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Décolleté Treatments from Skin Essentials

Décolleté Treatments from Skin Essentials – skin rejuvenation for the upper chest

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Décolleté, chest, cleavage area – whatever you call it, the issues are usually the same.

As this is an area that gets a lot of sun over the years, your décolleté can let you down in terms of accelerated skin ageing.

We generally don’t look after this area with skincare the way we would the face and neck and you can be left with dry, creased and uneven coloured or textured skin on your upper chest that can really give the game away when it comes to wearing anything even remotely low cut – never mind strapless!

Other skin issues that can affect the chest area are red veins, skin tags and pigment spots.

Are you one of the many women who avoid plunging necklines like the plague when shopping for a party or event dress – and doesn’t that really narrow your choices?! Well you don’t have to retract yourself any more. If you are bothered by any of the above then read on to find your simple, fast solution from Skin Essentials by Mariga.

Décolleté Treatments:

Age spots, sun spots – Simply removed with cryotherapy in a very quick treatment. Give yourself 3 weeks before a big event to heal completely! From €75

Red veins, skin tags, milia – We use diathermy electrodessication to remove these nuisance lesions (in the case of large skin tags we recommend cryotherapy instead, see above). From €70 

Uneven texture, rough or bumpy skin – We have several treatments for this issue depending on severity. From a customised acid peer (from €70) to TriFractional skin resurfacing using combined microneedling and radio frequency energy (€300) we have solutions for every need and budget. Call us to arrange your free consultation to determine which is best for you.

Crepey, lined and sun damaged skin – From a course of six TriPollar radiofrequency décolleté treatments (€350 in a package price) which will smooth out lines for long-term results to a Pyramid Decollete Treatment (€395) for deeper lines and sun damage-related issues, we can design the treatment or course of treatments just for you.

These treatments are suitable for those looking for more long-term results rather than a last-minute fix!

See all our treatments here or call us on 053 9145981 / 086 3823608 to discuss a bespoke package for you. Our Wexford Town Skin Clinic is centrally based in Selskar Street, just off Redmond Square.

Should you use your skincare products on your chest too?

This is a personal choice of course, keeping this area rejuvenated and smooth is definitely easier in the long term if you use skincare products daily.

What do I recommend?

SPF30 during the day any time the skin of the chest is exposed – even if it’s winter or you are mostly inside! If your skin is covered then use a nice quality unscented body oil or lotion.

Age Slowly Serum – use one pump of serum over the upper chest area at least three times a week at night, daily for deeper revision.

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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Has winter aged your skin? Enzyme therapy will help!

Do you feel like the winter has aged you? Is your skin dull, sluggish, rough or patchy? 

Don’t worry, you just need a skin reboot!

Enzyme therapy facials are perfect for skin that needs a boost after dull, drying winter has wreaked its havoc.

At Skin Essentials by Mariga’s Wexford-based skin clinic, we specialise in restoring and rejuvenating unresponsive and lacklustre skin to a beautiful, radiant healthy glow.

Utilising the rejuvenating power of natural fruit enzymes we create a series of three treatments especially for your skin which will progressively smooth, brighten, hydrate, nourish and restore your skin to a smooth, radiant, youthful complexion.

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For a deep skin restoration effect, you will have three treatments, 10-14 days apart, each tailored on the results of the last, to achieve maximum cellular stimulation. Then move on to monthly maintenance treatments to ensure your skin stays in great condition all year round.

Each enzyme therapy facial takes 45 minutes and prices start at €68 per treatment.
(You can upgrade to a deluxe 60 minute facial for even more luxury and relaxation)!

As well as the customised enzyme therapy each facial includes a comforting plant extract mask tailored for your skin on the day, biodynamic drainage or tension release facial massage, extractions if necessary and a hot stone shoulder massage. Bliss!

Some of the many fruit enzymes we may use in your customised treatment include passionfruit for firming and rejuvenating, raspberry for calming, peach for skin softening or papaya for exfoliation. But no matter which we choose, your treatment will be blissfully relaxing as well as deeply supporting for your skin, inside and out.

Book your enzyme facial online by clicking the link below:

 

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Three things you must avoid in your skincare

I think everyone that knows me and the Skin Essentials by Mariga philosophy of building great skin by nurturing the epidermis and it’s processes, is aware that we have three absolutes that you must avoid in your skincare:

Perfume, sulphates and essential oils.

The perfume and sulphates are easy enough to understand (perfume irritates skin, sulphates strip moisture) but often people are surprised that I include essential oils in that list – after all aren’t they natural?? (Yes – to plants!)

Find out exactly why the Skin Essentials way says no to essential oils in the video below:

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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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Keeping it simple – top anti-ageing products and treatments

Mariga’s quick tips for younger skin

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Anti-ageing doesn’t need to be complicated or confusing. It can be hard to figure out the many types of anti-ageing treatment, products and ingredients that we are constantly bombarded with on social media, magazines, tv etc. From snails to stem cells, vampire facials to baby botox, there is a never-ending stream of “the next big thing” in anti-ageing. If you are overwhelmed with choice, bewildered by conflicting advice and unsure of what’s really necessary, this blog is for you. Below I have outlined the basics of sensible, proven anti-ageing treatments and products that are all you will need to see a visible difference in your skin. If non-invasive anti-ageing is your thing (we deal in ‘fresh not frozen’ outcomes) then read on! These are my top 3 in treatments and products for a younger complexion on all skin types.

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Treatments top three:

  1. Microneedling – delay and reverse visible signs of ageing. This is the ultimate non-surgical treatment for giving you a youthful look that is fresh – not frozen. For those who want subtle yet visible revision of lines and laxity. Results are gradual and permanent. Fantastic also as a time-delay treatments for pre-ageing clients.
  2. LED light therapy. Powerful, natural, non-invasive and customisable. Stimulates collagen, gives a revitalised softness and glow back to your skin. Add-on to your facial to supercharge results or have a course for a deep skin re-boot on skin that has been neglected or over-exposed to the sun. I have been using LED therapy on my clients for over ten years now and it shows in their skin!
  3. Facial Massage. This old-school treatment will always have a place in our customised facials. A targeted, personalised facial massage is far more than just rubbing lotions into your skin. In the right hands it is a stand-alone anti-ageing tool that increases the availability of nutrition to the skin cells, stimulates lymph flow for sharper contours, releases muscle tension from the face, eyes and shoulders. Our therapists are trained in many types of massage so that we can tailor the best one for you. Examples are sculpting and lifting massage to give a more wide-awake and fresh look to the face and eyes, lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness or pressure point manipulation to relieve tension. And of course whatever method we choose for your facial, it’s blissful to receive!

Products top three:

  1. Gentle cleanser and SPF30 moisturiser are your basic core products in any skincare routine. Without a thorough, yet gentle, cleanse, your following products will not work to their full effectiveness. And, of course, we all know that prevention is better than cure, so SPF30 daily moisturiser is a must-have. From the Skin Essentials range look for Skin Comfort Cleanser and SPF30 Day Cream.
  2. Serum. If you have not yet started using serum then it is time to make the change! Well-formulated serums can deliver targeted actives much deeper than your treatment cream and deliver visible results over time. There are serums for all ages and skin requirements but from an anti-ageing point of view the number one ingredient to use is Vitamin A, the global gold-standard in effective anti-ageing. This ingredient is vital for skin health and function and will keep cellular turnover at optimum levels, giving you brighter, clearer skin with less congestion, diminished lines and a more even colour and texture. Choose the correct serum for your skin type then add a vitamin A serum at night for anti-ageing power on every skin type. From the Skin Essentials range look at Age Slowly Serum.
  3. Treatment Cream. Far more than a ‘moisturiser’, your chosen cream should supply nutrition, hydration and anti-oxidants at a minimum, then ideally you should be able to choose one that also has active ingredients for your skin’s particular needs. Ingredients to look out for: hyaluronic acid, plant butters, seed oils. Try to use creams that do not have silicone in the first few ingredients on the label as a general rule. For example: our Skin Comfort Cream is a fantastic universal cream for normal-dry skin types that will also provide multi-anti-oxidants, plant sterols to deeply moisturise and calm redness, all facilitating an environment where skin cells can function to their capacity, giving you a much slower ageing

For more information on any of these products or treatments, click the links in the text above, check out our treatments page, pop in top our clinic in Selskar, Wexford Town or call us on 053 9145981

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