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Live interactive skincare Q&A sessions with Mariga

New interactive advice service from Skin Essentials by Mariga

Have you seen our live Facebook broadcasts yet?

Launched last week, these interactive Q&A sessions with Mariga give you the chance to have your skincare question answered by the experts!

We will run this new free service every week with a different theme. (This weeks was cleansing, click on the image below to see a re-run). Once per week Mariga will announce the date, time and topic of the live broadcast and you can leave your question as a comment on the announcement post and it will be answered during the live session, or you can comment or question live.

Simply like our Facebook page to get the announcements. Once you are a page fan, you can subscribe to live broadcasts to make sure you always know when they are coming up and what the topic will be.

Please do let us know in a comment on our Facebook page if you like the idea of these new interactive sessions, what time of day/day of the week suits you best, along with any questions you would like answered in future broadcasts.

Click the photo below to see a replay of out live Q&A on correct cleansing.

Mariga 🙂


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Mariga’s skincare journey – a story of sticking to the skincare rules!

Mariga’s personal skincare journey – a story of compliance and commitment.

No deterioration in pore size and refinement in 5 years!

No deterioration in pore size and refinement in 5 years!



At Skin Essentials by Mariga we ask all our clients to take a big leap of faith with us. Namely, to trust that the advice and recommendations that we give you today will bear fruit long into the future.

Every product we recommend for you, every treatment choice and all of the lifestyle advice given are designed with the same result in mind – to give you gradual, progressive and sustainable results, for life!

Of course we take care of any temporary issues and conditions in the first few weeks to months of corrective skincare, but after that we have one eye always on the goal of anti-ageing.

Ageing gracefully, but very slowly, is our mission.

To help you to put this concept into real terms, I have made the video below to show you the results on my own skin of great daily skincare and targeted treatment choices, charted over a five year period in photos and numbers.

For reference, here is a typical day in my home skincare routine:









Rinse with warm water and a microfibre cloth.
Apply Hydra collagen Serum (anti-ageing) mixed with a few drops of Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum (plumping and revitalising).
Follow with Skin Comfort Cream on days that I am feeling a bit dry or the weather is very cold.
SPF30 over the top.

Cleanse with Skin Comfort Cleanser and a microfibre cloth.
Apply either a mix of Lipid Repair Concentrate/Skin Comfort Cream (to maintaining lipid balance and strengthen skin barrier)
Overnight Repair Cream followed by Skin Comfort Cream (anti-ageing and repairing).

In winter I tend to go for the Lipid Repair 4-5 nights a week, with the Overnight Repair Cream the other 2-3. In the summer I switch it around.










For clinical treatments I tend to keep it very simple. I am a big fan of microneedling for anti-ageing and have that done 3 times a year (after an initial course of 3).
I only exfoliate my skin a few times a year, and that tends to be if I have repair work to do such as after being sick or at a change of season, and will do this as part of an express facial followed by an LED rejuvenation, every couple of months or so.
Once or twice a year I use hydroporation needle-free hyaluronic acid plumping system to keep the area around my lips plumped up and line-free. As I am only using this as a prevention I keep the dosage low and infrequent, usually doing it before a big event, although this can be used in a series of 3 for anyone who already has lip lines to reverse.

Do have a look at the video for my before and afters and let me know your thoughts!

Mariga x


Are you concerned with visible signs of ageing on YOUR skin?

Then join us this July/August for our AGE SLOWLY event. Click here for details.


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!




Buy Mariga’s book here for just €2.99





Dry skin – Mariga recommends the best products and pro tips

How to best manage dry skin conditions.

When we say dry skin, we mean skin that is naturally low in oils (lipids). This skin type will need more lipids and nourishment supply from the outside than another skin type. Lipid dry skin NEVER changes, if you have lower than average oil production this cannot be changed but it can be managed very well to give comfort and radiance to even the driest skin – with commitment and compliance!

Lipid dry skin has an intrinsic tendency to low natural oil production. It will look dull, thin, flaky and tired. It may have a tendency to redness, especially across the cheeks, with some whiteheads and visible capillaries.
Lipid dry skin will react quickly to outside factors such as wind, central heating, air conditioning and cold which can make it feel itchy or sting. It will be slow to heal and may scar easily.
You can already see how this skin type may easily be mistaken for ‘sensitive’.

The lack of natural oils in the skin impairs it’s defence and protection allowing it to become inflamed by outside aggressors, therefore the treatment protocol is to restore the oil balance to strengthen this barrier.








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??










Clinical treatments for dry skin will consist of gentle facials using products that are high in essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and nutrients.

At home, products must be very gentle and contain no fragrance (even naturally derived such as essential oils), artificial colouring or abrasive particles. Harsh cleansing is the most common mistake, make sure your cleanser is completely free from sodium laureth sulphate and keep exfoliation to a minimum. Oil based cleansers are best. Avoid the sun as much as possible and keep heating or air conditioning as low as possible. Drink plenty of water and try to eat a diet high in essential fatty acids. (Nuts, seeds, oily fish). Your pharmacist or heath food shop will be able to advise you on your diet and recommend a supplement if necessary.
Lipid Repair Concentrate from my Skin Essentials by Mariga range has been formulated to mimic the skins natural oil and also to encourage better natural oil flow over time with consistent use. See more details about this and all my products here.

Skin Comfort Cream

It is possible to have skin that presents with all the above symptoms but is not intrinsically dry. This is artifically dry skin and is usually caused by incorrect skincare, medication or artificial climate and a few lifestyle adjustments combined with using the correct products can get you back on track. To obtain a correct diagnosis just book a comprehensive skin analysis in salon or fill out the distance clients consultation form here.

See the video below for recommendations on which products to use and when and how to apply them for immediate comfort and long term symptom management.

Have you read Mariga’s book?

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!

‘The Skincare Rules’ is a fantastic resource for every skin type, full of advice that you can implement right now to help get great skin – for life.

Buy it on Amazon here for €2.99!

Advanced skin treatments at Skin Essentials by Mariga – what results can you expect?

At Skin Essentials by Mariga we know that you are serious about your skincare. That is why we offer only the best, scientifically tested, peer-reviewed and proven products and treatments at our Wexford Town facility and through our online shop. Like you, we are only interested in results. Media hype and fads don’t influence us when we are designing products and treatments for our clients. Of course, we research everything that comes on the market so that we are up to date on everything you want to hear about. This allows us to cut through the marketing jargon and bring you opinions based on scientific fact only.

So, when you embark on a course of treatment from us you know that it will work (if you follow instructions of course)! As many advanced treatments require a commitment from you in terms of compliance, time and money invested, you need to be sure that it is the right choice for you and that is where our personalised comprehensive skin analysis and assessment comes in. Before we ever touch your skin we know it inside and out and can accurately predict each persons results from a set court of action.

This is why we are different. This is why we get the result you want.

Here are some unedited examples of results from real-life clients who followed their recommendations and have had outcomes exceeding their expectations. All of these clients had one thing in common – they committed fully to the homecare, treatment schedule and lifestyle changes set out at their initial consultation.

To see these results on your own skin, just give us a call on 053 9145981 and and out how we can help you today. You can also schedule a skin analysis online from this website, see details of the process here.


Skin Essentials bio-therapeutic needling client before & after course of 6

Skin Essentials bio-therapeutic needling client before (top) & after course of 6





Hydroporation client of Skin Essentials by Mariga

Hydroporation for peri-oral rejuvenation before (bottom) & after (top) course of 3

Hydroporation lip lifting before(left) and after course of 3

Hydroporation lip lifting before(left) and after course of 3








8 weeks from single treatment with Cryopen for sun spot/age spot removal


Red vein treatment of capillaries before (left) and after first session

Red vein treatment of capillaries before (left) and after first session

Have you read Mariga’s E-book yet?

The Skincare Rules E-Book by Mariga Sheedy

‘The Skincare Rules’ is a fantastic resource for every skin type, full of advice that you can implement right now to help get great skin – for life.

Buy it on Amazon here for €2.99!



My microneedling journey with before & after pictures – Mariga Sheedy

My microneedling journey: 18 months on, what changes are visible?  by Mariga Sheedy, Skin Essentials.

Hi everyone,

So, yesterday I had a microneedling and LED photo rejuvenation session done on myself here at our Wexford Town clinic. (This unique combination microneediling therapy was created by Mariga for our clients and is available ONLY from Skin Essentials by Mariga).

I posted a photo on Facebook immediately after to show how the skin looks post-treatment. This started some discussion about how many sessions were needed and how long it takes to see results which got me thinking…..

I first had bio-therapeutic needling done on myself in August 2014 and since then I have had a total of 6 individual treatments. As I am in the habit of taking photos for this blog immediately post-treatment of any kind, I thought it would be interesting to dig out some old photos and do a comparison with yesterdays pic. And I was right, it was very interesting! The difference is quite amazing in a year and a half. I will put the photos below so that you can see for yourself. Yay for microneedling!!

I hope this helps some of you who are on the fence about microneedling. It does take time to see your results but it is totally worth it! Best part? the results are permanent!

Read more about our Bio-therapeutic Needling

Mariga 🙂

Immediately after treatment 2 - Oct 2014

Immediately after treatment 2 – Oct 2014


Yesterday after treatment 6 (March 2016)


The difference on forehead lines is immense! Oct 2014 (top) – March 2016 (bottom)


Nose to mouth lines improved


Side by side: the more recent (right) shows great improvements in forehead lines, jawline tightening and cheek contour tightening.

The Skincare Rules E-Book by Mariga Sheedy

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Nivea aftershave balm as a makeup primer? Hell no!

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm as primer?

by Mariga Sheedy, Skin Essentials Ltd.

Photo of Nivea post shave balm as recommended by various internet bloggers/vloggers who are not skincare experts.

Pic: nivea.ie

pic: nivea.ie

In the last couple of weeks or so there has been a bit of a ‘thing’ doing the rounds on the internet and even in some print media. That thing is Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm. As a primer. For under makeup.

As so many of you have asked for my thoughts on this I thought that a blog post was the best way to address it as I was beginning to get RSI writing it out so many times 🙂

I have no idea why this has taken off as a thing. There are plenty of good makeup primers available on the market, we don’t need to repurpose some other product. Now, I’m all for multi functionality in my products but usually I need a reason!

Looking at the ingredients of the balm (in full below), it is just a basic water/glycerin base into which has been added a few non-interesting extracts and some perfume.
What’s the point of this?
It is the inclusion of glycerin and tapioca starch that probably gives the ‘tackiness’ that is being talked about. You could just add a drop of glycerin to your regular moisturiser occasionally to get the same effect but if your skincare was right for your skin, and you were using it consistently, you would not need a primer at all. Even a proper one.
What’s bad?
Fragrance is a no-no, as all our Skin Essentials by Mariga tribe know very well. It will irritate, prematurely age and probably redden your skin. Take a look at any youtube bloggers recommending this product. See any redness in the skin? Mmm Hmm.

Also, methylisothiazolinone is a shocking inclusion in this product. It is a known irritant and affects up to 10% of users adversely. The dermatological world is calling this an allergen of epidemic proportions. I wrote an article about this maybe two years ago when it first came to my attention, and you can be sure that international skincare companies weren’t behind the curve in learning about it either, so to see this still being used in skincare in 2016 is unforgivable.


  1. Don’t use this, either as a makeup primer or as an aftershave balm.
  2. Take skincare advice only from professionals. The internet is not a skincare professional. Always consider the source.
  3. See what ingredients you SHOULd include in your skincare here

Full Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Chamomilla Recuitita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tapioca Starch, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Piroctone Olamine, Fragrance


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!

Like this blog? Buy Mariga’s book ‘The Skincare Rules’ on Amazon for all the day-to-day skincare advice you need for great skin.

More press coverage for Skin Essentials by Mariga – Irish examiner interview.

Irish Examiner interview with Mariga from Skin Essentials

Irish Examiner interview with Skin Essentials’ Mariga

We are delighted with the latest press coverage for Skin Essentials by Mariga. It was a real pleasure to chat with such a well-informed and savvy beauty journalist. Rachel Marie White of the Irish Examiner really knows her skincare and we talked non-stop about all things skin.

We have had great feedback and a lot of new enquiries since the full-page piece featuring Mariga’s top skincare advice was published last Saturday.

If you missed it, here is the link to the online version:

Full text here:

Mariga Sheedy is the founder of Wexford skin clinic Skin Essentials by Mariga, and has developed a range of professional and at-home skincare under the same name.

Over 25 years of beauty experience, including positions in national and EU industry bodies, have made her a dream skincare guru. In a business fond of quick fixes and brand-funded studies, she takes a long-term, cause-first approach to each client’s care.

Her assessments and treatments are based on independent research by dermatology superstars like Dr Albert Kligman and Dr Peter T Pugliese. Skin Essentials by Mariga products are entirely comprised of high-quality ingredients with well-established benefits. I’m a fan of Sheedy’s writing and v-logs on what really works, and was quite keen to ask her what doesn’t.

Easy on the exfoliants

“Over-processing is one of the most common problems I treat, and over-exfoliation in particular. It really began when microdermabrasion became fashionable about ten years ago. If you have a strong chemical peel or a microdermabrasion session you get a beautiful polished result initially. The impulse to keep chasing that is understandable but very unhealthy for skin in the long term, so we try to reeducate clients. Constantly stripping of the skin’s natural defence layer (the acid mantle) will weaken the health of the skin over time, resulting in premature ageing. Exfoliants should be used with caution. If you have a Vitamin A product in your home care, for example, it provides a minute amount of cell renewal each day. This is really all the exfoliation normal skin needs. A fruit enzyme very gently exfoliates skin with low or no tolerance for Vitamin A. I recommend a pumpkin enzyme that is very well tolerated, like my Enzyme Exfoliator, €38.”

Fragrance isn’t skincare

“Your skin doesn’t recognise fragrance, so perfumed products will always trigger an inflammatory defensive response. Anything that’s not native to skin will trigger that response. Obviously we can’t source skincare ingredients from human sources to put into our skin cells, so we look for bio-identical substances in the marine and plant worlds. Fragrance will never be bio-identical.”

You don’t need a separate eye cream.

“The skin around your eyes is just slightly thinner, it has the same cells with all the same requirements as those on the rest of your face. Treat them the same and don’t forget to apply SPF. I’ve never used an eye cream or recommended one to my clients. There is nothing that a topical product, no matter the quality, can do for puffy eyes or dark circles. Those issues are either hereditary or medical issues. I find it so unscrupulous that marketing should target people who feel vulnerable about them.”

You shouldn’t need a makeup primer.

“I prefer to treat the cause of a skincare problem rather than concealing the symptom. If skin is balanced, you will not need a primer and makeup should retain its lovely finish. Our Hydra-Collagen Serum, €64, which is rich in bio-fermented sea kelp, creates a nice makeup base, but that’s just a happy coincidence. Also, if you have dry skin issues, repeated exposure to silicones [the prevalent ingredients in most primers] can make them worse. Makeup will start to patch.”

Mariga Sheedy
If you use sunbeds, we won’t treat you.

“There would be no point, we’d be wasting our time and your money. Similarly, if you aren’t protecting your skin with a broad-spectrum SPF product daily, there is little point in spending money on antioxidant serum.”

There is no cure-all antioxidant.

“Like water and sun protection, antioxidants are vital for keeping skin healthy. They repair damage that has been done and fight damage that is being done. We have to use a cocktail of them because each kind works differently and there is also a range of different free radicals we seek to target. Vitamin C, for example, is very important for healthy cell renewal, especially the body doesn’t make or store it, but — just as one can’t live on oranges alone — it needs some backup. Vitamin A is a little superhero of an ingredient, in terms of providing building blocks for skin cells. Vitamin E, green tea extract and superoxide dismutase are all very important. I try to keep my products’ ingredient edit quite tight (no silicones used as cheap filler), and to choose extracts with multiple benefits. The skin is a living, breathing organ carrying out processes and needs many different types of fuel to do it.”

‘Combination’ and ‘sensitive’ skin are marketing terms.

“Leaving medical issues aside, there are only three skin types you can be born with. Dry types have fewer oil glands than average, while oily types have more. Irish skin also tends to be predisposed to diffused redness. If your skin is suddenly different in one area, it is an issue that needs correction rather than a distinct ‘type’. Skin is supposed to be sensitive, but what’s typically called sensitive skin is actually sensitised skin. This flares up as a result of environment or because of something you’ve eaten, used or done, so it’s worth taking stock of your diet and skincare when this happens.”

Dry skin needs both water and oil.

“Dry is my own skin type and the predominant type I treat. It is important for people with dry skin to seek professional advice on whether they lack oil, water or both. The two work in harmony to create healthy skin. If they are out of whack, your skin will find it difficult to retain moisture or protect against environmental irritants. I’m a big fan of oil cleansers, as long as they’re free from essential oils, for the daily care of this skin type. I use my Skin Comfort Cleanser, €25. I like dry-skin moisturisers that are rich in natural oils and contain very few silicones. Silicones aren’t harmful but they have large molecules that decrease the bio-availability of great anti-ageing ingredients like peptides. These actives won’t be able to penetrate a thick, silicone-rich cream to get to your skin. If you use a natural oil-based moisturiser, like my Hydrating Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, €37, they’re far more effective.”