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Primer – skincare or makeup? And do you really need one?

 

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I get asked so much about makeup, and the two biggest questions are to recommend a primer and a foundation.

So today I’m giving you my thoughts about primers – are they a skincare product or makeup? Do you really need one? What are they for? All is revealed below!

What are primers for?

Primers are a step between skincare and foundation. They are marketed as a type of ‘base coat’ to help your foundation go on smoother/ stay on longer/ perform better.

You would not use a primer if you were not going to apply foundation so they are categorised as a makeup product, not part of your skincare routine.

(Although pore blurring primers can be used on their own to create an optical blurring of large pores to give an overall smoother skin illusion).

Do you really need a primer?

It depends on what you are trying to achieve, primers are quite a personal choice really but here are my thoughts:

  • Silicone-based primers can be good for increasing foundation wear time on oily skin or reducing the appearance of large pores under makeup. BUT, if you had the correct skincare for your skin type and an appropriate foundation, this step still wouldn’t be necessary.
  • As far as making your makeup last longer, silicone-free formulas have some effect but again, look to WHY your makeup is not staying on.
    • Maybe you need a better or more appropriate foundation for your skin type?
    • You should get 8 hours wear out of any decent foundation with just a mid-day touch up of powder.
  • You have to be careful that the formula of the primer agrees with the formula of the makeup, for example a hyaluronic-rich primer will break down a water-based makeup very fast, take advice from your local makeup counter on this one, the sales assistants there should be trained in this with the brand they are selling.
  • Consider your foundation application techniques and make sure it is the best for the type of foundation you are using. Some formulas will perform best buffed in with a brush, some work better with a damp beauty sponge. Ask at the makeup counter when you are buying your makeup or experiment at home to see which works best for you.
  • I personally rarely use one, normal or normal to dry skin doesn’t require a primer and I think that the foundation should perform alone.

Note: spreading some foundations too thinly negates the elastic effect of the formula and the makeup won’t last, maybe try using a little more to see if this is the problem.

If you want to try one I recommend Camera Close Up from the brand This Works, it is low-silicone and perfume free, great for normal to dry skin.

For oily skin, one of the most popular among makeup artists is the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. This silicone-rich formula slows down the skin’s old from breaking up the foundation giving longer wear time.

I also like the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm a lot but wouldn’t use it regularly as it is perfumed unfortunately.

Great under-makeup products from Skin Essentials by Mariga – our Hydra Collagen Serum has a skin-optimal amount of hyaluronic acid that will give a smooth base under makeup without breaking down the formula.

Our SPF30 day cream is also perfect for under makeup, leaving no pilling or white cast due to our multiple-milled mineral sunscreen formula.

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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.

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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.

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Five things to do right now for younger looking skin!

You want brighter, smoother, clearer, healthier, younger looking skin, right?

And you want it to happen quickly and easily too?Antiageing, natural skincare, wexford clinic

Now, you know if you have been to this website before, have read my book or have watched any of my YouTube videos that there is no magic wand.

Great skin comes from doing lots of small things daily, not from fast fixes!

But there are some things that you can do to give your skin a quick boost of radiance in the short term while you wait for long-term results to kick in from your daily routine and clinical treatments. Here are my tips:

  1. Hydrate – Drink plenty of water or herbal tea today to replenish water from the inside to help get rid of dullness.
  2. Home treatment – Use your favourite mask or enzyme treatment for a fast, visible boost of brightness and smoothness. I recommend Enzyme Exfoliator for a brightening boost in just 10 minutes.
  3. Book a facial – Many of our facials can be adapted into an express 30 minute treatment perfect for a skin beauty boost before an event. Book online here.
  4. Sleep – If you have been boring the candle at both ends you KNOW that a good nights sleep will get you looking back to your best. Go to bed at nine o clock tonight – no excuses!
  5. Exercise to get oxygen and nutrients from the blood rushing to the skin to nourish and revitalise from the inside out.

Can we help you with any aspect of your skincare today? Maybe you have a question you would like us to answer? Or a skin issue that you would like to solve?

Get in touch on 053 9145981 or call in to us in our Wexford Town skin clinic. We are located just off Redmond Square, on Selskar Street. 

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Microneedling demo – watch me have the treatment done

Microneedling is our most requested treatment here at Skin Essentials by Mariga. It is also the one most people have questions about or don’t fully understand. I blame incorrect information on the internet for this – mostly for the idea that microneedling causes bleeding or is extremely invasive with a lot of downtime. In fact, bleeding is rare and isolated to areas where we have to work deeper due to scars. Needling for wrinkles, lines and age prevention is relatively non-invasive and much more comfortable than you would imagine. In the three minute video below you can see a snippet of me having the treatment done and get an idea of how easy it really is!

Microneedling is natural, safe, proven, suitable for almost everybody and my personal favourite Age Slowly treatment. Combine it with great, personalised homecare and regular maintenance facials for the ultimate in anti-ageing skincare. All our needling treatments include LED for an added boost of power and a relaxing treat after the microneedling.

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Advice on dealing with congested, bumpy skin

Mariga’s Top Tips for reducing congestion in your pores and skin

Congestion, bumpy skin texture, blackheads and whiteheads are a very common skin complaints.

I split them into two categories – surface congestion and deeper issues.

diagram of pore congestion types including acne, blackhead, whitehead, pustule

  • Surface congestion is when your skin feels rough with tiny bumps that you can feel more so than see.

This usually happens when your skin needs a little extra TLC such as after outdoor exposure like a sun or ski holiday, after illness has depleted your reserves of water in the skin, or during Winter when surface dehydration is common.

The simple fix for this problem is to do an Enzyme Exfoliation to boost your skin’s processes and smooth surface texture.

You can do this at home using a product such as our Enzyme Exfoliator or have a treatment with one of our skin therapists. This type of congestion is generally temporary and will be well on the road to gone after your first home or clinical treatment.

To prevent this kind of surface issue from occurring this winter have a look at my tips here.

  • Pore congestion is deeper and ranges from an occasional blocked pore such as a single blackhead through to multiple involvement of pores with open and closed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) with a bumpy, uneven texture over much of the face.

Often this texture is made worse looking by attempting to cover it with makeup.

Congested, bumpy skin can be ongoing if not treated properly with appropriate home-care and clinical treatments.

As there may be many or multiple causes unique to every person, a skin analysis is advised in this case to personalise advice and recommendations for you, but there are a few things you can do/use that will be common to most people with this skin issue.

  1. DO NOT try to extract blackheads, whiteheads or milia at home. It is easy to cause scarring, pigmentation and infection when you try to DIY it.
  2. Always cleanse gently, over stripping the skin with foaming cleansers, hot water, scrubs or too-frequent exfoliation will all cause dehydration and inflammation, a recipe to congestion and dry, bumpy skin.
  3. Drink plenty of water and get lots of good fats in your diet. Salmon, avocado and nuts all help. A healthy digestive system plays a huge part in healthy skin
  4. Have professional treatments to get you going. Acid peels, enzyme peels and/or extractions will be necessary to deeply clean and reboot the skin to prepare it to absorb and use active ingredients daily for prevention.
  5. Then move on to daily prevention.

Ingredients to look for in your products:

Salicylic Acid is the first ingredient to look for.

It is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) which is oil soluble, as opposed to AHA’s such as glucolic or lactic acids which are water-soluble.

Being oil-soluble, salicylic acid can make it’s way into pore and effect deep pore cleansing. From the Skin Essentials by Mariga range, choose Salicylic Cleanser which also contains zinc to reduce inflammation which can contribute to congestion too (pore swells when skin is inflamed, trapping debris), as well as skin-healing vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin A is a must for skin health regardless of your skin type or issues. It has extra benefits for congested skin as it speeds up cellular renewal, helping to minimise formation of blockages inside the pore.

From the Skin Essentials range choose from:

Blemish Control Cream for skin that has congestion AND acne.
Age Slowly Serum for skin that has mild congestion with a tendency to comedones.
Overnight Repair Cream for skin that is over 50 and still getting occasional breakouts or comedones.

Keep skin healthy and strong with the correct skincare recommended just for you

Keep skin healthy and strong with the correct skincare recommended just for you

Note: salicylic acid and vitamin A can be contra-indicated for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

For best advice on this or any medical issue always check with your doctor.

Have a skincare question? Call us on 053 9145981 or just drop into our skin clinic in Selskar, Wexford for advice.

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Five common skincare mistakes to avoid

There are some skincare mistakes that we all have made at some point in time!

Often this is out of a misguided sense of ‘more is better’ or because of persistent beauty myths that abound on the internet. (Don’t even get me started on the coconut oil fixes everything craze). Maybe you are trying something that is working for a friend and can’t understand why you are not getting the same results? Or you had a facial and don’t understand why it didn’t fix your skin? Below is my list of common skincare mistakes to avoid. Have you made these skin mistakes?

  1. Over Cleansing – gentle cleansing every night is enough. Over stripping will cause water/oil imbalance and lead to inflammation
  2. Over exfoliation – your skin is not a floor, don’t scrub it.
  3. Not giving a new product/treatment time to work – skin takes time to get into a state of disrepair, it will take time to rebalance it too. There is no magic wand!
  4. SPF is not just for summer – light, not just heat, damages you skin leading to premature ageing at the least. Use it 365!
  5. Guessing your skin type – no no no! Have your skin professionally analysed to make sure you are getting it right from the start and avoid adding to skin damage by using an inappropriate product for you.

Not sure whether you are making skin mistakes? Drop in to our skin clinic in Selskar, Wexford or call us on 053 9145981 to talk to one of our expert skin therapists who will be happy to advise you and get to started on the path to great skin.

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The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

The Skincare Rules by Skin Essentials founder Mariga Sheedy. Everything you need to know to get great skin, for life.

Avoid dry and dehydrated winter skin with these must-have products

Winter must-haves for beautiful skin.

Is it just me or does to seem like we have skipped autumn and landed straight into winter?
I find that I have already begun reaching for my winter skincare routine and thought I would share my must-haves for avoiding the winter dry-out with you early this year 🙂

See my top 5 products below, handily sorted by skin type to help you choose:

Image of the top five winter skin products from Skin Essentials by Mariga, Wexford

Winter skin must-haves: Mariga’s picks.

All skin types:
If you don’t use it already our Lip Comfort Balm is an absolute MUST if you suffer with dry lips. Use as often as you like but my tip is build it into your skincare routine and use it morning and night when you do your regular skincare routine. This is enough to prevent winter dry-out or to maintain lip hydration. If you are already dry you may want to use it several times a day until your lips are back to their best then go to twice-daily maintenance.
Colourless, non-sticky and non- shiny it’s a must for everyone.

Dry or sensitised skin (low oil production):                                                                                         If your skin tends to dry out in the winter once the temperatures drop and heating kicks in, then prevent winter tightness and itchiness by switching to Skin Comfort Cream day and night to deeply moisturise, prevent and soothe irritation and combat redness cause by exposure. Apply after your normal serum/facial oil but remember even though it’s winter, you still need SPF30 over the top during the day.

Dehydrated skin – dry or oily (lack of water retention in the skin):                                                       If dehydration  is your issue, you will experience fine lines, particularly around the tops of the cheeks, flaking or patchy skin. This skin needs help to retain water and hyaluronic acid is the answer. This hero ingredient binds water to itself resulting in a hydrated and plumped up skin. The Skin Essentials by Mariga product to choose is the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum. Use alone or mixed in with your regular serum to provide a shot of hydration.         Tip: I use this at night under my night cream because my day serum (Hydra Collagen Serum) already has some hyaluronic in it. Too much hyaluronic acid on your skin at once can cause your makeup to roll off. If you don’t wear makeup, no problem use it whenever you prefer.

Oily skin:
You can still get dehydrated (see above) if the water in your skin is evaporating too fast due to central heating or fires. If this is already happening use the Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost as above. To prevent dehydration and keep oily skin conditioned and healthy, but not greasy or shiny, use Hydrating Cream at night after your regular serum, and also during the day if you work in a dry heated environment. As always, you need SPF30 daily throughout the year.

Find all our products on our webshop here or call in to us in our Selskar Street skin clinic in Wexford Town for advice.