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The Evolution of Facials from Relaxing to Results

Long gone are the days when a facial was either simply a relaxation experience or a torturous blackhead extraction process. 

Pic showing two types of facial - one relaxing spa like, the other cutting edge technology with LED lights from Skin Essentials by Mariga clinic Wexford

When I first trained, there was not much in-between these two extremes.

Fast forward almost three decades and the humble facial has evolved into a powerful tool in the health, wellness and beauty arena, becoming a mini science project performed many times during the course of every day in the Skin Essentials treatment rooms!

Now, almost without exception what each client wants is an improvement in the quality of their skin, whatever that might mean or involve for them as an individual.

For example, one person might be really bothered by bumpy, uneven skin texture while another can be obsessing over fine lines or pores or redness. Very different complaints but ultimately they want the same thing – smoother, tighter, clearer, brighter skin.

We create a bespoke plan for each client to get you to your ideal result. Everybody needs some combination of texture, colour, elasticity and damage correction. We balance your programme for your exact needs and that is why we get lasting results. No two facials are the same because no two skins are the same.

We have many tools at out disposal from old-school electrical frequency machines designed to aid extractions or promote relaxation of the skin tissues, through to cutting edge NASA-researched low level light technology.

Our most in-demand tools are microneedling for improving and refining the quality and appearance of almost any skin and LED photo modulation used for skin brightening, tightening and also for accelerating the results from all the other modalities.

Between them, these machines combined with custom-prescribed homecare routines, can modulate almost all skin concerns and bring each customer the skin they want when they first contact us. Most importantly all our therapists are continually upskilling and keeping up to date with the latest education in order to bring you the best possible advice in homecare and clinical treatments.

Isolated annoyances like red veins, skin tags, sun spots and milia are also in our firing line! When you book in for a custom skin treatment, we can add these removal services on to your skin treatment or they can be booked as a stand-alone appointment.

Classic, skin conditioning facials are still available of course. These types of treatment are ideal for maintaining the results you achieved from your initial course of correction, or, for the rare few who begin a skincare regimen long before life has shown up on their faces, a prevention treatment can be performed every few weeks.

Even these facials have benefited from major upgrades and while they still feel relaxing and spa-like, the ingredients being used are all cutting edge actives, penetrating deep in the epidermis and boosting skin cell performance.

I think how I would sum up the biggest difference in skin treatments now is that the approach has moved from peeling away layers to reach new, unblemished skin cells, to supporting and promoting skin health and appearance through infusing and introducing beneficial ingredients that help the skin work better at all levels, giving you skin that acts younger for years longer with higher collagen production and lower levels of ageing inflammation.

This approach is a longer-term one, but is ultimately more skin friendly and lifetime-results driven, unlike old-fashioned peels and microdermabrasion type treatments that were all about instant gratification with not much thought for the long-term skin outcome.

You can book your treatments online by click this link below. Simple!

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Three signs that you may develop rosacea

Three signs that you may develop rosacea

Are you concerned that you may develop rosacea or that it is already starting to manifest on your skin?

Many people in Ireland have the tendency to develop rosacea which is an inflammatory skin condition that typically presents as a butterfly pattern across the cheeks and nose but may also affect other parts of the face, including, in extreme cases, the eyes.

So are you likely to develop this skin condition? Read on to find out three early warning signs that you may develop it in the future.

Remember, forewarned is forearmed so if you suspect that you are a candidate then the earlier you get on good, anti-inflammatory skincare products daily, such as Anti-Redness Concentrate and Lipid Repair Concentrate the better.

You can contact us on info@skinessentialsbymariga.com or 053 9145981 to discuss your skin needs with one of our expert therapists.

30ml pump bottle in pearl white anti redness concentrate by Skin Essentials, wexford

Three common factors in determining if you are at risk for developing rosacea:

Heredity – is it in your family? Rosacea can run in families, do your parents, grandparents or siblings show the typical redness and flushing of rosacea?

Asthma – linked to inflammatory disorders, this is a warning sign of potential inflammatory and vascular skin disorders such as rosacea, if you have asthma yourself or if it is in your immediate family.

Arthritis – just like asthma, a family history of arthritis can be seen in many rosacea cases, it seems like many of these immune/autoimmune/inflammatory conditions can run together so be sure to mention any such family history to your skin therapist at consultation.      

What to do now to reduce the likelihood of developing / worsening rosacea?

  • Avoid inflammatory foods such as spicy dishes, caffeine, alcohol
  • Keep your skincare clean – no perfumes, sulphates or essential oils and no fabric conditioner in your pillowcases or facecloths
  • Keep showers warm, not hot
  • Wear sunscreen every day
  • Use anti-inflammatory serum daily such as Anti-Redness Concentrate along with a daily SPF30. At night use Lipid Repair Concentrate to strengthen skin function.

Discover more about our specialist treatments at Skin Essentials by Mariga by clicking the button below. You can also book a treatment online by clicking HERE.

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Personalised acid peels for skin needing correction

Personalised acid peel blends at Skin Essentials by Mariga

For skin that needs deep correction for blemishes, discolouration or texture issues.

Have you let a skin issue get beyond your control? Are home face masks, spa facials or exfoliation not working for you?

You may just need a course of corrective skin peel blogacid peels (or enzyme/acid blends) to get you back on track!

From lactic for lightening discolouration through to glycolic for release bumpy impactions and mandolin or salicylic to help different kinds of acne, our highly qualified skin therapists can tailor the right peels for your skin and work with you to achieve the results you want.

Peels at Skin Essentials by Mariga are progressive, not aggressive, meaning we use superficial peels at very specific pH levels to stimulate the desired response in the skin.

Over the course of 4-12 weeks depending on how much correction is needed, we will help restore your skin to its best (remember, homecare is vital in getting the desired outcome, especially in the case of acne, so you have to comply with recommendations between clinic visits)!

There is very little downtime, usually just a redness on the day of treatment and some very light peeling in the days after.

Start your peels now to restore an even, bright skin tone and keep your skin glowing and hydrated all year.

Peels can be taken singly for a quick boost, monthly for maintenance, or in a series of 4 – 12 taken weekly for correction, before moving on to monthly maintenance. Our skin experts can recommend the best option for you, just give us a call or drop in for a quick chat.

As a general guide, texture issues will need approximately 4 peels, 6-8 for discolouration and up to 12 for acne depending upon type and severity.

Prices start at €70 for a single acid peel and package prices apply to courses paid in advance. Book online by clicking the button below, or call us on 053 9145981.

Skincare treatments, skin essentials by Mariga, Wexford

See the results – skincare products and treatments that REALLY work!

Do clinical skincare products and treatments REALLY work? The results are in. See seven years of progress on my skin in photos and digital analysis.

As I’ve just had a birthday, I thought it would be a good time to do a progress check-in to compare how my skin is now towards seven years ago when I started keeping photographic and digital records to track results.

Mariga comparison report 2018 5

Change in wrinkle depth over 7 years

The photographic version - (L) 2011 (R) 2018

The photographic version – (L) 2011 (R) 2018

I actually did this skincare results update at the five year mark and can’t believe that another two years have passed since then!! Definitely time for another review.

For reference, my skin is typically Celtic pale and see-through with a tendency to rosacea and is normal to slightly dry in general.

My core skincare routine, as with everyone, cares for my skin TYPE then you add specific products and treatments to address any issues, conditions or preferences. In my case, I focus on anti-ageing but for you it may be prevention of ageing, acne control, rosacea or a mixture of things.

You can see my daily skincare routine listed below as well as details of clinical treatments taken.

You can watch the full video below to see all of the before and after pics and readings, the good and the bad, but the short version is that my skin is reading at 35 years old (I’m 46)! which is actually even better than previous years.

do skincare products really work - see the digital evidence here as the skin scanner reads 46 year old skin as 34 years old

I’ll take that, thank you!

The lesson here?

Over time with the continued use of products and treatments specifically chosen for your exact skin type and needs, your skin can actually continue to get stronger, healthier and younger!

Certainly I’m happier with my skin now than I was 10 years ago and I look forward to beating the clock for a long time to come.

My daily home routine:

Morning:

Rinse with warm water and cloth.

Apply 1 pump Hydra Collagen Serum

Apply Skin Comfort Cream (pea size).

Apply SPF30

Evening:

Cleanse with Skin Comfort Cleanser.

Apply 1 pump Age Slowly Serum.

Apply 1/2 pump Lipid Repair mixed with 1 full pump Skin Comfort Cream.

Weekly:

Light home needling with home roller and Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost

Sometimes:

When my skin is feeling dry, usually mid-end of winter, I will add a pump of Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum to my day or night serum.

Clinical:

My main treatment is microneedling, I have a course of 3 every two years or so and maintain it with a single treatment every six months. I have an LED facial once a month or so and exfoliate only when necessary, maybe once every two-three months. This could be with a home products such as Enzyme Exfoliator or with a clinical enzyme or acid peel.

What do you think? I’m delighted with the continued increase in my skin’s health strength and integrity.

While it is never too late to start and to see results definitely the earlier you start taking care of your skin in a properly customised and deliberate way the better.

Do you want to see results like this for yourself? Do you want to look back in 10 years and have not aged, or even aged backwards? Than give us a call we would love to work with you to get you on track for getting younger, stronger, healthier skin, for life.

See the full video and all the clinical data HERE.

 

do skincare products really work - see the digital evidence here as the skin scanner reads 46 year old skin as 34 years old

Wexford’s BEST Skin Recovery Facial

The snow was fun for a day, then it was an unexpected holiday from work and then it was a pain and we wanted it to go away!

spa candles and towels close up photo with the caption skin recovery facial for relaxation and restoration created by mariga exclusively at Skin Essentials clinic wexford

Hopefully you are all back to normal now and there were no lasting effects.

One of the unexpected side effects for lots of you was the toll that the cold weather took on your skin. 

From exposure to freezing cold, to running the heat/fires non-stop, to the boredom resulting in the eating of everything in the house, your skin can be looking a bit worse for wear.

Moving from hot to cold and back again puts pressure on your skin to adjust rapidly to the environment resulting in dehydration and impaired barrier defence that gives you a dry, tight feeling, dry lips and increased sensitivity/redness.

The boredom eating and changing sleep patterns (you know you’ve been staying up late binging on box sets and snacks!) can result in dull skin and hollow/dark under-eyes, along with some puffiness if you have been overdoing the salt, sugar or coffee.

So, I have created the skin recovery facial especially to relieve these symptoms, brighten your skin, reduce puffiness and sluggishness and refresh the undereye area.

lymphatic drainage massage

Beginning with a hot stone deep cleanse to purify the pores and stimulate micro-circulation, this 45 minute holistic treatment also includes our exclusive biodynamic lymphatic drainage massage to drain puffy tissues and sharpen contours, a hyaluronic acid infusion to draw water back into the skin to plump it up and our signature barrier repair massage-in mask to restore lipid levels and bring back comfort and softness to the skin.

Available with Jane (€68) or Mariga (€75), this is your skins new best friend. 

Skincare treatments, skin essentials by Mariga, Wexford

The facial of all facials! Coconut and Papaya

Our fantastic themed facial for this Easter week is Coconut and Papaya.
Coconut Papaya facial graphic

 

 

This one is lovely for those with sensitised or reactive skin types.

It is the mildest enzyme peel that we do but still packs a powerful skin-boosting punch.

Coconut and papaya enzymes work together to gently dislodge used-up skin cells, allowing a brighter, healthier layer of skin to shine through.

Moisturising properties in the Yogurt extract (did I mention the yogurt??) calms, softens and smooths while at the same time stimulating cellular regeneration for a more robust skin.

This lovely aromatic skin prep is followed by a creamy mask with anti-oxidant goji berry extract, more lovely yogurt extract, skin-softening squalane and cucumber to soothe redness. Bliss.

This lovely, calming treatment also includes a hot stone neck and shoulder massage along with a facial massage tailored for your needs from de-puffing to tension release.

Available right now at Skin Essentials by Mariga in a 45 or 60 minute version. Treat yourself or treat a friend.

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FAQ’s in skincare – parabens, vegan, pregnancy and more

Today’s FAQ’s in skincare blog is a summary of the most frequently asked questions relating to specific suitability/non-suitability of our products for specific groups of people. 

Pic showing confused woman and question marks with the text "answering your questions" illustrating a FAQ's in skincare blog from Mariga at Skin Essentials skin clinic, Wexford

 

 

 

 

I’m including the paraben-free section here as it is a popular question but I will add the note that to-date parabens have never been scientifically proven to be harmful in any way. However, there are some people that prefer to be paraben-free so the list is below to help if that relates to you.

At Skin Essentials our number one priority is bringing you scientific skincare that will make a measurable difference to your skin and we believe that the first step in any type of change is education so we welcome all your questions and will always answer with honesty, integrity and transparency.

Mariga x

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are paraben free?

-Skin Comfort Cleanser
-Skin Comfort Oil
-Hydra Collagen Serum
-Lipid Repair Concentrate
-Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum
-Age Slowly Serum
-Enzyme Exfoliator

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are vegan?

-Blemish Control Cream
-Hydrating Cream
-Enzyme Exfoliator
-Salicylic Cleanser
-Spf 30 Day Cream
-Skin Comfort Oil
-Skin Comfort Cream   (our non-vegan products containanti-ageing collagen extracts from fish scales. All of our ingredients are sourced from PETA-certified suppliers).                                                                                                                        

Which Skin Essentials by mariga products are suitable during chemotherapy?

-Skin Comfort Oil
-Skin Comfort Cream
-Lip Comfort Balm
-Skin Comfort Cleanser
-Lipid Repair Concentrate
-Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

-Everything except Blemish Control Cream, Overnight Repair Cream, Salicylic Cleanser, Age Slowly Serum

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are suitable for men?

-Everything except Youth Boost. Essential Nutrient Serum doubles as a great soothing after shave balm.

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products are suitable for children?

-SPF30
-Skin Comfort Cleanser

Which Skin Essentials by Mariga products have special usage precautions?

-Overnight Repair Cream, Blemish Control Cream and Age Slowly Serum all contain Vitamin A derivatives and must only be used at night, and discontinued during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

-Salicylic Cleanser should be discontinued during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

-As with any product do not use a Skin Essentials by Mariga skincare product if it contains any ingredients you know/suspect you might be intolerant/allergic to.

I hope that helps address some of your FAQ’s. If you have any other queries just call us on 053 9145981, email info@skinesssentialsbymariga.com or pop your query in the chatbox on the bottom right of your screen (if you are reading this on our website). If you are Wexford-basde you can always pop in to our clinic in Selskar Street during opening hours Tuesday-Saturday and we will have someone available to help you.

Buy Skin Essentials by Mariga products online here for delivery in Ireland/UK.

A styled photo of Skin Essentials by Mariga products in a white magnetic box tied with green ribbon on a white background which are available online or from our Wexford town skin clinic