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Barrier Disruption – dry, dehydrated, irritated skin. (The lockdown effect).

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The lockdown effect – Barrier disruption is not something new, in fact it is one of the first conditions we treat almost every new client for, before we can go on to addressing other concerns such as ageing.

Without an intact skin barrier practically all the skin processes will be disrupted leading to one or more of the following:

  • Dehydration and dryness
  • Increased redness and sensitivity
  • Breakouts of tiny, sore pimples
  • Slow healing
  • Dull, sluggish skin

Now that we have all been in lockdown to some level for a couple of months I am beginning to hear from you that some of these issues are popping up despite following your homecare routine as normal.

But these are not normal times, the other factors that influence your skin are changing to various degrees so to keep your skin balanced we need to change up your homecare just a little to keep up.

Here are some of the things that are affecting almost everyone’s skin barrier right now:

  1. Stress! The biggest one. Worrying about your loved ones, especially those that are most vulnerable is very stressful on your mind and body.
    • The disruption in hormone balance brought about by stress has a direct effect on your skin. We are all also concerned about how our jobs will be affected, many have small children at home and others have no outside space in their homes to escape to. Is it any wonder our skin is acting up?!
  2. Sugar, whether from letting the healthy diet slide while we all bake unaccustomed amount of cakes or the weekend glass of wine becoming a daily un-winder right now, for most of us our diet has changed to some degree.
    • This shows on the skin as inflammation, redness, puffiness and eventually accelerated ageing.
  3. Hair products. Root touch up sprays, home colour, extra hairspray to try to control our fast-growing-out hair along with dry shampoos can have the effect of irritating the scalp and along the hairline, leading to sore spots, dehydration and irritation.
    • Do your best to keep these products away from the face, especially taking care along the forehead, if possible.

To get your skin barrier strengthened up again there are a few steps you can take. Obviously, try to minimise any of the above triggers that apply to you.

Next, give your skin a break from all active products except the ones that are especially designed for barrier repair. In the Skin Essentials range this means stopping all your water-based serums and Overnight Repair Cream (the most active products) for a week and using the barrier repairing products intensively (Lipid Repair Concentrate, Skin Comfort Cream, Skin Comfort Cleanser) for those days.

The aim is to give the skin cells a break from all processes except those that will rebuild your skins natural protective outer barrier. Once that has been restored you can revert to your usual routine. Here is what your routine would look like during an intensive barrier repair phase:

THE BARRIER REPAIR METHOD

Morning:

  1. Rinse with warm water and microfiber cloth, no cleanser.
  2. Mix one pump of Lipid Repair Concentrate with one pump Skin Comfort Cream and massage gently into the skin.
  3. Apply SPF30

Evening:

  1. Cleanse with Skin Comfort Cleanser, remove with microfiber cloth
  2. Mix one pump of Lipid Repair Concentrate with one pump Skin Comfort Cream and massage gently into the skin.

For most temporary skin barrier disruption a week of the above should get you back on track, for a more severe disruption we would advise you to stick to it for a month before reintroducing your other products.

Does this sound like your skin? To help make it easy for you to get back on track I have put together all the products mentioned above in a bundle at a special price while stocks last.

Of course, all of the products are available individually from our webshop if you already have some of them at home, and we are continuing our free shipping for all orders over €50 with the code FREESHIP50 until we are open again.

Is your skin acting up? Let me know if I can help you or answer any questions, just get in touch on 086 3823608 or info@skinessentialsbymariga.com and I’ll be happy to help.

Mariga x

Winter-onset dehydration

Dehydration (or Impaired Enzyme Activity to give it it’s proper name) is something that can occur seasonally even if you normally have hydration-balanced skin

Most of the impaired water/oil balance that I see in clients in winter is due to increased heat and the exposure to the dry air that creates, causing water to evaporate too quickly from the skin. 

Flaky, itchy, reactive problems are often a sign of this as enzymes in the skin don’t have enough water to carry out their daily functions. 

It shows as sudden fine lines appearing on the face, often noticeable in straight lines around our eyes and cheeks. This is due to the temporary loss of water from the upper layers of the skin.

Being sick, particularly with a raised temperature will also cause a temporary loss of water. Simply drinking more good fluids will soon restore this balance in a healthy, functioning skin if you act quickly enough.

If the problem is allowed to continue for a period of time then some simple changes to your daily skincare routine will help get you back on track.

  • Drink more water. This is the number one thing you can do for skin health.
  • Protect your skin from the outside with nourishing facial oils; look for ingredients like rosehip seed oil, shea butter, ceramides, squalane, jojoba seed oil, avocado seed oil, pomegranate seed oil. Our Lipid Repair Concentrate is the perfect choice for repairing your water/oil balance.
  • Avoid alcohol, stress and direct heat and processed foods as much as possible.
  • Always be gentle with your skin, especially if it is a little fragile. Avoid over-exfoliation and any skincare products containing fragrance or sulphates.

 

Fun fact: too much water can lead to dehydration!!

While the skin is great at absorbing water, it’s not great at holding on to it. As the skin softens on prolonged contact with water, like during a long bath, its barrier weakens leading to water loss and dehydration, so luxuriating in the bath too often really will leave you looking like a prune!

For really deep, lasting hydration, check out our new hyaluronic acid and vitamin C infusion treatment. It’s a fast AND lasting rehydration boost to get you back on track quickly.

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New and improved formula – Daily Nutrient Serum is now Essential Nutrient Serum

New Essential Nutrient Serum from Skin Essentials:

Daily Serum is now more concentrated and paraben-free

Close up pic of 30ml Daily Essentials Nutrient Serum from Skin Essentials by mariga, wexford. Airless pump bottle for sensitive, oily or dehydrated skin

Summary: Daily Nutrient Serum has been replaced by the more concentrated Essential Nutrient Serum which gives all the benefits of DNS, but with added high-powered anti-oxidants for cell protection and anti-ageing, and added anti-inflammatory for cell protection and repair and anti-ageing AND anti-redness, phew!

Active Ingredients in new serum NOT in Daily Nutrient Serum:

Fucoxanthin
(increases collagen synthesis and UV protection) Fucoidans are sulfated polysaccharides with structures that depend on the plant source and growing conditions.

Applied to the skin, fucoidan will increase the density of collagen bundles, decrease activity of proteases (enzymes that break down dermal proteins), increase scavenging of free radicals and increase cell proliferation.

These effects would be mediated through increased expression of ß1-integrin and may also help with wound healing.

Astaxanthin
Because of its particular molecular structure, astaxanthin serves as an extremely powerful antioxidant.

It has a very effective quenching effect against singlet oxygen, a powerful scavenging ability for lipid and free radicals and effectively breaks peroxide chain reactions.

Carotenoids are effective at low oxygen concentrations, complementing the activity of vitamin E which is effective at higher oxygen concentrations.

Astaxanthin has also been shown to enhance and modulate the immune system. The antioxidant and immunomodulating activities, in combination or separately, may reduce the acute inflammation reaction that follows excessive exposure to UV radiation for the skin and tissue just beneath the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid
Included instead of sodium hyluronate, the bigger molecule holds more water and binds water in the upper layers of the epidermis. Will not draw water from lower epidermal layers in dry air.

The formula is now water-free so no parabens (more concentrated)

  • Ingredients in DNS NOT in new serum
  • water, parabens
  • Laminara Japonica extract
  • Arthrospira
  • Sea kelp extracts
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    (See above)

Essential Nutrient Serum is a more concentrated, more anti-inflammatory and more anti-oxidant serum than Daily Nutrient Serum.

It still has the water-based daily nutrients such as peptides, coconut endosperm, and anti-irritant bisabolol.

The hyaluronic acid bigger molecule makes it more moisturising and a little thicker.

Suitable for:

  • Younger skin
  • Men after shaving
  • Change to other serum once ageing becomes a concern
  • Better for acne anti-inflammatory
  • Use for younger rosacea where anti-ageing not yet needed

New Serum – Daily Nutrient Serum is getting an update!

Daily Nutrient Serum is now being replaced with Essential Nutrient Serum.

daily-nutrient

This is the first time that Daily Nutrient Serum has been reformulated since we launched it in 2010!

So, what’s new?

The formula is more concentrated than ever, with added antioxidants and collagen boosting ingredients along with a larger hyaluronic acid molecule. As there is no longer water in the formula we don’t need the parabens any more, for those that have an issue with them (we don’t!). We have replaced some of the original ingredients with newer, ore powerful seaweed and plant extracts to keep up to date with the best advances on the market.

What does that mean for your skin?

You will still get the great skin nutrition, anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory effects of the old formula but with more skin repair power, collagen building ingredients and higher-performing hyaluronic acid, giving you plumper, brighter and more vitalised skin with even better age-slowing proerties. The formula is very slightly thicker, you may not even notice the change 🙂

What are the new ingredients?

Fucoxanthin -increases collagen synthesis and UV protection

Astaxanthin – an extremely powerful anti-oxidant to battle free radicals and repair oxidation damage which shows up as dull skin and premature ageing.

Hyaluronic Acid – included instead of sodium hyluronate, the bigger molecule holds more water and binds more water in the upper layers of the epidermis.

Essential Nutrient Serum is a more concentrated, more anti-inflammatory and more anti-oxidant serum than DNS.
It still has the water-based daily nutrients such as peptides, coconut endosperm, and anti-irritant bisabolol.

Suitable for:
-Younger skin before visible signs of ageing such as lines and wrinkles.
-First serum to use as an anti-ageing prevention (Change to Hydra Collagen serum once ageing becomes visible).
-Great for skin nutrition and calming after shaving for men.
-Improved soothing and calming for acne (anti-inflammatory)
-Use for first signs of rosacea in skin under 30.

Summary: Daily Nutrient Serum has been replaced by the more concentrated Essential Nutrient Serum which gives all the benefits of DNS but with added high-powered anti-oxidants for cell protection and anti-ageing, and added anti-inflammatory for cell protection and repair and anti-ageing and anti-redness.

30ml €48

Buy Essential Nutrient Serum here

Dehydrated skin: why it happens and how to fix it

As the temperature drops and we crank up the central heating thermostats, you will begin to read a lot about dehydration in beauty magazines and blogs. There are numerous products on the market to prevent or cure it but what is it, how do you know if you have it and what really works to prevent it?

Dehydration is the lack or loss of water in our skin. It can be superficial or run deeper.

Most of will experience superficial dehydration from time to time. It shows as sudden fine lines appearing on the face, often noticeable in straight lines around our eyes and cheeks. This is due to the temporary loss of water from the upper layers of the skin and is brought on by simply not drinking enough water for a couple of days, consuming too much alcohol on a big night out, after a sun holiday or exposure to dry heat such as when we start lighting fires or turn on the heating for the winter. Being sick, particularly with a raised temperature will also cause a temporary loss of water. Simply drinking more good fluids will soon restore this balance in a healthy, functioning skin.

For some, dehydration will run deeper and cause more problems. Flaky, itchy, reactive problems often start with dehydration. Confusingly, this skin can also seem shiny at times, leading sufferers to think their skin is oily. In fact, this shine is from water evaporating too fast when you do drink it. The reason for this condition is actually a lack of oil in the skin. One function of the oil is to keep water in the skin where it is needed for many functions. When this natural barrier (the acid mantle) is unbalanced then it can’t stop water from evaporating, leading to the symptoms outlined above.
Most of the impaired water/oil balance that I see in clients is due to using the incorrect products for their skin, keeping a bad diet or lifestyle choices that are unhealthy in general. Some medications can also contribute to dehydration.

If your skin is showing signs of dehydration here’s some changes you can make to help:

• Drink more water. This is the number one thing you can do for skin health.
• Protect your skin from the outside with nourishing facial oils; look for ingredients like rosehip seed oil, shea butter, ceramides, squalane, jojoba seed oil, avocado seed oil, pomegranate seed oil.
• Avoid alcohol, stress and direct heat and processed foods as much as possible.
• For correction of skin already suffering the effects of dehydration, using Skin Essentials by Mariga Lipid Repair Concentrate under appropriate day/night cream will quickly restore comfort and balance.
• Always be gentle with your skin. Avoid over-exfoliation and any skincare products containing fragrance or sulphates.

Fun fact: too much water can lead to dehydration!!
While the skin is great at absorbing water, it’s not great at holding on to it. As the skin softens on prolonged contact with water, like during a long bath, its barrier weakens leading to water loss and dehydration, so luxuriating in the bath too often really will leave you looking like a prune!