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Couples Appreciation Month

April 14th, 2014

Were you too busy to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Maybe it was too cold outside or too crowded at your favorite restaurant.

Or maybe you goofed on your gift choice?

The good news is that April offers you the perfect opportunity to make it up to your sweetie with a special service at FACES Day Spa!

A treat for two

Consider booking a couple’s massage. FACES offers a special couple’s massage suite where both of you can enjoy a head to toe massage. Leave all your stress at the door with this hour-long treat.

If you want to be alone together and still get some good bliss time in, consider booking an Exfoliating Lime Salt Glow. Salts and oils are blended together to perk up skin. Warm water rinses away the dead skin and then moisturizers are applied to your skin to help you get your glow on.

How about sitting side-by-side and kicking back in a relaxing chair? FACES has several different pedicures to choose from. If you love the smell of oranges, book yourself a Citrus Pedicure. It’s exfoliating and soothing. Maybe his feet need extra attention. Book your man an Almond Lux Pedicure.

Keep love strong

Showing your partner you appreciate him or her is important in keeping a relationship strong.

A PsychCentral.com article says, “There is no substitute for shared quality time. When you make a point of being together, without kids, pets and other interruptions, you will form a bond that will get you through life’s rough spots.”

No matter what service you select to share with that special someone at FACES, you will both leave feeling more refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated!

Call today and set up your Couples Appreciation Month appointment, 402.384.8400.

Wake up your wave with a little color!

April 8th, 2014

Accent nail manicures are all the rage right now. How do you spot one?

Well, if you’ve seen someone who has four fingernails painted one color and the fifth a different color, then you’ve spotted someone with an accent nail manicure.

Ready to try an accent manicure? Here are some ideas:

  1. Use contrasting colors, such as red and black, yellow and green or orange and pink.
  2. Try two colors that complement one another such as white and silver or blue and purple.
  3. Choose which nail you use as your accent nail. Though more commonly seen on the ring finger, you can use any finger you’d like.
  4. Leave four nails a solid color and have the fourth painted with a pattern that pops, like stripes or flowers.
  5. Reverse it and use a pattern or print on the rest of your nails, such as red polka dots on a blue background and leave the fourth nail blue to tie it all together.
  6. Add some sparkle! Have four of your nails painted a solid pink color and then add sparkly pink polish to the fifth nail.

The choices are nearly endless, limited only by imagination. The accent nail manicure offers you the perfect opportunity to let your uniqueness shine.

Try one or two or all of them! Call FACES Day Spa at 402.384.8400 today to make your appointment.

 

Cuticle Oil – The Soft, Secret Weapon

March 30th, 2014

If you ask nail technicians what their top nail care tip would be for clients, the overwhelming majority respond with “They should use cuticle oil on a regular basis.”

Why is cuticle oil such a big deal? Why use it every day?

The biggest benefit of cuticle oil is how soft it makes your cuticles. It’s moisturizing and, if used daily, will also keep your nails from splitting, peeling and tearing.

What’s in it?

According to WiseGeek.com, cuticle oil is made from one of several different types of oil, including:

  • Avocado oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Almond oil

Sometimes companies will add vitamins or moisturizers like shea or cocoa butter to the cuticle oil.

How do I use it?

Using cuticle oil is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry your hands completely.
  2. Apply oil to nails and cuticles on both hands.
  3. Wipe away any excess oil with a paper towel

Cuticle oil in a manicure

When you go to FACES Day Spa for a manicure, cuticle oil is applied at the end of the service. WiseGeek.com says putting cuticle oil on a fresh manicure helps you retain moisture that your nails and cuticles get from soaking in water during your service.

Take care of your nails in between manicures. “Be sure to keep your cuticles pushed back and moisturized with oil,” advises FACES’ nail technician Rachal Prout.

And when you’re ready for a manicure, make your appointment at FACES, 402.384-8400.

 

Spotlight on a service at FACES…

March 23rd, 2014

When you think of milk and honey, do you think about condiments you enjoy in your tea?

Ever thought about trying them out on your feet?

If you haven’t tried the Milk and Honey Pedicure at FACES Day Spa yet, you are missing out.

What it is…

When you come in for a Milk and Honey Pedicure, your nail technician will bathe your feet in a bath of warm milk. Your feet are then exfoliated, with the dead skin whisked away. This is followed by a hot honey mask, which not only soothes but also hydrates.

And, of course, no pedicure would be complete without a relaxing foot massage.

The benefits of honey…

We all know it smells fantastic and tastes sweet but did you know that honey has natural moisturizing properties?

DoctorOz.com explains that “honey not only attracts water but it helps absorb and retain it on skin.”

And another benefit to that tasty goodness? “Enzymes in the sweet food soften skin,” according to the Huffington Post.

The benefits of milk…

It’s great on cereal, but on your feet? Yes, milk is excellent for your skin.

FitDay.com says the “lactic acid in milk acts as an exfoliant.” Plus, milk has antioxidants, which “can help prevent damage from environmental toxins.”

Not only that, but the acids present in milk also help promote cell replenishment.

And if it’s good enough for Cleopatra…

The very beautiful pharaoh of ancient Egypt is rumored to have taken milk and honey baths every day.

Spoil your inner queen with a Milk and Honey Pedicure today. Call FACES Spa at 402-384-8400.

Meet a talented member of FACES’ staff…

March 16th, 2014

Jamie Roman secured her position at FACES Day Spa 13 years ago when she offered the owner at the time a free manicure and pedicure to prove her skills.

“I asked her for a job application but she didn’t want to hire me because I was only 18 and still in nail school,” explained Roman.

Roman said immediately after she was finished with the mani/pedi, the former owner hired her, and she’s been with FACES ever since.

Nails are her passion

Though Roman started out wanting to go to cosmetology school to learn hair, makeup and nails, she ended up finding out that nails were her passion. While she finished school at the Academy of Nails downtown, she never did go on to pursue hair or makeup.

“When I started at FACES I knew it was my calling; I loved it here and I absolutely love doing nails,” Roman said.

She feels clients like her because she does a good job, is upbeat, loving and personal. Roman said she treats each service as if she is working on a new client that she wants to impress so they will come back to her again.

Like family

“A lot of my clients are like my family. I’ve been seeing some of them for 13 years,” she said.

For her part, Roman loves that the staff at FACES are like a family. She said Dan, her boss, is amazing and understanding and that she enjoys working at the day spa because of its calm and relaxing vibe.

Some of the most common questions Roman gets range from the funny, such as “How can you work on feet?” to more practical questions like, “How can I maintain my manicure?” and “What’s the best way to keep my cuticles hydrated?”

Roman laughs when she talks about the many clients who apologize for the terrible state of their feet.

“They think their feet are awful and I assure them they are not,” said Roman.

Get the most out of your visit

Roman explained there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your service:

  1. Be on time.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Pre-pay so you don’t have to do so with wet nails afterward.
  4. Choose your color.
  5. Use the restroom.

She reminds everyone that five minutes taken out of a manicure is a lot of time.

“I want to be able to give each client a full 30 minutes of a nice manicure,” she said.

Jamie’s favorite products

Her favorite product for manicures is the citrus moisture scrub. Roman said it’s really hydrating and exfoliates the hands well to keep them soft.

In terms of pedicures, Roman likes the milk and honey sea salts the best. She explained this moisturizing exfoliant contains lots of oil and really helps slough off dead skin.

After each manicure and pedicure, Roman always recommends people use cuticle oil to keep their nails hydrated and looking nice.

Jamie Roman works Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9:00 to 3:30. Book your mani/pedi appointment today. Call FACES at 402.384.8400.

Says Roman, “From the minute you walk in the door until the minute you leave, we pamper you.”

March 10th is Day of Awesomeness

March 10th, 2014

March 10th is officially considered the “Day of Awesomeness” by DaysOfTheYear.com.

Just what makes a person awesome? There are so many answers to this question. There are almost as many answers as there are different individuals in the world.

Here are seven ways people can be awesome:

  1. Standing up for yourself or your beliefs
  2. Being positive
  3. Diving into the things that you fear
  4. Taking chances in life
  5. Helping others when they need it
  6. Making a difference in your community
  7. Treating others with respect and dignity

So in celebration of this special day, how about doing something awesome for the most awesome person you know…YOU!

FACES Day Spa has plenty of good ways for you to celebrate this little known holiday to the hilt!

How about a yummy aromatic treat for sweeter feet? FACES has a Milk and Honey Pedicure that includes a warm milk bath and a hot honey mask.

Perk up your peepers with a Mini Eye Contour. This service helps brighten dark circles and reduces puffiness and fine lines.

Dive deeper for smoother skin with a Sea Weed Body Treatment. The seaweed flushes out toxins, then a special stimulating cream is applied to skin to tighten its tone and make it smoother.

No matter what service you choose, you’re sure to feel AWESOME afterward. And isn’t that what the Day of Awesomeness is all about?

Call FACES Spa today to set up your appointment at 402.384.8400.

Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive

March 3rd, 2014

Psychologist Rich Walker, with Winston-Salem University, conducted a study emphasizing why it’s so important to try new things. His research found that those individuals who try lots of different things are more likely to embrace positivity in their lives and minimize negative experiences.

That’s great, but what does that mean for you?

Well, it means you don’t need to put off until tomorrow what you could try today.

In fact, the Canadian Mental Health Association says embracing the idea of trying something new can lead to better mental health.

Here are five great reasons to try something new today…

  1. Expanding your mind helps you cope with and recover from challenging situations faster.
  2. Engaging in new activities spurs creativity.
  3. People who try new things live and enjoy life more fully.
  4. New activities help alleviate boredom and stimulate your brain.
  5. Every time you do something different, you allow yourself the opportunity to grow as a person.

So, what should you try? Well, you can always start off with a small step and try a fun, new service at FACES Day Spa.

How about a Myotonology Treatment for your face? With this treatment, a mild current is used to strengthen your facial muscles for visibly firmer skin tone.

Maybe you’d prefer to try the Hot Stone Massage. The heated stones penetrate your sore muscles and loosen them up so that your massage therapist may reach and treat your trouble spots.

Or slough off that dead skin with an Exfoliating Lime Salt Glow. Marine salts and essential oils combine to rid you off dead, dry skin and replenish your natural glow.

FACES has plenty of services for you to choose from, set up your appointment and try something new and fun today at 402.384.8400.

Laying a Foundation

February 24th, 2014

The type of foundation you should use depends a lot on your skin type and the degree of coverage you want.

Cream foundation

Cream foundation is best when you want full coverage because it is the thickest and heaviest of the different foundation types. Those with normal or dry skin are likely to do well with cream foundation. Wisegeek.com explains it is not recommended for those with oil-prone skin because of its denser consistency.

Pro: It fully covers skin imperfections.

Con: If applied with a heavy-hand, it may not look smooth.

Liquid foundation

Liquid foundation is thinner than cream foundation and is made to work for all different types of skin. Buzzle.com says the oil-based formulas are for dry to normal skin while the water-based formulas are geared toward oily skin.

Because it’s easy to apply than the other types of foundation, it is a popular choice among many women.

Pro: It feels lightweight on the skin.

Con: It may clog pores and be visible when sweating.

Mineral foundation

WebMD defines mineral foundation by what it does NOT contain, including “preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance.” These are all ingredients that can aggravate skin. Since the foundation doesn’t have these items in it, some dermatologists recommend mineral makeup to their patients with acne-prone skin.

Pro: Mineral foundation is a good match for any skin type.

Con: Coverage is sheerer.

To find out which foundation suits you best, check out the foundation formula quiz at TotalBeauty.com.

Remember, FACES Spa offers makeup application for that special occasion or when you just need a little pick-me-up. Call 402.384.8400 to make your appointment.

Common Beauty Blunders

February 17th, 2014

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel

In order to help you look and feel your best, we’ve compiled a list of 5 common beauty blunders and given you the means to fight them.

1. Using conditioner all over your head can make your hair look greasy and limp. Rather than applying conditioner all over your head, Real Simple recommends starting at your ears and working your way to the ends.

2. Using skincare products with retinol or glycolic acid right before waxing. If your skincare regimen includes products with retinol or glycolic acid, Redbook suggests skipping these products in the days before you get a wax because these products heighten your sensitivity to pain.

3. Using lip liner that’s darker than your lipstick. Using a color that’s too dark creates an odd look on your lips. 7BeautyTips.com says your best bet is to choose a shade that is close to your own natural lip color or no more than one hue darker than your lipstick color.

4. Washing your face too many times in one day. Washing your face at the end of each day is plenty to keep it clean. That takes care of the makeup you’ve worn throughout the day. Because you don’t wear makeup to bed, experts say it’s perfectly fine to cleanse skin only at night. Redbook explains that overdoing it will actually dry out skin.

5. Not caring for your nails correctly. Never forget to use a topcoat after nails have been polished. According to SallyBeauty.com, a topcoat adds “strength to nails and protects polish from daily wear and tear.”

And if you need a little pick-me-up, schedule a facial or a pedicure with FACES Spa today, 402-384-8400.

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to SMILE!

“Happy girls are the prettiest.”Audrey Hepburn

I know they’re good for me, but what are they? Antioxidants demystified

February 10th, 2014

You’ve probably heard the term “antioxidant” thrown around and knew it was good for you but maybe weren’t sure just why.

HealthCastle.com defines antioxidants as substances in our food that help slow the damage oxygen does to our bodies over time.

According to HealthCastle.com “When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage.” Put another way, it’s like what happens to an apple slice when it sits out for a period of time.

Left unchecked, free radicals can cause aging and harm our immune systems. Antioxidants serve to repair the damage.

Where do we get antioxidants?

We can get them in foods such as carrots, oranges, tomatoes, nuts and fish. Each of these provides a different vitamin that has antioxidant properties.

FitDay.com explains the most common antioxidants include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Beta carotene
  • Selenium
  • Lycopene

Great ways to help free radicals in your skin include not smoking, protecting yourself from the sun, eating more fruits and vegetables and…going to the spa.

It’s true!

FACES Day Spa offers a Mini Vitamin-C Facial that infuses your skin with antioxidants to leave your skin feeling and looking refreshed.

Or try the Guinot Liftosome facial which combines relaxation with rejuvenation. Using antioxidants, your skin is “firmed, toned and lifted.”

If you have a sweet tooth, consider the Chocolate Power Skin Rescue which also offers antioxidants from Acai Berries. These have “skin restorative benefits” and improve the quality of your skin.

Schedule your appointment today, 402.384.8400.