Hydrafacial vs. Geneo®: Which is Better?


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Getting a facial is a relaxing way to pamper yourself. Whether you get a facial to brighten your skin or treat acne, that post-treatment feeling is unmatched. The Hydrafacial and Geneo facial treatments are both powerhouse facials yielding incredible benefits. While both facials decrease the appearance of pores, brighten and hydrate the skin, and improve the skin’s texture there are some key differences between the two treatments to help you decide which is best for you. 

What is a Hydrafacial?

A Hydrafacial reveals a new layer of skin through gentle exfoliation and non-invasive resurfacing with hydradermabrasion technology. Hydradermabrasion uses a vacuum to clean out pores instead of the traditional grit-style resurfacing. While the patented vacuum device is cleaning out the pores, it is simultaneously infusing the skin with powerful serums to moisturize, brighten, plump and protect the skin. A Hydrafacial is completed in three steps - cleanse, exfoliate and infuse. 

Hydrafacials can be customized to treat a variety of skin concerns by adding one of the boosters. In addition to the boosters, your esthetician can customize the cleanse step based on your goals as well by selecting from three different strengths of glycolic acid peels. The Hydrafacial wand’s suction power can also be customized to treat sensitive areas, like under the eyes or ramped up to extract blackheads from the nose.

Hydrafacial Boosters

Boosters are a great way to amplify the already amazing Hydrafacial results. One booster can be added to a Hydrafacial treatment. 

Skin Concern






Cleanses, dissolves excess oil, and purifies pores

Treats acne and prevents future breakouts

Salicylic Acid: Reduces the severity of acne

Green Tea extract: Helps soothe irritation



Diminished the appearance of wrinkles

Improves skin tone, texture and firmness

Enhances hydration and reduces the appearance of redness in as early as 48 hours

Lecithin & Polysaccharides: Hydrating

Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan: Increases the skin’s self-protecting capacity, accelerates skin recovery and restores the skin’s moisture barrier.

Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Erythritol, Carrageenan: Crosslinked polysaccharide, fresh burst of moisture.

Clinically proven 8 hour moisturization after single use.



Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Helps improve skin firmness and volume

Formulated to treat aging concerns from frown lines, smile lines and forehead lines

Inyline® | SYN®-AKE Botaniceutical™ NI: Three unique peptide complexes designed to help relax muscle contractions that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Ellagi-c™: A bark extract that encourages collagen synthesis to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Idealift™ | SYN®-TC Peptamide 6™: Peptide complexes that assist in improving structural integrity to fight against skin sagging and encourage a firmer, plumper appearance.

Phytosan™ K: Soybean seed extract that helps to stimulate skin’s regenerative function and protect against UV damage to fight the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid: Attracts hydration to the skin for a softer, more moisturized feel.



Helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhances skin elasticity.

Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl: Peptide

Hydroxythreonine: Peptide

Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diamionhydroxybutyrate: Peptide



Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Energizes the skin

Leaves skin feeling radiant and glowing

Chronocyclin Peptide: Anti-aging Chronopeptide, optimizes skin cell’s physiological activities of regeneration and stimulation of Vitamin D.

NeoDermyl: The “needle-free” collagen and elastin filler, pure source of bio-energy to recharge skin’s beauty, boosts skin density and overall firmness.

Matrixyl Morphomics Peptide: Newest peptide in the Matrixyl family, clinically shown to reduce the appearance of expression lines.

Matrixyl Synthe’6 Peptide: Assists in stimulating dermal matrix proteins, clinically shown to decrease wrinkle depth between 31–100%.



Helps clear out damaged collagen and elastin

Helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new elastin and collagen

Reduces the appearance of thinning skin, fine lines and wrinkles

Improves overall texture and tone for a more youthful complexion

Phosphatidylserine: Helps support skin’s ability to maintain healthy collagen levels

Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5: Aids proteins that maintain the structure of the dermis and epidermis

Acetyl Hexapeptide-38 and L-Ornithine: Supports healthy adipose tissue for skin plumping

Tremella Fuciformis Mushroom: Improves the skin’s ability to retain water, reducing the appearance of dry and dehydrated skin



Rejuvenate and protect your skin

Hydrate, repair, and radiate your skin leaving it shiny

Addressing signs of aging

Cocktail of ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, glucan and betaine



Designed to boost collagen and elastin production

Diminish the appearance of fine lines.

Captures and removes toxins and irritants

M-007 Fulvate Complex

A wide range of proteins



Accelerates skin’s surface renewal and instantly plumps to minimize the look of wrinkles, even tone and boost youthful radiance

Rapid renewal while being gentle on skin

Plump skin’s surface

Exfoliates and smooths

Retinol Tri-Active Technology

Micronized collagen peptides

Glycolic acid



Clinically proven to reduce the wrinkled appearance of the face and neck

Clinically proven to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Promotes maximum hydration of the skin Addresses potential visible effects from blue light

Promotes the look of skin firmness and repair

Possesses strong antioxidant and soothing properties to help calm skin and fight visible aging

AGSE (INCI name: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract): Clinically proven to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while possessing strong antioxidant and soothing properties to help calm skin and fight visible aging

HYVIA® (INCI name: Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil: Clinically proven to boost the skin barrier function and moisturization

Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract: Helps reinforce the architecture of the skin

Multiple Weight Hyaluronic Acid: Promotes maximum hydration of the skin



Brightens and balances skin tone while minimizing the appearance of darks spots and sun spots.

Alpha-Arbutin: Brightening agent

Vitamin C: Antioxidant

Bearberry Extract: Brightener



Accelerates skin's surface renewal

Minimizes the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation

Brightens and smooths

Gold-stabilized Vitamin C: One-of-a-kind Vita-C Complex enhances L-ascorbic acid stability and potency to visibly brighten skin

Glycolic Acid: Helps soothe, brighten, revive dull skin & even tone

Tranexamic Acid: Minimizes the look of hyperpigmentation

RepleniCell™: Dr. Murad's proprietary technology for younger-looking skin through hydration: osmolytes attract water, amino acids bind water, and trehalose locks in water to skin



Reduces the appearance of brown spots.

Evens skin tone.

Prevents new pigmentation formation.

Restores hydration to replenish skin’s vital hydration balance.

Skin Brightening Complex: Unique blend of skin brighteners block the production of pigmentation.

Glycerin: Hydration restoration, replenishment and retention.



Protects the skin from free radical damage

Provides optimal hydration

Reduces visible signs of redness

Diffuporine Peptide: Increases skin hydration and presence of Aquaporin channels in the cell, recognized as an intrinsic cell hydrator.

Brightenyl: Delivers essential antioxidants, protects against inflammation, reactive oxygen species and reduces pigmentation.

AcquaCell: Increases hydration levels in the skin, diminishes fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid: Multiple weight hyaluronic acid blend designed for maximizing hydration effect and key ingredient delivery.



Helps relieve the visible signs of red, sensitized skin.

Helps replenish hydration and support a healthy skin barrier function.

Helps detoxify the skin.

Lactose, milk protein: Helps minimize inflammation and diminish the appearance of skin redness.

Rosa Canina Extract: sebum control, pore minimizer.

Hair Regeneration


Enhances benefits of in-office treatment

Delivers daily nourishment to scalp and hair follicles

Stimulate scalp circulation

Complements oral, topical, laser and surgical hair loss treatments

HydraFacial Keravive Peptide Complex: proprietary blend of synthetic growth factors and skin proteins to support the appearance of healthier, fuller-looking hair

Panthenol, a Vitamin B5 derivative: delivers hair and skin conditioning, humectant, and moisturizing properties

Arginine: builds keratin and skin collagen proteins



Cleanses, exfoliates, and hydrates the scalp and hair follicles

Removes dirt, oil, flakes, dead skin cells and impurities from the surface of the scalp and from hair follicles

Stimulates scalp circulation

Infuses the scalp and hair follicles with growth factors and skin proteins to promote the appearance of healthier, thicker, fuller-looking hair

HydraFacial Keravive Peptide Complex: proprietary blend of synthetic growth factors and skin proteins to support the appearance of healthier, fuller-looking hair

Panthenol, a Vitamin B5 derivative: delivers hair and skin conditioning, humectant, and moisturizing properties

Arginine: builds keratin and skin collagen proteins

Source: https://www.hydrafacial.com/enhancements/boosters/

What is a Geneo Facial?

A Geneo® facial is a non-invasive 3 in 1 facial that exfoliates, infuses and oxygenates the skin using patented technology that creates CO2 bubbles that gently burst on the skin, sending oxygen-rich blood to the area. It gently exfoliates the skin with a high pressure oxygen stream  to plump and hydrate the skin. The treatment takes 45 min, depending on the type of treatment you select. The Geneo® facial is also performed in three steps - cleanse, exfoliate and oxygenate. 

Like the Hydrafacial, a Geneo® facial can also be customized based on your skin goals. 

Geneo® Customizations Include: 


Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while increasing the firmness and elasticity of your skin. 


Brighten and even the skin tone while minimizing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 


Rehydrate and moisturize your skin while reducing redness and irritation to restore your skin barrier.


Cleanse oily skin and treat acne while removing toxins and bacteria from the skin. 

Hydrafacial vs. Geneo® Facial: Which is Better?

Each treatment has its unique benefits, leaving it up to you to decide which treatment is better suited for your individual needs. Both treatments invigorate the skin, leaving you with a brighter, glowy and firmer complexion. They also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decrease pore visibility and treat acne. 

If you’re looking for deeper hydration, exfoliation and resurfacing, the Hydrafacial will provide better results. 

If you’re looking for plumper skin and improved circulation to improve collagen production over time, the Geneo® facial may be the best treatment for you. 

Schedule Your Facial Treatment Today! 

The experts at VIO Med Spa will help you determine which facial treatment is best for you. Schedule your Hydrafacial or Geneo® facial today at a VIO Med Spa near you

Interested? Book an appointment today!