 your collagen will be breaking down faster then before so it is time to add a powerful serum full of ingredients targeted at helping the fibroblasts in your skin make and maintain good quality collagen for many years to come. Our Hydra Collagen Serum, used under your SPF, gives you added anti-ageing, anti-pollution, anti-oxidant, hydrating and collagen building goodness. No wonder it’s our best-selling serum!

4. Your skin also needs oil-soluble anti-oxidants to repair free radical damage in the vital lipid layers of the skin. Lipid Repair Concentrate is our stand-out facial oil formulated to repair and rebuild stressed, damaged and compromised skin. Use morning (dry skin) or at night (normal/oily skin) after your water based serum for complete skin repair.

5. Get anti-oxidants from the inside too. Help your skin to produce natural anti-oxidants. Eat a varied diet rich in omegas, fruit and vegetables. Keep hydrated.

6. It may seem obvious, but minimise exposure to blue light, direct sunlight and pollution where possible and protect well where it is unavoidable.

7. Avoid ingredients that can irritate your skin, causing a greater stress load on your cells. Worst offenders are perfume, sulphates and essential oils.

8. Make sure that your professional treatments are addressing your anti-oxidant needs. Tell your skin therapist if you spend a lot of time in front of your computer. The Skin Essentials Barrier Repair Facial is a great monthly facial to help reduce oxidative stress as well as the deeper lipid peroxidation that is the secondary stage of oxidative damage, and of course it offers barrier repair. All this and it’s very relaxing too.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Remember, at Skin Essentials by Mariga we are always researching and innovating to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information as well as practical solutions for all skin issues you might encounter, even ones you haven’t heard of yet!

Products mentioned can be bought from the Skin Essentials clinic in Wexford, or on our webshop. Need advice on choosing? Call us on 053 9145981.

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Prevention is better than cure – how to delay the visible ageing process

Happy with your skin right now? Let us help you keep it that way. Prevention is always better than cure.

I know I talk a lot about anti-ageing and how to reduce the visible signs of ageing on your face, particularly lines, wrinkles and sun spots. It is a subject very personal to me as I recently turned 45, a scary age!

But, I know there are a lot of you who are not yet at that stage and want to know how to start early to slow the onset of visible ageing as much as possible, so this post is for you.

First of all, you need to know your skin’s potential for ageing. How have past lifestyle factors influenced the way you might age? What is your genetic indication (not as important as you might think but still a helpful metric to measure)? How is your health? The answers to these questions along with many others, together with a physical skin examination, make up the basis of our skin analysis and this can be done in person or online. All of this information will give us powerful information from which to build your personal ageing profile and customise an anti-ageing profile for you.

Not there yet? Just need general advice about age prevention? No problem, there are lots of tips that are common to every skin type and issue. Here are some of my top Age Slowly tips:

-Use SPF30 daily and layer an anti-oxidant serum under it for extra Age Slowly power. I recommend Essential Nutrient Serum if you are under 30.
-Cleanse your skin gently every night whether you wear makeup or not. Never, ever scrub your skin.
-Moderate sugar, dairy and added salt in your diet. The less the better. Drink water, eat fruit and veg of all colours.
-Have facials as often as you can afford them, monthly if possible. Only go to the best, most reputable salon or clinic. Not near one? Having no treatment is better than having a bad – or inappropriate for you- treatment. Just up your homecare game with masks (weekly) and enzyme-based exfoliators (monthly).
-Stay out of direct sunlight as much as humanly possible, whatever the temperature.

At the salon:

-The best professional treatments to have for cellular age prevention are restorative treatments that use a lot of infusions, massage and bio-identical oils. As always, strictly no products containing perfumes, essential oils or sulphates should EVER touch your skin.

-Regular facials make a huge difference in your long-term skin health and appearance. Aim to have one at least every three months, if time and budget allow then monthly is even better. At Skin Essentials we customise your facial every time and facials can include modalities including ion+ therapy to deeply infuse active ingredients, lymphatic drainage massage to give your skin a lit-from-within glow while eliminating stagnation and puffiness, high frequency to purify breakout-prone skin or ultrasonic exfoliation to name a few. Facials should NEVER be cookie-cutter, one-size -fits-all.

LED light therapy is great for all skin types, my personal recommendation for amazing results. Use alone or add to any other treatment.

-For a more heavy-duty approach, starting clinical microneedling at the very first sign of fine lines will give you ‘collagen in the bank’ for future years. If you start in time, one or two single sessions of needling a year will stave off lines for a long time (provided of course that you are good with all other aspects of your skincare too, nothing will save you if you use sunbeds and sleep in your makeup)!

-Avoid all forms of mechanical exfoliation such as microdermabrasion. These will thin your skin and contribute to premature ageing. Peels are useful but only when used by a very competent therapist and for the right reasons, with the right ingredients for YOUR skin.

Would you like to learn more tips to keep your skin looking young and radiant for as long as possible? Check out Mariga’s book The Skincare Rules available on Amazon in kindle or paperback format.

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.

Mother of the bride or groom? Don’t panic, we have your skincare needs covered.

Mother of the Bride or Groom?

So, you’re mother of the bride or groom in 2017, congratulations!
As the the big day gets closer, for some the excitement turns to anxiety as the thought of being centre stage, in every photograph, and at the top table starts to become more real.

Many women find that this is the time that they really begin to think about anti-ageing skincare therapies for the first time.

Photo of mother and bride

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 summer!

-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.
So, 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: €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 downturned corners of the mouth to fill and plump them fast! A course of 3 is needed to 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

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Quality Guarantee From Skin Essentials

How to tell if you are paying for the real thing when it comes to your skin treatment.

We know that you have so many options to choose from when you are thinking about your homecare products and professional skincare treatments.

For your home use products there are pharmacy, supermarket and professional salon options, or you can go online and buy practically anything from anywhere in the world!

For professional treatments, every town has many beauty salons to choose from and dedicated skincare clinics are now opening in many areas.

So, it’s always great to have a choice, but when the choices become so plentiful and varied, what should you choose? How do you know what best suits your needs or whether one establishment is a better option for you than another?

As you may know, standards in the beauty industry is a pet project of mine and my work with the European Standards committee has given me some great insights into how to make sure that the beauty professional or clinic that you choose is the best one for you. Below are my tips for finding the best skincare products/treatments/therapist for your particular needs.

http://skinessentialsbymariga.com/client-testimonials/

http://skinessentialsbymariga.com/client-testimonials/

Professional Treatments:

-First do your research! Know the results you want to achieve then see who in your area is specialising in exactly this area. If you want natural anti-ageing there is no point going to someone who specialises in cosmetic tattooing or brazilian waxing!! You will need a skin specialist with diplomas in skin analysis/advanced skin science. Google search, ask friends for recommendations and then research your chosen salon(s).

The questions you should be asking yourself are –

Do they specialise? You only want to put your precious skin in the hands of someone who lives and breathes skincare.

Do they offer lots of information to help you make a decision? If you can find written articles, blogs, videos, testimonials from your chosen professional on the subject you are researching the you are on the right track. Generic marketing pieces from supplier companies rather than direct from the therapist is a big no-no for me. It shows that they don’t have enough knowledge or experience of the subject to give their own thoughts or experience of it.

Are the machines/ingredients used the best quality? So often you will hear about a new type of treatment or super new ingredient and the next thing you will see it on offer everywhere, but beware! Not all things are the same quality or will give you the same effect. A big example of this is LED light facial therapy. There is no doubt that this is a fantastic skin-boosting treatment when used correctly, but the problem is that there are so many devices available on the market from cheap lights coming out of China in mass quantities and being sold online to the general public, to very complicated full-body machines available to the trade at tens of thousands of euro. How as a consumer can you know if the one being used in your service is any good? Ask! The best machines will be certified, clinically proven and often award winning. Reputable professionals will only use machines such as these and can therefore guarantee your results.

When it comes to products, the same is true. Ingredients must be high quality, proven to work and, crucially, present in the correct percentages for maximum benefit.

At Skin Essentials by Mariga, we only use the best, certified and clinically proven technology and ingredients and we take internationally-accredited independent training on any new technology we are bringing into our Wexford clinic. Our reputation is based on our results, and both are extremely important to us.

Do you have any questions? Please ask, we want you to be fully informed and comfortable before you consider any of our non-invasive skin programmes.

Contact us on 053 9145981 or info@skinessentialsbymariga.com.

The Age Slowly Facial – Get Your Glow Back

Introducing our new Age Slowly Facial

– a beautiful blending of technology and touch.

The latest product in our Age Slowly Series has arrived – The Age Slowly Facial.
Created by Mariga for those who are serious about their anti-ageing routine, this beautiful facial boosts the effects of your homecare routine and helps maintain youthful collagen levels and visible radiance.

You know that we often incorporate LED into our facial treatments here at Skin Essentials because it deepens the effect of everything else we are using, as well as being an amazing stand-alone treatment when taken in a series.
Well, now we have taken our love affair with LED even further and created our first full light-based facial treatment.

The Age Slowly facial from Skin Essentials by Mariga blends technology and touch to create a blissful facial that boosts collagen production and radiance.

The Age Slowly facial uses multiple types of lightwaves in this anti-ageing facial to give you an instant radiance that makes it perfect for before a big night out or event.
The 30 minute power facial utilises red, blue and green wavelengths to boost collagen, calm any breakouts and reduce redness in the skin. As if that wasn’t enough, we also combine it with ultrasonic waves to energise skin cells and boost product absorption. Oh, and there’s a fab facial massage too to get circulation going, nourish the skin cells and bliss you out. And that’s just the express version! €50

Choose the 60 minute treatment and you get all the above PLUS an intense 30 minute light therapy session under our famous Celluma LED machine for maximised results while you relax deeply (most people sleep!). The most powerful LED device available giving the deepest results, our Celluma is our favourite piece of technology in the clinic. Highly recommended. €89

Launching right in time for you to book before attending any of the fab cultural events lined up for this years International Opera Festival, Wexford Spiegeltent or Fringe Festivals. Or to revive your skin after too much socialising!

Click here to book this beautiful blissful facial now or call us on 053 9145981 to schedule your appointment.

Age Slowly – The Skin Essentials by Mariga way.

The Skin Essentials Age Slowly concept explained:

At Skin Essentials our mission is to help everybody age at the slowest possible rate.
It is not possible to halt the hands of time, but they can certainly be slowed!

Our speciality is non-invasive anti-ageing. That is to say, we work WITH the skin to keep it behaving, and looking, younger.

We are lucky to live in a time where science and technology are advanced to such a degree that we have a full understanding of the microscopic workings of the skin at a sub-cellular level.
We know what a fully functioning, young, healthy skin cells needs to perform at optimum level.
We know what ingredients, processes and foods boost cell function, and those which hinder it.

We can analyse every unique skin, with it’s unique set of influences, internal, external and genetic. We can then determine exactly what that skin needs to resume working as it did when it was young. Science has already harnessed the ingredient and treatment technology needed to treat skin cell slowdown.

What does this mean for you?
At skin Essentials by Mariga we have the education, technology and scientifically blended products to create a bespoke Age Slowly plan for your exact needs. We find where the weak spots are and address them, restoring youthful energy to your skin.

What do you need to do?
Simply book in for one of our Age Slowly skin consultations, where one of our expert Skin Diagnostic Technicians will investigate, measure and analyse your skins current condition and formulate a plan for recovery.

Call us on 053 9145981 to make your appointment or book online here.

For more details on the Skin Analysis process click here.
Note: We are a specialist NON INVASIVE anti-ageing clinic. We believe in restoring skins youthfulness and performance using proven bio-identical ingredients and natural but powerful treatments such as micro needling and cryotherapy. Our happy clients are proof that you do not have to resort to injectables or surgery to regain a youthful complexion.
We do not use invasive procedures such as botox or fillers. If this is a path you wish to explore we recommend that you research and contact a reputable medical aesthetic/cosmetic surgery clinic to discuss your options.

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My microneedling journey with before & after pictures – Mariga Sheedy

My microneedling journey: 18 months on, what changes are visible?  by Mariga Sheedy, Skin Essentials.

Hi everyone,

So, yesterday I had a microneedling and LED photo rejuvenation session done on myself here at our Wexford Town clinic. (This unique combination microneediling therapy was created by Mariga for our clients and is available ONLY from Skin Essentials by Mariga).

I posted a photo on Facebook immediately after to show how the skin looks post-treatment. This started some discussion about how many sessions were needed and how long it takes to see results which got me thinking…..

I first had bio-therapeutic needling done on myself in August 2014 and since then I have had a total of 6 individual treatments. As I am in the habit of taking photos for this blog immediately post-treatment of any kind, I thought it would be interesting to dig out some old photos and do a comparison with yesterdays pic. And I was right, it was very interesting! The difference is quite amazing in a year and a half. I will put the photos below so that you can see for yourself. Yay for microneedling!!

I hope this helps some of you who are on the fence about microneedling. It does take time to see your results but it is totally worth it! Best part? the results are permanent!

Read more about our Bio-therapeutic Needling

Mariga :)

Immediately after treatment 2 - Oct 2014

Immediately after treatment 2 – Oct 2014

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Yesterday after treatment 6 (March 2016)

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The difference on forehead lines is immense! Oct 2014 (top) – March 2016 (bottom)

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Nose to mouth lines improved

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Side by side: the more recent (right) shows great improvements in forehead lines, jawline tightening and cheek contour tightening.

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