G.C. & Co. Salon and Med Spa – Gianna Ugolini: Korean Glass Facial
Up-and-coming facialist Gianna Ugolini unveils the newest addition to her skin-care menu, after a year in the making, at G.C. & Co. Salon and Med Spa.
With 25 years of facial experience, Gianna is renowned for putting her own spin on the classic European facial. She combines her signature contour massage with modern-day equipment and techniques, which makes for an experience like no other. The newest addition to her facial menu is the Korean Glass Facial, featuring oxygen, cryotherapy and so much more, which has been over a year in the making. After several trips to California to master the Korean facial massage technique and personally choosing and testing several facial masks and tools, it has all come together perfectly.
This treatment was inspired by Gianna’s interest in how Koreans are so dedicated to obtaining that ultimate glass-like glow. In Korea, “the average at-home skin regimen consists of 10 steps.” says Gianna. “They’re at the helm when it comes to skin care and take it very seriously,” she adds. “The oxygen system I incorporate into the mix was voted best beauty device/treatment in Korea for 2019.”
Gianna also incorporates cryogen, which cools the skin and causes immediate vasoconstriction (tightening of the vessels), restoring radiance and soothing inflammation. She also features a low-frequency ultrasound/LED device that she loves to use for skin tightening and wrinkle smoothing.
“The Oxygen System I Incorporate Was Voted Best Beauty Device/treatment In Korea For 2019”
This 90-minute treatment also involves lymphatic drainage, extractions, contour massage, hot stones, the freeze-dried collagen mask and the rubberized peel-off mask. “I love masking and look forward to clients experiencing these two glow boosters together in one treatment,” she says. As for the oxygen system, it’s a hyperbaric oxygen machine, producing 98 per cent pure oxygen (a.k.a. negative ions). These odourless, tasteless molecules are breezed into a respiratory dome, and comfortably placed over the face multiple times during the facial to boost all the products applied. At the end, a special spray gun is used to infuse the skin further with super-hydrating serums.
“Every day, we get bombarded with positive ions, which have a negative effect on our body when exposed to in excess, making us feel tired and worn out,” says Gianna. “Negative ions help relieve stress, and boost energy to revitalize your skin, improve fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging.” Afterwards, you’re left with healthy, glowing skin.
Her favourite part of every facial? The contour massage. “I’m constantly tweaking it to achieve instant visible results,” she says, as facial massage can drastically improve the appearance of skin, improving circulation, ironing out expression lines and toning muscles.
Gianna combines the Korean facial massage with her own signature contour massage, making it a technique like no other. Facials are her passion, and she travels abroad a few times a year to constantly learn new techniques. “I’ll never stop learning. I want to be a good role model for my nine-year-old daughter by showing her that when a woman is passionate about her career, the sky’s the limit.”
Gianna’s biggest piece of advice? Monthly facials and a really good home-care routine to be carried out morning and night. “One skin cycle consists of 28 days — that is how long it takes for skin cells to regenerate. A facial once a month sloughs away dullness, leaving you with a healthy glow,” she adds. “I also offer a very popular 16-week program: clients visit me every week for 16 weeks, where I treat them with everything I have to offer. And they’re left with an incredible transformation.” Check out the before/ after photos for yourself on Gianna’s Instagram page (@gianna_gcandco).