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Thursday Night Skin Treats

Happy Thursday everyone!

We have these fabulous skin treats in store to binge on that we know you’ll love…

Hyaluronic + Moisture Boost AND Hydra-Collagen Serum

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The first on our Thursday Night Skin Treat duo is…

Hyaluronic + Moisture Boost Serum (U)

This is our ultimate serum to combat the earliest signs of ageing.

We recommend using this highly-concentrated blend of hyaluronic acid and collagen peptides both morning and evening on clean, damp skin for plumping, hydrating and age-proofing the face and eye areas.

Then as an extra little boost to revitalize your skin…

Hydra-Collagen Serum (C)

Hydra Collagen Serum is our anti-ageing serum choice.

This is 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.

We highly recommend using this serum daily under your day or night cream.

This mixes beautifully with the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost serum above for skin that needs some revitalization! 

Find these skincare products both online and in our Wexford clinic. 

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New and improved formula – Daily Nutrient Serum is now Essential Nutrient Serum

New Essential Nutrient Serum from Skin Essentials:

Daily Serum is now more concentrated and paraben-free

Close up pic of 30ml Daily Essentials Nutrient Serum from Skin Essentials by mariga, wexford. Airless pump bottle for sensitive, oily or dehydrated skin

Summary: Daily Nutrient Serum has been replaced by the more concentrated Essential Nutrient Serum which gives all the benefits of DNS, but with added high-powered anti-oxidants for cell protection and anti-ageing, and added anti-inflammatory for cell protection and repair and anti-ageing AND anti-redness, phew!

Active Ingredients in new serum NOT in Daily Nutrient Serum:

Fucoxanthin
(increases collagen synthesis and UV protection) Fucoidans are sulfated polysaccharides with structures that depend on the plant source and growing conditions.

Applied to the skin, fucoidan will increase the density of collagen bundles, decrease activity of proteases (enzymes that break down dermal proteins), increase scavenging of free radicals and increase cell proliferation.

These effects would be mediated through increased expression of ß1-integrin and may also help with wound healing.

Astaxanthin
Because of its particular molecular structure, astaxanthin serves as an extremely powerful antioxidant.

It has a very effective quenching effect against singlet oxygen, a powerful scavenging ability for lipid and free radicals and effectively breaks peroxide chain reactions.

Carotenoids are effective at low oxygen concentrations, complementing the activity of vitamin E which is effective at higher oxygen concentrations.

Astaxanthin has also been shown to enhance and modulate the immune system. The antioxidant and immunomodulating activities, in combination or separately, may reduce the acute inflammation reaction that follows excessive exposure to UV radiation for the skin and tissue just beneath the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid
Included instead of sodium hyluronate, the bigger molecule holds more water and binds water in the upper layers of the epidermis. Will not draw water from lower epidermal layers in dry air.

The formula is now water-free so no parabens (more concentrated)

  • Ingredients in DNS NOT in new serum
  • water, parabens
  • Laminara Japonica extract
  • Arthrospira
  • Sea kelp extracts
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    (See above)

Essential Nutrient Serum is a more concentrated, more anti-inflammatory and more anti-oxidant serum than Daily Nutrient Serum.

It still has the water-based daily nutrients such as peptides, coconut endosperm, and anti-irritant bisabolol.

The hyaluronic acid bigger molecule makes it more moisturising and a little thicker.

Suitable for:

  • Younger skin
  • Men after shaving
  • Change to other serum once ageing becomes a concern
  • Better for acne anti-inflammatory
  • Use for younger rosacea where anti-ageing not yet needed

Rosacea – a surprising treatment

One rosacea treatment that I have found to help greatly with controlling the visible symptoms of redness, flushing and bumpiness is microneedling.

It may seem counter-intuitive at first that stimulating the skin with micro-fine needles can actually calm the symptoms of rosacea but it does exactly that.

It works by stimulating collagen production in the dermal layer of your skin which strengthens and thickens both the dermal and epidermal layer.

This means that the skin is more resistant to the triggers that cause the redness and flushing normally associated with rosacea.

Over time it also reduces the rough and bumpy texture that some forms of rosacea produce. If you have breakouts with your rosacea then you can still have microneedling but only at times when the skin is calm, not during an episode of breakouts.

A course of three is recommended to see best results (6 if you also have deep lines or acne scarring) and these are taken 4 weeks apart. You will also need to use appropriate homecare to complement and boost your treatments.

This will be recommended for you based on a consultation before treatment begins.

All of our bio-therapeutic microneedling treatments include a personalised 30 minute LED phototherapy session which is very beneficial for rosacea-prone skin, helping to further calm inflammation and speed up healing.

You can begin slowly by using a home roller and this is also beneficial during and after a course of clinical microneedling to maintain skin benefits.Microneedling, home roller system, rosacea, skin essentials wexford

Read more about our exclusive bio-therapeutic needling here or call us on 053 9145981 for more details.

Remember, this treatment is exclusive to Skin Essentials by Mariga, you won’t find it anywhere else!

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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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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

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.

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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!

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If you are expecting and have any questions about your skin or products please give us a call on 053 9145981 or email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com, 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.