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Power of the Brush

May 18th, 2015

If you’ve ever had a facial, you might notice that part of the process includes a cleansing with an automated, rotating brush. It’s a facial cleansing brush.

Today, many companies including Clarisonic, Olay, DDF and DermaNew offer a variety of models that anyone may purchase.
These brushes are meant to supplement your beauty routine at home.

The top 5 benefits of using the automatic, facial cleansing brush include:
1. A deeper cleaning than you can get with water, cleanser and a washcloth
2. Built-in exfoliation as these brushes remove debris and slough off dead skin cells reducing dry skin
3. After using, creams, serums and lotions are better able to penetrate into the skin
4. Helps eliminate blemishes
5. More even distribution of cleanser means products last longer

It’s also helpful to use a brush if you’re exhausted at night and want to get your skin clean faster with less effort.
But lest you think it’s great to use one of these automated facial brushes every day, there could be a few caveats.

Take a break from your brush if you start to notice:

• Breakouts, as it could be a sign you’re brushing too hard or too much
• Your skin starts to feel overly sensitive
• If your skin begins to feel more dry as it could be you’re stripping away too much oil when you clean your face

Prefer to leave it to the experts? Make your appointment for a European Facial today. Call FACES Day Spa at 402.384.8400.

Mindful Relaxation

May 11th, 2015

When you go to FACES Day Spa for a facial or a massage, do you ever find yourself falling asleep because the service is so soothing or relaxing?

It could be you’re just tired, so when you finally slow down and find yourself in that calm and peaceful environment with the low lighting, soft music and healing touch, you drift away.

Isn’t it wonderful to feel so stress-free? It can be, but for those who prefer to remember their experience at the spa and want to enjoy every minute of it, you might want to consider a little something called mindful relaxation.

Relax “Mindfully”

The GreaterGood.com defines mindfulness as, “Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.” Put in the setting of the spa, where people are meant to unwind, we tack the word relaxation on.

Mindful relaxation then could be considered being aware of everything around us throughout the duration of our service and enjoying each and every moment for what it is.

To enjoy the full benefits of mindful relaxation, try not to do any of the following during your service:

1.     Replay the events of the day

2.     Relive a mistake

3.     Put together a mental to-do list

4.     Think about what you are making for dinner

5.     Get worked up over an earlier argument

6.     Worry about the 10 pounds you want to lose

Consider spa time YOUR time. You want to fully enjoy it and if you’re mind is racing, that makes it difficult. Too many random thoughts may be a big distraction causing you to miss out on the highlights of your service. On the other hand, if you fall asleep, you’re not going to remember your service.

Mindful relaxation may just be the answer!

Schedule a little ME time today at FACES Day Spa, 402.384.8400.

Tiptoe through the Tulips, Meander through the Mud

May 4th, 2015

Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the greenery springing up everywhere, not to mention the beautiful flowers in various hues of purple, yellow, pink and more. The air is more aromatic and the chill of winter seems to be slowly fading out.

We all know that the green grass and fragrant flowers would not be possible without the springtime rain. And with rain comes mud. But mud doesn’t have to be a pain.

Can you remember making mud pies when you were a kid or perhaps stomping through mud puddles just for the sheer pleasure of splashing the mucky brown stuff onto your rain boots?

At FACES Spa you can treat your inner child with a mud treatment. The best part? Mud has all sorts of great benefits including:

  • Relaxing your muscles
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Improving blood flow
  • Detoxifying your skin
  • Soothing painful joints

And BecomeGorgeous.com suggests Mud may even improve certain medical conditions including:

  • Scarring
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Post-Surgery Adhesions
  • Arthritis

FACES Black Baltic Body Mud offers you the chance to luxuriate in the warm, rich mud while purifying and rejuvenating your skin.

The service begins with an exfoliation, then mud is applied to your skin, after which you take a shower to clear the mud off. Your service ends with a hydrating treatment.

Get your skin in shape before summer returns. Contact FACES Day Spa for your mud play date today (no rain boots required), 402.384.8400!

Oncology Massage

April 27th, 2015

Kate Prokop is a Massage Therapist at FACES who offers oncology massages.

These are massages for people who had – or currently have – cancer. Prokop is trained and certified to work with all stages of cancer. As long as the client has no activity restrictions, they can have a massage.

Massage has many benefits for cancer patients:

  1. Relief from nausea
  2. Help with insomnia
  3. Pain relief
  4. Overall relaxation

“When you have a day full of people poking at you, being able to get a massage is a big deal,” said Kate.

She explained that she tends to work in quadrants. Where Kate concentrates her efforts depends largely on where the client is experiencing pain and whether or not they have a port in a particular area.

When she’s working on a client with a blood or bone cancer, she works with light pressures because those types of cancers can cause brittle structures. Kate said she uses a 0-3 level in terms of touch.

A personalized experience

She marks herself out for 90 minutes for each oncology massage because she does a lot of modifying for each person.

“I like to have time to talk about what’s going on, which way the client can lay on the table, things like that. I want to make sure each person is really comfortable,” she said.

Next fall Kate will study lymph drainage, so in addition to working with cancer patients she will also be able to help those with lymphedema. Specifically, she will be able to help move fluids out of their extremities.

Providing comfort

She said she sees a couple patients each week right now. They are committed to coming in because it’s so beneficial to them. Kate explained many of them do their chemotherapy treatments one week and have a massage the next and that seems to work well.

“I feel fulfilled when I walk out at the end of the day. Working with cancer patients means a lot to me and I am passionate about it,” Kate said.

Kate works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

The Importance of Looking Professional

April 20th, 2015

Dressing like you want the job you are interviewing for is one way to get a potential employer to notice you, and may very well help you land that job you want.

But there are other things you need to be aware of if you want to exude the professionalism that’s needed to stand apart from your competitors.

A Forbes.com article suggests:

  • Researching the company with which you are interviewing to best decide what to wear
  • Making sure your clothes are “clean and pressed”
  • Shopping one of the bigger department stores and ask for help in choosing an outfit
  • Remembering that with jewelry, makeup and perfume, less is more
  • Dropping by the company during the week before your interview to check out what people are wearing
  • Checking yourself before you head out and make sure clothing is not too revealing when you sit, stand or reach across a desk to shake hands

Another important aspect of your appearance is your hands. After all, handshakes are an integral part of any job interview so you want your hands to look their best.

Taking care of your nails suggests you take care of yourself and are invested in your appearance. This shows confidence.

Nails should be trimmed, filed and look neat. Colors that will work for an interview anywhere include beige and taupe. You can also skip the color altogether and just go for the shine of a clear coat.

At FACES Day Spa, we have all sorts of manicures to choose from including:

Our Green Tea and Citrus Manicure: This includes exfoliation, wrapping your hands in hot towels, a hand massage and your choice of color.

Paraffin Manicure: You dip your hands in a warm soothing wax for a deep hydration.

Lightning Manicure: There’s no electricity involved here, simply a manicure combined with a lactic peel to help rid your hands of any dark spots.

Make sure you look professional from head to toe to your hands! Make your manicure appointment at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.4800.

Meet a talented member of FACES’ staff…

April 13th, 2015

“When I was deciding on a career path, this was one of the few that offered me a chance to be an artist and a scientist at the same time,” said Jodi Smith, Esthetician at FACES Day Spa.

Jodi has been an esthetician for seven years and has spent five of those years at FACES.

Working at FACES gives Jodi the chance to utilize her skills.

The Artist

She loves the makeup aspect of her job. Jodi said she loves being able to bring out the best features in each person’s face.

She’s especially fond of Halloween because she enjoys playing with different colors, textures and fantasy looks. It offers her the chance to break out of the mold.

The Scientist

Jodi also loves learning about the different concoctions that really bring out each client’s best skin health. She said she enjoys finding out more about new discoveries in skin care and believes that all products are not created equally.

Jodi said using professional products gives you better results.

Her favorite service to do

Jodi enjoys using the Dermasound, calling it “an amazing machine.”

The process has three phases:

  1. Peeling off excess dead skin on the surface.
  2. Sonowaves are used to send products deep into the dermal layers, penetrating skin cells to amplify products applied to the skin.
  3. Monowaves help firm and tone the skin as well as tighten it up.

In order to get the best results with Dermasound, Jodi said she recommends clients start with six treatments, two weeks apart and then one treatment every four to six weeks for maintenance.

She also does a lot of chemical peels. Jodi said chemical peels work for almost any skincare concern including severe acne, deep wrinkles or pigmentation concerns.

“I enjoy seeing the results with my clients. I like talking to them about their lives and building those relationships,” Jodi said.

Jodi Smith works at FACES Day Spa on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Book your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

April is Stress Awareness Month

April 6th, 2015

Did you know that approximately 75-90% of all doctor’s office visits are for ailments and complaints that can be attributed to stress? That’s according to WebMD.

It’s a startling statistic to say the least and definitely underscores the need for every individual to get some good, solid relaxation time.

Some stress in life is perfectly normal and many of us operate even better when under a little pressure. But too much stress can have negative effects on us.

Too much stress can cause:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Stiff muscles
  • Anxiety
  • Eating issues
  • High blood pressure

Certainly this is only a brief list of problems that may creep up due to feelings of stress.

It’s important that everyone have a strong, reliable method for dealing with stress. One suggestion is to try and build time into your schedule for a bit of relaxation. Going to the spa can have a calming effect.

No two people deal with stress in exactly the same way so it makes sense that no one service works to calm everyone.

Here we offer a few suggestions to take some of that stress out of your day and help you find your way back to your oasis of calm.

  • The Black Baltic Body Mud Treatment at FACES helps purify and replenish the skin. You will leave the spa feeling soothed and soft.
  • The smell of citrus can enhance feelings of well-being. At FACES you can try the Citrus Pedicure which provides the uplifting aroma of citrus coupled with a soothing foot massage.
  • In a Hot Stone Massage, the massage therapist places the warmed stones on certain pressure points in the body. The heat from the stones helps to increase blood flow and helps release toxins from the body.

This month, tell stress to hit the road. Book your stress-fighting service today! Call FACES at 402.384.8400.

7 Ways to Beat the Blahs of Dry Skin

March 30th, 2015

If your dry skin seems particularly bad during the winter months, you’re not alone. Try these tips to help banish dry skin.

  1. Drink more water.

According to NaturalSkinCareSecrets.com, your body loses water when you exercise or are cooped up with heated air inside during colder weather. In these situations, you should increase your water intake.

  1. Add paraffin to your next manicure.

If your cuticles are torn or you have cuts around them because your skin is dry, paraffin can be a great help. Paraffin wax is mainly used as a sealant and as a preservative because it can help retain moisture and prevent spoilage. When used on your hands, it can help smooth and soften them.

  1. Use steam during a facial.

Steam is hydrating, clears up breakouts and creates the appearance of smoother skin. Through steam, oxygen is brought into your face which increasing your circulation and almost instantly gives you a more youthful appearance.

  1. Plug in your humidifier.

Skincareforwrinkles.com says if you use a humidifier:

  • Your skin will be plumper after just a few days.
  • Fine lines may disappear.
  • Skin will be more youthful looking.
  • Your complexion will be smoother.
  • Skin will feel fresher.
  1. Avoid hot water.

Hot water removes your natural skin oils more quickly. Use warm water instead. And only wash face at night if skin is dry. In the morning, rinse skin with cool water.

  1. Protect your lips.

Use lip balm whenever you are headed outside to prevent dry, chapped lips. As a bonus, you can also use your lip balm to:

  • Hydrate cuticles
  • Smooth ends of your hair
  • Soothe rashes
  • Prevent blisters
  • Substitute for under eye cream
  1. Add power products to your skin care regimen.

GlyMed Accelerator is a cell renewal cream that can be integrated into anyone’s daily routine.

Water is the first ingredient in the GlyMed Acceleartor. It’s oil-free and gentle enough for at-home maintenance between facial treatments.

Got dry skin? We can help! Make your appointment today at 402.384.8400. Faces Day Spa is open 7 days a week.

Mission Impossible: Anti-Aging

March 23rd, 2015

Most of us are familiar with some common signs of aging:

  • Dark spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Sagging skin
  • Dryness

There are many anti-aging products out there on the market, but what the heck do they do? It can be confusing to figure out what works best depending on your area of concern.

Here we’ve listed some of the more common ingredients included in anti-aging products and what they do.

Peptides

According to LiveScience, “Peptides are small proteins that help stimulate new cells to grow and help skin cells to heal.” Areas it helps with: sagging and wrinkles.

Alpha-hydroxy acids

WebMD explains that “Alpha hydroxy acids seem to work by removing the top layers of dead skin cells, increasing the thickness of deeper layers of skin.” Works on: dry skin.

Retinol

Retinol is another way to say Vitamin A. The biggest benefit to retinol is that it connects to skin cells and basically tells the damaged cells to act like healthier ones. Targets: wrinkles and discoloration.

Resveratrol

“Resveratrol is an antimicrobial substance produced by plants in response to stress, infection, or strong UV radiation,” says Life Extension Magazine. The supplements benefits include a reduction of: fine lines, wrinkles and dryness.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are found both in nature and are manmade chemicals that stop or slow cell damage. This VIP found in fruits and vegetables as well as supplements work to: repair cell damage.

FACES Day Spa can give your skin a boost with a Mini Vitamin-C Facial. We use citrus to infuse your skin with antioxidants and we do it in a half hour! Or try our Guinot Liftosome Facial. You will relax to the aromas of antioxidants and facial oils.

We are here to help you get your most fabulous and youngest looking skin ever. Book your appointment today, 402.384.8400.

March is Women’s History Month

March 16th, 2015

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness,” – Oprah Winfrey

March is Women’s History Month and is a great time to celebrate all the fabulous women you are lucky enough to know and call your friends.

What better way to celebrate than by heading to FACES Day Spa for an hour, half day or full day of relaxation?

Who says Couples Massages have to be for you and your man? Do you have a hard working friend who is going unappreciated lately? Surprise her with a gift certificate for a massage and nab one for yourself while you’re at it! You can chat or enjoy silent relaxation together.

Has work, kids’ activities, carpools, errands and family obligations made it difficult to catch up with your bestie lately? A fun and invigorating way to catch up is by sharing side by side chairs while you treat your tootsies to some soothing pedicures. You can dip them in citrus, paraffin, milk and honey or almond oil.

If you’re looking for a one day getaway with the girls, FACES Signature Day Package offers the best of everything: massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. This is fantastic because you can enjoy some time alone during your services and then chat over lunch together.

Need a reason to celebrate Women’s History Month?

1850:Harriet Tubman begins Underground Railroad to lead slaves to freedom

1932:Amelia Earhart makes first transcontinental nonstop flight by a woman

1963: Equal Pay Act passed by Congress

1983:Sally Ride is the first American woman to ride into space

Pick one of these impressive accomplishments from Scholastic and make your appointment at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.8400.

“Well-behaved women rarely make history,” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich