EPM – the end of facials?

The latest treatment launch from Skin Essentials by Mariga is EPM – a combination skin therapy designed to allow skin-boosting ingredients to cross the stratum corner (skin’s protective outer layer) in a minimally invasive way to get to the lower layers where they can hydrate, revitalise and plump up the skin layers from the inside out. Giving you incredibly hydrated, plump, dewy results that last.

I am so excited to introduce this brand new technology to Ireland, and I’m sure you are all going to love it as much as I do!

Skin cross section showing the layers and where smarted meso serum is delivered to the lowest epidermis using EPM facial mesotherapy alternative

The techie bit: Combining electroporation and microchip transdermal technology with cosmetic microneedling techniques, this is an advanced type of mesotherapy.

How is the EPM facial treatment different from traditional mesotherapy?  Traditional mesotherapy uses needles to deliver skin-enhancing ingredients to the lower layers of the skin. In this new, patented treatment the SmartMed microchip delivers the same results but in a less invasive way.

Electroporation utilises short bursts of electrical current to create temporary pathways into the skin cell membrane, increasing permeability and absorption potential. At the same time the nano needles deliver high grade Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C to be used by the skin as a revitalising and hydration medium, getting these skin-loving ingredients deep down where they can accelerate and enhance metabolic processes. the dermal reserve of the skin (where hydrating factors are found) is boosted resulting in visible radiance at the surface.

As a secondary effect, the microneedling element stimulates fibroblasts to produce collagen fibres at a higher rate, giving you long term anti-ageing benefits as well as the fast surface results gained from the EPM aspect of the treatment.

explaining smartmed smartness electroporation technology EPM in a tech box

If all this sounds like it is only for the brave, don’t worry! This treatment is quite comfortable to have, easier by far than traditional microneedling, as it does not go as deep. You will be pink afterwards and pretty much back to normal by the next day. The depth, intensity and speed of the application are all adjustable to each skin type and level of sensitivity.

I’m really excited about this treatment as it gives the results that you love from a hydrating facial but in a much deeper way, meaning the results last a lot longer even from a single session. Imagine that soft, dewy feeling you have straight after your facial, but every day! This exciting new technology even has me wondering if facials are going to become a thing of the past!!

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Hyaluronic Acid & Vit C Skin Infusions

Our brand new treatment – SmartMeso – is a dermal infusion of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, two of the top ingredients for a youthful, radiant, hydrated skin.

Here’s all you need to know about these essential skin ingredients and how they work to give you a healthy, glowing skin:

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin and a major component of the natural moisturising factor of the dermis, capable of retaining 1000 times its volume in water. The quantity and quality of the NMF contributes to giving skin its plumpness, resiliency and radiance. Hyaluronic Acid also contributes to collagen production as when it naturally breaks down in the skin the remnants are used to help build collagen fibres. Already a big player in your topical skincare, we can now get hyaluronic acid molecule intact to the lower layers using non-invasive mesotherapy infusions.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is not made by our bodies and therefore must be supplied to the skin. It is a water soluble antioxidant, and this means that it can work in almost all the reactions occurring in the cell. 

There is more to vitamin C than the  antioxidant (repair) side. Ascorbic acid is also a cofactor in the production of some amino acids, and it is required for the synthesis of collagen. Collagen is important not only for skin appearance, it is also involved in wound-healing and in preventing bleeding from capillaries.

Vitamin C  provides important protection against damage induced by UV light, improves skin elasticity, decreases wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis, reduces redness, promotes wound healing, reduces inflammation and suppresses melanin (dark pigment) synthesis.

dermal infusion of hyaluronic acid and vitamin c results in bullet point - pain free 84 percent increase in absorption non-invasive

Read all about our new SmartMeso Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C Infusions here.

The SmartMeso dermal infusion treatment gets these essential actives deep in the skin layers using electroporation microchip technology, where they can get to work immediately to hydrate and revitalise from the inside out. Each treatment takes about 35 minutes and is quite comfortable to have. You will be a little pink for a few hours afterward and from the next day you will see the results begin to show in softer, more radiant and hydrated skin that glows with vitality.

Perfect Partner:

The best product to keep up your effects at home is the Hydra Collagen Serum from Skin Essentials which, along with many other anti-oxidants, growth factors and hydrating ingredients, contains your daily dose of Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C (in the stabilised MAP format). Buy your Hydra Collagen Serum online here or pop in to pick one up from our Wexford Town clinic.

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Hydra Collagen Serum €68



Home treatment options for pimples, jawline breakouts or acne

I’m delighted to introduce some new options for treating all types of breakouts – at home!

From occasional pimples, through to persistent jawline or forehead breakouts or even full blown  acne we now have some home treatments available for you to use as a regular deep treatments to keep all types of breakouts under control. These home treatments are intended to act as a booster to your usual homecare products and to keep your breakouts controlled between salon visits.

And we have a very special introductory offer for you too!! 20% Off this month!

Our Skin Script acne products can deep-treat all types of acne from very mild to moderate with a simple home treatment from as little as once to twice per month. Read below to find out how it will work best for your type of breakouts.

Occasional/Monthly Breakouts

If you always get a breakout in the are place in the days before your period then we would recommend using the Glycolic and Retinol Pads on the area prone to breakouts 2-3 times in the week that you usually experience the breakouts. If your spots are more random and tend to be pimples on the surface more so than spots then simply use the Blemish Spot Treatment as needed.

Persistent Jawline / Forehead Breakouts

For those who experience persistent breakouts but only on one part of the face (jawline is the most common but it can be any single area), use the Glycolic Cleanser once per week on the affected area followed by Glycolic and Retinol pad. This is an average usage but you can adjust it over time to suit your skin, as much as twice per week or as little as twice per month depending on your own skin and severity of breakouts. For occasional larger spots use the Blemish Spot Treatment as needed.

Full face/teen acne

We can build you a daily regimen to help control your acne but as a twice-weekly treatment use the Glycolic Cleanser followed by the Glycolic and Retinol Pads.

For everyone

-Always use your home treatment at night and follow with your regular night time routine.

-Patch test all new products on the neck or behind the ear 24 hours before first use.

-Glycolic and retinol can both cause initial dryness, always start with once a week maximum to assess skin tolerance, it can be built up if needed to twice per week. Introduce ONE new product at a time only.

-These home treatments do not replace your regular homecare routine, they are intended as a booster to your daily care.

-Always use SPF daily as a last step in any skincare routine and especially where you are using highly active products that can make your skin more sun-sensitive.

These products are not available to buy through our webshop as we want to give personalised usage advice with all purchases, so on these products only we can take orders over the phone or by email, whichever you prefer. Or of course if you are local you can pop in!

Home treatment products:

Glycolic Cleanser: 192ml €30

Glycolic Cleanser

Glycolic and Retinol Pads: x 50 €25








Blemish Spot Treatment: 15ml €20

Blemish Spot Treatment

You may also like to try:

Sheer Protection SPF30 Day Cream: 60ml €29

Sheer Protection SPF30

Receive a special introductory discount of 20% off the above prices through April 2019 or while stocks last.

Remember you need to call us on 053 9145981 / 086 3823608 to order and pay over the phone or email info@skinessentialsbymariga with your selection and we will send you an online invoice to pay using your credit or debit card. This applies only to these home treatment products, all of our usual online shop products can be purchased in the usual way from our web shop.


EPM SmartMeso – hydrate, smooth and plump demo video and pics

I’m really excited to share some results of our new EPM SmartMeso treatments with you.

Launching on April 18th (11th for those of you on our VIP launch list, see below), the EPM SmartMeso treatment is all about deep, lasting hydration, plumping and dewy skin. Using a combination of electroporation and nano-needling we can infuse hyaluronic acid and vitamin c deep into the epidermal layers to work on the skin from the inside out.

Results are smoother, brighter, healthy looking skin with results that last much longer than a traditional facial.

On our model we were targeting the lower face in particular (although each treatment is full face, eye area and neck) as that is where she felt she needed some change. The slight creasing around the corners of the mouth were of particular concern to our model, along with general dehydration/dryness/dullness.

After just 2 sessions of the new treatment you can see the fabulous results and changes in the skin, all achieved in a natural way with little downtime.

close up of the mouth peri oral area before and after two treatments of EPM mesotherapy hyaluronic acid and vitamin c infusion at Skin Essentials by Mariga, skin is noticeably smoother, more even in colour and texture and hydrated and plumped.

Before and after 2 treatments

More than a facial, but without the downtime of more intensive procedures, each treatment course is tailored to your needs and can be taken as a single treatment in place of a regular facial for longer-lasting hydration, or as a course to deeply revitalise skin that has become dull, sluggish or neglected for any reason.

To get on our VIP list and access Early Bird Specials in advance of our official launch just pop your details in the box below and we will contact you when the specials are released!

Demo – New Dewy Skin Treatment from Skin Essentials by Mariga

Here is a quick clip of our lovely Anna having the latest deep hydration and radiance treatment from Skin Essentials. The SmartMeso EPM (electroporation microchip treatment!) launches on April 18th. To avail of our early bird offers you need to be on our VIP launch list – get the details here: https://skinessentialsbymariga.com/mesotherapy-hydration-electroporation-microneedling/ p.s. Newsletter subscribers – watch your inbox today for an exclusive look at Anna's before and after pics!

Posted by Skin Essentials by Mariga on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Product layering, choosing and using, some FAQ’s answered!

Here are some of our most common questions we get asked at Skin Essentials by Mariga.

See our latest FAQ’s below:

1. Are Skin Essentials products suitable for sensitive skin?

Yes, the whole ethos behind the product range is to create a line of products which are free from all known irritants. All Skin Essentials by Mariga products are free from fragrance, sulphates and colourants.

2. How do I know which products are right for me?

We love to see as many people as we can personally to analyse their skins needs and prescribe a tailored programme. Our advanced skin analysis service has been specially developed to comprehensively assess your unique skin problems and solutions.

For geographical or other reasons it is not always possible to visit the clinic so you will find a distance analysis form on the website for those who can’t. Just fill it out and we will take it from there.

Prefer to talk to someone? You can always just give us a call to discuss you skin concerns on 053 9145981.

3. When is the best time to apply my products?

Any time! The important thing is to use them; they won’t work in the bottle. We can make out a suggested homecare routine taking into account your available time, lifestyle and commitment level. It doesn’t matter whether you apply the products day or night except for SPF which must of course be used during the day and Overnight Repair Cream/ Age Slowly Serum/ Blemish Control Cream which must only be used at night.

4. In what order do I use them?

Thinnest to thickest is a good general rule. Serums are always applied to a freshly cleansed skin followed during the day by your SPF or at night by your treatment cream.

If using both water and oil based products, the water based one must be used first with any oily or creamy product layered on top. It is not necessary to wait between layers, Skin Essentials by Mariga products absorb and get to work very quickly.

5. When can I expect to see changes in my skin?

This varies between individuals and you will be given guidelines at your assessment, but generally speaking surface issues will be resolved within a couple of weeks, deeper changes such as stimulating sluggish oil flow or boosting collagen production take up to 3 months and acne and rosacea take at least three months to correct.

It is necessary to be patient, a lifetime of incorrect treatment takes time to correct but with compliance you will reap the benefits far into the future.

6. I’m following my regime but my skin feels dry, is this normal?

In the first few weeks of your new regime it is possible that your skin will go through a period of feeling dry or tight. This is usually due to the fact that most mass market skincare is full of surface conditioners such as silicones or mineral oil which sit on the surface of the skin and while they feel nice, they can’t change any cellular dysfunction.

Skin Essentials by Mariga products are designed to absorb fully, penetrating deeply into the epidermis where they can correct cellular function. Your skin will miss the ‘greasy’ layer it is used to at first but as your skin becomes hydrated from within, this feeling will go.

To make your skin feel more comfortable during this ‘withdrawal’ period I recommend layering your products onto a still-damp face after cleansing as this will lock in water. For those with very dry skin to start with I recommend using two drops of Skin Comfort Oil under your moisturiser until your skin is producing more oil by itself.

Also, this can be a sign that you are not drinking enough water so make sure you are getting your eight glasses a day.

For more information call us on 053 9145981. You can also shop our products online 24/7.

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Easy skin tag removal

Easy skin tag removal – exclusive in Wexford to Skin Essentials by Mariga.

Affecting both men and women, skin tags tend to be found mostly on the neck, torso and armpits although they can appear anywhere.

Skin tags are extremely common and it always surprises me that more people aren’t aware of how quick and easy it is to get rid of them!  If you are one of those just read my easy guide below and find out how we can get rid of your skin tag(s) – fast.

Small to medium skin tags:

Some people have just a single skin tag to be removed – from the size of a pin head to the size of a grain of rice fall into the small to medium category and I usually treat those with diathermy – using a short wave electric current on a tiny probe to dry out and ‘wither’ away this type of skin tag. It takes no more than 5 minutes, subject to a clean consultation, and generally a single session is all that is needed. For multiple small to medium skin tags we can do up to 15 minutes of treatment in a single session, taking off 10-20 depending on size. The smallest are gone immediately after treatment and the bigger ones fall off a few days later.

Skin tag removal on the nose, before and after

Skin tag removed and healing nicely – one week after removal

Large skin tags:

For larger skin tags, from a grain-of-rice size up to as large as a bean-sized lesion we usually use cryotherapy, or freezing off, to remove. Again, this is a very quick treatment and one session is generally all that is needed for a medium sized tag, the larger ones may need a second top-up after 3-4 weeks. Using cryotherapy treatment, the skin tag reduces in size and falls off within 7-10 days of treatment on average.

-We do a consultation with each client before a skin tag treatment to determine the best type for you (cost of consultation is fully redeemable against treatment).

-Both short wave diathermy and cryotherapy removal give scarless results, unlike removal with a scalpel.

-All colours of lesion, from pink through to red or brown are treatable.

-The more ‘attached’ the growth, the more likely it is to need a follow-up session.

-We will always advise you at initial consultation whether we think a single treatment will be enough or if we anticipate needing two sessions.

-Our diathermy and cryotherapy clinic days are Thursday 10-6.30, Friday 10-5.30  and Saturday 9-2.

Read more about diathermy and cryotherapy services from Skin Essentials by Mariga here

Questions? We are happy to answer your questions on skin tags or any other aspect of your skin. You can call us on 053 9145981 or drop in to us at our skin clinic in Selskar, Wexford Town.


Are you high risk for premature ageing?

Photo showing clasped hands of all skin colours to illustrate different skin colours and melanin density as regards sun or UVA UVB vulnerability. Blog post on premature skin ageing in light skin types by Mariga, Skin Essentials, Wexford, Ireland. Advice and tips in the article to combat melanin deficiency and ageing

Does your skin colour put you in the high risk group for premature ageing?

Skin can be classified according to colour/melanin density. The scale used in skincare to classify each skin colour is called the fitzpatrick scale and it divides skin colour into six categories called Fitz Types 1 – 6. Hair and eye colour are also taken into account when determining your fitz type.

We take your fitz type as a basic unit of information when determining suitability of treatment as it gives us an idea of how your skin will react to certain stimuli such as heat or light. We also combine your classification with lifestyle factors discovered at your initial consultation for example sun exposure, sunbed use and genetic factors such as presence of the red hair gene in your family, to help determine the level of biological ageing in your skin and therefore your potential for premature/slow/fast ageing.

Many native Irish people will have a Fitz type of 1 or 2. While these are often lovely, fine-textured skin types, unfortunately belonging to one of these groups also means that you (and me!!) are at a high risk for premature ageing of your skin.

But, knowledge is power, and once we know your skin’s vulnerabilities we can help balance them with the correct homecare and clinical treatments.

Homecare products especially suitable for Fitz 1 & 2:

  • Hydra Collagen Serum for anti-oxidant repair and prevention of ROS.
  • SPF30 – vitamins anti-oxidants.
  • Overnight Repair Cream, vitamin A plus anti-oxidants and plane oils to nourish, increase cellular turnover and repair damage. A real star performer in skin protection and anti-ageing.
  • If the skin is also dry incorporate Lipid Repair Concentrate to provide lipid-soluble nutrients and strengthen cell membranes

Clinical treatments ideal for slowing the premature ageing associated with Fitz 1 & 2:

  • Microneedling is your best friend here. If you are under 35 go for needling lite as a repair and prevention. It is combined with clinical ingredients to both stimulate and nourish cellular processes. From 35-45 we recommend Micro-fusion which combines cosmetic microneedling with epidermal infusions of actives such as plumping hyaluronic acid or energising vitamins. 
  • Over 45 or already showing the changes in colour, texture or wrinkling associated with premature ageing? Uplevel to one of our Divine Pro series of treatments for deep revision.

Other things you can do…these include all the basic sun safety steps such as ALWAYS using and reapplying SPF outdoors in sunshine, keeping out of the hottest hours, especially between noon and 3pm, wearing hats and long, loose sleeves and long trousers or skirts as much as possible. It is important for everyone to wear SPF even in winter but even more so for the low Fitz types as your skin will be more susceptible to UV damage. Remember, it is sun LIGHT that does damage, not just heat.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

Testing with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

Not sure what your Fitzpatrick Type is? We can assess it for you along with risk analysis for your holiday destination and repair/prevention advice. Call us on 053 9145981 to book your 30 minute consultation and start today to prevent premature ageing.

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