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The classic Skin Essentials Facial – what makes it so special?

 

Sometimes we can get so caught up in all of the wonderful advanced treatments and technology that is available to us to help us Age Slowly that it’s easy to forget the blissful treatment that is the classic, relaxing facial.

Far from being outdated, at Skin Essentials we keep the classic facial updated with the latest technology to give you maximum results while you rest and relax. It’s why we were a winner of RSVP magazine’s Best Facial!Relaxing Facial image from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford

Benefits of a Skin Essentials classic facial:

-Deep cleansing prevents and treats congestion, getting rid of any ‘bumpy’ feeling under the skin.
-Acid or enzyme treatments helps rebalance any water/oil movement issues, tackling dehydration, patchiness and rough texture.
-Massage increases circulation, reducing puffiness, increasing nutrient exchange and oxygenation of the skin tissues for brightness, radiance and sharper contours.
-Masks calm, nourish and ‘settle’ the skin’s pH, restoring comfort and suppleness
-Pampering and relaxation promote an all over deep feeling of relaxation and wellbeing..
-When you treat your skin with regular facials, we can keep any historical issues in check, while preventing seasonal changes such as dehydration or sensitivity and dramatically slow the formation of lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

How often should you have a facial?
Ideally, every 4-6 weeks for maximum effect but no less than one every three months to balance seasonal changes. If you go beyond three months you are losing the maintenance effect of your facial and reverting to corrective treatments, effectively treating symptoms and effects instead of maintaining constant balance.

What special about a Skin Essentials facial?
-All of our 45 and 60 minute facials include a blissful, relaxing hot stone neck, shoulder and décolleté massage.
-Warm blankets, low level lighting (or just candlelight if you prefer) and the patented ‘comfy client’ memory foam ergonomic treatment bed ensure complete comfort.                                          -We will never leave the room during your treatment, if you pay for 60 minute treatment, you get 60 minutes of continuous treatment!
-Prefer low, loud, or no music? Let us know, we will adjust it for you.
-Choose the heat level of the room to suit your comfort preferences.                                                   -Advanced modalities ‘push’ active compounds deep into the epidermis, giving longer-lasting results than a spa-type facial.                                                                                                                        -Our therapists are all from multi-discipline backgrounds and have education and experience in scientific skincare, various holistic therapies as well as cosmeceutical treatments, so can tailor a treatment to suit your exact skin needs, as well as customising healing therapy during each appointment.

Book your lovely relaxing facial now by calling us on 053 9145981, drop in to our Selskar Street clinic in Wexford Town, or book online using the button below. We also offer Gift Vouchers for all of our treatments. Enjoy!

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Five things to do right now for younger looking skin!

You want brighter, smoother, clearer, healthier, younger looking skin, right?
And you want it to happen quickly and easily too?

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Now, you know if you have been to this website before, have read my book or have watched any of my YouTube videos that there is no magic wand. Great skin comes from doing lots of small things daily, not from fast fixes!

But there are some things that you can do to give your skin a quick boost of radiance in the short term while you wait for long-term results to kick in from your daily routine and clinical treatments. Here are my tips:

1. Hydrate – drink plenty of water or herbal tea today to replenish water from the inside to help get rid of dullness.
2. Home treatment – use your favourite mask or enzyme treatment for a fast, visible boost of brightness and smoothness. I recommend Enzyme Exfoliator for a brightening boost in just 10 minutes.
3. Book a facial – many of our facials can be adapted into an express 30 minute treatment perfect for a skin beauty boost before an event. Book online here.
4. Sleep – if you have been boring the candle at both ends you KNOW that a good nights sleep will get you looking back to your best. Go to bed at nine o clock tonight – no excuses!
5. Exercise to get oxygen and nutrients from the blood rushing to the skin to nourish and revitalise from the inside out.

Can we help you with any aspect of your skincare today? Maybe you have a question you would like us to answer? Or a skin issue that you would like to solve? Get in touch on 053 9145981 or call in to us in our Wexford Town skin clinic. We are located just off Redmond Square, on Selskar Street.

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:

Deluxe box containing Skin Comfort Cream and Skin Comfort Oil

Skin Comfort Christmas Gift Set €95 – click pic to shop now

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.

Serum or Cream?

What are the differences between facial serums and creams and do you really need both?

Serums may seem like they are the latest buzz in skin products but for those who are serious about their skincare, serums have been their secret weapon for years! Indeed when I launched my product range in 2010 the focus was all on corrective serums.

So, what is a serum and how is it different from a cream?

Hydrating cream with Hyaluronic acid

A serum is a highly concentrated active skincare product that will address a certain concern such as dullness, redness or lines. Sometimes a serum can address several skin issues at once, as many issues have a common cause. For example, dullness, fine lines and inflammation can all be caused by dehydration so a single serum addresses all these symptoms by binding water in the skin. See Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost.

Most serums are water-based to allow deepest possible penetration into the layers of the epidermis but some are oil-based and intended to work on the surface layers. See Lipid Repair Concentrate.

Serums work deeper and are more active than creams but they do not replace them. Think of serums working at the foundation layers of your epidermis, strengthening skin cell processes and function, while creams can be considered the roof of the structure, protecting everything underneath and adding softness, suppleness and comfort. For this reason, even though serums do more corrective work, creams must come first in your programme if you can only budget for one or the other. There is no point having a good floor and no roof!

In a normal skin not requiring any particular correction, I recommend adding a serum from mid to late twenties to keep skin vital and strong. A product such as Essential Nutrient Serum gives skin many of the water soluble minerals vitamins and anti-oxidants that it needs to stay healthy. From mid-thirties I recommend switching this out for an anti-ageing serum such as Hydra Collagen Serum to slow down the visible signs of ageing such as fine lines, dullness, loss of firmness and discolouration.

Hydra Collagen Serum airless pump 30ml size Skin Essentials by Mariga shop online wexford

Hydra Collagen Serum €68

If you have any issues to correct such as redness, sensitised skin, flaking, texture issues etc. you will need to have a corrective serum professionally recommended just for you to rebalance your skin before going on to a maintenance product.

Do you have any questions comments or feedback about serums or other skin products? Just call in to our Wexford Town clinic, call us on 053 9145981 or email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com and we will be happy to help you get great skin.

Don’t forget you can shop our natural skincare products online too, we ship to Irish and UK addresses!

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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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Pop in to our clinic in Selskar, Wexford or call us on 053 9145981 to chat about your skincare needs.

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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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Have you read Mariga’s book yet? ‘The Skincare Rules’ is packed full of simple, easy to implement tips that will help to get you great skin – for life!

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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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