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Follow Skin Essentials on YouTube!

Did you know that Skin Essentials has a YouTube channel for those of you who prefer to watch video rather than read blogs? We do try to cater for everyone in our educational posts! With almost 200 videos on youTube, you can search my channel for any skincare topic and you are sure to find an answer (and if you don’t just let me know and I will upload an answer to your question)! From information on skincare ingredients, professional skin treatments, expert skin tips for getting and keeping great skin as well as commentary on topical skincare issues making the news, such as the use of filters on social media and the injectables epidemic in younger clients, you will find it all on my YouTube channel. 

Please head over from the link here and subscribe to my videos if you are a fan of skincare news, views and tips. I’d love to see you there. And don’t forget to comment, question and share while you’re there!

I also do live videos on Facebook, usually on Saturdays, where you can join in and have your comments and questions answered live, like our Facebook page to see these in your timeline.

Below are some of my most popular videos to give you a flavour of what video content I create. Looking forward to having you join my online community!

Mariga x

Top Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Top gifts to treat your mum this Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday March 11th this year, and we have lots of gift ideas to help you choose the perfect treat for your mum and the mother figure in your life.

Between treatments and special products, here’s our top ideas below:

This month’s themed Enzyme facial is Coconut & Papaya

Coconut Papaya facial graphic

We are so excited to have introduced these new enzyme facials to Skin Essentials by Mariga, and we’re the first skincare clinic in Ireland to offer these amazing facials.

Utilising the rejuvenating power of natural fruit enzymes this facial can be taken as a stand-alone skin treat for all skin types, or for those in need of deeper repair and rejuvenation we create a series of three treatments especially for your skin type and condition, which will progressively smooth, brighten, hydrate, nourish and restore your skin to a smooth, radiant, youthful complexion.

This oil-based gentle cleanser effectively cleans the skin and easily removes make-up while leaving the skin soft and smooth.

Hydra Collagen Serum is our anti-ageing serum choice. Full of all the ingredients the skin needs to keep up the rate of collagen production, this serum targets uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, lines and wrinkles.

A powerhouse of skin goodness, providing repairing anti-oxidants, soothing anti-inflammatory ingredients along with the essential cell nutrition that your skin needs to keep it in tip top condition.


pregnancy pic for blog and social

Don’t forget about the Mums-to-be this Mother’s Day!

This is a very exciting time for first time Mothers (and we are sure daunting as well for the upcoming restless nights and stressful days) that may come with your little bundle of joy!

Now is the time to put your feet up and relax, as well as take good care of your skin using gentle, suitable products and treatments while pregnant.

We have specialist products that are specially curated for pregnancy, and we also have pregnancy-safe treatments in our skincare clinic that includes comfort cushions for you to sit back and be in complete comfort and ease in our therapists hands.

Give us a call on 053 9145981 to find out more and to book a suitable treatment for mums-to-be.

All gifts can be specially packaged for your mum as we offer a gift box service both online and in our Wexford clinic. Our gorgeous boxes are specially wrapped in our signature green bow.

Shop products, vouchers and book treatments online by simply clicking the button below:

Mother Of The Bride – Prepare your skin

Are you a Mother of the Bride or Groom in 2018?

Originally published last April 2017

Huge congratulations if you are going to be Mother of the Bride & Groom this year!

There are exciting times ahead as you help your sons and daughters organise their big day, but we understand its your big day too.

mother of the bride skincare wexford

But we also understand the anxiety you might feel at the thought of being centre stage, in every photograph, and at the top table as this starts to become more real.

As skincare therapists, we find that many of our customers begin to think about anti-ageing skincare therapies for the first time. 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 year:

  • 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.

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: from €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 down-turned corners of the mouth to fill and plump them fast! A course of 3 is needed to see 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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Glowing skincare for mums-to-be exclusive pregnancy skincare kit

Pregnancy skincare – the experts advice.

pregnancy skincare kit from skin essentials by mariga wexfordOne of the nicest things about being a skincare professional and having hands-on contact with our lovely clients all day means that we are often the first to hear the happy news that someone is expecting a baby.

Partly this is because newly expectant mums are usually dying to tell someone before it becomes general knowledge and they know there is the seal of the confessional in our treatments rooms!

But also, there is a practical reason and that is because there are some ingredients that you may want to avoid during pregnancy and we need to review your home and professional skincare routines to adapt for changing needs.

(Note: all the following applies to nursing mums as well as during pregnancy). Read on for our expert advice on pregnancy skincare…

Depending on the skincare routine you are on before becoming pregnant, it may be necessary for you to change some of your products.

Skincare containing Vitamin A, Retinol and Salicylic Acid are not recommended for use during pregnancy.

These ingredients are most often found in products aimed at acne control and anti-ageing. In the Skin Essentials by Mariga range the products containing these ingredients are Overnight Repair Cream, Age Slowly Serum, Blemish Control Cream and Salicylic Cleanser.

It is important to note that there is no evidence that using these skincare ingredients is in any way harmful to you or your baby. We do know that the prescription strength versions of these ingredients are not for use during pregnancy so it is just a precaution to avoid them altogether, even in the relatively tiny amounts and different forms present in skincare products.

If you are not sure whether your creams have these ingredients please ask your skincare professional for advice.

Some professional treatments, particularly peels, will contain various acids so you should let your therapist know before treatment if you are pregnant so that she can tailor your treatment accordingly.

Some electrical treatments are also contraindicated but you can still have a lovely, relaxing treatment to help keep your skin nourished and hydrated. At Skin Essentials we have a special nourishing facial perfect for expectant mums and also our treatment couch is fitted with adjustable pregnancy cushions to keep you comfy and supported right through to your due date.

It is not unusual for our clients to schedule an appointment with us a week before their date for some much-needed me-time!

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During pregnancy, much of the nourishment that your body receives from your diet can go to your baby so the skin can suffer from lack of nutrients. You can counter this by using products rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

I particularly recommend my Skin Comfort Oil, Skin Comfort Cream and Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum for this special time (You can use these on your tummy too).

Some women will experience pigment changes in the skin during pregnancy. These show up as brown patches on the face often referred to as ‘mask of pregnancy’.

This is very much down to genetic predisposition and can’t be prevented, but using a good SPF30 daily will prevent the marks from becoming permanent through UV exposure.

Some women will find that their skin becomes radiant, especially after the first trimester, giving that pregnancy ‘glow’. For others, unfortunately, the opposite can occur and many women experience a recurrence of long-forgotten acne.

As the actives to control breakouts are not suitable for use while pregnant the best that you can do is to keep your skin strong to help reduce the occurrence of spots.

Drink plenty of water and use skincare with nourishing oils as above and add a hyaluronic-acid based serum such as Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost under your moisturiser to help prevent water loss which can lead to sensitivities and spots.

Getting plenty of sleep helps too (while you still can!)

I have created the Glowing Skin Kit to contain all of the water and oil based nutrients your skin will need to make sure you are a radiant mum-to-be. It is suitable for all skin types, except very oily, and can be used safely throughout pregnancy and during breast-feeding.

It makes a lovely gift for a special someone in your life or a beautiful treat for yourself!

If you are expecting and have any questions about your skin or products please give us a call on 053 9145981 or email, we will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.

facebook-icon-preview-1-400x400This Saturday 17th Feb, Mariga will doing a Facebook live video on this topic. If you have any queries or concerns in relation to the do’s and dont’s of pregnancy skincare, leave a message or comment on our facebook page and Mariga will address them in her live video.


Has winter aged your skin? Enzyme therapy will help!

Do you feel like the winter has aged you? Is your skin dull, sluggish, rough or patchy? 

Don’t worry, you just need a skin reboot!

Enzyme therapy facials are perfect for skin that needs a boost after dull, drying winter has wreaked its havoc.

At Skin Essentials by Mariga’s Wexford-based skin clinic, we specialise in restoring and rejuvenating unresponsive and lacklustre skin to a beautiful, radiant healthy glow.

Utilising the rejuvenating power of natural fruit enzymes we create a series of three treatments especially for your skin which will progressively smooth, brighten, hydrate, nourish and restore your skin to a smooth, radiant, youthful complexion.

cherry in water fruit enzyme graphic from skin essentials wexford

For a deep skin restoration effect, you will have three treatments, 10-14 days apart, each tailored on the results of the last, to achieve maximum cellular stimulation. Then move on to monthly maintenance treatments to ensure your skin stays in great condition all year round.

Each enzyme therapy facial takes 45 minutes and prices start at €68 per treatment.
(You can upgrade to a deluxe 60 minute facial for even more luxury and relaxation)!

As well as the customised enzyme therapy each facial includes a comforting plant extract mask tailored for your skin on the day, biodynamic drainage or tension release facial massage, extractions if necessary and a hot stone shoulder massage. Bliss!

Some of the many fruit enzymes we may use in your customised treatment include passionfruit for firming and rejuvenating, raspberry for calming, peach for skin softening or papaya for exfoliation. But no matter which we choose, your treatment will be blissfully relaxing as well as deeply supporting for your skin, inside and out.

Book your enzyme facial online by clicking the link below:


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Passionfruit Enzyme Facial Launch

Passionfruit enzyme facial focus for February

Launching just in time for Valentine’s Day, our Passionfruit Enzyme facial is a luxurious, warming and very comforting facial incorporating fruit enzymes, peptides and plant oils to rejuvenate, soften and stimulate the skin.

mortar and pestle pic showing skin oils and plant extracts being blended as in a skin essentials by mariga facial, wexford

Natural passionfruit enzyme warms the skin causing increased circulation which enables nutrient and oxygen exchange at a cellular level, resulting in a brighter, more radiant and healthy looking complexion.

Rich in vitamin A, the skin super-vitamin, and calming, repairing anti-oxidants, this facial treatment is perfect for anyone concerned with ageing, dull skin or fine lines.

Available in a 45 or 60 minute version, each treatment includes a personalised nourishing, softening mask with natural plant essences chosen for your skin type, a beautiful hot stone shoulder massage and either a blissful bio-dynamic facial massage or our signature tension release facial massage depending on your needs.

As with all our facials, extractions are performed if necessary and each treatment is finished with our signature blend of barrier repair oils.

Suitable for all skin types except rosacea or melasma sufferers, this tingly treatment will leave your skin warm and red for a few hours so schedule your treatment for when you can go straight home after to keep up the relaxation!

The Passionfruit Enzyme Facial is available with Jane or Mariga and you can book on 053 9145981 or book online now.

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Skin benefits of home rolling / microneedling

Why do at home microneedling?

Cosmetic needling, also known as dermal rolling, is performed at home between clinical microneedling treatments to enhance the results obtained.

It is a complementing home therapy intended to boost outcomes, rather than a separate treatment.

When we do home needling we are working on and influencing the epidermis, the outermost layers of the skin. This releases epidermal growth factors within the skin structure which results in thickening and strengthening of the epidermis giving you a smoother more even texture.

Cosmetic home needling, which is done at a depth of no more than 0.3 mm, also enhances penetration of your recommended active ingredients increasing their penetration by up to 8 times.

Home needling in conjunction with clinical depth treatments will show enhanced results versus clinical needling alone.

Image from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford showing 40 year old skin post microneedling

Read all about our exclusive Bio-therapeutic needling programmes

All skin types and conditions can benefit from home rolling 2-3 times per week as long as it is done with the correct technique and using the right products for your skin’s requirements.

(See video below for Mariga’s demo on best technique for home rolling).

Your therapist will recommend the best Skin Essentials By Mariga serum for your individual home needling requirements, but in general Hydra Collagen Serum is a good choice for those on an anti ageing programme.

For those using needling treatment to help reduce acne scarring your therapist may recommend Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum for a younger skin type or perhaps Essential Nutrient Serum for those who are prone to inflammation.

If you are using home needling as a preventative or general part of your skincare routine and are not having clinical needling treatments for correction, you can use your home roller 2 to 3 times a week with your regular Skin Essentials serum.

If in doubt, the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost serum is a universal product that will benefit all skin types when used in conjunction with home rolling.

See our home rolling kit here for a great value option on a starter kit.

Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum 30ml bottle white pearl airless pump presentation from Skin Essentials, Wexford clinic.

At Skin Essentials, we are huge fans of microneedling and have seen fantastic results on all skin conditions over the years from wrinkles to sagging skin, rosacea to scars.

But it is also carries risks if not performed correctly so it is very important to purchase your home roller from an authorised source.

There are many cheap versions available on the internet but these cannot be authenticated and may often be substandard tools. With the potential for skin damage associated with inferior rollers, it is never worth it to buy from an unknown source.

Remember, it is inappropriate to ever use needles deeper than 0.3 mm or to use any skincare product that has not been recommended for you in conjunction with your needling.

A good quality roller will last 4-6 months depending on how often you use it, and will then need to be replaced as the needles become blunt over time with repeated use.

Begin your Microneedling journey by booking your first microneedling consultation at Skin Essentials by Mariga.

Call us on 053 9145981, email, or simply click the link below to book your treatments on online.

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