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Modular treatments for results AND relaxation

Modular facial treatments for results AND relaxation – micro-personalised for your skin and your preferences, every time.      

At Skin Essentials Wexford Town Clinic we offer our facial treatments in appointments of 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

You choose the time or budget level that suits you best and we will work within that to create the best facial for your skin type and needs on the day.

We map out our facials in modules, each module taking between 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

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On average within a 30 minute treatment we choose the most appropriate two modules, in a 45 minute session we incorporate three modules and in a 60 minute treatment we can include four to five. (Cleansing and finishing creams as standard in all treatments).

So what is a module?

Each module is a particular treatment that produces a desired affect either as a standalone treatment or in combination with a complimenting therapy.

Some examples from our extensive menu are are as follows:

  • Exfoliation
  • Manual/machine infusion of actives
  • Tension release facial massage
  • Biodynamic Lymphatic face and neck massage (45/60 minute treatments only)
  • Treatment Mask
  • Extractions
  • Ultrasonic exfoliation or infusion
  • Iontophoresis therapy to lift and/or brighten
  • Viennese massage
  • LED light therapy (45/60 minute treatments only)
  • Hot Stone Shoulder & Neck Massage (45/60 minute treatments only)
  • Microcurrent active penetration
  • Corrective Fruit Enzyme Blends (45/60 minute treatments only)

We work with you on an individual basis to craft the perfect facial for your needs, every time.

Have a favourite element that you would like to request in your facial? Just let us know and we will personalise your experience around it.

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Take a look at our facebook live video by Mariga where we talk about boosting your skins radiance, vitality and well-being with our Biodynamic Facial.

 

Skin consultation or analysis – which is right for you?

What is a skin consultation and how is it different from a skin analysis?

We offer two very distinct options for our first-time clients. You can have a skin consultation or you can have a skin analysis.

So how do you know which you need?

A consultation is used to determine the answer to one question. For example, you might have a blemish such as pigmentation patch or some milia and would like to know if and how we can treat that for you.

Another type of consultation is to have one of our professionals assess your skin in order to match you to the correct Skin Essentials home-care products for your skin’s needs. These are quick consultations for our therapists to perform and are free of charge.

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A skin analysis on the other hand is an in-depth look at the past history of all influences on your skin, such as medical, genetic, cosmetic and lifestyle factors, along with examining your skin under various scopes and taking digital readings of various markers in the skin structure to determine why your skin is presenting the way it is today.

This analysis is used to develop a plan of action including clinical treatment, lifestyle changes and home-care in order to correct a skin condition or multiple conditions such as premature ageing, skin inflammation, rosacea, acne breakouts or general sluggish, dysfunctional skin.

Do you:

  • Have a specific question about a lesion, skin condition or treatment?
  • Wonder if a particular treatment is suitable for your skin concern?
  • Have a medical condition that you think might make you unsuitable to a treatment or product?
  • Then just pop in to us for a 5-10 minute chat and we will be happy to advise you on the next steps to take.

You don’t need an appointment on weekdays to pop in for quick chat but on Saturdays you do! We are always happy to answer a question for you and there is no charge for dropping in to ask us anything!

Do you:

  • Have no particular skin problems but want to start with preventative anti-ageing
  • Want to start a new skincare routine for general skin health skin but don’t know what you should be using.
  • Then just call us to arrange a free-of-charge product matching service, where we will examine your skin, take a brief medical overview to determine contra-indications and prepare a recommended home-care regime for your needs. This takes just 15 minutes and in done in the privacy of one of our consultation rooms.

Do you:

  • Have problematic skin that is never ‘just right’
  • Tend to react to products or treatment
  • Find yourself ageing suddenly or having any other sudden change in the overall appearance of your skin
  • Suffer from rosacea, acne or overly sensitive skin
  • Have acne scarring

Then you need a skin analysis to determine why this is happening so that we can catch triggers at their source to effect real change in the skin’s behaviour and appearance, not just treat symptoms as they appear which only gives short-term results.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

A close up of the stratum corner seen through our skin scanner - what does yours look like??

A close up of the stratum corner seen through our skin scanner – what does yours look like??

Online Assessments

We also offer online assessments which combine elements of consultation/analysis. Along with determining skin type, condition, unique triggers and your concerns, we use a precise questionnaire to create a digital profile.

These answers are combined with photo assessment and follow-up calls or emails to craft a bespoke homecare plan to address your skin needs and concerns.

Mariga pioneered this unique online skin clinic and Skin Essentials were the first in Europe to bring this service to distance clients who we have been successfully treating since 2010. Cost €65.

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Trending – Anti-Pollution Skincare. Do you need it?

I’m reading about anti-pollution skincare everywhere at the moment, it seems to be having a moment in the media.

Is it a good thing – yes. Do you need it – definitely.

Is it new? Not at all!

When we talk about anti-pollution skincare, we really mean skincare that has a lot of added anti-oxidants for skin health and damage repair. This of you who have been reading my blog or following me on social media for a while will be on familiar turf here. Anti-oxidants are not new but definitely we need more of them than before and at a younger age.

With the levels of environmental pollution that we are exposed to daily from vehicle emissions and the like, it is no longer enough to have skincare that just takes care of your skin’s daily nourishment and repair needs, it needs to protect you from the environment too!

Visible signs of ageing that can be reversed at Skin Essentials by Mariga including lines, age spots, sun spots, wrinkles, dullness, scarring, red veins

You CAN reverse the signs of ageing, even better, prevent them!

We all know that you need daily protection from the harmful effects of UV rays from sunlight (and other light sources) but the air around us is also putting an extra burden on our skin cells that will lead to premature ageing of the skin if to addressed.

Anti-oxidants such as super oxide dismutase, lycopene, green tea extract, vitamins A & C and many, many more are involved in repairing the skin at a cellular level to protect against
mitochondrial DNA damage in the skin cells which ultimately will cause them to malfunction.

This can manifest in many ways including a compromised barrier which will lead to inflammation, irritation and prematurely aged skin, malfunction of pigment cells which leads to discolouration or texture issues such as milia or sebaceous hyperplasia, also know as the different benign little lumps and bumps we get on our skin as we age.

Anti-oxidants protect against all these and more. The more polluted environment you live in (urban is generally worst) the more anti-oxidants you need in your skincare routine to repair the damage caused use by daily living, and the younger you need to start.

(We all have in-built anti-oxidant systems in our body but like everything else they slow as we age or as they are under pressure from other influences).

Luckily, Skin Essentials by Mariga has your back 🙂

All of our products are loaded with multiple anti-oxidants to address the different types of free radical damage that is going on in our bodies all the time.

You don’t need a separate anti-oxidant product if you are already on a Skin Essentials homecare regime because they are all included in each of our serums and creams but if you live in a city or particularly polluted environment you might want to specifically check out the following as they are extra-packed with anti-oxidant goodies:

Lipid Repair Concentrate – balances lipids in the skin for comfort, barrier strength and suppleness. high in oil-soluble anti-oxidants including Beta Carotene, Lycopene and Astaxanthin.

Hydra Collagen Serum – supplies all the essential nutrients necessary for collagen building and is high in water-soluble anti-oxidants such as EGDG Green Tea Extract, Glutathione and Vitamin C.

Skin Comfort Cream – a rich yet non-greasy moisturiser to nourish and condition normal to dry skin with added anti-oxidants Alpha Lipoid Acid, Lutein and Tocopherol.

Shop online or in our Wexford clinic at Skin Essentials by Mariga.

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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 like a 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 home-care 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.

To book a treatment online, simply click the button below:

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Lactic acid peel demo and save €60 this week!

Don’t forget to book your seasonal skin re-boot by the end of this week to save €60!

(scroll to the bottom to see my acid peel demo and hear all the details and answers to your peels FAQ’s)

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.

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.

Call us on 053 9145981 to book or use our live online booking system here and choose ‘Autumn Special 3 x peels’

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.

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Step by step anti-ageing routines for all ages

Anti-ageing routines for every age: what to use and when.

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As SPF is the best tool in your anti-ageing arsenal, it is never too early to start thinking about anti-ageing! Keeping a broad-spectrum SPF30 with UVA+UVB filters as the last step in your daytime skincare routine is your best defence against premature ageing and those that do this from a young age will reap the benefits for decades. Use a good anti-oxidant cleanser, a daily moisturiser with SPF30 and a lightweight but nourishing night cream.

Note: all these recommendations pre-suppose a normal or average skin with no issues other than to keep a healthy skin and slow the visible ageing process. Anyone from dry to balanced to oily will benefit from these anti-ageing routines. If you have other issues to address such as sensitised or reactive skin, rosacea, acne, red veins, medically-compromised etc. we can tailor a corrective programme just for you and phase in a customised anti-ageing programme when your skin is stronger. All products mentioned should be used around the eyes as well as the rest of the face.

Your basic skincare routine if you are under 25 should look like this – remember this is also the basis for every other age skincare routine to build on:

Morning:
Rinse with water and a microfibre cloth
Apply SPF30 Day Cream

Evening:
Cleanser with Skin Comfort Cleansing Oil
Apply Hydrating Cream

In your mid 20’s:
Start adding in a nutrient-rich serum day and night to counter the natural slow down of skin processes and the negative effects of pollution, hectic lifestyles and less-than-perfect food and drink choices. This will be the biggest step in dramatically slowing down the formation of lines and wrinkles in the future. Prevention is always better than cure!

Morning:
Rinse with water and a microfibre cloth
Apply Essential Nutrient Serum
Apply SPF30 Day Cream

Evening:
Cleanser with Skin Comfort Cleansing Oil
Apply Lipid Repair Concentrate 3 times a week, more often if skin is dry
Apply Hydrating Cream
In your early – mid 30’s:
Swap out your basic water-based serum for a more targeted collagen-supporting one. In your 30’s is when collagen production really begins to slow down and manifests later on the skin as lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and thinning skin. Again, beginning a collagen boosting routine before you think you need it will pay off, as the changes are already happening deep in your skin that will show up in your late 30’s if you don’t target them early. It is a good time to switch to a richer, but still not greasy, night cream unless you have very oily skin.

Morning:
Rinse with water and a microfibre cloth
Apply Hydra Collagen Serum
Apply SPF30 Day Cream

Evening:
Cleanser with Skin Comfort Cleansing Oil
Apply Lipid Repair Concentrate
Apply Hydrating Cream if skin is oily, Skin Comfort Cream instead if skin is normal/dry

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In your late 30’s to early 40’s:
It’s time to add in a vitamin A product to normalise cellular turnover, reduce any lines and further slow the formation of new ones, keep pores clear and minimise pigmentation spots. Vitamin A will keep the surface texture of your skin smooth, fight lines and wrinkles and slow the progress of pigmentation spots.

Morning:
Rinse with water and a microfibre cloth
Apply Hydra Collagen Serum
Apply SPF30 Day Cream

Evening:
Cleanser with Skin Comfort Cleansing Oil
Apply Age Slowly Serum
Apply Lipid Repair Concentrate 3 times a week, more often if skin is dry
Apply Hydrating Cream if skin is oily, Skin Comfort Cream instead if skin is normal/dry
In your mid-late 40’s (women only)
This is time to add in a product to help balance the unwanted effects on the skin caused by declining oestrogen such as lip lines, crepey skin texture and dullness. Our Youth Boost add-in product is simply mixed with your regular cream to take care of these issues seen in peri-menopause and beyond.

Morning:
Rinse with water and a microfibre cloth
Apply Hydra Collagen Serum
Apply SPF30 Day Cream

Evening:
Cleanser with Skin Comfort Cleansing Oil
Apply Age Slowly Serum
Apply Lipid Repair Concentrate 3 times a week, more often if skin is dry
Apply Skin Comfort Cream with added Youth Boost
In your 50’s and beyond:
There should be no need to change your skincare routine any further, the anti-ageing products you are already using will continue to supply all the nutritional benefits your skin needs. As oestrogen and collagen-forming ingredients further decline naturally in the body, your Hydra Collagen Serum and Youth Boost will keep working hard to balance these effects.

Using these products will keep your skin healthy and younger for a lot longer than using non-targeted, non-active, mass-market skincare products. But of course off you have started somewhere in the middle of these age groups, and already had some visible signs of ageing then you will benefit from adding in clinical revision treatments such as bio-therapeutic needling to reverse age damage already visible. Clinical treatments tailored for your skin will also benefit all ages and stages of skin care to even further delay the visible signs of ageing.

Remember, all these recommendations pre-suppose a normal or average skin with no issues other than to keep a healthy skin and slow the visible ageing process. Anyone from dry to balanced to oily will benefit from these anti-ageing routines. If you have other issues to address such as sensitised or reactive skin, rosacea, acne, red veins, medically-compromised etc. we can tailor a corrective programme just for you and phase in a customised anti-ageing programme when your skin is stronger.

All products mentioned can be purchased from our online shop or from our Wexford Town skin care clinic.

Need help with your routine? Call us on 053 9145981 or email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com

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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.

Lactic Acid Peel Demo

Acid peels – not as scary as they sound. When you have an acid peel with us, you will always have a progressive, not aggressive, peel. Many people think that acid peels are serious treatments requiring days of hiding out while you skin sheds, like the famous scene from Sex And The City where Samantha has the sever, raw looking skin after a peel.

Those types of peel do indeed exist, but they are chemical peels performed by a doctor only. Peels of that depth, using ingredients such as phenol or TCA, are for major resurfacing on people who have scarring or want a non-surgical alternative to a facelift for deep wrinkling. In fact, some require anaesthesia and have weeks of downtime!

When dealing with the epidermis (upper skin layers) as in a salon or skin clinic setting, we are taking about acids such as lactic, salicylic, mandolin or glycolic, most of which are naturally derived and work WITH the skin, not against it. These type of peels are best employed in a series of three or more to gradually get your skin where you want it to be in a gentle manner, rather than aggressively. See the video below for a demo and lots of details about the different acids and what they are used for.