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Why This Oxygen Superfacial Is Great for the Skin

A superfacial that combines four technologies in one, Geneo works wonders on your face through this hardworking, yet ultra-relaxing treatment.
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Oxygen-infusing facials were all the rage several years ago, with many Hollywood A-listers swearing by their effectiveness in plumping, hydrating, and brightening the skin. Madonna, for instance, is still a known devotee who keeps an oxygen facial machine in each of her six homes aside from the one she takes on her travels. Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham, and Justin Timberlake are also known to have the treatment regularly, which they believe helps combat aging and, more importantly, refreshes and plumps skin right before their public appearances.


The Geneo machine

As technology improves, new non-invasive machines that deliver better results and allow more comfortable administration have been developed. The Geneo Luxury Facial (about P6,000 per treatment), is a breakthrough by aesthetic medical devices developer Pollogen. This premium facial at the Aivee Clinic “integrates the innovative OxyGeneo and TriPollar technologies,” says Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo. “It delivers unparalleled exfoliation, facial skin nourishment, oxygenation, wrinkle reduction, and skin tightening. The results are immediate after the first session and long-lasting with regular treatment maintenance.”


Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo

The application of Geneo feels more like a ritual than a routine, with the facialist performing gentle strokes and relaxing massages throughout this 45-minute facial. After thoroughly cleansing the face with the clinic’s own skincare products, the TriPollar instrument, a wand with four metal balls on one end that delivers targeted radio frequency (RF) waves, is rolled all over the face for around 10 minutes. The TriPollar RF energy is warm, relaxing, and absolutely painless. While it contours, lifts, and improves skin texture like previous-generation RF treatments, this new version causes no discomfort while preventing overheating the skin and eliminating the need for skin and applicator cooling throughout the procedure. It feels very similar to a facial massage, and by the time it’s over, you would have fallen asleep.

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The discreet bzzzt-bzzzt-bzzzt sound of the bt-micro device awakens you. This wand with a flat metal head is used like a scraping tool for around five minutes, applied with upward motions on the face, which uses ultrasonic and microcurrent ionization to exfoliate and clean the skin to prepare it for product penetration. “The ultrasound creates temporary pathways and the microcurrent encourages the penetration of topical products down these pathways,” says Aguilar-Teo.


One of the treatment rooms at the Aivee clinic.

The OxyGeneo process follows, where a serum gel with hyaluronic acid and retinoids for rejuvenation, anti-aging, and brightening is brushed all over the face and buffed through the dermis using a wand with a rotating, rough head, giving a mild and warm tingle. “This process infuses the serum’s active ingredients into the skin and triggers natural skin oxygenation,” adds Aguilar-Teo. So instead of having pressurized oxygen steam blowing directly on your face like older machines, OxyGeneo produces CO2 bubbles that gently burst on the skin surface, “creating a physiological response, sending oxygen-rich blood to the area, which increases blood flow and skin metabolism.”

After 10 minutes, the aesthetician changes the wand’s tip to a roller massager, which she uses all over the face to make sure every last drop of the gel is infused. This is the final and most relaxing step, before she hands over a mirror to reveal the results of just one session—noticeably plumper, glowing, and smoother skin. It may take around three more sessions, however, to see improvement in your acne and dark spots. But if the recommended treatment frequency for the Geneo is every five to seven days, then that shouldn’t be too long a wait. Level 5, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall; 642.4833; 0917.871.9500.

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Nicole’s career in publishing began in 2006. Before becoming Town & Country online’s managing editor, she moved from features editor to beauty editor of the title’s print edition. “The lessons in publishing are countless,” she says. “The most crucial ones for me? That to write best about life, you need to live your life. And another I still struggle to live by: ‘Brevity is a virtue; verbosity is a vice.’”
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