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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.

Celebrate World Gratitude Day

September 21st, 2015

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it – William Arthur Ward

Today, September 21st, is World Gratitude Day. It’s an annual chance to ponder what you’re thankful for and to express your gratitude.

Positive things happen even in the midst of struggle and crisis. So when was the last time you thanked your good friend for standing by you when things got rough? The last time you thanked your spouse or partner when they picked up the slack for you?

Opportunities to express gratitude are endless. Thank the mail person for delivering your mail even when it’s 100 degrees outside. Thank your grocery bag person for helping get your groceries to the car.

You can even write down all the people and things you’re grateful for. Then, when you’re blue, you can revisit those things that make you happy to be alive.

The magical benefits of gratitude

Not only do you make someone else’s day when you express gratitude, you also benefit from the interaction.

The physical benefits of thankfulness include:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Inspiration to exercise more
  • Longer periods of uninterrupted sleep

Gratitude’s psychological benefits make you:

  • More positive
  • More alert
  • More joyful
  • More optimistic
  • Happier

Then there’s its social impact, which help you become:

  • More generous and empathetic
  • More forgiving and outgoing
  • Less lonely

And if you decide you want to say “Thank You” on a larger scale, treat your special someone to a service at FACES Day Spa. Buy your gift certificate by calling 402.384.8400.

The naturally exotic side of manicures

September 14th, 2015

When you spend time at the spa to have your hands manicured, you receive four major benefits:

  1. The service is relaxing and includes a hand massage
  1. Your hands feel softer because your nail technician exfoliates them
  1. Your nails look better because they’re filed and polished by a professional
  1. Having your nails done just makes you feel good

Something a little extra

But what about those who want a little something extra? There are many people who use their nails as an accessory. And just like other accessories, some are more noticeable than others.

Here are a few examples of the exotic things people have had on their nails:

  • Tiger stripes
  • Colored beads
  • Brightly polished cuticles with naked nails
  • Company logos
  • Chains
  • Lettering
  • Geometric Patterns
  • Lace

It’s fun to go a little crazy with your nails once in a while. But if you just want to relax and not be a showboat, we can help.

Natural manicure options

FACES Day Spa offers several manicure options, including the Green Tea & Citrus Manicure. For this, your hands are wrapped in hot towels and then massaged and polished.

There’s also the Paraffin Manicure, where your hands are dipped in warm paraffin for extra hydrating before they are filed and polished.

The Almond Lux Manicure features the delicious smell of almonds along with their rich moisturizing oils.

And if you suffer from brown spots, the Lightning Manicure, along with a lactic peel, will target them and help restore the youthful appearance of your hands.


All nail services at FACES include exfoliation, a softening of your cuticles and a hand massage.


Whether you opt for natural nails, gel extensions or acrylic nails, the staff at FACES Day Spa has the perfect option for you.


Call today and make your appointment, 402.384.8400.

Five foods to assure better beauty

September 8th, 2015

Everyone has been given a beauty tip that left them scratching their heads in confusion. But if the tip comes from someone trustworthy, aren’t you tempted to try it, no matter how odd it sounds?

Now, what if that trustworthy tipster said you could use certain foods to make yourself look even better?

Here are five interesting beauty tips that involve food, and the truth behind them:

Avocados: They’re not just for guacamole. Avocado is very moisturizing. Remove its pit and skin. Smush it in a bowl and apply it to your skin. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then shower the avocado off. The result is smoother, suppler skin.

Potatoes: This popular starch helps reduce puffy eyes. Cut a raw, peeled potato in half and place each half over an eye for about 10 minutes.

Mayonnaise…Sure, you enjoy spreading mayo on your turkey and cheese sandwiches but did you know mayonnaise is great at conditioning hair? Slather mayo on your hair and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Want to see an even deeper conditioning effect? Use your blow dryer on your hair.

Egg-Whites…Besides being a power food and super healthy for you to eat, egg whites can also be used to make a face mask. The secret ingredient? Protein. It’s what helps replenish the moisture in your skin and brighten your complexion. This is a fast treatment too. The egg whites only need to stay on your face about five minutes and then you can wash them off.

HoneyWe all know it tastes delicious in tea but were you aware that you can gently apply honey to your skin in a circular motion (move your hair first) to help bring moisture back? Once you’ve applied the honey to your entire face, wash it off using a wash cloth and warm water.

You can use any of these food-related treatments any time you want. But if you’re ready to relax and would rather leave the beauty treatments to the professionals, call FACES Day Spa and make your facial or body treatment appointment today at 402.384.8400.

Meet Rena Sievers

August 31st, 2015

Rena Sievers has been a licensed esthetician for 11 years. She’s worked at FACES Day Spa for the last nine.

Her own skin challenges led her to become an esthetician.

“I had adult acne. I tried a dermatologist, but it wasn’t working for me,” Sievers said. “I knew there had to be alternatives. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels helped clear up my skin.”

She chose FACES so she could work in a spa environment, without hair care services or the animated conversations and blow dryers that go with it.

“I enjoy FACES because everyone gets along and has good rapport with their clients.

Sievers provides facials to the spa’s clients. She also offers makeup application, waxing and some nail care.

She said the spa’s most popular facial is the “Beaute Neuve,” or Beauty Facial. Sievers likes to do that facial because it combines relaxation with skin treatments.

The Beauty Facial includes a vitamin C mask and a peel, as well as massage.

Three ways to fight appearance of aging

Sievers said FACES offers many treatments to help fight signs of aging and to take your facial a step further. Some of these include:

  1. Microdermabrasion which uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the skin
  1. Dermasound, which uses a wand to peel the skin. Estheticians use water, not chemicals, with the wand to peel the skin.
  1. Guinot Hydradermie, which uses galvanic currents with customized gels to target problem areas skin

Sievers said these three processes ensure moisturizers penetrate deeply into the skin.

Her superstar product

“Right now my superstar product is Guinot’s Pure Balance Mask,” Sievers said.

“Everyone has oilier skin in the summer. That’s when I see more people with breakouts. The mask is great because it’s clay-based and absorbs the oil.”

She also uses it for bug bites because it reduces the itch. The mask can be used all over the face or just to target specific problem areas.

Sievers and her colleagues know spa treatments are a choice, not a necessity.

“People don’t have to do it. And you don’t need a particular issue with your skin. You can just come in and pamper yourself.”

She said she’d committed to giving each client the best spa experience possible.

“I hope to become their friend,” she said. “I want to win their loyalty so they come back and refer their friends and family to FACES.”

Sievers works Fridays and Saturdays at FACES. Call now to set up your appointment, 402.384.8400.

Massages: They’re not just for relaxation

August 24th, 2015

The staff at FACES Day Spa knows just how hard people work on a daily basis as well as how stressful our lives can be each and every day. And they also know there’s nothing like a good massage to help work out some of the kinks.

FACES Day Spa offers all sorts of massages from Swedish to Hot Stone, but they also have some specialty massages for those who have specific needs.

Oncology Massage

Kate Prokop is a Massage Therapist at FACES who offers oncology massages. She is trained and certified to work with all stages of cancer.

There are many benefits for cancer patients who have a massage including:

  1. Relief from serious pain
  2. Less nausea
  3. Better sleep
  4. Complete relaxation

Expecting a baby and just need some time to yourself to be pampered? FACES offers pregnancy massages.

According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, pregnancy massage has shown to be effective on many levels.

Here are eight benefits pregnant women have experienced when getting regular massages while pregnant:

  1. Less depression
  2. Reduction of anxiety
  3. Less back and leg pain
  4. Reduction of swelling
  5. Cardiovascular health improves
  6. Labor pain is reduced
  7. Labor takes less time
  8. There is a decrease in the need for medication while in labor

Less pain and more relaxation? Nothing wrong with that.

But what if you have a serious, chronic area of tension and pain? You need a Deep Tissue Massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Natural health guru Cathy Wong explains the methods used during deep tissue massage are similar to classic massage but the pressure on the affected areas is often slower and deeper.

It’s not unusual to experience discomfort during the process of a Deep Tissue Massage. This may happen as the massage therapist is working deeply on muscle tightness.

The list of therapeutic benefits from deep tissue massage is remarkable:

  • Less headaches
  • Reduction in pain
  • Improved posture
  • Tension relief
  • More mobility

No matter where you ache or hurt, FACES Day Spa has a massage that can help you. Call today to set up your appointment and say goodbye to that pain and hello to relaxation, rejuvenation and relief, 402.384.8400.

Meet Kristi Gerloff

August 15th, 2015

Kristi Gerloff is a Licensed Esthetician who joined FACES this past May.

Originally, she was interested in massage therapy, but knew its physical demands would be too much for her.

“Someone told me about esthetics and, at the time,” Gerloff said, “I didn’t know what that meant.”

She researched schools in Omaha and enrolled at Capitol School.

“It’s a good school,” she said. “Once I found out what esthetics really was, I knew I’d like it.”

Gerloff worked in Phoenix until a couple months ago, when she returned to Omaha. She knew FACES and its good reputation.

“It is a high-end spa and I’ve always wanted to work here,” Gerloff said.

A variety of experience

Gerloff has been an esthetician for 12 years. She worked for a cosmetic doctor at a medi-spa, which offers treatments like Botox, lasers, fillers and other minor cosmetic services. She also worked for a dermatologist.

She likes working at FACES because it is quiet, especially compared to working in a dermatologist’s office.

“The doctor’s office can be tense and not relaxing,” she said. “I like to give people the chance to relax. But I also enjoy helping them with their skin so they feel good about themselves e.”

The one and only

Gerloff is the only FACES staff member to offer dermaplaning. She was certified in Phoenix, where she provided the service to many clients on a regular basis.

“I am confident in what I do and want my clients to know they will get good service,” she said. “I want them relaxed, so I talk to them ahead of time about any particular skin concerns.

“Then we discuss how we can make their skin look even better and select the best treatment for their skin type.”

Schedule your appointment with Gerloff today at 402.384.8400. She works Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

What is Dermaplaning?

August 10th, 2015

FACES Day Spa now offers dermaplaning. Esthetician Kristi Gerloff, who just started with FACES, brings her expertise in this area to the day spa.

Dermaplaning is a safe procedure that uses a sterile medical blade to remove the dead facial skin cells, Gerloff said. It also removes any “peach fuzz” hair you may have.

Before you get nervous about the “blade” part, you should know the razor doesn’t go deep. It just removes the first layer of skin.

Dermaplaning can be done as a facial.

“I prepare the skin, do the dermaplaning and follow it with a moisture mask,” she said. “The moisturizer penetrates the skin more easily after the dead skin cells are gone.”

She also can do a light chemical peel at the same time to help you look your very best.

The dermaplaning and moisture mask combo takes about 45 minutes. If you add a chemical peel, it takes about an hour.

Benefits of dermaplaning

  • It helps with fine lines
  • Makeup goes on more smoothly afterward
  • Your skin feels softer
  • Your complexion looks brighter and healthier

Gerloff said clients should return every four to six weeks. She said FACES would soon add packages to its menu for those who want the facial service on a regular basis.

Those with active acne should not have dermaplaning done.

Dermaplaning benefits

“It’s rewarding to see the gunk come off and the healthy skin show through,” Gerloff said.

She said some clients worry the removed hair will grow back thicker or darker. “That’s just not the case,” she said.

Gerloff said she has been dermaplaned several times.

“It’s great for your skin to get all that dead skin off.”

Schedule your dermaplaning with Kristi Gerloff today, 402.384.8400.

DIY Disasters: Facials

August 3rd, 2015

If you’ve read any beauty, fashion or entertainment magazines, it’s likely you came across recipes for “do it yourself” beauty treatments.

Do these treatments actually work? The short answer is “sort of.”

It’s not bad for you to “do it yourself” between facials at FACES Day Spa. In fact, it can prolong the effects of the professional facials you receive.

But there are some things you should know before you begin.

The dangers of “do it yourself”

Exfoliation is an important part of any skin care regime. It helps slough off the aging top layer of your facial skin. If you clear away this dead skin and apply moisturizer, it’s a great way to hydrate your face.

It’s easy to overdo exfoliation. Be wary of apricot scrubs or anything that contains coarse, hard material intended to scrape off dead skin. You could actually tear your skin.

Don’t scrub your skin overly hard. A gentle cleaning is more effective and safer than a vigorous scrub.

Extractions are best left to the professionals. There is a right way and a wrong way to pluck a blemish. Your esthetician was schooled in how to use this technique. When you do it yourself, you could create a scar and leave a permanent reminder of the pimple you wanted to erase.

Get help from you esthetician

There’s no reason you can’t “do it yourself” with professional assistance. The skin products used by FACES are higher quality than those you get over the counter.

So tap into your esthetician’s experience and ask which products are best to keep your skin looking great between visits.

Esthetician Kathi Halsey said she loves the treatment cream by GlyMed.

I recommend it as a night cream,” Halsey said. “It has 15 percent glycolic acid in it, which helps resurface the skin in a way that’s also hydrating.”

You really can “do it yourself”. But when you’re ready to relax and let a professional do the work, call FACES Day Spa, 402.384.8400.