A younger face starts with healthy-looking, bright skin.

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Facial Exfoliation: For a Special Occasion

To ring in the new year, you’ll want to put your best face forward, and the OxyGeneo medical spa facial allows you to do so. The professional facial is a three-in-one treatment that exfoliates the skin with a patented Capsugen capsule tip made of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and other minerals. These minerals help eliminate dead skin cells. This is then followed by a cleansing with the same tip to prepare the skin for the infusion. The two types of OxyGeneo facials available are the NeoBright and NeoRevive. For a brightening effect that reduces pigmentation and sun damage, the NeoBright involves applying an active ingredient infusion that is applied to the face with the applicator tip producing the Bohr effect (oxygenation in the skin). This oxygenation allows the skin-care serum to fully absorb into the skin. The NeoRevive helps fight wrinkles and fine lines.

Throughout the facial you feel a dull tingling sensation. Skin feels immediately softer and fresher after the first treatment due to the intense exfoliatiom and deep integration of the serum. You’ll fall in love! Each facial ($150, visit Geneo.ca to locate a clinic provider) lasts at least 30 minutes, but can extend to an hour if a ritualistic cleansing and makeup application is added. Although skin looks brighter and radiant after one treatment, full results are seen after five facials.

Facial Exfoliation: Sonic Facial Cleansing Brushes

Regular at-home exfoliation with a cleansing brush is a great way to maintain healthy skin, and will help your topicals penetrate properly. With the gold standard of sonic facial cleansing brushes being the Clarisonic, which includes every kind of brush head you’ll ever need to cover your skin-care needs from head to toe, it's tough to determine if the large influx of newer models launched by other reputable skin-care and grooming brands can do an equally comparable job. To make your facial cleaning system shopping easier this holiday season—whether it’s for you or a loved one—we chose our top three alternative favourites and give you a rundown of why you need them.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush ($95 for brush, $29 for replacement head, Clinique.com and Clinique counters)

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- Tilted oval brush head allows for effective cleansing in more difficult areas, such as under the nose, hairline and chin.

- Uses two kinds of brush bristles: green on the tip for intensive cleansing of areas that are more prone to oil and dirt buildup, and softer white bristles on the rest of the brush for larger, more delicate areas, such as the cheeks.

- Ergonomic handle combined with waterproof design allows for use both in and out of the shower.

Philips PureRadiance Facial Cleaning System ($149.99 for brush, $19.99 for replacement brush head, London Drugs and Personal Edge)

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- Sleek design with a convenient drying and charging station that doesn’t take up a lot of room on the counter and provides 30 cordless uses.

- Deep-cleanses pores to eliminate dirt and makeup, allowing for optimal absorption of skin topicals.

- Custom timer indicates to move the brush every 20 seconds to avoid skin irritation and cleanse evenly for a one-minute facial treatment.

- Three types of brush heads for specific skin concerns: normal, sensitive and exfoliating.

Conair True Glow Sonic Skincare Solution ($99.99 for brush, approximately $9 for replacement brush, Walmart and drugstores)

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- Brush head moves at 300 oscillations per second.

- Allows for even cleansing of entire face due to timer that indicates for you to move to the next spot every 10 seconds.

- Includes two brush heads: one for the facial cleansing to eradicate patchy skin, reduce breakouts and decrease visibility of pores, and the other for body exfoliation for smoother skin.