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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!

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Brilliant review from Life+ Magazine

We are so delighted to have received this fantastic review from Nicola, the editor in Life+ Magazine.

Our wonderful therapist Jane, preformed our renowned facial on Nicola…

“Had the best facial yesterday with skin Skin Essentials by Mariga in Wexford Town. The care and expertise I was afforded by Mariga and Jane was second to none and my skin feels and looks amazing. They even carry their own range of products and every client gets treatments specifically catered to their needs. I highly recommend. 

 #skincare #beauty #skincareproducts#selfcare #youreworthit

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If you’re looking to treat yourself to a relaxing facial by one of our Skin Essentials team, simply click the button below to book a treatment online. 

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Find out what our other happy clients had to say about us on our testimonials page…

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Skin consultation or analysis – which is right for you?

What is a skin consultation and how is it different from a skin analysis?

We offer two very distinct options for our first-time clients. You can have a skin consultation or you can have a skin analysis.

So how do you know which you need?

A consultation is used to determine the answer to one question. For example, you might have a blemish such as pigmentation patch or some milia and would like to know if and how we can treat that for you.

Another type of consultation is to have one of our professionals assess your skin in order to match you to the correct Skin Essentials home-care products for your skin’s needs. These are quick consultations for our therapists to perform and are free of charge.

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A skin analysis on the other hand is an in-depth look at the past history of all influences on your skin, such as medical, genetic, cosmetic and lifestyle factors, along with examining your skin under various scopes and taking digital readings of various markers in the skin structure to determine why your skin is presenting the way it is today.

This analysis is used to develop a plan of action including clinical treatment, lifestyle changes and home-care in order to correct a skin condition or multiple conditions such as premature ageing, skin inflammation, rosacea, acne breakouts or general sluggish, dysfunctional skin.

Do you:

  • Have a specific question about a lesion, skin condition or treatment?
  • Wonder if a particular treatment is suitable for your skin concern?
  • Have a medical condition that you think might make you unsuitable to a treatment or product?
  • Then just pop in to us for a 5-10 minute chat and we will be happy to advise you on the next steps to take.

You don’t need an appointment on weekdays to pop in for quick chat but on Saturdays you do! We are always happy to answer a question for you and there is no charge for dropping in to ask us anything!

Do you:

  • Have no particular skin problems but want to start with preventative anti-ageing
  • Want to start a new skincare routine for general skin health skin but don’t know what you should be using.
  • Then just call us to arrange a free-of-charge product matching service, where we will examine your skin, take a brief medical overview to determine contra-indications and prepare a recommended home-care regime for your needs. This takes just 15 minutes and in done in the privacy of one of our consultation rooms.

Do you:

  • Have problematic skin that is never ‘just right’
  • Tend to react to products or treatment
  • Find yourself ageing suddenly or having any other sudden change in the overall appearance of your skin
  • Suffer from rosacea, acne or overly sensitive skin
  • Have acne scarring

Then you need a skin analysis to determine why this is happening so that we can catch triggers at their source to effect real change in the skin’s behaviour and appearance, not just treat symptoms as they appear which only gives short-term results.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

Testing hydration with our PDM skin diagnostic machine.

A close up of the stratum corner seen through our skin scanner - what does yours look like??

A close up of the stratum corner seen through our skin scanner – what does yours look like??

Online Assessments

We also offer online assessments which combine elements of consultation/analysis. Along with determining skin type, condition, unique triggers and your concerns, we use a precise questionnaire to create a digital profile.

These answers are combined with photo assessment and follow-up calls or emails to craft a bespoke homecare plan to address your skin needs and concerns.

Mariga pioneered this unique online skin clinic and Skin Essentials were the first in Europe to bring this service to distance clients who we have been successfully treating since 2010. Cost €65.

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Upgrade your facial and your results with BLD – new to Skin Essentials by Mariga

Biodynamic Lymphatic Drainage facial massage, new to the Skin Essentials Wexford  luxury facial menu. You will love this as much as we do – guaranteed!


Biodynamic lymphatic drainage is a manual technique employed to assist the natural lymphatic system of the face, neck and chest to flow easily and naturally. This keeps the contours of the face sharper and gives a beautiful, natural, lit- from-within glow to the skin.

Skin Essentials are currently only skincare clinic in Ireland offering biodynamic lymphatic drainage facials. All of our therapists have studied this beautiful modality with international expert educators.

BLD facials work on different levels of the skin, it’s structures, and also on the senses.

The first and most superficial effect is one of surface exfoliation which happens naturally as the skin is warmed and massaged during treatment. The increased circulation resulting from the specialised massage brings nutrients and oxygen to the cells resulting in an increased radiance and that lit from within glow that we are constantly chasing and trying to fake with make up! Finally, and most importantly, the specialised massage techniques combined with the intuitive energy of biodynamic lymphatic massage assists the flow of lymph around the face, draining down through the lymph nodes of the lower face and neck and draining into the terminus of the clavicle area.

The result? A softer, smoother, plumper skin with beautiful radiance, a boosted immune response, sharper facial contours and unbelievable levels of relaxation.

This exclusive treatment can be taken as a stand-alone facial treatment, as part of a series for longer-lasting results, or can be incorporated into any of the skin essentials customised facials.

You can request this treatment modality when booking your customised facial or we may recommended it as part of your treatment once we have examined your skin and determined your needs before your facial.

We love this treatment so much and believe that everybody should experience the results for themselves. We think this is the best luxury facial we have ever offered, so much so that we include it as part of the standard priced facial service – that’s right, an upgraded facial at no extra charge!

While everyone can benefit from BLD massage treatment, at Skin Essentials we particularly love performing this treatment on people who have difficulty sleeping, or who do not relax well in general, as we enjoy hearing your snores during treatment! 

Ask about this new upgrade next time you are having a facial at Skin Essentials clinic, Selskar, Wexford.. Not booked in for your next facial yet? Click the button below to fix that right now or call us on 053 9145981!

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The classic Skin Essentials Facial – what makes it so special?


Sometimes we can get so caught up in all of the wonderful advanced treatments and technology that is available to us to help us Age Slowly that it’s easy to forget the blissful treatment that is the classic, relaxing facial.

Far from being outdated, at Skin Essentials we keep the classic facial updated with the latest technology to give you maximum results while you rest and relax. It’s why we were a winner of RSVP magazine’s Best Facial!Relaxing Facial image from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford

Benefits of a Skin Essentials classic facial:

-Deep cleansing prevents and treats congestion, getting rid of any ‘bumpy’ feeling under the skin.
-Acid or enzyme treatments helps rebalance any water/oil movement issues, tackling dehydration, patchiness and rough texture.
-Massage increases circulation, reducing puffiness, increasing nutrient exchange and oxygenation of the skin tissues for brightness, radiance and sharper contours.
-Masks calm, nourish and ‘settle’ the skin’s pH, restoring comfort and suppleness
-Pampering and relaxation promote an all over deep feeling of relaxation and wellbeing..
-When you treat your skin with regular facials, we can keep any historical issues in check, while preventing seasonal changes such as dehydration or sensitivity and dramatically slow the formation of lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.

How often should you have a facial?
Ideally, every 4-6 weeks for maximum effect but no less than one every three months to balance seasonal changes. If you go beyond three months you are losing the maintenance effect of your facial and reverting to corrective treatments, effectively treating symptoms and effects instead of maintaining constant balance.

What special about a Skin Essentials facial?
-All of our 45 and 60 minute facials include a blissful, relaxing hot stone neck, shoulder and décolleté massage.
-Warm blankets, low level lighting (or just candlelight if you prefer) and the patented ‘comfy client’ memory foam ergonomic treatment bed ensure complete comfort.    

  -We will never leave the room during your treatment, if you pay for 60 minute treatment, you get 60 minutes of continuous treatment!
-Prefer low, loud, or no music? Let us know, we will adjust it for you.
-Choose the heat level of the room to suit your comfort preferences.    

  -Advanced modalities ‘push’ active compounds deep into the epidermis, giving longer-lasting results than a spa-type facial.    

  -Our therapists are all from multi-discipline backgrounds and have education and experience in scientific skincare, various holistic therapies as well as cosmeceutical treatments, so can tailor a treatment to suit your exact skin needs, as well as customising healing therapy during each appointment.

Book your lovely relaxing facial now by calling us on 053 9145981, drop in to our Selskar Street clinic in Wexford Town, or book online using the button below. We also offer Gift Vouchers for all of our treatments. Enjoy!

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Clinical vs Home Microneedling

It won’t come as a surprise to know that microneedling is my favourite anti-ageing treatment as I talk about it so much here on the blog and across all my social media channels!

The reason that I recommend it so highly is because it is natural, it works on all skin types and it can be used at any age and stage of ageing to prevent, and reduce, lines, wrinkles, loosening skin and all general visible signs of ageing.

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

Read all about our exclusive Bio-therapeutic needling programmes

I always advise my needling clients to use a home roller along with their clinical treatments. The two are very different and are used for separate but complimentary outcomes.

Clinical needling is deeper (up to 1mm) and has some downtime of redness associated with it, usually 1-2 days. It is used to deeply stimulate skin structures, notably fibroblasts, to increase their output and act like younger cells. We focus on the correct depths to increase collagen production which in turn and over time tightens, brightens and firms the skin.

Home needling is a much shallower treatment, .25-.3mm maximum. This depth affects only the top layer of the epidermis and allows for deeper penetration of your products for maximum absorption and results from your recommended homecare routine. It also acts like a ‘reminder’ to the fibroblasts of the clinical treatments and furthers collagen production started in the treatment room. Twice a week at home is great and it takes just 5 minutes. Ideally, use our Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum with your home roller for a hydration boost. And remember, always buy your rollers from a reputable source! (We sell them here). Cheap online versions of anything are generally cheap for a reason. Never compromise with your skin, it has to last you a lifetime.

Read all about our exclusive Bio-Therapeutic Needling programmes for younger skin here

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Hyaluronic acid – how it works to plump up the skin.

I think everyone knows by now how great hyaluronic acid is for plumping up the skin, fighting dehydration and minimising lines and wrinkles. But did you know that it also works deeper in the skin and in a longer-term manner by directly impacting the production of youth-fibres such as collagen and improving the quality of the skin progressively over time?

Hyaluronic acid works on every layer of the skin from superficial to deep in different ways. It can be introduced in to the upper layers of the epidermis via a serum such as our Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost where it will bind water to itself to revitalise, plump and banish dehydration. This is a daily dose of hyaluronic acid and will be used up by the skin in approximately 24 hours so you must reapply daily.

Hyaluronic acid can also be implanted deeper into the skin structure to fill deeper lines via dermal fillers. These can be administered by injectable or needle-free methods and will last for a minimum of several months. This is a different type of HA, a cross-linked version, that takes much longer to break down. It fills the spaces between cells to cushion them and breaks bonds between the skin layers that flatten over time causing wrinkles on the surface.

This little video shows just how HA works under the skin to keep us all looking younger!

Hyaluronic acid mechanism of action. Source: Multideditora. Skin Essentials by Mariga Wexford, dermal filler

Hyaluronic acid mechanism of action. Source: MultiEditora

Call us on 053 9145981 or drop in to our Selskar Street skin clinic in Wexford to see what hyaluronic acid products or treatments we have to best suit your skin.


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