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Safety in the salon – the cost of cheap beauty treatments

Are You Safe In The Salon?

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it:

Cheap treatments are cheap for a reason.

Where reputable professionals are offering a quality service they first have invested heavily in staff education, such as advanced learning in the theory of skin science, anatomy and physiology, product ingredients and their effects, cosmetic chemistry to name a few.
Then each treatment offered has been heavily researched and specific theoretical and practical training undertaken for each protocol. (At Skin Essentials by Mariga we undertake independent industry recognised training for each new machine/treatment before we do manufacturers training).
Reputable salons and clinics will use only high-grade products sourced from a reliable supplier, never cheap bulk products from unregulated internet sites.
All good professionals will have the appropriate insurances for each treatment. As far as possible disposable materials and tools will be used and a complete set of new disposable instruments/hygiene products are used for each client. Appointments are spaced out such that there is time to sanitise each workroom between clients.
All of this costs money, and often represents the difference between a cheap treatment and a standard priced one.img_1287
Please, don’t put your health at risk for a discount.

As to industry regulation, it is a regrettable fact that regulation is poor at the moment, and under-enforced, but there are great professionals out there that take pride in their work and are trying to raise standards for everybody. There is a European Committee currently convened to produce a document outlining guidelines for standardising the provision of beauty services across thirty three participating countries in Europe. I am proud to be an Irish delegate to  this committee and to confirm that there is an appetite for change within the industry.

The choice, as always, is with the consumer but please be sure that you are fully informed before you choose a service provider.
There is no problem with asking your skincare professional/waxer/nail tech about their qualifications, insurance and continuous professional development. Those that have pride in their work will be delighted to tell you all about their qualifications and expertise.
Please share this article to help keep everyone safe in the salon.

Mariga Sheedy
Skin Essentials Ltd.


Needle-Free Lip Lift – Before And After Photos

Before and after photos of Mariga Sheedy taken before and after hydroporation treatments. at Skin Essentials, Wexford. Liar lines visibly improved, giving a fresher overall appearance.

Mariga before and after hydroporation treatment

Exclusive to Skin Essentials by Mariga in Wexford, needle-free hyaluronic acid wrinkle reduction.

Something I know everyone loves to see are real-life before and after photos of treatments and programmes you are interested in having done yourself. Of course, everyone wants to see them, but very few want anyone else to see theirs! So, apart from a few kind souls (who’s identity we keep very private in any case!) who allow us to post close-ups of treated areas, we can’t really show you any of the amazing results we get for our clients from corrective homecare or from our transformative treatments such as LED, microneedling and hydroporation.

So, we have to be our own guinea pigs/models/before and after clients 🙂 And THAT’S why you are being treated to yet another before and after photo of me, sorry! In this image I want to illustrate the fabulous effects of hydroporation treatment. It is a method of introducing hyaluronic acid into the deep layers of the epidermis to reduce lines and wrinkles in soft tissues of the face. It is particularly effective on upper lip and mouth-to-chin lines but can also be used on lines between the brows and nose-to-lip lines.

I have taken screen grabs of two videos I made just over a year apart to illustrate the difference this treatment makes. I love that it is subtle, you wouldn’t look at me and think I had filler or anything. Yet, when you compare the images side by side the difference is quite astonishing. The obvious downturned lines at the corners of my lips are gone. I think the overall effect makes me look less tired and much fresher. Continue reading

Mariga’s tips for choosing the best serum to correct your skin’s issues

Skin Essentials corrective serums for great skin

Visible signs of ageing that can be reversed at Skin Essentials by Mariga including lines, age spots, sun spots, wrinkles, dullness, scarring, red veins

You CAN reverse the signs of ageing, even better, prevent them!

You probably know by now that serums are the most potent, most powerful of your home skincare products. They target specific skin issues and act quickly and deeply in the skin.

In this article, I hope to help you understand the special properties of each of our targeted serums and their effects on your skin. Serums are always used after cleansing and before oils or creams or sunscreens. Continue reading

Anti-ageing skincare treatments – Mariga’s top picks.

Anti-ageing skincare treatments – Mariga’s top picks.

Skin Essentials by Mariga clinical treatment collage including gold microneedling, hydroporation, Celluma LED and CryoPen pigmentation removal.Anti-Ageing is big, big news. Everybody we see here in our Wexford clinic, from twenty-somethings concerned with prevention, to those who have already begun to show the effects of years of cumulative damage in the form of lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and loss of radiance, has anti-ageing on their mind. In my last post I looked at homecare ingredients to keep your skin youthful. Today, I will explore the ultimate facial treatments for getting, and keeping, a youthful complexion.
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Mariga’s skincare routine, what the professional uses!

Inside Mariga’s skincare routine: what I’m using right now.

“What do you use on your own skin” or “I want my skin to look like yours” are two of the most frequent comments I get from clients either here in the clinic or online (and it’s very flattering, thank you!)

Although we customise every treatment plan for the individual, I thought it might be useful to detail what I am currently using on my own skin both at home and clinically, to illustrate the type of routine that a dedicated skincare client typically follows.

I tend to change my skincare up seasonally, as our skin’s needs change with the weather – and THAT can be a world of fun in Ireland of course 🙂

Of course everyone’s basic skin type stays the same for life so that is taken into account first in your permanent products, then seasonal changes or fluctuations due to illness, stress, ambient environment etc. are treated as needed.

So, here is my current day and night routine. My basic skin type is dry and I also have a tendency to redness due to my typically Celtic fair skin/red hair combo. These are treated with my permanent skincare staples of Skin Comfort Cream, Skin Comfort Cleanser and Lipid Repair Concentrate. I am always keeping one eye on anti-ageing too of course and for this I use Hydra Collagen Serum and Overnight repair Cream.
I consider SPF to be a basic part of everyones routine regardless of skin type, age, gender or current skin condition.

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Here is my typical daytime routine:

Rinse with warm water and microfibre cloth, no cleanser.
Apply 1 pump of Hydra Collagen Serum while my skin is still damp, making sure to get it all around the eye contour as well as the rest of the face.
Apply a small amount of Skin Comfort Cream
Follow with SPF30

Rich comfort cream for dry, irritated or fragile skin.

I LOVE this cream!










In the evening:

I cleanse with Skin Comfort Cleanser then apply either Lipid Repair Concentrate followed by Skin Comfort Cream or Overnight Repair Cream followed by Skin Comfort Cream. Usually I use the Lipid Repair combo more often in the winter, the Overnight Repair more often in the summer.

An Anti-ageing MUST have. Amazing around eyes too.

An Anti-ageing MUST have. Amazing around eyes too.












Once a week or more often if I remember, I do a home needling treatment using Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum. This just takes 5 minutes and is amazing for long-term anti-ageing.

Clinically, I have microneedling treatments for anti-ageing and a balancing skin treatment whenever necessary.

Do you have dry skin too? See more tips for managing this skin type in the video below.

Daily care for oily skin – Mariga’s advice

In this post I want to help oily types manage their skin on a daily basis.

First, we have to define and understand what a true oily skin type actually is. Many people mistakenly think that they have oily skin when in fact it’s something else altogether.

What are the hallmarks of a true oily skin type?

-Large pores, particularly on the t-zone

-The skin NEVER feels tight, itchy, or dry

-Daily shine

-RARELY has blackheads or spots

If the above sounds like you, coupled with makeup that just slides off and hair that needs to be washed every day, then you have a true oily skin.

While it IS possible to have oily skin AND acne, they are two different things and having one does not automatically mean you will have the other. Many people with acne assume that their skin is oily when that is (in Irish Skin anyway) most often not the case. In Irish skin, perhaps 10% of the population will be a true oily skin type.

The benefits of oily skin.

Yes, there ARE benefits, lots of them! They include a slower rate of wrinkling, usually blemish-free complexion, and higher tolerance to a wider range of skincare products, treatments and cosmetics.

The downsides of oily skin.

Most people with oily skin get fed up with large pores, too much shine and makeup not staying put. As you can see these are mostly APPEARANCE issues rather than actual skin problems so they can be much more easily addressed then poor dry or red skin types.

How so?

There are two things to know about controlling the appearance of oily skin:

1.Cleansing and exfoliating often makes it worse (you’re doing it wrong).

2.Oil fights oil.

1. Trying to deep cleanse and exfoliate away oil is not just a waste of time, but is like trying to drive your car by pressing on the brake and the accelerator at the same time! One action is fighting against the other and you will most likely ruin your engine (or skin) in the process.

when you deep cleanse or over-exfoliate oily skin you get rid of the oil that is there at that moment, same as if you did a gentle cleanse. But with deep action products, you have stimulated a deeper reaction in the skin. The response by the oil glands of being ‘stripped’ is that they go into fast production mode to make up for lost resources. So you deep cleanse, scrub or exfoliate then a coupe of hours later your face looks like an oil slick. You did it to yourself! You gave your skin the signal that it was lacking oil and it produced more, it was only trying to please you!

The secret is to CONTROL the flow of oil, not stop it. Lipid secretions that are controlled continuously and gradually distribute oil evenly over the surface of your skin. There is no sudden stop/start, no patchy production. The result is an evenly lubricated skin surface with no sudden shine.

How to achieve that?

You need to regulate oil flow by applying minute amounts of the right oils in the right ratios to the skin surface so that it gets the message that oil is always available and stops sudden production. This might sound scary but it doesn’t take long to get in the habit and start to see results. Why not try it? What have you got to lose? Team oil! See more about oil for oily skin in Mariga’s video on daily management tips for oily skin below.

Best targeted Skin Essentials products for oily skin:

-Lipid Repair Concentrate

-Hydrating Cream


Have you read Mariga's e-book yet? 'The Skincare Rules' is packed full of simple, easy to implement tips that will help to get you great skin - for life!

Have you read Mariga’s e-book yet? ‘The Skincare Rules’ is packed full of simple, easy to implement tips that will help to get you great skin – for life!

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Age Slowly – The Skin Essentials by Mariga way.

The Skin Essentials Age Slowly concept explained:

At Skin Essentials our mission is to help everybody age at the slowest possible rate.
It is not possible to halt the hands of time, but they can certainly be slowed!

Our speciality is non-invasive anti-ageing. That is to say, we work WITH the skin to keep it behaving, and looking, younger.

We are lucky to live in a time where science and technology are advanced to such a degree that we have a full understanding of the microscopic workings of the skin at a sub-cellular level.
We know what a fully functioning, young, healthy skin cells needs to perform at optimum level.
We know what ingredients, processes and foods boost cell function, and those which hinder it.

We can analyse every unique skin, with it’s unique set of influences, internal, external and genetic. We can then determine exactly what that skin needs to resume working as it did when it was young. Science has already harnessed the ingredient and treatment technology needed to treat skin cell slowdown.

What does this mean for you?
At skin Essentials by Mariga we have the education, technology and scientifically blended products to create a bespoke Age Slowly plan for your exact needs. We find where the weak spots are and address them, restoring youthful energy to your skin.

What do you need to do?
Simply book in for one of our Age Slowly skin consultations, where one of our expert Skin Diagnostic Technicians will investigate, measure and analyse your skins current condition and formulate a plan for recovery.

Call us on 053 9145981 to make your appointment or book online here.

For more details on the Skin Analysis process click here.
Note: We are a specialist NON INVASIVE anti-ageing clinic. We believe in restoring skins youthfulness and performance using proven bio-identical ingredients and natural but powerful treatments such as micro needling and cryotherapy. Our happy clients are proof that you do not have to resort to injectables or surgery to regain a youthful complexion.
We do not use invasive procedures such as botox or fillers. If this is a path you wish to explore we recommend that you research and contact a reputable medical aesthetic/cosmetic surgery clinic to discuss your options.

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