of following your prescribed regime:
embark on a new skincare regime it is usually accompanied by high hopes and
great intentions. Hope that this will be ‘the one’ and intentions to stick to
it this time. But many people give up when they don’t see immediate results.
What is vital
to realise is that changes in the skin can takes weeks and even months to show
on the surface. The ravages of a lifetime of incorrect skincare/environmental
damage/hereditary conditions are going to take time to address. However, the good
news is that most skin conditions can be improved at the very least and often
treatment is a two way street. Simply coming to the salon for analysis and
prescription isn’t enough, you must stick exactly to your programme to get the
results you want in the time that you expect.
When I first see
a new client I am happy to spend as long as necessary at the consultation to
ensure that each person knows where they have been going wrong; how products,
medications, diet, lifestyle choices and their unique heredity have led their
skin to where it is now. I explain how
that can be changed and prescribe a homecare and professional course of
treatment as necessary. I follow up every month free of charge until we see the expected results to ensure that everything is going according to plan.
contribution to the plan is to use the products faithfully as described, keep
your follow up appointments, and make any necessary lifestyle changes.
co-operation on both sides any skincare regime is doomed from the start. The
few failures that I see are inevitably down to lack of compliance with either
the homecare regime or follow up appointments. This is really such a waste of
time and money as sometimes (in the case of acne and rosacea treatment particularly)
you will have to start all over again.
possible to have the skin you always wanted? Yes – but like anything in life
worth having you have to put the work in first.
Skin Essentials by Mariga FAQ’s
Are Skin Essentials products suitable for
Yes, the whole ethos behind the product
range is to create a line of products which are free from all known irritants.
All Skin Essentials by Mariga products are free from fragrance, sulphates and
2. How do I know which products are right for me?
I love to see as many people as I can personally
to analyse their skins needs and prescribe a tailored programme. My advanced
skin analysis service has been specially developed to comprehensively assess
your unique skin problems and solutions. Read about it here. For geographical or other reasons it is not
always possible to visit the salon so you will find a distance analysis form on
my website for those who can’t. Just fill it out and I will take it from there.
Prefer to talk to someone? You can always just give me a call to discuss you
skin concerns on 053 9145981.
3.When is the best time to apply my products?
Any time! The important thing is to use them;
they won’t work in the bottle. I can make out a suggested homecare routine
taking into account your available time, lifestyle and commitment level. It doesn’t
matter whether you apply the products day or night except for SPF which must of
course be used during the day and Overnight Repair Cream which must only be
used at night.
4.In what order do I use them?
Serums, if used, are always applied to a
freshly cleansed skin followed during the day by your SPF or at night by your
treatment cream. If using both water and oil based products, the water based
one must be used first with any oily or creamy product layered on top. It is
not necessary to wait between layers, Skin Essentials by Mariga products absorb
and get to work very quickly.
5.When can I expect to see changes in my skin?
This varies between individuals and you
will be given guidelines at your assessment, but generally speaking surface
issues will be resolved within a couple of weeks, deeper changes such as
stimulating sluggish oil flow or boosting collagen production take up to 3
months and acne and rosacea take at least three months to correct. It is
necessary to be patient, a lifetime of incorrect treatment takes time to
correct but with compliance you will reap the benefits far into the future.
6.My skin feels dry, is this normal?
In the first few weeks of your new regime
it is possible that your skin will go through a period of feeling dry or tight.
This is usually due to the fact that most mass market skincare is full of
surface conditioners such as silicones or mineral oil which sit on the surface
of the skin and while they feel nice, they can’t change any cellular dysfunction.
Skin Essentials by Mariga products are designed to absorb fully, penetrating
deeply into the epidermis where they can correct cellular function. Your skin
will miss the ‘greasy’ layer it is used to at first but as your skin becomes
hydrated from within, this feeling will go.
To make your skin feel more comfortable
during this ‘withdrawal’ period I recommend layering your products onto a
still-damp face after cleansing as this will lock in water. For those with very
dry skin to start with I recommend using two drops of Nourishing Oil under
moisturiser until your skin is producing more oil by itself. Also, this can be
a sign that you are not drinking enough water so make sure you are getting your
eight glasses a day.
Facials: which one to choose?
Something that I have been asked about recently is what is
the difference between all the facials on a skincare menu and how would you
know which one to choose? The simple answer to this really is don’t bother
burdening your brain with the details, just ask your skincare professional to
recommend the treatment that is correct for your needs. If you are worried
about price just state your budget and ask what can be done under that amount.
Often you will be asked if you want a pampering or a
results-driven facial. The differences between the two are:
A pampering facial
is one that is mainly performed with relaxation in mind. It will involve a lot
of massage, often essential oils, (shudder) and masks. It will not include any
modules to correct skin function at a cellular level. Your skin will look and
feel better for a day or two afterwards (as a result of the massage draining
tissues) but will not have any lasting effects. This is the type of facial to
have if you are on a relaxing spa day and want to unwind.
Personally if I want relaxation I will have a massage.
facial is one that is performed with long term skin changes and benefits in
mind. It is done as part of a professional skincare programme which includes
skin analysis, corrective homecare and prescriptive treatments. It may include one
or a combination of the following: acid peels, enzyme peels, microdermabrasion,
microcurrent, phototherapy. They are not usually taken as a one-off as they are
part of an overall programme. You can expect this type of facial to be more expensive.
The results will last for a few weeks as long as you use the correct homecare
products. (Most people on a Skin Essentials programme will have a salon treatment
3-4 times a year).
Although designed to be results-driven, these types of facials
are also enjoyable to have. The Skin Essentials by Mariga prescriptive facial
includes a deep facial massage as I believe that massage has great beneficial
effects on the skin, and is usually everyone’s favourite part of their
Do you like your facials to be relaxing or results driven?
Leave a comment and let me know.