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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.

Like these tips? Find much more on our blog, YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Read Mariga’s book – The Skincare Rules – for easy, everyday tips to help you 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.

Available now from Amazon worldwide

The Skincare Rules is 1 year old!

I can’t believe that my first e-book, The Skincare Rules, is a year old!

In that time it has made the Top 20 in beauty and skincare on Amazon.com and been listed in Amazon’s Hot 100 New Reads.

I have been really delighted that the book has brought me in contact with many new skincare fans around the world and helped me to learn even more about what you, the consumer, really want to know about skin and what you want from your skincare.

Buy it now for Kindle €2.99 – the best investment you will ever make in your skin.

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.

Distilling 25 years of skin consultation experience into the 10 golden rules of great skin, this book has all of the basic advice you need for making sure that your skin is the best it can possible be.

Along with the rules, and their rationale, learn the basics of taking care of your skin at home in a simple yet effective way. Sections on correct methods cleansing and exfoliating are particularly important and these are the areas most people get wrong!

Buy it here right now for just €2.99 and do let me know what you think!

Mariga :)

The Skincare Rules by Mariga Sheedy, Wexford, top 20 in Kindle health and beauty pic


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.



Cold Weather Skin Saving Tips

Mariga’s advice on how to keep your skin in great condition as we move into winter.


As we transition from one season to the next sometimes our skincare routine no longer seems to ‘fit’ just right. Read on for Mariga’s tip on avoiding flaky, irritated, sensitive winter skin:
There can be many reasons for this including:

-central heating drying the air which causes faster evaporation of water from our skin.
-moving between hot and cold spaces causing rapid constriction/dilation of tiny blood vessels, causing problems ranging from flushing to more permanent redness over time.
-weather: being outside in the cold and wind can cause texture damage resulting in roughness and flaking.

What to do at home:
-If your skin begins to feel dry or tight you can introduce a facial oil for protection and comfort. All Skin Essentials facial oils can be used under your SPF30 day cream or used alone or under  Skin Comfort Cream at night. (If you have been using  Hydrating Cream, consider Skin Comfort Cream instead for the winter, it is a richer version with added plant sterols and anti-oxidants to deep skin moisture and repair). If you have a lot of repair to do, our Winter Skin Kit combines our deep relief moisturiser with our high strength hyaluronic acid and peptide serum to progressively repair and strengthen damaged, dehydrated or fragile skin.
-Use a humidifier to combat the effects of dry air or keep bowls of water near direct heat sources.
-It can seem harder in winter, but make sure to keep up your fluid intake to hydrate your skin from the inside. If cold water is beyond you, herbal teas are a great alternative (choose naturally caffeine-free).
-If suitable for you, essential fatty acid supplements will protect skin cells from the inside.

Clinical solutions:
Ideally you should have your skincare routine reassessed seasonally to make sure you are doing the best you can for your skin at every time of the year. Booking in for a progress review to have your skin examined in-depth and your skincare needs reassessed is a good idea. If your skin has become a bit sluggish or lost radiance after a summer of sun exposure now is the time to book your facial treatment to keep your skin systems stimulated and balanced. And, it’s a lovely treat! (Have you tried our Barrier Repair Facial? It’s divine. Call us on 053 9145981 to book your 30 or 60 minute version now. You’ll be glad you did.)

Book your comprehensive analysis (new clients) or progress review (existing clients) with us online now or call 053 9145981 to visit our Wexford based salon and make sure your skin is winter-proof.

The winter skin kit from Skin Essentials by Mariga combines our deep relief moisturiser with our high strength hyaluronic acid and peptide serum to progressively repair and strengthen fragile, damaged or dehydrated skin.

Save on our Limited Edition Winter Skin Kit while stocks last.

Mariga featured skincare expert in Xpose beauty bible



If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and pick up Xpose magazine’s 2015 Beauty Bible. It’s a fantastic resource for skin, hair and makeup tips, tricks, product info and science bits. With room at the back to note products and techniques you would like to try, it’s a really handy book to keep nearby for beauty lovers and has fantastic expertise and to-the-point information on the how, where, and why for all things beauty.

We at Skin Essentials are also very proud that Mariga is a featured expert in the skincare section, giving her top skin tips and in-depth information on the control and treatment of acne and rosacea.

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LED therapy for acne and anti ageing.

The hottest trend right now in skin therapy is LED Biophotonic Therapy.


At Skin Essentials, we have been in on this technology right from the beginning as we could see the potential for fantastic results on many skin issues in a non-invasive manner. We have been offering LED as part of our skincare treatments for 10 years now! As always, we are trend setters, not followers when it comes to finding the very best for your skin.

Over that time we have used several machines and become expert in lightwave technology! This experience has brought us to what we know to be the very best aesthetic LED machine on the market – the Celluma. We are proud to have been the first clinic in Europe to offer this first class machine to our clients and in fact it is so popular we have two available in our treatment rooms to keep up with demand.

What does LED do for your skin?

LED Biophotonic therapy is a light-based non-invasive treatment used to treat the signs of ageing in facial skin and also used in the treatment of acne.
LED Biophotonic Therapy works deep in the cellular structure of the skin in a non-invasive manner to promote collagen production, reduce redness, reduce lines and fight bacteria, giving you smoother, brighter, plumper skin with fewer blemishes. Skin is brighter, firmer with visibly reduced lines and smoother contours. You look fresher and more ‘awake’.



LED uses a technology first developed by NASA to help with wound healing in space.
It’s aesthetic application uses the device to deliver light deep into skin tissue to promote growth.
The mitochondria (energy components) of the cell are stimulated, colour-sensitive chemicals are activated, skin cells are re-energised and collagen production boosted.

Why did we choose the Celluma over all the other devices available?

The Celluma machine’s unique application of the technology (slower, longer pulses in a mouldable panel) 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. Of all the machines that we have used, and researched, it has the most research data, FDA clearances and industry awards.

Biophotonic therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment when 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. It is an integral part of our microneedling treatment, speeding and boosting results.

As the light waves are working on a deep, cellular level you will find that positive changes in your skin’s appearance continue to occur for weeks and months after your initial course. These can be enhanced by monthly single-session top-ups and use of the correct skincare for your skin’s needs.
Single 30 minute session €40
Join our Celluma Club – monthly unlimited access to the Celluma for a single payment of €250. Fantastic to begin an anti-ageing routine or deeply boost a new acne clearing routine. Ideal usage is three times per week, but you can have more if you wish, some clients enjoy the relaxing benefits of Celluma so much that they come in every day on their lunch break during the month of their Celluma Club course.


Further information:

Technology developed by NASA using light emitting diodes (LED) has been scientifically proven by many recent clinical trials to re-regulate cellular function in the treatment of many common conditions, restoring the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Contrasted to many widely accepted therapies where vital tissue is intentionally damaged to create a healing response, using LED light to “re-energize” cellular function in a non-invasive manner allows the body to maintain vitality as nature intended. “LED reacts with cytochromes in the body,” explains Dr. Harry Whelan, professor of pediatric neurology and director of hyperbaric medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “Cytochromes are the parts of cells that respond to light and color. When cytochromes are activated, their energy levels go up, and that stimulates tissue growth and regeneration.”1