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Do You Really Know What’s Good for You?

August 25th, 2014

This week, we thought it would be fun to test your knowledge of some of the best-known beauty tips and tricks. Sometimes the things we think are best for us are not actually that helpful and vice versa.

Take our four-question test and see if you know what’s good for you…

True or False?

Brushing your hair 100 or more times a day a la Marcia Brady, will make your hair healthier and shinier?

This is actually false. There IS such a thing as too much brushing. According to RealSimple.com, brushing your hair too often and with too much vigor may actually cause it to break off.

The solution? Fewer and lighter strokes using less pressure are best. Brushing your hair this way will distribute its natural oils from your scalp to the ends of your hair. And, RealSimple.com says this also “stimulates blood flow to the scalp which nourishes hair follicles.”

True or False?

Everyone needs to use moisturizer.

The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology says no,

“In reality, you only need a moisturizer if you experience the following clinical signs: redness, scaliness or itchiness.”

Heavier moisturizers should be used on drier skin.

True or False?

You can give yourself wrinkles by rubbing your eyes too hard.

The short answer is both yes and no. There is no direct cause and effect link here. But WomensHealthMag.com reminds you “the pulling motion can cause the thin, delicate skin around the eyes to crease back and forth, which leads to the appearance of premature aging over time.”

True or False?

The best place to store my favorite fragrance is in my bedroom.

Nope, it’s NOT on top of your dresser or nightstand. Turns out it’s best to put your favorite scents in the refrigerator. You might wonder why. DailyMakeover.com explains, “The oils and chemicals (that make up your fave fragrance) are fragile and easily compromised by extreme temperatures.”

Where’s the best place to go when you need to relax and be pampered? That’s an easy one! It’s FACES Day Spa. Call today for your appointment, 402.384.8400.

Indulging your Inner Child

August 18th, 2014

A grownup is a child with layers on.  ~Woody Harrelson


Do you remember her? She was the one who loved making mud pies, creating snow angels and composing new songs right on the spot. She was you not so many years ago, as a child.

Wondering where she went?

Guaranteed your inner child still exists, but if you have to look a little harder these days to find her, maybe you should consider a trip to FACES Day Spa.

At FACES you can…

Play in the mud…you won’t be making mud pies but you will be slathered with the warm, sticky stuff. Bonus: it has detoxifying benefits. So not only does it feel whimsical and luxurious, it also leaves your skin rejuvenated and looking great!

Dance in the rain…with our steam shower. You can even sing if you want while you enjoy this moisturizing treatment in conjunction with a relaxing massage. The best part is you don’t need an umbrella!

Get your daily dose of milk…by indulging in our milk and honey pedicure. Dip your tootsies (not cookies) in a warm milk bath and then have them wrapped in a hot honey mask. It’s a sweet treat that hydrates your feet!

Enjoy some chocolate…our chocolate power skin rescue offers cocoa extracts and some very powerful antioxidants. Berries and chocolate make a powerful anti-aging combination. And because the chocolate is on your face and not in your mouth, no calories are consumed!

A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him.  ~Pablo Neruda

Get in touch with your inner child and bring her to FACES, 402.384.8400.

 

 

Celebrate Good Days, Come On!

August 11th, 2014

This is THE week to celebrate at FACES Day Spa. Men’s Grooming Day and Relaxation Day are both this Friday and we have tons of great ways to enjoy these special days!

What better way to relax than…

  • With FACES’ Guinot Aromatics. Your esthetician will customize your facial with essential oils. The only decision you have to make is whether you want your facial to be relaxing or energizing.
  • Indulging in a Couples Massage with your best friend. You can chat or not. It’s up to you!
  • Enjoying the warmth of the Black Baltic Body Mud Treatment. The black mud FACES uses helps purify and replenish the skin. You will leave the spa feeling spoiled and revitalized.

Treat the man in your life to some pampering…

At FACES Day Spa, you can treat that special man in your life to a “For Him” package, which includes a Hot Stone Massage, a Tres Homme facial and a manicure.

If his dogs are barking, FACES offers a callus treatment, which includes a lactic acid exfoliant and a hydrating mask.

Maybe your man spends a lot of time outside? Consider FACES’ Mini Vitamin-C Facial. This facial boasts the citrusy scents of mandarin and tangerine and features powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants are allowed to penetrate the skin, fighting free radicals and leaving his face soft and bright.

Set a time to celebrate by calling FACES today! 402.384.8400

“Life is a celebration, for those who know how to celebrate every moment.” Bharat Zanvar

Choosing the Spa that’s Right for You

August 4th, 2014

You decide you want to go to the spa. You’ve heard how relaxing it is and how good you feel afterward from all of your friends.

But each of your closest friends goes to a different spa. And they each want you to check out their spa, calling it “the best.”

So how do you know which spa to choose?

There are actually certain criteria you should consider when selecting a day spa.

To help you out and get you started, we’ve got the main ones listed right here:

  1. Cleanliness – You know it’s next to you-know-what-ness, but how do you know if the spa you’re considering going to for that relaxing massage is as clean as it could be? The easiest way is to ask for a quick tour of the spa. The rooms that will be the first to indicate lack of cleanliness would be the body treatment rooms.
  2. Location, location, location – This is also known as convenience. Who wants to drive an hour to unwind with a facial only to have to drive back an hour in heavy traffic? Choosing a spa that is closer to where you live will only help ensure that you enjoy the benefits of your services long after you leave the facility.
  3. Training – Does the staff at the spa you are considering going to have the certifications to provide the services you are interested in? This is also easy to find out simply by asking.
  4. Quality of the personnel – This is something that might be more difficult to ascertain before you go to the spa. You can always read reviews of the staff at the spa ahead of time. Or ask someone you trust for a good recommendation.

Once you’ve decided to book an appointment at FACES Day Spa, give us a call at 402.384.8400. We’re sure you will be glad you did!

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it” – Sydney J. Harris

 

FACES’ Top Beauty Tips

July 28th, 2014

Who better to ask for beauty or relaxation advice than your favorite massage therapist, esthetician or nail designer?

These people are in the health and beauty biz, and not only know how to help you make the most of their services, but they have also learned about a variety of products to help you look and feel your best.

The staff at FACES is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about services or products offered at the spa.

Here is a list of FACES top beauty and relaxation tips straight from our professionals’ mouths to your ears:

Your Nails

When you are transitioning from artificial nails to a more natural look, be sure to keep strengthener on your nails daily and head to the spa for regular manicures.

In between manicures, be sure to keep your cuticles pushed back and moisturized with oil.

Your feet are not as bad you think they are. Trust us, they’re really not.

Your Muscles

Don’t be afraid to tell us we are applying too much pressure or what areas you really need worked on. We are well-educated and can deliver the best service when we know what’s going on with you.

After a massage, take a hot Epsom salts bath to help pull out toxins.

Stretching after a massage helps prolong the benefits of your service.

Your Skin

Use professional products – something you would get from an esthetician. You will see better results with professional products.

Your face will not be red from a facial peel. You’re just going to get a gentle exfoliation and your skin will be brighter with a more even skin tone.

Load up on the water to keep yourself hydrated from the inside out. Consider it your own personal fountain of youth.

Still have questions? We are happy to answer them at any time.

Schedule a pampering appointment at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.8400.

Positive effects of sunlight

July 21st, 2014

It warms our skin. Sometimes it tans our faces and bodies. It can relax us with its warmth or energize us with its brightness.

We are talking about the sun – that great big ball of fire in the sky.

Yeah, we know it gets a bad rap some time, from sunburns to skin cancers. That being said, there are some advantages to safely spending time in the sun.

Here are some of the more well-known and obscure benefits to sun exposure, courtesy of the Mirror Online:

  1. It improves your mood by boosting your serotonin levels, also known as your “happy hormone.”
  2. It can help heal certain skin conditions.
  3. It gives you more energy.
  4. It is a good source of Vitamin D which is necessary to help strengthen your teeth and bones.
  5. It helps fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a depressed condition that is specifically caused by lack of light.

But did you know that sunlight also…

  1. Helps fight MS?
  2. Relieves aches and pains by warming muscles and stiff joints?
  3. Lessens the risk of certain types of cancers?
  4. Boosts your ability to get pregnant?
  5. Protects against heart disease?

Of course, in order to enjoy these benefits safely, you should always apply sunscreen before heading outdoors.

The University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology explains the three elements of sun protection are:

  1. Avoidance of the sun during the peak hours of the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  2. Wearing sun protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants and hats as well as sunglasses.
  3. Using sunblock and reapplying as needed. The sunblock should work to protect against both UVA and UVB rays and have an SPF of at least 30.

Want to get that sun-kissed look without actually tanning under the sun’s rays? FACES Day Spa offers a relaxing Bronzing Treatment so you can look and feel your best while you are out and about this summer.

Make your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

Let’s Go Crazy – It’s Pandemonium Day!

July 14th, 2014

Yep, it’s true; July 14th is Pandemonium Day! This is the day when chaos reigns supreme. It’s the day when the unexpected happens and when all may not go as planned.

Don’t worry though. You don’t have to do anything too wacky to celebrate. Why not honor the day by letting go a little?

Perhaps just consider doing something you’ve never done before like getting a Seaweed Wrap at FACES Day Spa. This treatment firms skin, helps you flush toxins and uses invigorating creams to leave you feeling smooth and healthy.

Maybe try out a funky new nail color for a couple of weeks with our Shellac Manicure. FACES uses LED lights to set your perfect shade for a full two weeks. We set it so you can forget it.

Or get all glowed up with our Bronzing Treatment. Your skin will sport a beautiful subtle tan within four hours of applying.

There are so many good reasons to get a little crazy and let off a little steam.

  1. Letting go helps us rebalance our lives. This is important for helping people to avoid burning out.
  2. Going with the flow can be fun. Enjoy the journey, not the destination, and you may just have an experience you never would have imagined was possible.
  3. Just living your life in the moment can be very freeing. When you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, you can mentally and physically relax a whole lot easier.

This Pandemonium Day, step out of your comfort zone and try something new at FACES Day Spa, 402.384.8400.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need” – Tao Te Ching

Slip of the Lip

July 7th, 2014

Summer time is in full swing, so who wants to wear a dark, matte lipstick? Sure, it can make a great look for nighttime outings, but if you are looking for something just a little bit lighter, how about trying out a fun new lip balm?

Lip balm usually adds just a kiss of color to your lips and a hint of shine. There are all sorts of different colors from clear and shiny to different shades of berry and red. No matter your taste preferences, you are sure to find a lip gloss that will complement your complexion.

Your secret weapon

Not only does lip balm work well for lips but it can be a secret beauty tool in your arsenal with multiple uses.

Here are some ways to use lip balm that you might not have considered in the past:

  • SheKnows.com says you can use lip balm to hydrate dry cuticles, to smooth the ends of your hair or tame those stray hairs in your eyebrows.
  • Leashables.com explains you can use lip balm to repair a scratched CD, turn a powdered eye shadow into a cream or soothe rashes.
  • According to TheBeautyBean.com, lip balm is great for using under your eyes in lieu of eye cream, preventing blisters and moisturizing the inside of your nostrils.

In addition to adding lip balm to your beauty regimen, you can also pamper your lips with a facial from FACES Day Spa.

All of our facials work to revive and rejuvenate your skin and that includes your lips!

Schedule your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

Fruity and fabulous!

June 29th, 2014

Apples, peaches and bananas, oh my!

You know fruit tastes good. It’s nature’s perfect snack and is largely portable. It makes you feel healthier when you eat it and makes you feel good inside and out.

But how much do you know about fruit?  NaturalSkinCareSecrets.com breaks down the positives by color.

Blue/Purple-

Fruits that fall into this color category offer the highest concentration of antioxidants. This includes blueberries, plums and blackberries.

Orange/Yellow-

These fruits contain beta-carotene and lots of Vitamin C. One of Vitamin C’s chief duties is promoting collagen. Collagen improves the elasticity of your skin.

Look for oranges, tangerines and apricots to get these benefits.

Red-

Red fruits offer you a ton of lycopene. According to NaturalSkinCareSecrets.com, studies show documented benefits, such as reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, come from high consumption of lycopene.”

Chow down on cranberries, watermelon and strawberries to get your daily dose of lycopene.

Green-

Folate is an important vitamin in helping promote DNA production and cell renewal.

Enjoy kiwis, limes and avocadoes all fall into this category.

FACES Day Spa offers several services that put the spotlight on fruit!

Check out our Exfoliating Lime Salt Glow which removes dead skin to promote new cell growth.

Or choose a Mini Vitamin-C Facial which uses the citrus powers of mandarin and tangerine to rejuvenate you.

How about a little chocolate with your berries? Try our Chocolate Power Skin Rescue. Acai Berry combines with Cocoa extracts and Resveratrol to restore your skin’s natural glow.

Taking care of ourselves is an important part of taking care of others. The healthier the tree, the better the fruit it can offer. – Unknown

Golden Glow

June 23rd, 2014

Summer is right around the corner and that means warmer temperatures.

Warmer temperatures generally lead to bare arms and legs. But if you feel like you could blend in with a picture of the North Pole, perhaps it’s time to consider getting your glow on!

FACES offers a safe alternative to hours spent lying in the sun, exposing skin to the sun’s potentially harmful rays.

It’s called a Bronzing Treatment. Instead of trying to reach those out-of-the-way places on your body, such as your back and neck, let someone else massage the body bronzer into your skin for an even, all over glow. You can see the results as soon as four hours after application.

FACES will even send you home with a self-tanner so you may re-apply daily until achieve your perfect shade of bronze.

What to know before you glow

Have your skin exfoliated. Exfoliating the dry skin prior to tan application prepares your skin and allows for a more even distribution of the bronzer.

FACES offers an Exfoliating Lime Salt Glow that leaves your skin hydrated and ready for tanning.

Shave before you tan

BodyandSoul.com recommends doing so the day before you have your faux glow applied. If you shave right beforehand your skin may be too sensitized and not react properly to the tanning formulation.

Bonus! You won’t have to shave right after getting your bronzer applied, which would eliminate some of your brand new tan.

After you tan

Extend the life of your tan by drinking lots of water and keeping your skin moisturized.

Call FACES Spa today and set up your time to tan today, 402.384.8400.