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Product Matching Event

There are soo many skincare ranges and products on the market.

From pharmacy to supermarket, salons, clinic and online, how can you be sure that you are getting the right products for your skin needs?

At Skin Essentials we are offering you a product matching service event on Friday 16th November.

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During a 15 minute personalised consultation one of our expert therapists will examine your skin, find out some details about you, your health, lifestyle and expectations before preparing a homeware recommendations chart tailored to your exact skin issues.

Whether your skin needs are for anti-ageing, rosacea/sensitised skin or you just want advice on keeping your skin at it’s best, this is the event for you.

Each consultation takes just 15 minutes and is free of charge. We will also gift you a free copy of Mariga’s book – The Skincare Rules – so that you can make sure that along with using your new products, you are getting lots of advice on taking the best care of your skin in every way.

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Appointments are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis so let us know asap if you want to put your name down for this one day only event.

Call us on 053 9145981 to book your appointment.

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Great celeb skincare mention in Chic Magazine

The new celeb skincare favourite is our exclusive treatment – The Pyramid Facelift, and it’s causing quite the stir!

On Saturday, 15th Sept, we had a great surprise reading Chic Magazine in the Irish Daily Star.

We received another glowing mention from the well-known model and lifestyle guru, Vivienne Connolly.

Read Vivienne’s Chic interview here:

“When it comes to your beauty regime, obviously you can see changes in your skin as you get older which is caused by the fact you’re not producing as much collagen…”

“I use Skin Essentials by Mariga, she’s from Wexford, she recently gave me a non-invasive facelift before my holidays.

It’s not about cutting your face but stimulating your own natural collagen, although your face is red afterwards and you have to stay out of the sun for a few days.

I use her collagen serum in the morning and at night I use the Age Slowely Serum and Lipid Repair Concentrate, then I put a layer of deep moisturiser. 

When I started using them, I told Margia: ‘my skin doesn’t feel soft and lovely like it does with my own moisutriser’, and she said: ‘That’s because the cream you were using was wrong, it just sat there on top of your skin and didn’t do anything’, and I have noticed a big change in my skin since I started using her products.”

Discover Vivienne Connolly’s skincare routine using her favourite Skin Essentials skincare products, simply click the link below:

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Glowing skincare for mums-to-be exclusive pregnancy skincare kit

Pregnancy skincare – the experts advice.

pregnancy skincare kit from skin essentials by mariga wexfordOne of the nicest things about being a skincare professional and having hands-on contact with our lovely clients all day means that we are often the first to hear the happy news that someone is expecting a baby.

Partly this is because newly expectant mums are usually dying to tell someone before it becomes general knowledge and they know there is the seal of the confessional in our treatments rooms!

But also, there is a practical reason and that is because there are some ingredients that you may want to avoid during pregnancy and we need to review your home and professional skincare routines to adapt for changing needs.

(Note: all the following applies to nursing mums as well as during pregnancy). Read on for our expert advice on pregnancy skincare…

Depending on the skincare routine you are on before becoming pregnant, it may be necessary for you to change some of your products.

Skincare containing Vitamin A, Retinol and Salicylic Acid are not recommended for use during pregnancy.

These ingredients are most often found in products aimed at acne control and anti-ageing. In the Skin Essentials by Mariga range the products containing these ingredients are Overnight Repair Cream, Age Slowly Serum, Blemish Control Cream and Salicylic Cleanser.

It is important to note that there is no evidence that using these skincare ingredients is in any way harmful to you or your baby. We do know that the prescription strength versions of these ingredients are not for use during pregnancy so it is just a precaution to avoid them altogether, even in the relatively tiny amounts and different forms present in skincare products.

If you are not sure whether your creams have these ingredients please ask your skincare professional for advice.

Some professional treatments, particularly peels, will contain various acids so you should let your therapist know before treatment if you are pregnant so that she can tailor your treatment accordingly.

Some electrical treatments are also contraindicated but you can still have a lovely, relaxing treatment to help keep your skin nourished and hydrated. At Skin Essentials we have a special nourishing facial perfect for expectant mums and also our treatment couch is fitted with adjustable pregnancy cushions to keep you comfy and supported right through to your due date.

It is not unusual for our clients to schedule an appointment with us a week before their date for some much-needed me-time!

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During pregnancy, much of the nourishment that your body receives from your diet can go to your baby so the skin can suffer from lack of nutrients. You can counter this by using products rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

I particularly recommend my Skin Comfort Oil, Skin Comfort Cream and Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum for this special time (You can use these on your tummy too).

Some women will experience pigment changes in the skin during pregnancy. These show up as brown patches on the face often referred to as ‘mask of pregnancy’.

This is very much down to genetic predisposition and can’t be prevented, but using a good SPF30 daily will prevent the marks from becoming permanent through UV exposure.

Some women will find that their skin becomes radiant, especially after the first trimester, giving that pregnancy ‘glow’. For others, unfortunately, the opposite can occur and many women experience a recurrence of long-forgotten acne.

As the actives to control breakouts are not suitable for use while pregnant the best that you can do is to keep your skin strong to help reduce the occurrence of spots.

Drink plenty of water and use skincare with nourishing oils as above and add a hyaluronic-acid based serum such as Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost under your moisturiser to help prevent water loss which can lead to sensitivities and spots.

Getting plenty of sleep helps too (while you still can!)

I have created the Glowing Skin Kit to contain all of the water and oil based nutrients your skin will need to make sure you are a radiant mum-to-be. It is suitable for all skin types, except very oily, and can be used safely throughout pregnancy and during breast-feeding.

It makes a lovely gift for a special someone in your life or a beautiful treat for yourself!

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If you are expecting and have any questions about your skin or products please give us a call on 053 9145981 or email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com, we will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.

facebook-icon-preview-1-400x400This Saturday 17th Feb, Mariga will doing a Facebook live video on this topic. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to the do’s and dont’s of pregnancy skincare, leave a message or comment on our facebook page and Mariga will address them in her live video.

 

Anti-ageing – it’s not all about wrinkles

Often when we think about anti-ageing or Ageing Slowly as we call it at Skin Essentials, the focus is on wrinkles, whether reversing the appearance and depth of ones already there or preventing them in the first place.

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But there is so much more to anti-ageing than wrinkle management!

I would even go so far as to say that lines and wrinkles are not the most visibly ageing factor I see on skin.

Here are my top three ‘stealth-agers’ that you need to know about:

  • If I had to choose (not that I want to) between eradicating lines or eradicating dullness I would opt for the second choice every time.

Every skin looks more youthful, vital and beautiful when it is radiant, regardless of whether there are lines and wrinkles present or not. My top treatment choice for restoring radiance is with customised peels. Read about them here.

For an added boost, LED light therapy is a gentle yet powerful way to stimulate skin’s natural processes and reveal radiance.

  • Another factor that subtly adds to the visible ageing of our faces is colour anomalies such as visible red veins or capillaries and brown sun spots.

The good news is that these can be treated very quickly and easily with diathermy or cryotherapy to restore an even complexion.

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  • Finally in my trio of silent agers is the down-turning of the corners of the lips that occurs so gradually with natural ageing that we are hardly aware of it, but restoring the volume in this area with needle-free hyaluronic acid filler can have a huge effect on the overall appearance of the face – without looking like you have had anything done.

See an example from one of our hydroporation clients in the photo below.

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

And of course we can tighten skin and reduce lines and wrinkles with my personal favourite treatment – bio-therapeutic needling.

An absolute MUST if you want to prevent or rewind lines, and who doesn’t?

Each individual will likely need a combination of two or more of these treatments to effectively manage ALL the signs of ageing.

We can create a bespoke plan for you taking in to account your unique skin history and lifestyle influences.

Give us a call on 053 9145981 to begin your personalised Age Slowly Plan today or book an appointment online here.

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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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Thanks for recommending us – referral rewards for you.

Thank you for being a valued client of Skin Essentials. When you choose us for your products, skincare services and skin education you support a local business that helps us grow and supports local employment both directly and indirectly. We pass this on by choosing local business partners for as many of our business needs as possible, from printing to laundry, florists to stationers!

Discount code graphic - 10% off product or treatment at Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford, when you refer a friend for a facial service

A big part of our new business has always come from your referrals, word-of-mouth is such an important tool in the decision making process for all of us and we all really value a friends recommendation when it comes to choosing products and service providers.

As you know we have always rewarded you for your referrals with vouchers off treatments and now we are revamping our referral rewards system with a broader range of savings for you!

Each time you refer a friend to us, you will receive a text message containing a code that you can use for 10% off your next treatment or product purchase at Skin Essentials by Mariga.
This replaces our old €10 voucher system, but don’t worry, if you have earned credit from our previous referral rewards programme we will of course still honour it!

The new referral rewards system is more flexible for you, allowing you to save on products as well as treatments and there is no limit to the number of ‘thank you’ codes you can earn.

To claim your reward discount simply show the text at checkout when you purchase your next product or service from us. Each code can be redeemed against a single product or treatment only but you CAN use it against the most expensive product or treatment in a multiple purchase. We’re nice like that!

There are some T’s & C’s of course but not many:

-Your friend must be a new client to us and the referral reward is activated when they purchase their first service from Skin Essentials, Wexford. Of course they have to tell us that you referred them!
-Reward codes are valid against full priced products and services only, and cannot be combined with other special offers, discount codes, or packages that have already been discounted.
-Codes expire 6 months from the date of the text message.
-No cash or exchange value.
-Your codes are unique to you and are not transferrable to anyone else.                                                 -Each code is valid against ONE product or service, even if you are purchasing multiple products in a single transaction.

Free samples of cosmeceutical skincare – what’s the point?

After my last post on cosmeceutical vs cosmetic skincare, I had some follow-up questions from you about whether it is best to ask for a free sample of cosmeceutical skincare products before purchase since they are far more active than cosmetic skincare.

The rationale behind these questions is that you would like to know the effect on the skin before committing, in case they are “too strong”.

(And thank you to the questioners, I love to hear your thoughts and am happy to follow up and clarify anything you need more in-depth information on.)

Please don’t be concerned about the products being too strong, too active or in any way scary!

In skincare terms the word ‘active’ means it has a measurable impact on the health and appearance of the skin structure, not that it is ‘strong’ in any negative sense 🙂

In any event, samples are of absolutely no use when it comes to corrective skincare (and neither are they free).

Personally, and like many professionals in the skincare business, I have no time for samples.

The fact is that in skincare they are useless. In cosmeceutical brands such as my Skin Essentials by Mariga range, what we are doing with the products is correcting a dysfunction in the cellular level of the skin.

This can take from 30 to 120 days in some cases to see a visible result on the surface, as the repair begins in the lower levels of the skin, so a sample that you can try for a couple of days is completely useless as a gauge of the efficacy of the product.

This whole issue is one of the reasons that I always recommend buying your skincare from a skincare clinic as opposed to a retail outlet.

You will have had your skin professionally analysed and examined so that the product recommendations your therapist makes will be exactly what your skin requires.

Sampling to clients feels a bit amateur and more like trial and error or guesswork to those of us who take our skincare very seriously.

Graphic from Skin Essentials by Mariga skincare clinic in Wexford showing how free skincare samples are a rip off

The only effect that making samples available has is to push the price of the product up dramatically, certainly it’s no longer a ‘free’ sample and you have paid for the availability of a promotional item that is useless to you, but good for creating brand awareness for the cosmetic company.

Imagine a situation where a company is making, say, 50 sample sachets for every product. They have to be paid for by the company, where do you think the cost is added back? On the full size product of course.

These are some of the reasons that we don’t make samples of our product range, and the main reason that we can keep our prices lower than other cosmeceuticals of the same quality.

Sometimes people ask to try a sample in advance in case they are allergic to a product, and this is of course a valid concern that people have.

In fact, allergies are very rare and some take days or weeks of exposure to an allergen to manifest. If you are attending a skincare professional they will have a full record of any previous allergies and can patch test your skin prior to purchase. 

In cases of true allergy you can always return your product for a full refund.

No samples at the beauty counter?
I have also read several opinions recently that the sales assistants are keeping the samples for themselves, and that this is why they are less available than before.

This made me smile as it brought me right back 25 years to when I was working for various cosmetic houses in department stores, and if we genuinely didn’t have the relevant sample available customers would often accuse us of hiding them for ourselves!

I can tell you categorically that we didn’t keep the samples. We didn’t have to because we got free full size products for our own use. We did have to watch out for the ‘professional samplers’ who would never have bought a product in a million years, and this is why samples were kept in a drawer behind the counter.

It gave the opportunity to say ‘I don’t have any’ when someone came looking for the 100th time! Ah good times 😀

Do you love to sample? Remember the next time you ask for a ‘free sample’ that you have already paid for it when you bought a product. As you have paid for the ones given out to those who never buy.

As the saying goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch.