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Spa Week!

October 20th, 2014

This week is Spa Week. What better way to celebrate than by visiting FACES to try something brand new or enjoy an old favorite?

You already know that going to the spa has tons of benefits including:

  • Refreshing your skin
  • Relaxing your body
  • Renewing your spirit
  • Rejuvenating your attitude

And what better time to go than during Spa Week?

Take some time for yourself and schedule a mani/pedi on your day off. FACES is open every day of the week so there is always an opportunity to make time for the spa.

Need a pick-me-up during your workday? Not a problem. Even those with just half an hour can enjoy a mini vitamin C facial, have a make-up application, get those eyebrows tinted or get a massage.

If you want to go all out in honor of Spa Week, you could enjoy a half-day or full day at the spa with one of several different spa packages.

Express Packages are great for those on the go. You’re covered from head to toe with a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage – all in two hours!

A Day of Pampering

Or if you want to spend the day at FACES, there’s always the Pampering Spa Package. Have a friend or family member drop you off and enjoy a manicure, pedicure, facial, massage, body treatment, makeup application and lunch!

Just remember, during Spa Week, it’s our celebration but YOU are the guest of honor.

Make your appointment today by calling FACES at 402.384.8400.

 

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it” – Jim Goodwin

In Your Element

October 13th, 2014

Do you know the four elements? They are Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Every individual has all four elements hidden within and around them.

Each element represents something very specific for each of us.

Fire = “Your personal drive”

Water = “Your personal flow”

Earth = “Your physical environment”

Air = “Your inspiration and creativity”

Some of us may be tapped into one element more than another but they are each present every day.

Ancient Ideas

And this isn’t a contemporary notion. The ancient Greeks originally conceived the idea that everything is made up of these four elements.

“The idea that these four elements – earth, water, air, and fire – made up all matter was the cornerstone of philosophy, science, and medicine for two thousand years,” according to hometrainingtools.com.

And that idea actually extends into FACES Day Spa as well. If you want to, you can experience one or more of the basic elements during a service at the spa.

Hot Stone Massage (Fire) – This massage is relaxing from beginning to end as warmed stones are first placed on the muscles to help them loosen up before the massage therapist begins.

FACES Pedicure (Water) – The spa’s luxurious pedicures begin with a refreshing foot soak in warm, bubbling water.

Black Baltic Body Mud Treatment (Earth) – Detoxify and rejuvenate your skin with this rich, tranquil service.

Guinot Hydradermie (Air) – This facial targets problem areas through the use of oxygenation and electrical current and offers deep hydration and brightening of the skin.

Get in touch with the four elements today at FACES Day Spa. Call 402.384.8400 to make your appointment.

Oh So a-Peel-ing

October 6th, 2014

Oh So a-Peel-ing

There are so many questions out there about peels. The most common ones seem to be whether a person’s face will stay red and raw looking for a long time and whether the procedure is painful.

Here we hope to demystify the facial peel.

WebMD.com explains when you get a facial peel, “a chemical solution is applied to the skin, which makes it blister and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.”

At FACES Day Spa, you have three different options for a peel: The Lactic Peel, the AHA (Alpha Hydroxy) Peel or the Glycolic Peel. The one you choose is entirely up to you.

The Lactic Peel – A gentle chemical peel that targets stubborn pigmentation while smoothing the texture of your skin.

The Alpha Hydroxy Peel – This peel uses fruit acids to gently peel away signs of aging while increasing your skin’s ability to hydrate.

The Glycolic Peel – This advanced chemical peel is geared toward those who want to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles as well as scars and acne.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a peel but remain on the fence, consider these top three benefits of getting a peel:

-Younger, smoother looking skin

-Reduces and in some cases eliminates wrinkles and age spots

-Treats acne and improves the appearance of scars

As Zhannon, a FACES esthetician says, “When you get a peel, you’re just going to get a gentle exfoliation and your skin will be brighter with a more even skin tone.”

What Makes a Spa a Spa?

September 29th, 2014

Turns out it’s the water component. Though FACES has been around for over a decade, the spa itself enjoys a much longer history.

According to indiawellness.org, spas can be traced as far back as 400 BC.

As a physician, it was Hippocrates’ opinion (yes the Hippocrates – the one whom the Hippocratic Oath was named after) that people became afflicted with diseases when their bodily fluids were not in balance. To fix this issue, he recommended people make some simple changes to their daily routines.

Indiawellness.org suggests these included:

  • Bathing
  • Perspiration
  • Walking
  • Massage

Many years ago, these were combined with physical and educational activities to maximize results.

Later on, the Greeks and Romans embraced mineral and thermal springs for use by their citizens. And the idea of using public baths or spas as part of a wellness regimen quickly took spread.

The city of Bath became extremely popular. Located in England, visitbath.co.uk says for centuries ill visitors made their way to the city from all around the country to bathe in the therapeutic waters. The hope was that they would wash away their health problems.

Nowadays, people use the baths in Bath for their relaxing properties rather than their medicinal ones. And relaxation is the primary reason people head to the spa itself!

If you need a little relaxation or rejuvenation, you too can enjoy the spa – no toga required! Make your appointment at FACES today, 402.384.8400.

Getting Fit While Feeling Fabulous

September 22nd, 2014

This may come as a bit of a shock, but just driving by the gym does not constitute a workout.

There are those who love working out, who are proud to sweat and enjoy heart pumping activity on a regular basis.

And then there is everyone else.

Whether you make time to work out or not, you still want to look your best, right? One way to do that is by working your skin out. The biggest upside to FACES’ Firming Sea Weed Body Treatment is in that first word: firming.

It’s not every day we are able to do absolutely nothing except relax and walk away from a service fitter than when we entered the spa.

By now, you may be thinking, “So, just how does this service work? What is it?”

It’s called the Firming Sea Weed Body Treatment. It’s a wrap that will “leave your skin feeling toned and smooth.”

The service itself involves the use of a firming cream that is spread over the entire body.

Why use seaweed? Livestrong.com says seaweed is:

  • Great for cleansing of dead skin cells and many other impurities that sit on the surface of the skin.
  • Full of iodine which serves to stimulate and helps renew skin.
  • Chock-full of vitamins, making it a natural anti-inflammatory.

At the end of FACES’ Sea Weed Body Treatment, skin is moisturized with creams that are rich in nutritive elements.

Your skin is softer, smoother and more toned – no exercise required.

Leave your gym clothes at home and call FACES today: 402.384.8400.

A Massage by Any Other Name

September 15th, 2014

So you’re ready to dive in and get a massage. They are all pretty much the same, right? Wrong. Different massage styles have different names and it is important to learn the difference.

The three main types of massage explained:

Swedish Massage

The Swedish massage was created by Swedish physiologist Per Henrik Ling in the 19th Century. This is the most common type of massage, generally used for relaxation. Spa writer Anitra Brown explains a Swedish massage includes “gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions.”

FACES offers 30, 60, 90 or 120 minute Swedish massages. With so many options, you can find one that fits into your schedule, no matter how busy it is.

Deep Tissue Massage

Movements used in a Deep Tissue massage are similar to the Swedish massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain, according to Alternative Medicine. This type of massage is best for those with chronic issues like tightness in the neck, soreness in the back or achiness in the joints.

Those with ongoing back, neck or body issues will benefit from a Deep Tissue massage.

Hot Stone Massage

For this service, the massage therapist heats up Basalt stones which are then placed on certain pressure points in the body. The warmth from the stones helps to increase blood flow and helps release toxins from the body. The stones are used in conjunction with the massage.

Hot Stone massages are a great way to keep warm while relieving stress in the colder winter months.

FACES offers an assortment of massages of varying lengths. Appointments are available by calling 402.384.8400.

Why Go to the Spa When You Can DIY?

September 8th, 2014

We all know there are plenty of places to find recipes to make or mix your own facial masks or foot scrubs or aromatherapy oils. So why does anyone go to the spa for services when they could just do it themselves?

There are plenty of good reasons to partake of the spa’s experts.

Do it yourself?

Have you ever tried to wrap yourself? Doing your own body wrap would be difficult at best. Plus, there’s nothing like the feeling of having someone exfoliate your skin. There are plenty of areas that are impossible to reach on our own. And that’s just one reason it’s better to hit the spa sometimes.

WebMD suggests people go to spas for “stress reduction and relief, to soothe sore joints and muscles, and to simply feel better about themselves.”

Another benefit to hitting the spa has to do with how it affects your mental outlook. According to Slideshare.net, “Taking good care of your body and mind can help deter aging.”

Who doesn’t want to maintain that youthful glow as long as possible?

Visiting the spa and getting a massage makes us feel good. As Times of India.com reminds us, “massage releases the hormone Serotonin that enhances your good mood.”

Three more reasons going to a spa is good for you:

1. It’s your opportunity to have someone take care of you for a little while. You do so much for so many, isn’t it time you took some time for yourself?

2. Taking a break from work and hitting the spa can actually help you cope better with stress in your life. Getting a service done and relaxing can assist you in refocusing your energy and improving your attitude.

3. Visiting the spa can also mean better sleep for you as the services help you to relax and let go of tensions from the day.

You don’t really need an excuse to schedule a pampering service at FACES today, but if you think you do, just pick one of the above and then call 402.384.8400.

Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Spa Treatments Around the Globe

September 1st, 2014

Maybe you thought it was crazy when you went in for your first bikini wax, or perhaps you felt exhilarated when you had eyelash extensions done. It could be that your first big plunge into a new service was a body wrap. You were slathered in mud and left the spa feeling amazing!

So you have a fun and crazy side, a part of you that loves trying new things. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list for you of some of the most weird, wacky and wonderful spa treatments offered around the world. Which ones would you try?

Snake Massage

Slither over to Israel and you can try a snake massage. It’s true. About six or so snakes will crawl across your back helping you relax (?). The claim, according to TIME.com is that “the snakes help ease migraines and soothe sore muscles.”

Chocolate Spa

Chocoholics unite. The Chocolate Spa Hotel in Hershey, Pennsylvania offers all sorts of chocolate services. You can have yourself “wrapped in layers of chocolaty fondue. Or enjoy a whipped bath of hot chocolate milk,” according to NBC News.com. Looking good never tasted so delicious!

Tapping Massage

If I had a hammer…I could practice Tok Sen. Newbeauty.com explains that this Northern Thailand massage is combined “with rhythmic tapping on the energy lines of the body with a special wooden hammer.” The primary benefits of this particular service? Improved circulation and rebalancing.

Astrological Massage

Meditative in Miami. How about a massage customized for you based on your birth date and astrological sign? Elle.com explains there’s a spa in Miami that tailors everything, “from the type of strokes to the essential oil selection,” based on your sign.

Cryotherapy

In Finland they are crying over cryotherapy. It’s so-so-so cooooold! Turns out, that’s on purpose. What is it? Elle.com says the client enters “a cryogenic chamber with a temperature set around -184 degrees.” You don’t stay locked in for long as you would eventually suffer hypothermia but the thought process is that doing this actually will help detoxify and beef up your immune system.

Can’t afford a trip around the world? You could just make your next spa stop at FACES right here in Omaha. We don’t use snakes but maybe that’s besssst? Book an appointment for your own wonderful treatment at 402.384.8400.

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.