Destination I Do
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Facial that Does it All

Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of Geneo

I’m not going to sugar coat it - I’ve never been a huge fan of facials. When going to a spa or salon, if given the choice between a massage, wrap or facial, I’m never choosing the facial. In part because it’s not typically a relaxing or pleasant experience for me. I have sensitive skin that often breaks out immediately following a treatment even if the products used are high quality and known to not cause irritation. 

When Geneo Facial reached out to us to see if we might want to try a session, I was reluctant. But reading the reviews and living in a relentlessly dry climate, I figured it might be worth my time. 

What made me perk up reading the pitch from the PR person was the three-in-one technology that’s used. Oxygen is the main component of the three part facial - exfoliation, oxygenation and nourishment. Depending on what ails your skin, you can choose from six different treatments. One can brighten and rejuvenate your skin while another will boost and firm and the list goes on. For me, I needed some skin quenching to moisturize my tired, dry skin so I went with the “Hydrate Facial” promising to retain moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. 


I met the aesthetician who gave me the full tutorial of how the machine works and why it’s so effective for skin issues of all types. Honestly, I have heard all the schpiels before and am always a skeptic. My guard was up thinking my skin would break out and I’d be squirming half way through the facial because something was burning or painful. 

Not this time. My practitioner was very skilled and heard my concerns from the start. She was incredibly gentle but also made sure to explain how effective this non-invasive this technology and product was.


I relaxed and for about 45 minutes found myself enjoying the facial almost as much as a massage!

By the end, my skin was glowing and she gave me some samples as a parting gift, so I could keep the hydration lasting as long as possible. 

When I left, my skin wasn’t red and inflamed as I’ve experienced in the past - it was radiant and moisturized. But the real test was what would happen the next day…would I experience a breakout as I usually do? 

I’m happy to report, the following day, my skin was blemish-free and not irritated in the least. The hydration had diminished, but I was still looking better than I had pre-facial. 

If you’re like me and shy away from going in for treatments, I highly recommend the Geneo facial. There are practitioners around the U.S. who offer this type of facial - so get yourself W-day ready without the pain or suffering of a traditional treatment. 

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