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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.

The Fountain of Youth

June 15th, 2014

What do Alexander the Great and explorer Juan Ponce de Leon have in common?

They both set out to find a water source with particular properties. Yep, they were each looking for their own version of the Fountain of Youth. While Alexander searched in the years BC for the healing waters, Juan Ponce de Leon was convinced the mystical fountain was located in St. Augustine, Florida.

As you may know neither one of them found the non-existent fountain.

Sad but true

It’s true. There is no magic water that you can drink to reverse the hands of time and turn you back into a teenager again. But when you come into FACES Day Spa, we CAN work with you to help you look your absolute best.

We can exfoliate your skin to get rid of the dryness and then infuse your skin with a new layer of intense moisture. And we also sell products to assist you in keeping up your skin care regimen at home.

  • GlyMed’s Photo Age Protection Cream serves two functions: it helps prevent wrinkles and protects skin from pollutants in the environment.
  • GlyMed’s Eye and Lip Renewal Complex helps erase bags, dark circles and wrinkles from around your eyes. This product regenerates the delicate areas around your eyes and lips using a lightweight and nourishing formula.
  • GlyMed’s Superior C Renewal Cream gives your skin a concentration of Vitamin C to help your skin cells accelerate the production of collagen. The cream also helps repair skin damaged by UV exposure.

We don’t have a magical Fountain of Youth in the spa, but we CAN guarantee when you leave the spa, you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed!

Schedule your appointment at FACES today,402.384.8400.

 

 

Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

June 9th, 2014

They work hard for us. Your feet take an astonishing amount of punishment and yet they still keep working for you.

Think about it; your feet support your entire body weight each and every day.

You see them all the time but how much do you know about feet?

Fun facts about your feet:

  • It can take six months to grow an entirely new toenail.
  • 25% of the bones in your body are located in your feet.
  • Since one foot is usually bigger than the other, it’s best to try shoes on the larger foot for a proper fit.
  • Ancient Romans created the first shoes for left and right feet.
  • The average person will walk enough in their lifetime to circle the globe four times.
  • Two out of every ten people’s second toe is the longest on their foot.

Because women experience four times more foot problems than men, it’s really important for women to pamper their tootsies on a regular basis.

That’s where FACES Day Spa comes in. There are lots of ways to treat your feet.

All pedicures begin with a warm foot soak to soften dry skin. Afterward, your feet are exfoliated and a hydrating mask is applied. Your service continues with a moisturizing massage, followed by polish application.

FACES has lots of pedicure options including Milk and Honey, Paraffin and Citrus Pedicures.

Time to take a load off…your feet! Relax at FACES today, 402.384.8400.

Lovely in Lavender

June 2nd, 2014

When you think about the colors associated with spring, which ones come to mind? Yellow? Green? Blue?

How about Lavender? It’s a shade that most definitely makes a person think of spring time. All sorts of flowers come in that beautiful shade including Lilacs, Lilies and Tulips.

A trendy spring color

Lilac makeup was one of the trends on the spring fashion runways this year. Simply put, purple is the new pink.

It just so happens there’s a lot more to lavender, lilac or purple than you may have realized.

Four things the color lavender represents, according to IncredibleArt.org:

  1. Royalty
  2. Wisdom
  3. Mystery
  4. Enlightenment

The Lavender flower represents love and devotion as well as promising luck and new adventure.

The lavender personality

So what does it mean if your favorite color is purple? What type of personality is drawn to this shade?

EmpowerYourselfWithColorPsychology.com says if you are a fan of purple, you are:

  • Imaginative
  • Intuitive
  • Sensitive
  • Compassionate
  • A free spirit

Want to incorporate lavender into your wardrobe?  A little goes a long way.

Make lavender work

CreativeFashionGlee.com advises sprinkling lavender pieces into your wardrobe because if you overdo it, you can look “matronly.”

If you don’t feel adventurous enough to try that new lavender eye shadow or buy a purple scarf, you could always try out a lilac shade on your fingers or toes. It’s a great way to try the trend without making a huge commitment.

Schedule your manicure or pedicure with FACES Spa today. Call 402.384.8400.

FACES Day Spa…Same great service – New location!

May 26th, 2014

After many years in Countryside Village, FACES Day Spa is moving to a new location at the corner of 84th and Center Street.

Owner Dan said the move means FACES will be able to accommodate more clients due to an increase in the number of rooms. Currently, FACES Day Spa is 3,800 square feet but the new building has 5,500 square feet.

Bigger and Better

The new facility comprises two floors and is handicapped accessible. But Dan said the two biggest advantages are the location’s visibility, being a standalone building on the corner and its accessibility, which is much better from the interstate.

In addition to more rooms, Dan said FACES will also add pedicure thrones to the spa. In fact, there will be an entire area dedicated to nails which is not something FACES had before.

He said he believes the move will enhance the staff’s business, especially on evenings and Sundays.

A Seamless Transition

Dan hopes to be moved into the new space by mid-July, but certainly no later than the end of July.

“The facilities will allow us to accommodate our clients easier because of how the building is situated. I anticipate a seamless transition from our current location to the new one,” Dan said.

You can book your appointment today; call FACES Day Spa at 402.384.8400.

Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses and the Daisies and the Peonies…

May 19th, 2014

“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”  – Beverly Nichols

How often do you find yourself taking a break and giving yourself time to smell the sweetness of a spring flower?

If it’s been awhile, now is a great time to take a stroll around your neighborhood and take notice of the beautiful blooms.

Did you know there are as many meanings for flowers as there are types of flowers?

Here are five popular blossoms and what they represent according toThe Flower Expert:

  1. Daisy – Innocence and playfulness
  2. Peony – Good health and shyness
  3. Orchid – Femininity and thoughtfulness
  4. Daffodils – New beginnings
  5. Tulips – Declaration of love

You may wonder about roses and what they represent. Most of us know that red roses signify love, but how about the other colors?

  • White – Purity
  • Pink – Friendship
  • Lavender – Love at first sight
  • Orange – Passion and energy

Not only will smelling these lovely flowers improve your mood, they are each visually stunning with their vibrant colors. Taking the time to appreciate your surroundings will give you a great mood boost.

You can extend that good feeling with a spa service at FACES.

In theGuinot Aromaticsfacial, your esthetician will use essential oils and plant extracts to customize your experience. How do you want to feel afterward? Relaxed or rejuvenated? It’s up to you.

Make your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

“A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.” – Walt Whitman