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Five staff members share “superstar” products

November 30th, 2015

Nail Technician Jamie Roman:

Jamie’s favorite product for manicures is the citrus moisture scrub. She said it hydrates and exfoliates the hands to keep them soft.

For pedicures, Roman prefers the milk & honey sea salts. The exfoliant contains lots of oil and helps slough off dead skin.

“After each manicure and pedicure, I recommend my clients use cuticle oil on their nails to keep them hydrated.”

Licensed Esthetician Kathi Halsey:

I strongly recommend the GlyMed treatment cream as a night cream. It contains 15 percent glycolic acid, which helps resurface the skin in a way that’s also hydrating.”

Lori Cooper, Licensed Esthetician:

“I love GlyMed’s Vitamin C Cleanser,” she said. “My skin is noticeably softer after I cleanse with it.”

Lori follows that with a toner and then with Guinot’s 777 lifting and firming cream moisturizer.

“The cream has hyaluronic acid in it, which binds the moisturizer to skin, so it absorbs nicely and doesn’t feel tacky.”

Licensed Esthetician Zhannon Hall:

“I like the GlyMed Accelerator,” she said. “It has the same properties as our in-house chemical peels, but not as strong, so you can do it at home.”

Rena Sievers, Licensed Esthetician:

“Everyone has oilier skin in the summer. That’s when I see more people with breakouts,” Rena said. “The Guinot Pure Balance Mask is great because it’s clay-based and absorbs the oil.”

She also applies the mask to insect bites to control itching.

Discover your superstar product at FACES Day Spa. To schedule your hour, afternoon or day of relaxation, call 402.384.8400.

Two eye-catching services from FACES

November 23rd, 2015

Let’s focus on your face’s most-often neglected area – your eyes.

Everyone has some concern about their eyes, whether it’s dark circles, fine lines or wrinkles, also called “crow’s feet.”

Still, how many times did you get a facial but forgot to address those eye concerns? Well, FACES offers two treatments to improve the appearance of your eyes.

Hydradermie Lift Eye: This process targets the dark circles beneath and the fine lines around your eye, as well as overall puffiness.

A mild electrical current stimulates muscles around the eye. At the same time, products that address specific eye issues are applied.

The area around your eyes appears younger and smoother after just three treatments.

Many FACES clients say this treatment offers immediate, lasting results.

Mini Eye Contour: You can easily add this service to any type of facial. Like the more-complex Hydradermie Lift, it works to lessen dark circles, fine lines and puffiness.

Self-help treatments: There are many things you can do at home to improve the appearance of your eyes:

  • To fight fine lines, use a moisturizer daily, apply sunscreen and don’t smoke.
  • To improve dark circles, get enough sleep, stay hydrated and use concealer in your daily makeup regimen.
  • To reduce puffiness, use a facial cream that contains caffeine. Sooth tired eyes with cucumber slices and drink more water.

And while you address your eye concerns at FACES, have an esthetician tame those eyebrows with shaping wax.

We also offer eyelash tinting, where we darken your lashes to make them more noticeable. And we have eyelash extensions to make your lashes look thicker and more lustrous.

Ready to pop those peepers? Set up your eye service today. Call FACES at 402.384.8400.

Meet Shelly Woodson …

November 15th, 2015

Nail Technician Shelly Woodson spent the first few years of her career at several area salons. Then she decided her young children needed her more. She returned home for five years.

When she did head back to work, she came to FACES on a friend’s recommendation of . That was seven years ago, and she’s enjoyed herself ever since.

“I work with a bunch of great women,” Shelly said. “I’ve done nails a long time and I love what I do.”

Her favorite manicures are the natural manicures and the gel-polished nails, also called “shellac.”

Everyone thinks their feet are worst

Shelly said most clients believe their feet are in terrible shape.

“I hear these comments a lot but usually, when a client takes off her shoes, her feet aren’t so bad,” Shelly said.

As a professional, she said she’d know, although that doesn’t improve her opinion about her own feet.

“They could be so much better. They’re often so dry. I get calluses that are really bad.”

Shelly said her clients’ favorite pedicure is the Milk & Honey. Although an almond pedicure smells good, honey does too. Its natural moisture helps hydrate the feet.

Clients relax in pedicure thrones

Shelly is glad FACES added pedicure thrones to its new location at 84th and Center. Her clients love to recline and activate the massagers in them while she does their pedicures.

“I’m glad they’re able to do that now. It’s a more comfortable and relaxing environment,” Shelly said. “I had a client who just got off work so she was tired. She asked if she could take a short nap while I did her pedicure.”

Shelly’s favorite product

“Solar oil is the one thing I push, especially in winter when cuticles and nails get really dry. You can actually put it on the bottom of your feet if you have cracked heels,” she said.

Shelly serves clients every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. To schedule your next appointment with her, call FACES at 402.384.8400.

Meet Debra Larsen …

November 9th, 2015

Debra has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 13 years. She joined FACES three years ago.

Accident causes career change

While a business manager in Massachusetts, Debra was in a car accident in 1999 that caused extensive nerve damage. She lost feeling in her arms and hands, and underwent a combination of massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractics.

“I felt massage was helping me the most, so I went back to school and changed careers.”

The Nebraska native returned from Cape Cod to enroll at the Omaha School for Massage therapy. Debra graduated with straight A’s.

“I didn’t feel I was back to 100 percent until after three full years of treatment,” she said.

Debra believes she was meant to be a healer.

“My favorite part of my job is to make people feel better about themselves,” she said. “Every day is a challenge – I never have the same body walk in twice for the same type of treatment.”

Specialized therapies

Debra specializes in a wide range of modalities, including myofascial and craniosacral massages.

Myofascial release: This deeper tissue massage can be effective whether the client experiences new or long-term pain. She said the treatment’s popularity has grown.

“While the client is on my table, they don’t suffer the pain they might from an authentic deep tissue massage,” Debra said.

She said after the myofascial release, clients may continue to unwind for three days.

“For those who think massage is a luxury, I would argue it’s a therapy.”

Craniosacral massage: This begins with the head. The focus is on trauma victims, including those who suffer whiplash. They unwind from the head down.

“Our bodies are capable of recovery and our muscles have memory,” Debra said, “so certain therapy techniques are key in treating particular injuries.”

Three questions she hears often:

What should I expect from a first massage?

“You can expect improved circulation, a reduction in stress and greater body awareness.”

How do I prepare for a massage?

“Drink water to hydrate yourself. Do a little light stretching. Talk to the therapist so we know what’s going on with you, both physically and emotionally.”

What do I do after the massage?

“When the massage is over, I’ll tell you whether you need to put ice on a specific area. I’ll encourage you to drink more water to flush toxins. Finally, if needed, I’ll advise you to take an Epsom salt bath in warm water.”

Relief from wear and tear

“Massage’s therapeutic benefits include toning and forming muscle, increased flexibility, and reduced mental and physical fatigue,” she said.

“We all need these in our busy, stressful lives.”

You can schedule a massage with Debra from Monday through Thursday or Saturday at FACES, 402.384.8400.

Meet Angela Huerta…

November 2nd, 2015

Angela became a licensed esthetician in 2001. She initially worked at FACES, left and then returned about a year ago.

She said she enjoys the opportunities there and the different treatments FACES provides, including myotonology and ultrasounds.

“I also love having other estheticians here that I can bounce ideas off of,” she said.

Favorite specialty facial 

“The Ultrasound Facial uses ultrasound waves to gently exfoliate the skin,” Angela said. “The second part is called Sonophoresis. This helps the product penetrate deeper into the skin than it can ever go on its own.

“The last part uses micro amps to repair the skin and tissue, and to remind the skin to work.”

Ultrasound Facial clients notice results the same day. Angela said their skin looks brighter and more firm. She noted it takes about six treatments to get your skin to a good maintenance point.

“There’s no down time with this facial. And any kind of skin benefits, whether you have acne, aging skin or normal skin,” she said. “It’s good for all skin types.”

Clients like Angela because… 

She’s meticulous and spends time with each client, taking care not to rush them. And Angela said she always listens. Right now, many clients ask about peels with autumn’s arrival.

“They are interested in doing more corrective treatments,” she said. “They want exfoliation services to reset their skin after the harshness of the summer sun.”

For everyday facials, Angela said you can’t beat the Beaute Neuve, which has a lot of Vitamin C and is extremely hydrating, “which is important as we approach winter.”

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more

She said you can’t focus just on moisturizing your skin, you also must focus on its hydration. Hydration is what you can feel in your skin. Skin makes oil, not water. If it doesn’t have enough water, it gets dry and makes more oil.

Angela said it’s a balance issue that’s addressed by products with hyuralonic acid

“You apply it beneath your moisturizer to make the moisturizer more effective,” she said. “It’s important this time of year to use a hydrator.”

Angela’s super star product is GlyMed’s Vitamin C.

“Everyone needs it and their skin care arsenal can use it.”

Book your appointment with Angela at FACES, 402.384.8400. She works Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings as well as on Saturday and Sunday.

Eight Pumpkin Facial beauty benefits

October 26th, 2015

Spooky decorations suddenly appear on porches. Haunted houses and scary movies abound. Bags of candy spill from supermarket shelves. Excited kids prepare to trick or treat.

It’s almost Halloween.

As an adult, you may not have a spooktacular tradition. May we suggest one?

FACES Day Spa offers an aromatic Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Treatment. Enzymes in the pumpkin help eliminate dry, dead skin cells.

As your face is massaged with warm steam, the process smoothes your skin. That’s followed by a gel mask to hydrate and give your skin a clean look and rejuvenated feel.

Just how great is your pumpkin?

  • Perfect for all skin types including sensitive
  • Has healing properties due to Vitamin A
  • Is an antioxidant due to Vitamin C
  • Soothes and moisturizes
  • Helps other beauty products penetrate more deeply
  • Helps brighten skin tone
  • Evens out skin color
  • Fights acne and wrinkles

“It’s an enzyme mask so it’s exfoliating, too. It’s great for all skin types,” said FACES Esthetician Zhannon Hall.

She said the majority of her clients come in for the pumpkin facial.

“It smells heavenly and yields great results.”

Pumpkin pie is great. But a pumpkin facial is just as satisfying and without all those calories.

This Halloween don’t let the boils and ghouls have all the fun.

Start your new holiday tradition at FACES Day Spa. Call 402.384.8400 to schedule.

Two kinds of massage acupressure points

October 19th, 2015

If you ever see a martial arts movie, you will likely see pressure points used to inflict pain. When stimulated, such acupressure points can numb your muscles or twist you with pain.

The good news is pressure points also can be used to lessen pain, relax muscles and relieve stress.

There are two types of acupressure points:

  • Local points are in the same area you feel pain. For example, you have a headache, so you massage your temples.
  • Trigger points are in a different part of the body from where you feel pain. So, for example, you apply pressure to the shoulder to relieve arm pain.

Licensed Massage Therapist Kelly Steiger said she talks to her clients about acupressure points and what is connected to what and why.

“Someone may come in with lower back pain. It has nothing to do with their back, it’s everything to do with their quads or hamstrings,” Kelly said. “I try to go to the cause, not the effect.”

There are many acupressure points in the human body. Here’s where some major ones are located, per

  • Spine: Both sides of your spine from “pelvis up to the base of your skull.”
  • Wrist: Along the crease between little finger and the “fold of your wrist.”
  • Achilles: The tendon that runs from calf to heel. Lightly pinching it helps “relieve stress in the lower body.”
  • Hands: On the webbing of your hand. Pressure here also may help reduce headache pain.

Get rid of the pressure of pain. Call 402.384.8400 to schedule your massage at FACES today.

8 big benefits of pregnancy massage

October 12th, 2015

“If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters” – Nora Ephron

The many benefits of standard massage therapy range from relaxation and stress relief to mood boosts and loosened muscles. The same benefits are true for pregnant women.

Pregnancy massage’s eight potential benefits are:

  • Lessens swelling in ankles, feet or hands
  • Eases back and calf pain
  • Improves circulation
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Decreases insomnia
  • Relieves pain without medications
  • Increases amount of oxygen in the blood
  • Reduces sciatic nerve pain.

As for that last one, “Sciatic nerve pain is experienced by women in late pregnancy as the uterus rests on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back,” according to

How pregnancy affects your massage

Some massage therapists have tables with holes cut out especially for their pregnant clients. The client lays face down with her stomach over the cutout portion.

More commonly, the massage therapist has the pregnant client lay on her side and props her up with pillows.

Pregnancy massages may be done during your second or third trimester. The massage is less “deep” the closer you are to your due date.

Whether you have only a little time to pamper yourself or you can “kick back” for awhile, the four massage therapists at FACES have you covered. They offer 30-, 60- or 90-minute pregnancy massages.

Know a mom-to-be? Or are you pregnant and need more relaxation? Call FACES Day Spa today at 402.384.8400 to set up your pregnancy massage.

Beauty secrets of the margaritaaaaahhh

October 5th, 2015

When you hear “margarita,” what comes to mind? Tropical beaches? Relaxing with friends over chips and salsa?

How about health and beauty?

FACES Day Spa offers a Lime Salt Glow treatment.

Estheticians there use marine salts and essential oils to erase impurities and rejuvenate your skin. Then after a relaxing warm shower, the esthetician applies creams to hydrate your skin.

Go out on a lime

Lime is great for your skin because of its high vitamin C content. In effect, lime acts as an antioxidant to fight free radicals in the skin. This helps your skin look healthier and feel better.

The citric acid also helps remove dead skin cells more easily to reveal the natural glow beneath.

When applied to dark spots on the skin, lime juice can help lighten them so they are less noticeable.

And because lime contains natural antibiotic properties, it helps rid you of blemishes and acne, according to

Health benefits

Lime also helps you address other health concerns , including:

  • Weight loss
  • Digestion
  • Constipation
  • Ulcers
  • High cholesterol

Beyond the health benefits, lime just smells wonderful and often is used in aromatherapy.

Brain food

It turns out lime is as good for your mental outlook as your physical well being. Lime essential oil can:

  • Improve your mood
  • Stimulate your mind
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Lessen apathy

Lime is so beneficial to your health and beauty. Start at FACES Day Spa and its Exfoliating Lime Salt Glow. We’ll provide the lime and salt, you bring the umbrella.

Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

Exfoliate, rejuvenate to address 4 facial flaws

September 28th, 2015

Microdermabrasion is a great way to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin on your face. Treatments usually leave it looking brighter and feeling softer.

During microdermabrasion, your esthetician uses a wand to spray tiny crystals on your skin to gently remove the uppermost layer.

The following concerns can be improved or eliminated through regular microdermabrasion:

  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Minor wrinkles
  • Fine lines

Maintain your good results

Like many other spa regimens, the more regular your microdermabrasions, the better the results.

You can determine the number of treatments when you confer with your esthetician. Usually, six to 10 sessions are recommended.

Studies suggest minor changes can be observed after as few as two sessions, with major improvements observed by your fifth treatment.

After the initial round, most skin care specialists advise you to schedule another treatment every two or three months to maintain the results.

Little inconvenience, quick recovery

There’s not much in the way of down time or recovery time following microdermabrasion.

Most individuals have some temporary pinkness or redness in the treated areas. But within a few hours, your skin should return to its normal color.

Although your skin is resurfaced, microdermabrasion is not painful. The wand is noisy, but you hardly notice it against your face.

And it’s a service you can actually have done over your lunch hour.

At FACES Day Spa, your microdermabrasion is combined with an Alpha Hydroxy Acid treatment so you get deeper exfoliation.

It’s always good to apply a heavier moisturizer the day after a session. Because of the more intense exfoliation, your skin will be better prepared to accept a deeper level of hydration.

Uncover your best skin now. Schedule your microdermabrasion service today at FACES, 402.384.8400.