As the new year is a time of fresh starts and making new habits, I thought it might help to recap on some basics in your skincare routine to make sure that you are getting the best possible performance and results from your products.
Today I am looking at cleansing top tips and FAQ’s:
Q. Do you need to cleanse if you are not wearing makeup?
Q. Do you need a separate eye makeup remover?
A. Not if you are using a good quality, unscented oil-based cleanser. Otherwise, yes.
Q. Do you need to do a full cleanse in the morning?
A. Assuming you have done it the night before, then no. Unless you have very oily skin.
Q. Do you need toner?
A. No, again if you are using a good quality water-soluble cleanser it is not necessary. Use one if you enjoy it but make sure it is alcohol free.
See more advice on double cleansing and the new trend for pre-cleansing on my latest YouTube video linked below.
I’m looking forward to helping you achieve beautiful skin in 2017. Please reach out and let me know how I can help you today.
Are you concerned with frown lines or lip lines?
Thinking about anti-wrinkle injections or fillers but worried if it’s right for you?
We have the answer for you!
Exclusive to Skin Essentials is a revolutionary wrinkle revision solution:
Hydroporation uses compressed air to blast hyaluronic acid through your pores and into the lower levels of the epidermis, plumping out lines by penetrating the spaces between skin cells that have gotten ‘stuck’ together from lack of hyaluronic acid, which depletes as we age.
Hydroporation is the quick, simple and natural alternative to invasive injections. The fluid introduced into the skin is hyaluronic acid, a natural component of your skin’s own moisturising system. As it is native to the skin it is readily accepted into the epidermis and mixes with your own extra-cellular fluids to re-create the cushioning between the cells that gives you a plumper, revitalised, smoother surface to the skin.
Available from Skin Essentials by Mariga in its original format for plumping lip lines for some time now, we are excited to launch two great new innovations from the parent company exclusively to our clients that we know you will love. And of course the original great formula for softening ip lines is still available too!
So, what’s new?
1 Hydroporation is now available in a treatment for frown lines. Finally a solution for those ’11’ lines between the eyebrows that doesn’t require needles! (see video below).
2 New cross-linked hyaluronic acid fluid is now available for those who have already tried and liked the original formula. This new formula breaks down more slowly in the skin and therefore gives a longer-lasting result. Perfect for those who are happy with their current results and want to make them longer-lasting. As an average, if you are getting 3-4 months out of your current hydroporation shots, you can expect to increase that to 6 months with the new fluid!
€30 per shot
How many shots will you need?
That completely depends on the current condition and hydration of your skin.
As an average, upper lip needs 4 shots each session, one line between the brows needs an average of 2 shots per session. Initially a course of 3 over 6 weeks is performed, then top-ups of a single session every few months depending on which fluid is used and how well you take care of your skin at home!
An outline of a proposed course of treatment is given along with prices at your initial complementary consultation.
We highly recommend this natural alternative to injectables and it is one of Mariga’s top requested treatments. Book your consultation now on 053 9145981 and see what it can do for you!
Here at our Wexford Town skin clinic we see so many people who come to us in desperation after an unqualified person has wrecked their skin, whether with bad advice, incorrect products or completely unsuitable treatments, that we felt we should write a guide to choosing a skincare professional: We hope this helps prevent future disasters!
We know that you have a varied choice when you think about a skincare provider. I hope this post will help to clarify what each type of service provider is qualified to offer.
Cosmetic Counters:Great for makeup, not for skincare in general in my opinion. No specialist skincare training given, only the brand marketing hype.
Multi purpose beauty salon: a beauty therapist (which I started out as too!) will have a general education in facials as well as waxing, tanning, nails, massage among others. Without further advanced study you can expect at best a capable facial with (maybe) a good, professional-grade product. Best for: if you have no particular skin issues to correct.
Spa Facial: for me, just no! Spa facials tend to be highly fragranced and are completely one-size fits all. If you are treating yourself to a lovely spa day stick to the body treatments and leave your skin in the hands of your professional skincare provider.
Skin therapist: a skincare clinic will be staffed with therapists who have chosen to intensively upskill and retrain to dedicate themselves only to advanced study of the skin. This will include: anatomy & physiology, cosmetic chemistry, skin analysis and skin problems such as acne, ageing, hyper pigmentation and rosacea. They will have advanced qualifications in this area and you should be able to see evidence of this in displayed certificates and diplomas. If not, just ask. A qualified professional is delighted to talk about their achievements 🙂 Unfortunately as part of my work for the European standards committee, I have come across many beauty therapists with no advanced training calling themselves skin specialists. This is a dangerous practice as they have no in-depth training and all too often just blindly trot out the sales pitch from the company whose products they sell. Without in-depth ingredient knowledge, blended with advanced physiology study and comprehensive individual analysis, you can’t know what effect your products will have on any unique skin composition. The best possible scenario (and thankfully quite common) is that a lot of these products are so bland that they will just do nothing, but that’s not what you wanted , is it? Skin physiology is complicated, a sales rep can’t teach that. We hope to address this grey area of regulation once and for all in the work of the European Standards committee but in the meantime do your research, ask about qualifications when you make an appointment and remember: it is very easy to damage skin, it is a living, breathing, hard-working organ, please only entrust yours to professionals!
Now that you know how to choose a professional skin specialist, here are our reason why we think you should choose us!
– We are the most highly qualified skin therapists in the country and the only skin clinic in Ireland with the Advanced Skin Diagnostic Technician diploma in skin science, analysis and applications. We NEVER stop learning, science doesn’t stand still and neither do we.
-We developed our own range of products based on real-life client needs that we see in the clinic daily meaning that our products are made with Irish skin in mind, not off the shelf from another country with different skin needs in their target market.
– We are the only clinic in the region offering advanced cosmetic procedures such as skin tag removal, red vein removal and milia removal.
– We have the only diagnostic machine of it’s type in Ireland which reads skin samples in real time to allow you to truly track results.
– We are members of the International Association for Applied Corneotherapy, a global group dedicated to the advancement of scientific research in all matters relating to skin health, and of the Associated Skin Care Professionals, an association purposed to raising education of skincare professionals worldwide.
– Skin Essentials’ founder Mariga is an acknowledged and published thought-leader in the international beauty industry and writes for Irish Beauty professional magazine on all matters relating to the business and practice of skincare, along with being published on many international sites such as the Mother Nature Network, Dermstore and How to Be a Redhead. She also is a sought after speaker on both the practical and business aspects of working in the beauty industry and trains beauty therapists who wish to upskill to specialising in skin.
– Mariga is also at the forefront of establishing a set of practice, education and safety standards for beauty service providers across Europe through her work for the National Standards Association of Ireland.
– We thoroughly research any potential new treatment and gain independent qualifications before introducing it to our menu. We NEVER rely on sales reps for our training, a regrettable ‘norm’ in our industry.
I hope that helps even ONE person to avoid the distress of having their skin ruined by an unqualified practitioner. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or comments or browse our site for more information.
Skin Essentials By Mariga, 10 A Redmond Square, Wexford Town. 053 9145981.
Microneedling is recognised as being the international gold standard in non-invasive skin rejuvenation and scar reduction.
We have been offering the clinical version for some time now and are delighted with the results clients are achieving.
Now you can maintain and even increase those results at home by using the home rolling device along with our specially developed Hyaluronic Acid Serum.
Different versions are available – for those who have already had clinical micro needling treatments and for those who have not yet had a professional needling service.
If you have already had clinical microneedling done with us, then you would use the home version suitable for maintaining your result.
If you are new to microneedling, don’t worry, we have an introductory version for you too!
Used 1-2 times per week on clean skin with our Hyaluronic+ Moisture Boost Serum, skin will quickly feel rejuvenated, plumper, smoother and more radiant. (see pricing and instructions below)
Call, email or drop in to us to reserve your kit now – as there are different versions available we have to match one to your specific needs so this cannot be ordered from our online shop.
053 9145981 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Home rolling uses needles which are much shorter than clinical modalities, and the best part is that it doesn’t hurt at all!
For seasoned users, the home roller used 1-2 times per week will keep the collagen and fibroblasts stimulated and continually creating new fibres, strengthening and thickening the skin while reducing lines and smoothing texture.
For new users, a lighter roller with fewer needles is used to help products penetrate deeply and to begin collagen induction gradually.
Special Kit Price:
Individually priced at €85 per roller and €55 for the serum, you can buy the combined kit now for just €120.
Instructions are provided with the kit but really, it couldn’t be simpler.
Just start with a clean skin, apply 2 pumps of the serum and roll the face gently in all directions with the home roller. It should take no more than 5 minutes to do the full face using only a very gentle pressure. It doesn’t hurt at all, although a mild prickling sensation may be possible over sensitive areas such as the top of the cheekbones. Afterwards apply 1-2 pumps of the serum again and you are done. We recommend doing the treatment in the evening and you can use your usual Skin Essentials products from the following morning.