Facial Treatments 101: Choose the Best Facial for You - Geneo

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Facial treatments are an excellent way to improve the overall health of your skin while also relaxing and letting go of all your stress. With so many options available it can be tough to know what each type of facial does and which will be best for you.

To help you choose the best facial treatment for your unique needs, we’ll review the techniques and benefits of four of the most popular types of facials:

  • European facials
  • Hydrating facials
  • Oxygen facials
  • Facial peels

Key Benefits of a Facial Treatment

There are a variety of facial treatments available, and though they differ in technique, active ingredients, and overall results, they still provide many of the same benefits.

  • Deep cleansing: Facials help remove oil and dirt from deep within your pores, leading to fewer blemishes and glowing skin.
  • Better blood circulation: Facial treatments can stimulate circulation, which helps bring more oxygen and nutrients to your skin and reduces puffiness.
  • Moisturizing: Facials hydrate the skin to make it supple and reduce issues such as flakiness and irritation.
  • Reduced scarring: Acne is frustrating enough on its own, but it can also leave long-lasting scars. Facial treatments can help reduce the appearance of scars and even out skin tone.
  • Stress relief: Getting a facial is an act of self-care. It’s a great way to relieve stress while also improving the look and feel of your skin.


Woman with facial treatment product on face

What is a European Facial?

A European facial, also called a classic facial, is the most common facial treatment. It’s an excellent option if you’re looking for a way to de-stress and pamper yourself. Your esthetician can customize the type of products they use during the treatment, such as moisturizers, and masks, to suit your specific skincare needs. This makes European facials appropriate for all skin types.

Geneo facials are an innovative take on the European facial method, and offer immediate and long-lasting results. Learn more about Geneo facial treatments here.

What Does a European Facial Include?

A European facial includes: Steaming, cleansing, exfoliating, massaging, masking, and moisturizing.

A typical European facial starts with an esthetician gently steaming your face to open your pores. They then cleanse and exfoliate your face to remove impurities and dead skin cells that can cause a dull complexion.

Next, they perform a facial massage that stimulates circulation and helps give your skin a healthy glow. It’s also deeply relaxing. The final steps are a face mask followed by a serum or moisturizer to condition your skin.

How Much Does a European Facial Cost?

A classic European facial costs between $50 and $120, depending on how basic you want the services to be. Many salons offer tiers for classic facials, allowing you to customize the services you want. For example, you may be able to choose a simple steam, cleanse, and moisturize option or a more involved process that includes all the steps covered above as well as extractions.

Woman receiving Geneo Hydrate facial treatment

What Is a Hydrating Facial?

A hydrating facial is a treatment that’s focused primarily on deeply moisturizing the skin to reduce the look of fine lines and banish flakiness and irritation. A hydrating facial can benefit all skin types, though it’s especially helpful if you have naturally dry or combination skin. It’s also a great option during the wintertime. Cold, dry air saps moisture from the skin, and this type of facial provides an instant dose of skin-soothing hydration.

Good to know: A hydrating facial is different from a hydrafacial. A hydrafacial is a type of hydrating facial performed with a proprietary device that removes impurities with suction.

If you’re looking for deep, lasting hydration, Geneo’s Hydrate Facial uses innovative technology to enhance moisture retention, strengthen the skin barrier, and increase skin metabolism for a replenished and revitalized complexion.

What Does a Hydrating Facial Include?

A hydrating facial includes: Deep oil cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, masking, and moisturizing.

A hydrating facial has many of the same steps as a European facial, but it’s done with products specifically chosen for their moisturizing properties. Your esthetician will begin with a deep oil cleanse, followed by exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and steam to open your pores. This puts your skin in the best condition to accept the rest of the treatment. For the last step, you’ll receive a hydrating mask and a rich moisturizer to lock in all the hydration.

How Much Does a Hydrating Facial Cost?

A basic hydrating facial can be done at home for just the cost of the materials used, while treatments done professionally can range from $60 to $200.

Man receiving Geneo facial treatment

What is an Oxygen Facial?

An oxygen facial uses highly pressurized oxygen loaded with nutrients your skin needs. The oxygen is applied directly into the outer layer of skin on your face and neck. This nourishing treatment can promote collagen growth to make your skin more supple and reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. It works well on all skin types.

While Geneo facials are not considered oxygen facials, oxygenating the skin is a key factor in the innovative technology and enhanced processes used in all Geneo facials.

Instead of applying pressurized oxygen to your skin, “Geneo’s oxygenation process triggers the body’s natural, physiological process of producing oxygen to increase oxygen levels internally within skin. Oxygen is carried to the surface of the skin where the heightened levels of oxygen prep the skin to absorb nutrients throughout the rest of the facial treatment.”

Click here to learn more about how Geneo facials work, and how our technology provides significantly enhanced results compared to other facial methods.

What Does an Oxygen Facial Include?

An oxygen facial includes: Cleansing, exfoliation, pressurized oxygen treatment.

As with most treatments, an oxygen facial starts with cleansing and exfoliating to prep the skin. Your esthetician will then use a device to apply nutrient-rich, pressurized oxygen to your face and neck, rejuvenating and nourishing your skin.

How Much Does an Oxygen Facial Cost?

An oxygen facial usually costs between $100 and $200, though some clinics charge as much as $500.

Older woman with glowing, healthy-looking skin

What is a Facial Peel?

A facial peel, sometimes called a chemical peel, is a treatment that removes layers of skin. It’s done with a chemical solution commonly made from lactic, salicylic, and glycolic acids. After a peel, your skin grows back smoother, more evenly toned, and younger looking. A peel can also make scars less visible.

What Does a Facial Peel Include?

Unlike other facial treatments which are done by an esthetician, a facial peel (especially a deep peel) is typically performed by a dermatologist as an outpatient procedure.

There are three levels of chemical peel – light, medium, and deep. The three levels refer to how many layers of skin the peel removes. The more layers removed, the more effective the peel. However, it’s important to keep in mind that medium and deep peels can leave your face red for several weeks as the skin heals to reveal a smoother, fresher complexion.

Facial peels are not used in Geneo facials.

How Much Does a Facial Peel Cost?

Chemical peels cost anywhere from $100 to $6,000, depending on what level of peel you’re getting and the clinic you go to. Light peels are the least expensive, and deep peels are the most expensive.

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What Kind of Facial Should I Get?

The best facial treatment for you will depend on your skin type, budget, and what specific results you’re looking for.

  • To moisturize dry skin, try a hydrating facial.
  • To reduce scarring, get a facial peel.
  • To rejuvenate skin, look for an oxygen facial.
  • To relax and get healthy-looking skin, try a European, hydrating, or oxygen facial.

Woman receiving Geneo facial treatment

The Geneo Facial Difference

With most facials, you might receive a different experience at nearly every spa you visit–including varying ingredients, different facial methods, and a wide range of results.

The Geneo facial is different, offering a very high standard with incredible results, no matter what spa or esthetician you receive your facial from.

To help you find the perfect facial, Geneo offers a range of personalized, non-invasive facial treatments that cater to every age and skin type. Whether you’re looking to brighten and rejuvenate, detox and balance, or smooth and firm, we have the perfect facial treatment for your needs.

Click here to find a Geneo Provider near you and schedule your Geneo facial treatment today.

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