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Choosing Skincare Products During Cancer Treatment And Recovery

Skin Essentials by Mariga in Wexford brings you safe, comforting skincare products and treatments to give you comfort and peace of mind throughout your cancer treatment and recovery

A big concern for people first diagnosed with cancer is whether their personal care products are still suitable for use while they are having treatment.

Perfumed products may sensitise your skin now, even if they never have before, and your doctor will often advise you to use unscented products only. This is excellent advice and I believe that perfume should never appear in a skincare product. It simply does not belong on the skin. Ever. The reason that this advice is particularly given to chemo recipients is because the skin will dry out over the course of the treatment and scented products will cause irritation. Don’t forget, this advice is not just for artificial perfume, plant sourced scents such as essential oils will have the same effect on the skin so avoid aromatherapy products too.*

Should you ditch your anti-ageing facial skincare routine?

Another consideration when choosing skincare products the are safe and suitable to use during treatment is how they work on/in the skin. Anti-ageing or anti-wrinkle products have many active ingredients the stimulate collagen production, cellular renewal and repair mechanisms in the skin. While this is generally a good thing, during cancer treatment your skin is already under pressure from chemotherapy drugs and the best approach is to give it as little extra as possible to do and let your natural healing systems focus on battling the effects of chemo. We don’t want to ask an already overloaded system to start processing active anti-ageing ingredients too, there simply won’t be enough energy in the skin cells to do it all. Using gentle, non-stimulating formulations designed to support and protect skin function is what is needed right now.

What to avoid for now:

-Anything with acids such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic. These will mostly be found in exfoliators and cleansers. Some face or body lotions may have them too.

-Vitamn A/Retinol. While usually a great addition to a skincare routine, many vitamin A derivatives increase cellular turnover and you don’t want that right now.

-Epidermal Growth Factors (EGF). Again, usually recommended in anti-ageing, too stimulating during cancer treatment.

-Anything with perfume or essential oils.

-Anything with sulphates, a foaming agent usually found in cleansers that can dry out the skin. Use a non-foaming cleansing oil instead.

What to look for:

-Blended facial oils made with a combination of natural oils that will give a variety of essential fatty acids and ceramides. Look for Vitamin E, roseship seed, argan and olive fruit oils for example.

-Rich face creams containing hyaluronic acid and natural plant oils (not essential oils, think sesame seed oil, avocado seed oil, pomegranate seed oil). Protecting evaporation of water from the skin is the number one concern here.

-Body lotions based on oat milk (avena sativa) or calendula extract.

-Always use an SPF30 during the day.

Mariga recommends:

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The following products from the Skin Essentials range are safe and suitable for those undergoing chemotherapy. They can be purchased directly from our webshop, from our Wexford Town clinic, or call us on 053 9145981 for advice. In our online shop, all appropriate products are tagged ‘chemo-suitable’ to help you choose the best products for your needs right now.

Skin Comfort Oil –  €38 a deep nourishing, comforting oil created especially for those with skin that is compromised from chemotherapy or otherwise chronically dry. Use alone or mix with Skin Comfort Cream for comfort and suppleness.

Skin Comfort Cleanser – €27 a gentle, oil based cleanser that respects the skin’s surface and cleans away daily dirt €50and makeup while moisturising the skin.

Lipid Repair Concentrate – €67 a bio-identical oil blend to help strengthen and repair the skin’s barrier defence system while giving suppleness to the skin. Choose instead of Skin Comfort Oil when your skin is well on the way to recovery after treatment or if you experience only mild dryness during treatment.

Skin Comfort Cream – €50 a rich, non-greasy cream to relieve tightness, redness and supply gentle, natural nutrition.

SPF30 Moisturiser – €36-44 gives daily protection from UV damage while also supplying minerals, vitamins and hydration.

Lip Comfort Balm – €10 use as required for relief from dry and cracking lips.

Suggested facial skincare basic daily protocol:

Cleanse skin every evening with Skin Comfort Cleanser. While still damp apply one pump of Skin Comfort Oil and follow with a generous application of Skin Comfort Cream.

In the morning gently rinse your face with water and a soft cloth, we love microfibre cloths.
Apply one pump of Skin Comfort Oil followed by a generous application of Skin Comfort Cream. Use SPF30 on top. Reapply SPF30 if out in the sun for long (best avoided).

Additional applications of Skin Comfort Cream can be used if needed throughout the day.

At Skin Essentials by Mariga we have gained specialist qualifications in Oncology Skincare Therapy and understand the particular needs of your skin during cancer treatment. We hope that by supporting your skincare needs with our in-depth understanding of your skin changes at this time, we can help a little to keep you feeling like yourself while you navigate this tough time.

Read more about our Oncology Facial and our Oncology Skincare Therapy accreditation here.

Like the Oncology Skincare Ireland Facebook page here for news, updates and tips.

Microneedling demo – watch me have the treatment done

Microneedling is our most requested treatment here at Skin Essentials by Mariga. It is also the one most people have questions about or don’t fully understand. I blame incorrect information on the internet for this – mostly for the idea that microneedling causes bleeding or is extremely invasive with a lot of downtime. In fact, bleeding is rare and isolated to areas where we have to work deeper due to scars. Needling for wrinkles, lines and age prevention is relatively non-invasive and much more comfortable than you would imagine. In the three minute video below you can see a snippet of me having the treatment done and get an idea of how easy it really is!

Microneedling is natural, safe, proven, suitable for almost everybody and my personal favourite Age Slowly treatment. Combine it with great, personalised homecare and regular maintenance facials for the ultimate in anti-ageing skincare. All our needling treatments include LED for an added boost of power and a relaxing treat after the microneedling.

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Three things you must avoid in your skincare

I think everyone that knows me and the Skin Essentials by Mariga philosophy of building great skin by nurturing the epidermis and it’s processes, is aware that we have three absolutes that you must avoid in your skincare:

Perfume, sulphates and essential oils.

The perfume and sulphates are easy enough to understand (perfume irritates skin, sulphates strip moisture) but often people are surprised that I include essential oils in that list – after all aren’t they natural?? (Yes – to plants!)

Find out exactly why the Skin Essentials way says no to essential oils in the video below:

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The acne – food connection, what to avoid

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Foods that can contribute to acne flare ups.

When you are susceptible to acne breakouts you need to be mindful of your diet. Of course, this is true for every skin issue as a healthy digestion will always help build a healthy skin but acne-prone individuals need to watch out for more particular foods/ingredients. Many of the foods on the following list may cause no problems to you if eaten in isolation or small quantities, it is when several are combined that the load gets too great and irritation in the pores that is caused leads to breakouts.

There are different reasons why foods may contribute to skin irritation, the most common are dairy which affects skin oils, iodides which cause irritation deep in the pores and hormone-like foods which mimic the effects of testosterone/androgens/oestrogens on the skin.

If you suffer from acne it is useful to isolate the following foods for a while then reintroduce them one at a time to identify any culprits in your personal diet/skin connection.

Common foods that are known to exacerbate acne in many people are:

All dairy products
Kelp (watch out for this in multivitamins etc)
Iodised salt/sea salt (check processed foods and crisps)
Turkey
Asparagus
Broccoli
Onions
Peanuts
Peanut Oil
Corn
Corn Oil
Soy products
Organ Meats

This is by no means a complete list, just the most common triggers. You may find that there are other foods that do not agree with your skin but this list is a good place to start looking for culprits.

Cleaning up your diet and finding your personal triggers is one aspect of controlling your acne breakouts. Getting on proper, personalised homecare, being mindful of lifestyle triggers such as makeup and sun exposure, and having the correct clinical treatments such as LED & peels will all combine to keep your skin clear and healthy.

For a personalised acne consultation book our Skin Analysis with Jane, our top acne expert or call us on 053 9145981 to discuss your needs. Of course, you can call in to our Wexford Town skin clinic any Tuesday-Saturday to see how we can help you.

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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 ned 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.

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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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.

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