Interview with Spa Universe Beauty Therapist, Gwen Giorla

| 23 September , 2010 | Reply

A little while ago I was lucky enough to be treated to a decadent facial with Gwen Giorla a beauty therapist based at True Solutions Head Office in Waterloo.  True Solutions is the home of Spa Universe Beauty Salons and divine skincare brands from around the globe.  They distribute the “best of the best” skincare brands through their vast network of Salons, Spa’s and MediSpa’s and you can reap the benefits as well.

I was booked in for the Winter Warmer Sauna Facial and I couldn’t wait, although the treatment time said it would be 75 minutes, it only went for 55mins so I missed out on the back massage.  But I was treated to an aromatherapy facial that included a heavenly massage to the neck and décolleté using their DECLÉOR range of products that had me nestling in the clouds of heaven. Gwen tailored the products to my specific skin concerns, and I literally melted under her fingers.

If you were to get the Winter Warmer Sauna Facial it also includes a signature back diagnostic massage, using a relaxing body Sauna Mask. The warm and milky body mask is infused with aromatic papaya enzymes and is drizzled along your spine, leaving a creamy layer of French white clay that moisturises, brightens and deeply cleanses your full back.  Now doesn’t that sound like heaven? So I am a bit bummed I missed out but that doesn’t take away from my facial in any way.

The Winter Warmer Sauna Facial is still available and priced from RRP$160 for 75mins.  Each month Spa Universe have a variety of promotions, so I recommend you sign up to their newsletter and keep informed of what they have on offer.

The DECLÉOR brand started 35 years ago (1974!) in France as CLEOR (The Clé en Or or Golden Key that opens the Temple of Beauty).  Its philosophy was “Be more than skin-deep” and each iniative was designed for the wellbeing of the body, the skin and the spirit, and astonishingly holistic and cutting-edge approach.

Founded by a team of aromatherapy experts and Solange Dessimoulie now Head of Customer Services, DECLÉOR is regarded as one of the most luxurious and respected French cosmetics brands in the world, and a specialist in the aroma skincare and total wellness category.

I asked Gwen a few questions about being a beauty therapist with True Solutions:

How\’d you get into being a beauty therapist?

When I was working in America, my flatmate was a beauty therapist. She would give me weekly facials and manicures, I thought to myself could this really be a job?? I was at the time of my life where I wasn\’t sure what I wanted to do, and questioned myself about my skills and interests.

I loved all things beauty and health, and I knew I had great hands, and didn\’t want to work in desk job.  I also knew that if I was to choose a profession, I want to be able to help people feel great about themselves.

So when I got back to Sydney, I researched my options (nutritionist, hairdressing, chef, nursing, community workers, jewellery designer etc) and did some work experience with industries that I thought would enjoy, but it didn\’t really wow me.  I then went on completing unpaid work experience for two weeks at a spa/salon in Manly. I loved every second of it.

I went on studying full time 6 days a week at a Private College in Sydney. Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT), and completed an Advanced Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Spa.

While still completing my course, The Four Seasons Hotel (SPA) employed me on causal basis, trained me at a spa level and offered me a full time position.

I was stoked, back then if you were a therapist for The Four Seasons, you were considered a pot of gold!  From there new, bigger and exciting doors started opening,

How\’d you come about working True Solutions International, the home of Spa Universe?

Looking through job ads I saw a position had become available with True Solutions International -  I applied and waited with my toes and fingers crossed every day.  After one and a half grueling months later, human resources called me and the rest is history!

What do you love about it?

Working for a skincare company with products I believe in. Also learning and being mentored by industry leaders. I love using my creativity and expertise every day. Helping people about their skin, while educating them the difference about cosmeceuticals and cosmetics

What do you love about DECLÉOR products?

The power of aromatherapy, there\’s nothing like it. It really does relax the mind, body and soul.

It\’s a beautiful and an elegant treatment, and pregnancy friendly. I also love the DECLÉOR rituals for eg the DECLÉOR back massage before any the facial. It\’s not a Trademark DECLÉOR facial without it.

What are your five favourite products that you can\’t live without?

  • True All Day Moisture SPF 30 Untinted (Sunscreen- My Protection from aging and sun rays)
  • MD Formulations Skin Renewal Serum (Corrector- My skins best friend, maintains and controls my breakouts)
  • Priori Coffeeberry Radiance Eye Serum (Eye Product- First signs of aging are around the eyes)
  • Decleor Circularome Balm (All over body Product- I have bad circulation, I massage this all over my body after dry body brushing)
  • bareMinerals Matte Medium Beige Foundation (Foundation- The only makeup I will use as a base)

Who do you get to give you a facial seeing as you can\’t really do yourself?

Omnilux Revive- it does everything I need within the 20 minutes. Anti aging, acne control, radiance, happy feeling, boosting your immune system and I get to meditate while under the light.

If you want to indulge (I totally recommend it), then visit the Spa Universe website to find your nearest stockist: or call 1800 808 993.

Facial was with compliments of True Solutions

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