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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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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.

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New – InfusION+ Therapy – a powerful add-on to your regular facial

NEW! InfusION+ therapy

We have introduced a new element to our bespoke facials here at Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford. You know we are always searching out the latest and best technology and ingredients to bring you the absolute maximum clinical results from your treatments :)

We can now incorporate the power of ION+ therapy into your facial. Choose from VitalfusION+ to brighten, revitalise and smooth a dull or sluggish skin, or LiftfusION+ for a tightening and radiance effect perfect before a big event when you want some extra wow factor for your skin! ION+ therapy will be used as part of your bespoke treatment when appropriate or you can specifically request it if you have an occasion coming up, be sure to let your therapist know! We do not charge extra for this powerful booster treatment – it is included in the regular price of your bespoke facial.

Ion therapy can also be taken in a series to deeply revitalise skin that has been neglected, or to delay the first signs of ageing when fine lines start to appear. It is also a great maintenance treatment between microneedling courses for maintaining skin texture, health and vitality.

Suitable for all skin types and issues as it is adapted for each client, the ION+ therapy is a universal facial. As it utilises a galvanic electric current to open channels in the skin to allow for deep active product penetration (it doesn’t hurt, it’s actually very relaxing), it is not suitable during pregnancy, for those with diabetes, epilepsy, or anyone with a lot of metal in their body such as plates or pins. (Fillings are ok).

 

NEW – The Perfector. A complete facial treatment for skin rejuvenation, red veins and milia.

I am SUPER excited to let you know about The Perfector – my latest treatment created with busy people like you in mind.

The only treatment of it’s kind available in Ireland

For the first time it is possible to have your anti-ageing skin treatment in combination with diathermy removal of red veins and milia. This is a truly complete facial that targets ALL of your skin issues in a single visit to Skin Essentials.

Merging three essential anti-ageing and complexion correction elements together for the first time, this treatment is exclusive to Skin Essentials, you will not find a similar treatment anywhere else in Ireland!

So many of you want to have facials for skin maintenance, brightening, breakouts or anti-ageing. BUT you also have an annoying visible red vein or two (or twenty, good old Irish weather), on your cheeks or perhaps some milia bumps around your eyes or those little skin tags on your neck or chest.

Well now you don’t have to decide which treatment you will have in your precious free time, The Perfector Facial gives you both.

In one 80 minute session, your skin will be deep cleansed, infused with a customised cocktail of vitamins and minerals, any clogged pores or blackheads extracted, milia and red veins treated with diathermy on face neck and chest, followed by a soothing mask treatment and finally 30 minutes of LED photo-modulation therapy customised to your needs, whether that is anti-ageing, anti-acne or anti-inflammatory. Phew!

This is a treatment that so many of us could use once a year or so (after a certain age!) to deal with the visible capillaries and other skin anomalies that are the result of sun exposure over the years, and just living life! We all get them, now you know the secret to getting rid of them :)

Particularly if you travel a long distance to see us here at Skin Essentias, I know this will be a great addition to your clinical routine, and save two separate trips for separate diathermy and facials

This treatment is currently only performed by myself, so appointments are limited and available Thursday – Saturday weekly. The cost per treatment is €150. Advance booking is recommended as I do get booked up quite far ahead!

Mariga :)

Call 053 9145981 to schedule your appointment or book online here
Note: During The Perfector treatment, I will be able to remove an average of 20 small lesions such as red veins, milia and spider naevi. If you have dozens of lesions that need treatment you will need to schedule a follow up session.

Red veins, spider nave and milia pics, targeted by The Perfector Facial, exclusive in Ireland to Skin Essentials by Mariga skin clinic Wexford

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.

 

 

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.

Your virtual personal skin guru, wherever you are!

Do you read blogs, magazines and watch videos from people reviewing and talking about their amazing facialist or skin guru?

Do you wish that you had access to a skin expert near where you live?

Don’t worry, we are here for you!

When we launched the Skin Essentials by Mariga skincare philosophy and products in Wexford in 2010, one of the most common reactions we got was “It’s so great to have this quality of skincare advice available in Wexford, everything seems to be usually only available in Dublin.” It was, and still is, quite novel to have clients travelling from Dublin, and all over the country, to Wexford for skin advice, rather than the other way around!

It soon became apparent that there was a demand for this level of quality skin assessment service in every corner of the country, we were getting so many questions about whether we were planning to open anywhere else, did we travel around the country hosting events or had we plans to sell our products through other outlets. We already had the Skin Essentials range of products available to buy one through our webshop, but people wanted personalised advice and support to go with them, just like our local clients and those able to travel to Wexford were getting.

It became obvious that the next step was to develop a way to offer consultations and advice to those who couldn’t get to our clinic in Wexford and in 2011 the Distance Assessment Programme was launched, a first in Ireland and the UK.
The Distance Assessment programme is a virtual consultation that we undertake with you in order to learn all about your skin and offer personal recommendations and support. Read details of how it works here.

Even now, seven years later, we remain the only skincare facility in the country offering Advanced Skin Analysis consultations using the international gold standard qualification of Pastiche Skin Analysis, the system learned and used by the best skin experts worldwide, and we still have clients travelling from every corner of Ireland for our consultations, advice, products and treatments.

Our online assessments have been taken by hundreds of happy clients and it continues to be a very in-demand service. Read testimonials here.

Can’t get to Wexford for a consultation with one of our renowned skin consultants? We can get to you “virtually’ anywhere!

Have you read Mariga’s book? The Skincare Rules is available on Amazon Kindle or paperback. It is a fantastic resource of expert skin tis, advice and information that can be used by anyone to achieve healthier, more beautiful skin. Get your copy here.

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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