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COVID 19 Client Questionnaire

As we get ready to reopen (yay!) we have new compliance documents that need to be kept on file.

Before each appointment we now need you to fill out a COVID19 self-declaration questionnaire.

You can download and fill it out online here


If you prefer there will be a paper copy available for you to complete on arrival at the salon for your appointment.

Mariga x

Updated Opening Hours

One of the changes coming as we reopen post-lockdown is a slight change to our opening hours and staff rotas.

In order to facilitate as many clients as possible we are extending our hours a little, see below, and also changing our staff rotas to have only two out of three of us here at any one time. This allows us to keep social distancing requirements while offering you extended opening hours.

BUT! It also means that we may not have someone available to answer the phone all the time so please bear with us if you get our answering machine, we will call you back as soon as we are free.

To be as efficient for you as possible we do have a fully automated online booking portal where you can schedule your appointment in real time for instant confirmation, or reschedule an existing appointment. And of course our products can be ordered online 24/7 for delivery.

Another service we are adding at this time is a pre-booking for product pick-up. Simply access our online booking and choose ‘product pickup’ to schedule a time to call in to us to collect products or vouchers. As we cannot facilitate walk-ins at this time, this will make sure that there will be someone available to look after you when you pop in if you want to check are you using the correct products before you buy.

We can also send you any forms needed for your service in advance of your appointment to cut down face-to-face time and paper handling at your appointment – don’t worry if you are not computer-savvy, we can still do it at your appointment if you can’t manage!

Of course if none of these automated services are what you need you can just leave us a message the old-fashioned way and we will get back to you 🙂

Thank you for your patience while we implement these changes and work out the best and safest way forward for both staff and clients. We hope that you will find them to be even more efficient once you get used to them and remember we always value your feedback and suggestions.

Opening hours:

  • Tuesday / Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm
  • Thursday / Friday 10am to 6.30pm
  • Saturday 9am to 2pm
  • Sunday/Monday closed

*We expect to be back up to full speed with all staff back and ready to do services by July 7th*

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New Skin Essentials Appointment Procedures

We are so nearly there…the appointment book is filling up and we can’t wait to see you all again.

Not surprisingly there will be some changes to the way we do things but we hope you will find them easy, like everything else now we will get used to the new way of doing things.

So what will change for you? Lots of the changes are behind the scenes, such as cleaning protocols that happen before you get here and after you leave (like they always have), so you won’t see that much difference in your treatment experience. Here’s what you will notice:

  • You will be required to fill out a COVID19 form before your appointment. This can be completed online prior to your appointment here or filled out on arrival. Please note that we will refuse service to anyone who is feeling unwell, has traveled outside Ireland in the previous 14 days, has had contact with anyone displaying COVID 19 symptoms. Please let us know before your appointment if any of these apply to you and we will reschedule.
  • We will ask you to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the salon.
  • You will need to come exactly on time for your appointment to avoid bumping into people on the stairs or in reception to facilitate social distancing. We will be leaving extra time between each appointment to facilitate this.
  • You will need to come alone to your appointment, unfortunately we will not be able to offer waiting facilities in reception going forward, again to facilitate social distancing.

Important things to note:

We will be operating a strict appointment policy as per the Government Back To Work Safely Protocol. This means that we will not have a staff member available in reception for walk-ins as before for retail purchases or appointment enquiries. This is very important to maintain social distancing, adhere to the number of people safely allowed on our premises at any one time, and contact tracing.

Of course we will continue to post out your homecare products as always and encourage you to avail of this facility either from our webshop or by placing orders over the phone. We can also arrange a collection time for you you need to pick up your products in person, or if you would like to speak to one of us to help you decide on products we will be happy to make an appointment time for you to do that.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you again and getting back to work in a safe, sensible way. We will be starting slowly to ensure everything is working smoothly and hope you will be patient with us during this time of transition.

Mariga x

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Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday, 21st June! How is it June already? Anyone else loosing time in lockdown?

At Skin Essentials, we have many treatments and products that are suited to men and their skin. Below is our list of Fathers Day gifts to make the day extra special for your loved one, even if you can’t see him in person right now:

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Hands Dry From Sanitising? Mariga’s tips

I hope you all are keeping safe and well during the Covid-19 crisis.

One of the smaller irritations that may come up for you at this time is dry, sore hands from constant application of hand sanitiser and repeated washing.

We are no strangers to over-washing and sanitising our hands in the beauty industry so we know the best tips for keeping your hands ingot condition!

See Mariga’s quick video below for smart tips to protect your hands.

P.S. We have something very special in the works to help with skin dryness from all the over sanitising and hand washing. Stay tuned…

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Barrier Disruption – dry, dehydrated, irritated skin. (The lockdown effect).

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The lockdown effect – Barrier disruption is not something new, in fact it is one of the first conditions we treat almost every new client for, before we can go on to addressing other concerns such as ageing.

Without an intact skin barrier practically all the skin processes will be disrupted leading to one or more of the following:

  • Dehydration and dryness
  • Increased redness and sensitivity
  • Breakouts of tiny, sore pimples
  • Slow healing
  • Dull, sluggish skin

Now that we have all been in lockdown to some level for a couple of months I am beginning to hear from you that some of these issues are popping up despite following your homecare routine as normal.

But these are not normal times, the other factors that influence your skin are changing to various degrees so to keep your skin balanced we need to change up your homecare just a little to keep up.

Here are some of the things that are affecting almost everyone’s skin barrier right now:

  1. Stress! The biggest one. Worrying about your loved ones, especially those that are most vulnerable is very stressful on your mind and body.
    • The disruption in hormone balance brought about by stress has a direct effect on your skin. We are all also concerned about how our jobs will be affected, many have small children at home and others have no outside space in their homes to escape to. Is it any wonder our skin is acting up?!
  2. Sugar, whether from letting the healthy diet slide while we all bake unaccustomed amount of cakes or the weekend glass of wine becoming a daily un-winder right now, for most of us our diet has changed to some degree.
    • This shows on the skin as inflammation, redness, puffiness and eventually accelerated ageing.
  3. Hair products. Root touch up sprays, home colour, extra hairspray to try to control our fast-growing-out hair along with dry shampoos can have the effect of irritating the scalp and along the hairline, leading to sore spots, dehydration and irritation.
    • Do your best to keep these products away from the face, especially taking care along the forehead, if possible.

To get your skin barrier strengthened up again there are a few steps you can take. Obviously, try to minimise any of the above triggers that apply to you.

Next, give your skin a break from all active products except the ones that are especially designed for barrier repair. In the Skin Essentials range this means stopping all your water-based serums and Overnight Repair Cream (the most active products) for a week and using the barrier repairing products intensively (Lipid Repair Concentrate, Skin Comfort Cream, Skin Comfort Cleanser) for those days.

The aim is to give the skin cells a break from all processes except those that will rebuild your skins natural protective outer barrier. Once that has been restored you can revert to your usual routine. Here is what your routine would look like during an intensive barrier repair phase:



  1. Rinse with warm water and microfiber cloth, no cleanser.
  2. Mix one pump of Lipid Repair Concentrate with one pump Skin Comfort Cream and massage gently into the skin.
  3. Apply SPF30


  1. Cleanse with Skin Comfort Cleanser, remove with microfiber cloth
  2. Mix one pump of Lipid Repair Concentrate with one pump Skin Comfort Cream and massage gently into the skin.

For most temporary skin barrier disruption a week of the above should get you back on track, for a more severe disruption we would advise you to stick to it for a month before reintroducing your other products.

Does this sound like your skin? To help make it easy for you to get back on track I have put together all the products mentioned above in a bundle at a special price while stocks last.

Of course, all of the products are available individually from our webshop if you already have some of them at home, and we are continuing our free shipping for all orders over €50 with the code FREESHIP50 until we are open again.

Is your skin acting up? Let me know if I can help you or answer any questions, just get in touch on 086 3823608 or and I’ll be happy to help.

Mariga x

Re-opening Plans – Answering Your Questions

Now that there have been tentative dates put in place for salons to reopen (yay!) you have been reaching out to me for more info on getting your next appointment so I have put together the video below to answer what I can right now, more information of course as we get it.

Check out the video for details on what changes to expect once we re-open and the measures we will out in place to keep us all safe as we move forward to our new normal.

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