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Maintaining your great skin for longer

So you are happy with your skin right now,

Either because you have completed a course of advanced corrective facial treatments such as our Pyramid Facelift,

Or because you are one of the lucky ones who are starting early enough with great skincare habits to be able to work the ‘prevention is better than cure’ angle.

Either way, the situation is the same…you are happy with your skin and want to keep it that way.

It may be obvious, but the first consideration is your homecare. Get this right and you are a long way towards keeping your skin happy, healthy and youthful.

Failling to get this step right would be like going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned and then not brushing them daily at home! If you are not yet a Skin Essentials homecare client, or if you are and you want to check that your routine is still optimum for you, why not avail of our product matching consultation service with one of our experts, it’s free of charge!

Once your homecare is right, you can then start to consider maintenance facials. These are monthly or bi-monthly treatments – depending on your skin’s needs and your availability.

Our facials are custom blended for your skin every time and are not your usual ‘relaxing’ type facial.

While we can promise you that you will be blissed out by our signature facial massages, hot towel cocoons and delicious natural aromas, our custom facial treatments are primarily results-focused using custom combinations of enzymes, acids, plant botanicals and specialised machines.

Adding a regular facial to your skincare routine will extend the results of any corrective courses and dramatically slow down the ageing process – while being the treat in your month that you will look forward to the most!

Book a treatment online or call us on 053 9145981 for more info:

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We are hosting a Product Matching Day on Friday 16th November at Skin Essentials, Wexford. Booking is essential so call us on 053 9145981 to book your free consultation. Find out more about the event HERE.

Tips for sensitive & breakout prone skin

The onset of winter and the associated heating has an unbalancing and often drying effect on many skin types, but sensitive & acne prone can suffer more than most.

This is specifically aimed at those who have dry/occasional breakout prone skin, rather than oily or full-blown acne.

Because the air around us is drier at this time of year, at least indoors, the barrier of the skin can also become more dehydrated and compromised,

leading to increased reactivity, sensitivity and breakouts as your skin struggles to regulate itself while also keeping irritants out. Working on strengthening the barrier is of far more use in these cases than trying to deal with breakouts.

Keep your skin hydrated and happy, then the breakouts will lessen as a result. 

Try these tips:

  • Use oil cleansing instead of washes or lotions. This will help stop the barrier from drying out in the first place. 
  • Whatever cleanser you choose, avoid perfumes, sulphates and scented oils.
  • Do not exfoliate. You want to strengthen the skin, not scrape it away!
  • Increase internal and external hydration. Water, fruit and vegetables in your diet help hydrate as well as nourish, hyaluronic acid, essential fatty acids and lightweight creams are the ones to look out for (see suggested routine below).
  • Make sure everything that comes in contact with your skin is clean and free from any potential barrier-disrupting bacteria. This includes makeup brushes (wash weekly), facecloths (wash daily) and pillowcases (change at least twice a week).
  • Be careful of product transfer. Shampoo running down the sides of your face in the shower, perfume from your scarf transferring to your neck/jawline, hand cream being transferred to your chin if you lean on your hands at your desk – are all very common triggers for breakouts.

If your skin tends to have sensitive winter breakout behaviour the following products will help restore balance:

Hydrating Cream: light, non-greasy. Hydrates without clogging. Use under your SPF during the day or last thing at night after treatment serum.

Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost: Binds water in the upper layers of the skin. Use one pump day or night under other products in winter if your skin tends to dehydration.

Lipid Repair Concentrate: supplies all the lipids and essential fatty acids necessary to rebuild skin barrier and prevent the water loss that leads to sensitivity. Apply 1 pump at night. Follow with moisturiser for drier skin. (Use alone for combination/oily).

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Product Matching Event

There are soo many skincare ranges and products on the market.

From pharmacy to supermarket, salons, clinic and online, how can you be sure that you are getting the right products for your skin needs?

At Skin Essentials we are offering you a product matching service event on Friday 16th November.

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During a 15 minute personalised consultation one of our expert therapists will examine your skin, find out some details about you, your health, lifestyle and expectations before preparing a homeware recommendations chart tailored to your exact skin issues.

Whether your skin needs are for anti-ageing, rosacea/sensitised skin or you just want advice on keeping your skin at it’s best, this is the event for you.

Each consultation takes just 15 minutes and is free of charge. We will also gift you a free copy of Mariga’s book – The Skincare Rules – so that you can make sure that along with using your new products, you are getting lots of advice on taking the best care of your skin in every way.

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Appointments are limited and will be booked on a first come first served basis so let us know asap if you want to put your name down for this one day only event.

Call us on 053 9145981 to book your appointment.

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Red vein removal – FAQ’s

One of my favourite treatments to do is red vein removal on the face and neck.

Many people don’t realise first of all that it can be done at all and secondly how quick and easy it is.

I have put together the top red vein removal FAQ’s I get asked below. I hope you find it helpful.


What is it called – how do I find it on your menu?

Red vein removal, broken capillary treatment, short wave diathermy, electrodessication, cauterisation of broken veins. All the same thing 🙂 On our treatment list you will see it listed as short wave diathermy or red vein treatment.

Is it just for face?

I do work only on the visible veins on face and neck, sometimes upper chest. On the lower body the treatment is not as effective.

How long does it take?

It takes just seconds to treat a tiny capillary, up to a minute of treatment for a large spider vein. You can have just one large lesion treated or multiple capillaries in the same session. I treat up to 15 minutes in a single session which will allow for treating 20-30 capillaries depending on size. Each session is tailored for your own skin’s needs, tolerance level and sensitivities.

How many treatments will I need?

Tiny capillaries will disappear after one treatment in most cases. medium to larger ones will need 2-3 treatments. Fading of all size capillaries is achieved from the first treatment. Few people need more than 3 sessions taken in the space of 3-6 months. This is based on having an average distribution of visible capillaries on the nose and cheek area.

Are there any contraindications?

As always, there are some. You will be restricted if you have diabetes, are taking certain medications such as blood thinners or have undergone certain surgeries. We take a full consultation to determine suitability prior to treatment.

Can any other skin irregularities be treated in the same way?

Yes, this technology can be used in the same manner on lots of different types of benign skin lesions from milia to skin tags, sebaceous hyperplasia and round red ‘hot spots’ to name a few.

See more details and our current pricing here or call us on 053 9145981 for details.

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Best Home Products To Use After Pyramid Facelift

The popularity of our new suite of Divine Pro treatments has absolutely blown us away!

Particularly the Pyramid Facelift which combines three exclusive technologies to tighten skin, decrease wrinkles and scars, lift contours and smooth uneven texture. 

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Now that you have your incredible, youthful new look, the next step is to make sure that you are maintaining it with the best home products.

As you know, I always say that skincare routines are very personalised and will vary a lot from one skin to the next, but there are some common factors that you will need to address using specific ingredients when anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle and skin smoothing is your goal. The best home products will contain:

  • Peptides
  • Epidermal Growth Factors
  • Vitamins, especially A,C,E
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • SPF30

Find these in the following anti-ageing basics from Skin Essentials by Mariga products:

Hydra Collagen Serum

Containing collagen peptides, epidermal growth factor, vitamin c, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid. This is a must-have for the synthesis and maintenance of strong collagen fibres. Apply all over face and eye area daily under SPF30 Day Cream.

SPF30 Day Cream

Combines a UVA+UVB sunscreen with daily moisturising, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E plus lots of repairing anti-oxidants. 

Lipid Repair Concentrate

A bio-identical blend of natural oils and essential fatty acids, this velvety facial oil will replenish depleted natural lipid levels and stimulate healthy oil flow in any skin that is fragile, dry or dehydrated. Use at night alone or under your night cream.

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Find these products online and in our Wexford clinic at Skin Essentials by Mariga:

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Décolleté Treatments from Skin Essentials

D̩collet̩ Treatments from Skin Essentials Рskin rejuvenation for the upper chest

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D̩collet̩, chest, cleavage area Рwhatever you call it, the issues are usually the same.

As this is an area that gets a lot of sun over the years, your décolleté can let you down in terms of accelerated skin ageing.

We generally don’t look after this area with skincare the way we would the face and neck and you can be left with dry, creased and uneven coloured or textured skin on your upper chest that can really give the game away when it comes to wearing anything even remotely low cut – never mind strapless!

Other skin issues that can affect the chest area are red veins, skin tags and pigment spots.

Are you one of the many women who avoid plunging necklines like the plague when shopping for a party or event dress – and doesn’t that really narrow your choices?! Well you don’t have to restrict yourself any more. If you are bothered by any of the above then read on to find your simple, fast solution from Skin Essentials by Mariga.

Décolleté Treatments:

Age spots, sun spots – Simply removed with cryotherapy in a very quick treatment. Give yourself 3 weeks before a big event to heal completely! From €75

Red veins, skin tags, milia – We use diathermy electrodessication to remove these nuisance lesions (in the case of large skin tags we recommend cryotherapy instead, see above). From â‚¬80 

Uneven texture, rough or bumpy skin – We have several treatments for this issue depending on severity. From a firming enzyme add on during your regular facial (€25 as an add on) or a customised acid peel (from €70) to TriFractional skin resurfacing using combined microneedling and radio frequency energy (€300) we have solutions for every need and budget. Call us to arrange your free consultation to determine which is best for you.

Crepey, lined and sun damaged skin – From a course of six of our brand NEW LipofirmMed radiofrequency décolleté treatments (€500 in a package price) which will smooth out lines for long-term results to a Pyramid Decollete Treatment (€395) for deeper lines and sun damage-related issues, we can design the treatment or course of treatments just for you.

See all our treatments here or call us on 053 9145981 / 086 3823608 to discuss a bespoke package for you. Our Wexford Town Skin Clinic is centrally based in Selskar, just off Redmond Square.

Should you use your skincare products on your chest too?

This is a personal choice of course, keeping this area rejuvenated and smooth is definitely easier in the long term if you use skincare products daily.

What do I recommend?

SPF30 during the day any time the skin of the chest is exposed – even if it’s winter or you are mostly inside! If your skin is covered then use a nice quality unscented body oil or lotion.

Age Slowly Serum – use one pump of serum over the upper chest area at least three times a week at night, daily for deeper revision.


Does your face look younger than your neck?

Does your face look younger than your neck?

If so, you are definitely not alone.

We get many inquiries at our Wexford Town Skin Clinic as to what can be done for neck rejuvenation.

I think that there are a couple of main reasons so many people are having this issue:

  • Gravity vs Technology.
  • Botox/Fillers in the face.
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Seeing this screen grab of Sonia O’Sullivan on TV recently inspired this post!

Up to now there has not been much on the market to combat the effects of gravity on the jowl area, under the chin and sides of the neck. This is where looseness appears first and it used to be practically impossible to correct without surgery.

Thankfully we now have non-surgical technology that can have a huge and lasting impact on the skin of the neck. From a gentle tweak on the first signs of ‘slippage’ using TriPollar radio frequency and DMA jawline lifting, to intensive correction using a blend of TriPollar and Pyramid Facelift technology we can create the perfect package for your needs and achieve visible, lasting results without surgery. 

The same techniques and technology apply to those who have noticed that anti-wrinkle and filler injections in the face have begun to leave them with a noticeable discrepancy between the age appearance of their face and their neck.

It is painful, costly and not always do-able to extend these treatments to the neck area so TriPollar and DMA is a fantastic option now available.

Remember, Skin Essentials by Mariga is the first in Ireland with this technology and you will not get this anywhere else in Wexford.

More about our exclusive non-surgical radoiofrequency and fractional technologies including before and after pictures, celebrity clients and pricing.

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