More than skin deep: About Face founder Marianna Glucina on your next ‘skinvestment’

5 July 2023
By Fashion Quarterly

As pioneering Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland skincare clinic About Face celebrates 37 years in business, founder and director Marianna Glucina tells why her tack continues to change the face of her industry — and her clients.

After a couple of years working as a skin therapist, at the age of 23, I made a relatively impulsive decision to start my own business. 

The beauty industry was in its infancy and very much found behind closed doors in affluent suburbs. I wanted to ensure beauty therapy was accessible to everyone, so I opened a clinic in Auckland’s Henderson and threw open the doors with large displays and visible waiting areas. After a few years’ growth, I partnered with my brother Paul to open a second Auckland clinic and we’ve since expanded to seven. 

We’ve pioneered several advanced skin technologies in New Zealand, such as laser for skin rejuvenation, LED light therapy and permanent hair reduction.

Today, I’m most passionate about our line-up of advanced facials, which combine different technologies to address specific skin concerns and reverse ageing, including our award-winning Power of Three facial and advanced high-tech treatments. Education has always been at the forefront of everything we do, and we’re known for researching and bringing only the best equipment to our clients. 

About Face therapists have long been regarded as the industry’s best, due to the extensive training and development we invest in their careers.

They have excellent cosmeceuticals to work with and gold-standard equipment. First, we do an analysis of the skin and find out what’s going on in our clients’ lives that might be having an impact on its health. It might mean that we discover they’ve been having a pretty tough time recently, so we’ll switch out their advanced facial to a relaxing treatment instead, and make a plan to see them in a couple of weeks’ time for their advanced facial. 

It’s a misconception that your skin is going to shed like a snake after a peel or that you’ll need to hide away.

Lasers for skin rejuvenation require almost no downtime; skin is simply left hydrated and fresher looking. We pioneered both the Fraxel and Clear + Brilliant laser treatments, and now we also offer Laser Genesis. For most people, this is a lunchtime treatment. In the case of Laser Genesis with the Cutera Excel V+, it’s a game-changer — only a half-hour treatment with zero pain and zero downtime.

Like a lifetime of exercise and strength training will sculpt your muscles and improve your muscle mass, keeping your body feeling younger, so too does a regular and consistent investment in your skin.

Many of our clients have been on a skin journey with us for more than 10 years and the quality of their skin really sets them apart from their peers. We aim to maintain the integrity of the skin beneath the surface, stimulate collagen production and ensure the circulation is nourishing and feeding the cells.

Taking into account how well you’ve cared for your skin in previous years and the amount of sun exposure you’ve had, we can help you work towards achieving your skin goals.

We most commonly see a reduction in fine lines wrinkles, a reduction in pigmentation and scarring, a reduction in visible pores and acne, improved tone and texture, and improved collagen production and strength.

There’s no better feeling than seeing a client happy with their ‘skinvestment’ when they look in the mirror.

We’ve helped thousands of Aucklanders regain their skin health and confidence. We help brides prepare for their wedding day and new mothers take time for themselves, and guide women through the changes that occur in their skin during hormonal shifts. We love that we’ve created a safe space in which to educate, empower and care for our clients.



About Face is offering ‘3 for 2’ skin rejuvenation treatments plus a free consultation valued at $55 until the end of July 2023.

Discuss with their skin experts how their range of treatments — including IPL Skin Rejuvenation, Dermapen4, Fraxel, Cutera Laser Genesis, Ultraformer and Clear + Brilliant — can achieve incredible results. Your first treatment must be redeemed by August 31, 2023.
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