At Skin Essentials we practice the principles of corneotherapy.


The core philosophy of Corneotherapy is that the integrity of the stratum corneum and skin barrier defense systems are maintained at all times.

Corneotherapy , pioneered by world famous American dermatologist Dr. Albert Kligman, is a skin care concept based on repairing the stratum corneum (uppermost skin layer) and therefore improving the function of the skin barrier. A healthy and functioning skin barrier provides overall protection against water loss and associated impaired enzyme activity and the penetration of germs, allergens,irritants and radicals. This protection supports a gradual reduction in inflammation and other skin problems as the external causative agents are repelled by an intact skin barrier. The long term effects of corneotherapeutic treatment with the appropriate skin care products results in a healthy skin barrier without side effects.
The basis of corneotherapy has three core concepts:
• Prevention – for preventive corneotherapy, it is essential to avoid skin care products with harmful substances such as irritants and allergens, to select appropriate skin care ingredients, and to individually adapt skin care products to specific skin conditions.
• Protection – an important result of professor Kligman’s studies is the finding that appropriate moisturising ingredients and lipids will not only support the integrity of the stratum corneum but also support the regeneration of deeper skin layers. In addition, recovery of the skin barrier will promote protection against premature ageing and other skin conditions.
• Individualized Care – components of corneotherapy include a precise analysis of the skin and an individually adapted skin care system based on that analysis. The result is a modular system with a combination of base creams and skin care agents that allow the corneotherapist to truly customise a programme for each individual that responds to their changing skin conditions.
One of the major advantages of Corneotherapy is that it is largely free of side effects in comparison with a treatment with topical pharmaceuticals

At Skin Essentials by Mariga every treatment you receive is completely blended for your skins exact needs on that day.