A visit to Mariga of Skin Essentials in Wexford for a skin consultation and a TriPollar Facial was supposed to take about an hour, but the woman is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to talking about skin and the hour became two.

A fountain of knowledge with very definite ideas about skin, Mariga has worked for 25 years in the industry and has trained with some of the world leaders in the fields of micro-needling and skin care. I have had one session of micro-needling and was very impressed with the results. You can check that post HERE.

She is very excited about her newest acquisition, The Pyramid Facelift, and she is the FIRST in Ireland to offer it. But more about that another time!

I was here for the TriPollar Facial which is one of several elements of this non-invasive facelift. I will be having the whole shebang at some stage, but as the skin could react by being red for a few days following it and as I had an event the following day, Mariga recommended:

TriPollar Radio-frequency Skin Tightening

‘This facial rejuvenation skin tightening treatment is ideal for those looking to boost their collagen production, hydrate deeply and smooth the first appearance of lines.’

The treatment is specially effective on jawline contours, under the chin and on the neck, although improvements will be seen all over the face.  Of course, I had much more than ‘the first appearance of lines’ but Mariga assured me that I would see improvements.

First of all, the area was covered with a numbing gel. Then the machine was expertly massaged by Mariga in an upward motion starting at the jawline and  I could feel a slight muscle contraction. I have a high threshold of pain obviously, as it was increased to the highest level and I did not find it too uncomfortable.

HERE IS THE SCIENCE FOR THE NERDS!

TriPollar with Dynamic Muscle Activation (DMA)

‘TriPollar is the only non-invasive technology to use radio-frequency energy to generate heat through resistance in both the dermal and subcutaneous layers, causing collagen fibres to contract. This creates an immediate skin tightening effect. Increased fibroblast activity results in collagen regeneration for a long-term effect. DMA (Dynamic Muscle Activation) energy stimulates the facial muscles, resulting in lifting and toning of the skin. DMA also accelerates lymphatic drainage, blood and lymph circulation, optimising tissue oxygenation and detoxification.’

And here are the undoctored pictures:

According to  Mariga, up to 6 sessions will give maximum results which will last up to two years. I was slightly pink after, but it was gone within the hour.

You can see quite impressive results (above) after just 30 minutes.

But a visit to Mariga is not only about the treatment or treatments.

MARIGA’S SKIN ESSENTIALS RANGE

Several years ago, following intensive research and consultation, she launched her own range of skincare products, Skin Essentials by Mariga, which have built up a loyal following.

Mariga explained that no ingredient is used for ‘label value’. A common practice in mass-market skincare at all price points, label value is including an ingredient so that it can be placed on the labelling and marketed as “contains x” even though there is not a high enough percentage of the ingredient to have any impact on the skin. All ingredients in her products are used at maximum percentages in order to ensure results.

I was sent home with two of her products to use at night.

Lipid Repair Concentrate

This serum is a real life saver for dry, fragile or compromised skin. Just a couple of drops helps repair the skin’s barrier and prevent dryness, irritation and flakiness.  Use every night for dry skin conditions, or as a booster for a month if your skin gets temporarily dry. The serum protects the epidermal layers and with continued use effects positive changes in the skin’s own lipid functions, correcting dryness, tightness, flakiness and irritation at a cellular level.

Skin Comfort Cream

Skin Comfort Cream is a beautiful, velvety cream suitable for all skin types except oily. Natural oils, butters, plant sterols and anti-oxidants pack this cream full of nature’s goodness to keep your skin supplied with nutrients.

MY REVIEW

It is impossible not to be impressed by Mariga’s enthusiasm, her depth of knowledge and  her commitment to bring the best treatments and products to her salon.

I am always reluctant to recommend brands, because I believe that what works for me might not work for you, but Mariga offers a bespoke service to her clients, because she also recognises that we all have different needs.

So the first step is a detailed assessment, as I had, followed by treatments and a home-care regime to bring your skin to its optimum.

I am enjoying using both products and certainly felt that my skin looked really well following the treatment, despite having had a really stressful week worrying about Graham.

The Skincare Rules

Mariga’s philosophy is outlined in her book ‘The Skincare Rules’ and makes an interesting read. For example, she does not believe that eye creams serve any useful purpose and she is against over-use of exfoliation. You can buy her book on Amazon or at the salon.

She has built up a loyal following and her clients travel from all over the country and many ladies come for girly weekends in Wexford  and include in it a visit to Mariga also.

Now there’s an idea!