Beauty Expert: Gianna Ugolini – Co-Founder of G.C. & Co. Salon
City Life sits down with skin-care expert Gianna Ugolini to discuss beauty trends and the latest in advanced facials.
Gianna Ugolini is one of the leading skin-care experts in the GTA. With almost 25 years of beauty industry experience, it’s no wonder the co-founder of G.C. & Co. Salon & Med Spa in Vaughan, Ont., is making waves for her expertise and cutting-edge skin-care treatments.
The beauty industry moves quickly. In a world driven by social media, beauty trends and client demands are not only rapid, but they are also ever-changing. Every year, Gianna travels abroad to get trained on the latest techniques, practical tips and updates in the field of beauty. Just this past February, Gianna embarked on a journey to London, to become certified in Europe’s Non-Surgical Facelift — otherwise known as the “buccal” technique (an internal mouth massage), which is practised by only a handful of facialists in Europe and the Unites States, which of those being celebrity facialists to A-list stars. With practice, determination and a drive for successful results, Gianna has combined all of her favourite techniques to bring you the unveiling of her newest treatment … the Sculptural Buccal Lift.This one-hour gem of a facial treatment involves a deep contour massage, beginning at the décolleté and leading all the way up to the scalp, followed by a massage inside the cheek and jaw area. This treatment works on almost every muscle of the face, focusing on three sculptural lines. It releases muscle tension, plumps up lips, brings back symmetry, improves blood circulation and lifts the cheekbones. Sound awkward? You bet. But it doesn’t end there. Her signature Lymphatic Drainage, Fascia Release and Pressure Point Techniques, as well as the Microcurrent Treatment, are all part of this session — a relaxing experience with proven results.
“Many people self-diagnose their skin type. More importantly, they misdiagnose their skin type, often spending hundreds of dollars on the wrong products. This can cause long-term damage to the skin.”
Gianna is the first in Vaughan to offer the Sculptural Buccal Lift technique and swears by its benefits. “This treatment offers a range of benefits that clients can both see and feel. Some refer to this technique as the non-surgical facelift, because of its ability to naturally contour the face.”
The benefits go well beyond the superficial: the technique is both recommended and used for those living with TMJ disorders — a type of temporomandibular disorder that can cause pain in your jaw joints and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Many people with TMJ will also grind their teeth during sleep, causing mild to severe headaches. The Sculptural Buccal Lift can help address these symptoms.
Gianna encourages people to have their skin analyzed professionally. “Many people self-diagnose their skin type. More importantly, they misdiagnose their skin type, often spending hundreds of dollars on the wrong products. This can cause long-term damage to the skin.”
The skin-care expert recommends four beauty products for all skin types that she says will rejuvenate the skin by restoring its natural plumpness and adding a healthy glow. These products, along with advanced facials, are not only transformative, but they are also a must-have in every skin-care regime.
Gianna’s Beauty Picks
The skin-care expert recommends the following four beauty products that are suitable for all skin types.
1. The Stone Crop Cleansing Oil by Éminence Organic Skin Care removes impurities, while providing the ideal glide for Gianna’s cupping set.
2. The jade roller increases blood circulation, promotes lymphatic drainage and assists with product penetration.
3. The Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels by skyn ICELAND are cooling transdermal gel patches which infuse the eye area with highly potent active ingredients and Icelandic glacial water to firm, tone and brighten the skin, while reducing the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles.
All products available at G.C. & Co. Salon & Med Spa.
G.C. & Co. Salon & Med Spa
6175 Hwy 7, Unit 7, Woodbridge, Ont.