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LED facial – what does it do for your skin?

LED facial – why you need to add this amazing therapy to your clinical skincare routine. Anyone who has been to Skin Essentials by Mariga for a skin treatment is likely to know how much I love LED as a skin therapy tool! I have been combining LED into my treatments, both classic facials and advanced therapies such as microneedling, for ten years now.

Photo of client lying under the Celluma LED light therapy panel with the caption 'New Facial at Skin Essentials by Mariga The Light & Heat Facial treatment with TriPollar radiofrequency and LED light therapy'

Those of you who have already had LED facials with us will know how relaxing it is, and how your skin glows and feels incredibly smooth afterwards. But it is much more than a relaxing add on to a treatment. This simple seeming technology is working deeply in your skin to enhance cellular function that has an effect long after your facial is over.

So, what’s happening in your skin while you snooze under the panel? For the skin-geeky among you, here’s the science bit!

Light is applied to the face in a custom-chosen wavelength(s) between 400-830nm

Cytochrome C Oxidase is activated in the mitochondria and fibroblast activity is upregulated

Respiration, transcription factors, ATP energy production, angiogenesis, cell proliferation are upregulated while apoptosis (cell death) is decreased

Revitalised skin cell function and tissue repair manifest on the skin in visible results such as increased hydration, plumper skin, decreased lines, better colour. 

It is common to see an immediate result from your first LED treatment, particularly in terms of skin colour and smoothness but for lasting effects we recommend a course of 12 treatments taken at a rate of 2-3 per week when using LED as a stand alone treatment.

As part of a combined therapy such as bio therapeutic microneedling or light&heat radiofrequency therapy we use the LED in such a way as to enhance the effects of the principal therapy and results are seen from a single treatment.

Additionally, in a skin that is not suitable for hands-on treatment in the early stages of a corrective skin programme, for reasons such as hyper reactivity, you can benefit from LED as a gentle yet progressive skin therapy.

For more information or to book call us on 053 9145981 or visit our live booking page

 

Fixing my travel-tired skin – before and after pics

I’ve been doing a lot of travel for work lately and while it’s fun to see new people and places all the time, it definitely takes a toll on your face!

Yesterday I popped in to the opticians to look at the new stock (I LOVE buying glasses 😁) and took some selfies with a few styles on to look at later. Well! What I saw was tired, devitalised totally ancient-looking skin 😭 

Emergency repair works were needed immediately so I chose an EPM SmartMeso treatment, the fast-acting deep skin infusion therapy that infuses hyaluronic acid for hydrating and plumping, along with Vitamin C for revitalising, deep into the epidermis. 

Straight after treatment skin looks a little pink and can feel tight and warm but this morning I feel like I have a new (younger!) face.

I took a pic this morning with the same make up etc. that I had on yesterday and put them side by side to see the difference in just one day! 🥰 

What do you think? And should I buy those glasses I tried on??

I highly recommend this treatment if you need a quick skin pick-me-up.

Mariga x

 

Before and after pic of Mariga Sheedy from Skin Essentials Wexford showing the difference after one treatment, hydrated, radiant, softer

One SmartMeso treatment, one day apart

Read all the details here

Book it on special until the end of May here or call us on 053 9145981 / 086 3823608

This treatment is exclusive in Ireland to Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford.

New Skin Treatments for 2019

At Skin Essentials by Mariga we are always researching, learning and training to make sure that we are bringing you the very best in new skin treatments, as well as constantly updating our current offering to keep pace with industry developments worldwide. As you may know, Jane and I are just back from a week of extensive training and I wanted to bring you up to speed on what we were up to and let you in on the updates from the world of advanced non-invasive skincare.

List of new skin treatments coming to skin essentials by mariga clinic wexford in 2019 including lipofirmmed skin tightening, biodynamic lymph drainage massage, rejuvenation treatments for the skin of the neck, chest, oncology safe facials and skincare products, hormonal acne control

Although we do lots of training through the year, we find it really beneficial to do one intensive week where we can pack as much knowledge in as possible, meet the people who are making exciting changes in the beauty world, and connect with like-minded therapists. It’s just a bonus that this education takes place in the beautiful Desert Southwest of Phoenix, Arizona 😃

Every year we hear from expert formulators about what is new and emerging in the realm of skincare ingredients that we can potentially incorporate into our products and treatments (lots of new info on hormonal adult acne!), and then there are bonus workshops on different themes. This year that included learning from Becky Kuehn of Oncology Spa Solutions who has a passion for bringing oncology skincare to primary cancer care centres and training other therapists in this rewarding branch of our jobs. As I have been a qualified oncology skincare practitioner for a few years now, I was especially interested to hear the great work she is doing in the US and would love to see something similar happen in Ireland. We also enjoyed learning from Lori Crete, a renowned Beauty Business Coach on excellence in customer service and business practice and had an interesting talk from skincare formulator John Stanek, who finally managed to make me understand the concept of ‘heavy water’ as a skincare ingredient as opposed to a marketing term. His lecture on stem cells was also very interesting.

So what does all this mean for you, our lovely clients??

-More chemistry, bio-chemistry and physiology education always means a more micro-tailored treatment with predictable outcomes so every treatment we perform is enhanced every time we study the latest scientific discoveries.  But, you want to know what new treatments and/or products we brought back, don’t you? 😂

From this trip (and ongoing training we are undertaking here) you can expect the following from Skin Essentials over the next few weeks and months:

-A whole new suite of treatments aimed at rejuvenating the décolleté/chest area. Think reducing sun damage, plumping crepey and loose skin, eliminating sun spots, firming and brightening. From individual one-off treatments to refresh the skin of the chest to fully bespoke packages for dramatic rejuvenation, there will be something for you.

-Advancements in BioDynamic Lymphatic Drainage facial massage, relaxing, brightening and a Godsend for puffy skin.

-More oncology-safe facials

-The introduction of LipofirmMed Skin Tightening. Over twice the radiofrequency power of our current offering, this updated Divine Pro treatment can be done all over the face and neck for skin tightening and contour sharpening, or concentrated specifically on the neck and jawline for those of you who find that the neck area is your giveaway!

I think that’s enough to be going on with, don’t you?? As always we can tailor any treatment specifically for your needs so please reach out to us to find out how we can help you today.

Call us on 053 9145981, email info@skinessentialsbymariga.com

Some pics from our trip!

Learning & Networking

Food, drink & shopping too!

 

 

 

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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Photo of client having sartmeso skin revitalising infusion treatment skin essentials by mariga wexford

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Mariga x

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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.

Hydra collagen serum, skincare, skin essentials by mariga

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.

 

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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