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7 Ways to Beat the Blahs of Dry Skin

March 30th, 2015

If your dry skin seems particularly bad during the winter months, you’re not alone. Try these tips to help banish dry skin.

  1. Drink more water.

According to NaturalSkinCareSecrets.com, your body loses water when you exercise or are cooped up with heated air inside during colder weather. In these situations, you should increase your water intake.

  1. Add paraffin to your next manicure.

If your cuticles are torn or you have cuts around them because your skin is dry, paraffin can be a great help. Paraffin wax is mainly used as a sealant and as a preservative because it can help retain moisture and prevent spoilage. When used on your hands, it can help smooth and soften them.

  1. Use steam during a facial.

Steam is hydrating, clears up breakouts and creates the appearance of smoother skin. Through steam, oxygen is brought into your face which increasing your circulation and almost instantly gives you a more youthful appearance.

  1. Plug in your humidifier.

Skincareforwrinkles.com says if you use a humidifier:

  • Your skin will be plumper after just a few days.
  • Fine lines may disappear.
  • Skin will be more youthful looking.
  • Your complexion will be smoother.
  • Skin will feel fresher.
  1. Avoid hot water.

Hot water removes your natural skin oils more quickly. Use warm water instead. And only wash face at night if skin is dry. In the morning, rinse skin with cool water.

  1. Protect your lips.

Use lip balm whenever you are headed outside to prevent dry, chapped lips. As a bonus, you can also use your lip balm to:

  • Hydrate cuticles
  • Smooth ends of your hair
  • Soothe rashes
  • Prevent blisters
  • Substitute for under eye cream
  1. Add power products to your skin care regimen.

GlyMed Accelerator is a cell renewal cream that can be integrated into anyone’s daily routine.

Water is the first ingredient in the GlyMed Acceleartor. It’s oil-free and gentle enough for at-home maintenance between facial treatments.

Got dry skin? We can help! Make your appointment today at 402.384.8400. Faces Day Spa is open 7 days a week.

Mission Impossible: Anti-Aging

March 23rd, 2015

Most of us are familiar with some common signs of aging:

  • Dark spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Sagging skin
  • Dryness

There are many anti-aging products out there on the market, but what the heck do they do? It can be confusing to figure out what works best depending on your area of concern.

Here we’ve listed some of the more common ingredients included in anti-aging products and what they do.

Peptides

According to LiveScience, “Peptides are small proteins that help stimulate new cells to grow and help skin cells to heal.” Areas it helps with: sagging and wrinkles.

Alpha-hydroxy acids

WebMD explains that “Alpha hydroxy acids seem to work by removing the top layers of dead skin cells, increasing the thickness of deeper layers of skin.” Works on: dry skin.

Retinol

Retinol is another way to say Vitamin A. The biggest benefit to retinol is that it connects to skin cells and basically tells the damaged cells to act like healthier ones. Targets: wrinkles and discoloration.

Resveratrol

“Resveratrol is an antimicrobial substance produced by plants in response to stress, infection, or strong UV radiation,” says Life Extension Magazine. The supplements benefits include a reduction of: fine lines, wrinkles and dryness.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are found both in nature and are manmade chemicals that stop or slow cell damage. This VIP found in fruits and vegetables as well as supplements work to: repair cell damage.

FACES Day Spa can give your skin a boost with a Mini Vitamin-C Facial. We use citrus to infuse your skin with antioxidants and we do it in a half hour! Or try our Guinot Liftosome Facial. You will relax to the aromas of antioxidants and facial oils.

We are here to help you get your most fabulous and youngest looking skin ever. Book your appointment today, 402.384.8400.

March is Women’s History Month

March 16th, 2015

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness,” – Oprah Winfrey

March is Women’s History Month and is a great time to celebrate all the fabulous women you are lucky enough to know and call your friends.

What better way to celebrate than by heading to FACES Day Spa for an hour, half day or full day of relaxation?

Who says Couples Massages have to be for you and your man? Do you have a hard working friend who is going unappreciated lately? Surprise her with a gift certificate for a massage and nab one for yourself while you’re at it! You can chat or enjoy silent relaxation together.

Has work, kids’ activities, carpools, errands and family obligations made it difficult to catch up with your bestie lately? A fun and invigorating way to catch up is by sharing side by side chairs while you treat your tootsies to some soothing pedicures. You can dip them in citrus, paraffin, milk and honey or almond oil.

If you’re looking for a one day getaway with the girls, FACES Signature Day Package offers the best of everything: massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. This is fantastic because you can enjoy some time alone during your services and then chat over lunch together.

Need a reason to celebrate Women’s History Month?

1850:Harriet Tubman begins Underground Railroad to lead slaves to freedom

1932:Amelia Earhart makes first transcontinental nonstop flight by a woman

1963: Equal Pay Act passed by Congress

1983:Sally Ride is the first American woman to ride into space

Pick one of these impressive accomplishments from Scholastic and make your appointment at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.8400.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history,” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Circle Gets the Square?

March 9th, 2015

You’ve decided you’re nails are looking awful. They have ragged cuticles or the nails are broken or split, or maybe the nails are yellowing. Either way, you look down and think “I have got to get a manicure now.”

So you set up your manicure appointment and the nail specialist asks you what shape you’d like your nails filed. Hmmm…how do you know what shape is best for your hands?

Perhaps we should start with the different shapes that are available.

According to Beautylish.com these include:

  1. Square
  2. Oval
  3. Squoval
  4. Round
  5. Almond

The squoval shape is a square that has had the edges rounded off (literally a square oval) as opposed to the square, which has the typical straight edges.

Almond is much pointier than a rounded nail and almost ends in a sharp tip at the edge of the finger.

And the oval shaped nail is much longer and more oblong than the rounded nail.

How do you decide which nail shape is right for you?

  • You have wide nail beds: squoval
  • Your nail beds are narrow: square
  • You like to keep your nails short: round

Beauty insiders tip from Beautylish.com, “Look at the half-moon shape on your nail bed. If it’s more curved, try the oval or rounded shapes. If it’s flat, try the square or squoval shapes.”

At FACES Spa you can enjoy an array of nail treatments. If you don’t have long nails but want some length, we can help you with gel extensions or acrylics. If you like to keep things simple, we also offer manicures for natural nails.

Shape up YOUR nails and call FACES today for your appointment, 402.384.8400.

In the dark about spots

March 2nd, 2015

Maybe you’ve seen ads for makeup that is mean to cover or correct dark spots and wondered just exactly what that meant. Here you’ll find out what they are, including the different types and how FACES can help.

First of all, what are dark spots

This is also called hyper pigmentation and is literally what it sounds like: a discoloration of the skin that makes a particular area look darker than the skin surrounding it.

Causes of dark spots

Dark spots often creep up as we approach middle age (though younger people who spend a lot of time in the sun may also get them) and may be caused by a variety of factors including:

  • Exposure to UV rays in sunlight (this is the #1 cause of dark spots)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Liver disease
  • Sensitivities to certain medications like Estrogen and Tetracycline
  • Reaction to a trauma to the skin, like acne

What they look like

 Though dark spots are usually brown in color, they may also be darker and look black. The difference between dark spots in moles has to do with texture. Moles are raised where dark spots are flat.

How FACES can help

We offer several different Special Resurfacing Facials that can help even out your skin tone and rebalance your pigment. Take advantage of:

  • Medical grade microdermabrasion treatments
  • Alpha Hydroxy Peels
  • Glycolic Peels
  • Ultrasound Facial Treatments

Any of these services will help peel away/exfoliate dead layers of skin, exposing fresh layers that are then treated and moisturized to help with the healing process. All of this will leave your skin feeling younger and rejuvenated.

Leave the spots to the Dalmatians. Beautiful, healthier skin is within reach when you call FACES Day Spa and set up your Special Resurfacing Facial today, 402.384.8400.

Dogs Have Owners, Cats Have Staff

February 23rd, 2015

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

For those of us who have special furry friends in our lives, we are already aware of many of the benefits of having someone who loves us unconditionally.

According to WebMD, positives include:

  1. Helping your kids fight allergies. By exposing them to animals, you can actually help them build up their immunities.
  2. The potential for finding romance. That’s right – taking Rover for a walk may be just the thing you need to kick off a conversation with a potential partner.
  3. Animals are great at de-stressing their guardians. Playing with your furry friend can help increase the levels of dopamine (a feel good chemical) in your body, giving you a natural high.

So if your canine or feline pals could schedule a spa service, what do you think they would choose?

Dog lovers might consider…

Pedicures with pals. Dogs are social creatures, hence the origins of the dog park and the proliferation of play dates with other canines. Schedule some soak time with your best human bud!

Or how about a Couples’ Massage? You can be relaxed together.

If you’re a cat lover…

You might prefer having some alone time. Cats are often happiest in their own company, relaxing. So how about a Guinot Beaute Neuve facial?

Felines also appreciate a good massage. That’s where a Deep Tissue Massage would really hit the spot!

Head to FACES for a purrfectly relaxing service to smooth those ruff edges, call today for your appointment, 402.384.8400.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 16th, 2015

This Tuesday is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Not that you need a day to pay it forward, but what a great excuse to do something nice for someone else for no real reason other than it’s just a cool thing to do.

Maybe you think this is a great idea but just aren’t sure how to get started.

Here are some great suggestions for things you can do to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter during this cold, wintry week:

  1. Pay for the coffee drink of the person behind you in line at your favorite java joint. Your kind gesture will warm them inside just as much as their coffee.
  2. Offer to watch a friend’s child so she can get that much needed errand done.
  3. Help someone carry their extra grocery bags out of the store and to the car so they don’t have to spend as much time in the cold.
  4. Give a complete stranger a compliment (only one that you sincerely mean) and see their face light up.
  5. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
  6. Schedule an appointment for your ultra-busy friend for a relaxing service at FACES Day Spa! From pedicures and facials to massages and manicures, there are lots of options. Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

The best thing about sharing a random act of kindness is not just how good the recipient feels, but also how good you feel after giving.

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace” – The 14th Dalia Lama (1935)

 

Ya Gotta Have Heart

February 9th, 2015

In February, people tend to think about Valentine’s Day. Even if you didn’t think about it, as soon as you walked into the grocery store, you would be reminded in a very visible way that Valentine’s Day is this month!

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Flowers? Chocolates? Cupids? How about hearts?

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about your heart and the best ways to keep it healthy and working at its best for you during this season of love and laughter.

Here are some tips for keeping your heart in good shape:

  1. Don’t smoke. If you do, now might be the time to follow through on that New Year’s Resolution to quit.
  2. Get regular exercise. No you don’t have to be a bodybuilder. Just be sure to get about 30 minutes most days of the week. Good news: walking counts!
  3. Watch your wasteline. Being overweight can be a serious hazard to your heart. Bottom line: burn more calories than you take in and see #2.
  4. Keep your blood pressure in check by learning to manage stress better. Know your numbers by testing your blood pressure on a regular basis. Are they too high? Contact your doctor to discuss possible treatments.
  5. Make sure you get your zzzz’s. People who are sleep-deprived tend to have more issues with heart disease, obesity and depression, among other problems.

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone and take care of your heart at the same time? Lessen your stress and your sweetie’s stress by scheduling a Couples’ Massage at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.8400.

The Power of Oil

February 2nd, 2015

Most of us know oil as that black stuff that we change in our cars to keep them running well.

But have you ever used oil on your hair? How about your face? Believe it or not, oils (different than the car ones, of course) are great for helping with your hair and face, especially in winter.

There are probably a good many of you who already use cuticle oil on your hands. If you don’t, now is a great time to start. There are so many benefits to using cuticle oil.

The number one benefit is moisture, moisture, moisture!!

For your hair

The top three reasons you might want to consider using oil on your hair:

  1. They seal your hair cuticle down to prevent frizziness,
  2. Oil protects hair from the heat of styling products, including hairdryers and flat irons.
  3. When used on wet hair, oil can help separate hair and keep it from tangling.

The best way to apply it…

Start at the tip of the hair and work upward, staying about three inches away from the scalp.

For your face

Potential benefits of using facial oil include:

  1. Soothes skin
  2. Reduces breakouts
  3. Increases levels of antioxidants in your skin

Oils are not only good for locking moisture into your skin, they are also amazing at taking makeup off, so facial oils are often considered a two-in-one product.

The best way to apply it…

After cleansing your face, apply your moisturizer first. Then pat your facial oil on top of it.

At FACES, you can experience all the benefits of oil in our manicures, massages and facials. Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

Beauty De-Mythified

January 25th, 2015

Myth #1: Tanning is good for you.

Back in the day, bronzed beauties were in vogue. Think about the models of the 1980s like Christie Brinkley – the tan was “the thing” not that long ago. Even today, scores of women of all ages hit the tanning beds when the real thing is not available or to prepare for an upcoming vacation or wedding. But the fact of the matter is that sporting a suntan is actually not good for your skin.

Tanning causes damage to your skin that may include wrinkles and spotting. The best way to prevent this from happening is to wear sunscreen each and every day. A little goes a long way.

Myth #2: The heavier the moisturizer, the better.

This is not exactly true. For a long time, the idea was the more products you slathered on your face, the fewer wrinkles you would have. But the reality is that less is more. An Elle.com articles suggests, “heavy creams can create a barrier on the surface of your face and keep your skin from absorbing moisture.” A better option would be to choose a lightweight cream or serum.

Myth #3: Using egg whites on your skin can reduce cellulite.

This is not exactly true. While it may reduce the appearance of cellulite for a short time, it is definitely not a long term fix for the problem. Two products that can be used to decrease the appearance of cellulite for a special night out are self-tanner and moisturizer.

Myth #4: Wearing makeup every day is harmful to your skin.

The truth is it isn’t the makeup that can cause issues with your facial skin, it’s the failure to wash it all off at the end of each day that can cause the problems. Be sure to follow a skincare regime that includes cleansing the skin and moisturizing it.

Here’s one beauty item that is no myth: When you come to FACES Day Spa, you will leave looking and feeling your best. Make your appointment for a facial, bronzing treatment or a firming body treatment. Call 402.384.8400.