Tuong-Vi Giang, L.E.

Aloha! My name is

Tuong-Vi Giang.

Sounds like ‘Tongue-Vee Yang.’

I am a facial massage therapist, skincare specialist and makeup artist from New York City, with a focus on biochemical processes of the skin and body. I specialize in advanced facial massages and holistic science-based facial treatments to provide a safe, non-invasive alternative for the skin. My philosophy for skincare is to simply bring awareness to oneself and supporting the skin’s complex functions.

After overcoming bipolar disorder, I realized that good mental health is imperative to my life. My family’s healthcare struggles, along with my mental health awareness have inspired me to help others through my love of skincare. Years later, as a licensed esthetician working in Manhattan, I was given a rare opportunity to travel the world. I boldly seized this opportunity and went in search of unique techniques in over seven different countries.

During my travels, I was lucky enough to study in Paris with world-renowned facialist, Joëlle Cioccio. There, I received training and practice of Madame Cioccio's sustainable approach to respecting the skin’s ecosystem as well as her carefully examined knowledge of the epidermis.

Along the way, I traveled to my birth country of Vietnam, where I met Bui Quoc Chau, a noted professor and acupuncturist. He taught me the art of facial reflexology - a skillful manipulation of points in the face linked to body organs. I had the privilege of treating Vietnamese locals in Saigon with a wide-range of physical ailments and skin conditions.


Mental-Focused Skincare

Not just about making skin pretty…

Skincare and makeup -- there’s a stigma of vanity, insecurity and superficiality. What most people don’t see is that beauty and mental health are inextricably linked to one another. It is true that skincare is also caring for the person as a whole. Beauty goes beyond our outer appearances. By taking care of ourselves, the whole health of our being can shine through, making us feel and look our best. Participating in a beauty ritual like getting a facial treatment or applying makeup can actually benefit and calm the nervous system. In recent years, researchers across the world have quietly made advances in understanding the interplay between the nervous system and the skin. Although, causes of skin conditions such as acne and eczema are multifactorial, often times they are related to our emotions.

As someone who’s been challenged with bipolar disorder for most of my life, I can attest that relaxing activities have tremendously helped me overcome my suffering. This is why I’ve tied this awareness to every aspect of my work because chances are, there’s not one person out there who hasn’t dealt with mental distress.

Facial massages and treatments not only rejuvenate and repair the skin, but they also tap into the parasympathetic system by allowing the body to fall into a deep rest without the distractions of daily life. During this time, your cells receive the nutrients they need through the movement of blood and lymph caused by massaging the skin. Therefore, helping you to be silent and listen peacefully for any unhealthy patterns or habits that were unnoticeable through all the noise. This tranquil time is just for you; take pleasure in the freedom from your troubles. Together, a peaceful mind and massage will encourage rehabilitated skin and mind. Even though we cannot control every facet of our emotions, we have full control over routines that can help to manage everyday stress to maintain the balance of our physical and mental health.