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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.

Have you read Mariga’s e-book yet? ‘The Skincare Rules’ is packed full of simple, easy to implement tips that will help to get you great skin – for life!

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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.

Clinical vs Home Microneedling

It won’t come as a surprise to know that microneedling is my favourite anti-ageing treatment as I talk about it so much here on the blog and across all my social media channels!

The reason that I recommend it so highly is because it is natural, it works on all skin types and it can be used at any age and stage of ageing to prevent, and reduce, lines, wrinkles, loosening skin and all general visible signs of ageing.

Image from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford showing 40 year old skin post microneedling

Read all about our exclusive Bio-therapeutic needling programmes

I always advise my needling clients to use a home roller along with their clinical treatments. The two are very different and are used for separate but complimentary outcomes.

Clinical needling is deeper (up to 1mm) and has some downtime of redness associated with it, usually 1-2 days. It is used to deeply stimulate skin structures, notably fibroblasts, to increase their output and act like younger cells. We focus on the correct depths to increase collagen production which in turn and over time tightens, brightens and firms the skin.

Home needling is a much shallower treatment, .25-.3mm maximum. This depth affects only the top layer of the epidermis and allows for deeper penetration of your products for maximum absorption and results from your recommended homecare routine. It also acts like a ‘reminder’ to the fibroblasts of the clinical treatments and furthers collagen production started in the treatment room. Twice a week at home is great and it takes just 5 minutes. Ideally, use our Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum with your home roller for a hydration boost. And remember, always buy your rollers from a reputable source! (We sell them here). Cheap online versions of anything are generally cheap for a reason. Never compromise with your skin, it has to last you a lifetime.

Read all about our exclusive Bio-Therapeutic Needling programmes for younger skin here

Have you read Mariga’s e-book yet? ‘The Skincare Rules’ is packed full of simple, easy to implement tips that will help to get you great skin – for life!

Own The Skincare Rules now on Kindle for €2.99

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.

More internet scare stories: Anti-freeze in skincare?

Internet Scare Stories: Anti-freeze in skincare? Is this something you need to worry about?Propylene Glycol investigated.

safe or not safe? Skin Essentials by Mariga explores controversial skincare ingredients, wexford
I was sent a tweet asking me about propylene glycol in cosmetics. The question specifically was whether there are any skincare products on the market which don’t contain propylene glycol.

Reading between the lines on this I imagine that the questioner has read the scare stories that abound on the internet. These usually relate to the fact that propylene glycol can be found in anti-freeze products such as airplane de-icers. While this may sound alarming, it is like saying that there is also water in both anti freeze and cleanser thereby concluding that water in skincare products must be bad for you! Remember, anyone can post anything on the net, when you come across something like this, always consider the source. Peer-reviewed scientific studies are the only reliable source of information on topics such as these.

If you are not familiar with propylene glycol, it is a clear, odourless liquid which is often used in cosmetic formulations, foodstuffs, fragrances and, yes, anti-freeze. (Of course the concentrations vary widely between applications).
It functions as a solvent for other ingredients, an emollient to add ‘slip’ and helps other ingredients penetrate the skin barrier. It also acts as a humectant, absorbing water from the air. It has been approved as safe to use by all the relevant government bodies here and in the US. (See links below ). A quick check on wiki will give you links to other reliable sources, all agreeing that PG is non-irritant to skin even in higher concentrations than are commonly used in cosmetic preparations. It usually appears in concentrations of less than 5% in skincare.

So, are there any skincare products on the market which don’t contain PG? There are, if that is what is important to you just check the label; it is required by law to list all ingredients. Sorry, I don’t know specifically which ranges, I don’t carry that much info around in my head!
My Skin Essentials by Mariga range doesn’t contain propylene glycol.
I hope this answers your question, please keep sending them in, I love to hear from skincare fans.
What other internet scares have you worried? Discuss in a comment!

Links:
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.details&id=37269

http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodIngredientsPackaging/GenerallyRecognizedasSafeGRAS/GRASSubstancesSCOGSDatabase/ucm261045.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propylene_glycol

Cosmetic vs Cosmeceutical – what’s the difference?

Cosmeceutical skincare – what is it?

There seems to be a buzz happening around the world of cosmeceutical skincare right now. I don’t know why this is or who started it, some marketing company somewhere looking for a new angle for a product I assume, but I have been asked about this ‘new’ type of skincare a good lot lately. The fact is that cosmeceutical skincare is far from new. There have been some great products on the market for years – including Skin Essentials by Mariga!. So, what is it, do you need it and are you already using it?anti-ageing partner
The difference between a cosmetic skincare product and a cosmeceutical skincare product is simply that ‘cosmetic’ refers to an ingredient that can affect only the surface app
earance of the skin and a ‘cosmeceutical’ ingredient can affect skin function at a cellular level.
It becomes obvious from this that the cosmeceutical product is where the smart money goes.
You may already be using a cosmeceutical product without knowing that it has a fancy scientific name! Check the claims on the advertising. Does it say ‘skin appears smoother’ or ‘skin becomes smoother’, ‘lines seem reduced’ or lines are reduced’? This is the basic difference between the two, one presents a temporary surface change, the other effects an actual change.
If you are unsure about any product, ask your skincare professional if the ingredients are cosmetic or cosmeceutical. But also note – it is not just the presence of great ingredients like epidermal growth factors, peptides, anti-oxidants, vitamin A that makes a products a cosmeceutical, but also the percentage in the overall formula. So while you can’t have a cosmeceutical product without cutting-edge, proven ingredients, you can still have them and not have a cosmeceutical product. We call this ‘label value’ in the business, just including enough of a buzz ingredient to use the name, but not enough to make any difference. This is done for one of the reasons:

  1. The company is trying to save money, many, though not all, of these leading ingredients are expensive.
  2. The company wants to mass-market their products and doesn’t want any problems. This is why you should always buy your skincare from a skin therapist. They will have the education, understanding and insurance to recommend stronger actives which can actually make a difference on skin when used correctly. Sometimes this can cause a period of adjustment on the client’s skin or need to be introduced slowly to lessen disruption. Your other products will have to be taken into account too. None of this personalisation is possible with mass-market, off-the-shelf skincare so they are kept dilute to avoid any problems, also meaning they often avoid results too!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Skin Essentials by Mariga products are cosmeceuticals, so you can be sure that the money you are spending is for the ingredients that are in your product which will improve your skin, not some faux-scientific advertising campaign to make you think it can. In our webshop you will see some of our products classified with a (U) and some with a (C). The U is for universal and can be used by anyone and with any other product. The C stands for corrective and we recommend guidance on the usage of these ones. Just drop us a line or call us on 053 9145981 if you are unsure about which of our corrective products you need if you haven’t already had recommendations made by our therapists. In Wexford? Just call in to our Selskar Street clinic or book online here.

Not sure what category your skincare falls into? Book a personal or distance skin care analysis with us to have your skin and your products professionally analysed. We will get you on track for great skin – for life!

Lumps, bumps and discolourations, we can help!

Did you know that many of the annoying little skin anomalies that pop up over time on your face, hands and body can usually be very quickly and easily treated or removed, often in a single session?

One of the most satisfying parts of my job is taking care of age spots, skin tags, red veins and milia. In fact, I do all the lesion removal services in the clinic myself, that’s how much I love it!

We offer both cryotherapy (cold) lesion removal and electro desiccation (heat) methods of removal to ensure that you are getting the exact best treatment for your needs. A quick consultation determines the type and number of treatments that are the best fit for you. All of our treatments are non-invasive, meaning we work only in the upper layers of the epidermis. Both diathermy and cryotherapy are natural treatments using heat or cold energy that does not scar or damage surrounding healthy tissue.

Here are some of the blemishes that can be treated:

Red veins on the face – treated with diathermy. These tiny, visible veins respond very well to treatment and smaller ones will disappear in just one session. Larger or more extensive veins will need up to three sessions taken six weeks apart.

Thread veins b&a on nose

 

 

 

 

 

Skin tags: from the tiny ones on the neck to large individual tags anywhere on the body, these are very simple to treat, usually requiring just one session of either diathermy for the little ones or cryo for the bigger tags.

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Milia: very successfully treated with diathermy, one session for small ones, follow up treatment needed for larger or more extensive milia issues.

Milia removal by diathermy, before and after one treatment.

Milia removal by diathermy, before and after one treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age spots/hyperpigmentation patches: vey simple and quick to treat with cryotherapy.
cryo sun spot progress official pic

 

 

 

 

What cannot be treated?
We cannot treat anything that is deeper-rooted in the skin, beneath the epidermis such as moles, or flaky, recurring or weeping patches of skin. These need to be seen by a doctor.

Can I help you with any of the above? or maybe you have a spot that you are not sure if it fits in to any of the above categories? Just give me a call on 053 9145981 or pop in to our skin clinic, Skin Essentials by Mariga, in Selskar, Wexford Town and I will be happy to advise you.

Mariga.

See more details and pricing here.

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.