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6 Tips for Healthy Nails Between Manicures

January 31st, 2016

We all know if you get manicures on a regular basis, your nails will look better than if you don’t.

But many of us can’t afford a weekly manicure. So what’s a woman to do if she wants to keep her nails looking their best between spa appointments?

  1. First and foremost, never chew your nails. This particular habit should be left behind in a hurry.

Need a little help to stop? Paint a clear coat on your nails. When you begin to chew them and get a taste of that clear polish, you’ll stop.

  1. To keep cuticles moist, wear gloves when you wash dishes or clean the bathtub. Nails that consistently get wet are more prone to split.
  1. Add moisturizer to your cuticles whenever you put lotion on your hands. Moisturizer helps keep hands and fingernails from drying out, becoming brittle and being more likely to break.
  1. Apply a clear coat of polish to your nails between manicures. This extra layer will protect the nails by strengthening them.
  1. Always remove nail polish with nail polish remover that is acetone-free. It’s less harsh than regular remover. And never peel off your polish. You risk peeling off layers of your nail along with it.
  1. Use a nailbrush to get the dirt and bacteria lodged under the fingernails.

With a little effort between manicures, you can ensure your fingernails look their best until your next manicure.

And when you’re ready to schedule your spa visit, call FACES at 402.384.8400

Use Red Lipstick as Under-Eye Concealer?

January 25th, 2016

One of the latest beauty trends on the worldwide web is to use red lipstick under your eyes to cover up dark circles.

It turns out your lipstick is not only good to swipe across your lips and blend into your cheekbones, it can also be used beneath your eyes.

We consulted several Internet sources to learn more about this magical cosmetic trick.

From “Bright red works on deeper skin tones, neutralizing darkness and minimizing the appearance of circles.”

Women with coloring similar to their lipstick are advised to put their concealer over the top of the lipstick. provides a little bit more in the way of explanation:

“Dark circles are usually blue or green in tone. If you look at a primary color wheel, the exact opposite of those colors are oranges and reds. Applying a bright red color underneath your eyes actually neutralizes the color you’re hoping to cover.”

The tutorial ends with a suggestion to use green to neutralize red areas on your skin.

For those with fairer skin, suggests, “neutralizing any ruddiness by layering a base of a cool violet, green, or yellow concealer prior to applying one that matches your complexion.” recommends you use “an eye shadow brush to fill in the entire under-eye area and surrounding region with red lipstick” after you apply your foundation.

You then apply and blend in your concealer on top of the lipstick and set your makeup with face powder.

This site also offers suggestions on what color red to use based on your skin tone:

Fair: Use a red with a pink undertone.

Medium: Try red with a little purple in it.

Dark: Your red shade should have coral and orange undertones.

Want your make up professionally done for a special occasion? FACES Day Spa is here to help, and no, we won’t put red lipstick under your eyes.

Schedule your appointment today at 402-384-8400.

The Unmasking of Facial Treatments

January 18th, 2016

There are five basic kinds of facial mask. Each fights a particular problem or complements a certain skin type.

You may be familiar with some of these if you’ve had a spa facial or used a store-bought or homemade mask. Talk to your esthetician about which is best for your skin type.

  1. Clay: This type is best suited for those with oily skin.

“Clay masks contain natural clay substances that deep cleanse by drawing impurities to the skin’s surface as it dries and tightens,” says

  1. Peel off: Like the name suggests, these masks come in gel form. After being spread in a thin layer over the skin, you let them dry.

“This ‘skin’ is then peeled off the face together with the impurities that were in the pores,” says.

If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to test it on a small area of skin before you smear your entire face with such a mask it.

  1. Exfoliating: These types of masks help eliminate dead and dry skin cells. Items used as exfoliants include ground-up nut hulls, sugar, coffee, sea salt and plastic micro beads.

Be careful how hard you apply these to your face. You only want to remove the dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin, not the healthy skin below.

  1. Epidermal treatment: With this type of mask, you apply a pre-treated sheet to your face. describes the sheets as “infused with ingredients that help in face cleansing including moisturizers, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids.”
  2.  Warm oil: These are generally applied in spas. said they usually contain “almond oil, olive oil or vitamin oil and are excellent for dry or mature skin because they soften the skin.”

FACES Day Spa offers many different facial masks. Call to set up your appointment at 402.384.8400

Five Myths About Massage Therapy Dispelled

January 11th, 2016
  1. Pregnant women should avoid massages in their first trimester.

“Many women don’t know they are even pregnant until they are 10 to 12 weeks, and by that time might have already had many massages. Really, massage is no harder than most other activities or exercise,” according to

  1. Massage removes cellulite or reduces it.

Oh, if only this were true. Do you know how many more massages women would get?

“The idea that massage therapy can remove or reduce cellulite by ‘ironing out’ the skin to make the tissues smoother is not true. Unfortunately, there’s no scientific evidence to support this claim,” says.

  1. Don’t talk to your therapist even if it hurts.

Always tell your therapist if the pressure used is too intense for you. Likewise, if you have discomfort, you should express this to your therapist. She’s committed to your wellbeing, but can’t help if she doesn’t know you’re in pain.

  1. The effects of massage therapy are temporary.

Your muscles actually have long-term memory.

“If you spend most of your workday hunched over looking at a computer screen, odds are that you will begin to experience some type of pain,” says.

But the opposite also is true. If you get massages regularly, you can teach your muscles better posture and improve your body’s overall functionality.

  1. All massages are created equal.

This is not true at all. reminds us that “in the spa setting, massage techniques involve the whole body and promote relaxation. Massage therapy in a clinical or hospital setting is given by licensed professionals who are trained to find and focus on problem areas.”

Now that we’ve put some fears to rest, it’s time to schedule that relaxing and much-needed massage at FACES Day Spa. Call us today at 402.384.8400.

Four Questions About Your First Massage

January 4th, 2016

If your New Year’s resolutions include a commitment is to try new things and you’ve never had a massage, this may be a great time to schedule one.

You’ll likely have questions before you try something new like your first massage. Here are some massage FAQs and their answers.

  1. What should I expect during my first visit?

You’ll be asked to list any medical conditions or concerns. Your therapist also will ask if you have any injuries and what areas you want focused on.

Let your therapist know if you have allergies, too, because this may affect the lotion or oil used. Ask other questions you may have before she begins. She’s there to ensure you get the most out of your massage.

  1. How should I dress for my massage?

Most people undress completely or wear only underwear. Your therapist will give you time to undress privately. And you will be lying under a blanket or a sheet. The therapist will only uncover an area as she works on it.

  1. Do I talk during a massage?

That’s a matter of preference. The massage therapy is meant to be relaxing, so the majority opt to close their eyes and rest.

But do speak up if the room temperature is uncomfortable, the pressure applied is too much or you feel discomfort or have more questions.

4Will I be sore after my massage?

Since massages tend to make people sleepy, you may really want to take a nap. While you shouldn’t hurt, it’s important to drink water to rehydrate afterward.

In the day or two, your muscles may feel as if they’ve been overly exerted. This is normal and will subside in a few days.

To schedule your massage at FACES Day Spa, call 402.384.8400.

How to get your youthful glow back

December 27th, 2015

Skin brighteners are designed to lighten dark spots on the skin or reduce the appearance of acne. These are great to include in your beauty regime.

“Most skin brighteners use milder ingredients such as vitamin C or vitamin B derivatives or plant extracts,” says.

“Even if these products don’t always succeed at totally erasing brown spots, skin usually looks much better and more even, with a heightened glow.”

And who doesn’t want their skin to glow, especially during the holidays?

Prepare your skin

Before you apply any skin brightener, it’s good idea to exfoliate your skin.

“The more exfoliated the skin, the better the skin brightener will penetrate,” says.

You can exfoliate yourself with an over-the-counter product or you can schedule an appointment with FACES Day Spa.

FACES helps get your skin in its best shape so the elements in your beauty routine are effective. And that includes skin brighteners.

Consider our Microdermabrasion service. It’s a “deep exfoliating experience that targets your specific challenging areas.”

You may also think about getting an Ultrasound Facial Treatment.

“During this treatment, you will experience ultrasound peeling leaving your skin smooth and stimulated,” the FACES website says.

Guinot and GlyMed skin brighteners

FACES sells Guinot and GlyMed skin care lines exclusively. Both have several skin brighteners to choose from. These are great to maintain your youthful glow between skin care services.

Guinot offers a brightener, cleansing milk, cleansing oil, mask and a serum as well as day and night moisturizing creams.

GlyMed has a DermaPigment Skin Brightener and a DermaPigment Bleaching Fluid.

Recover your healthy glow today with a little help from FACES and a face brightener.

The end result? A sparkle that lasts well beyond New Year’s.

To get your glow, set your appointment with FACES at 402.384.8400.

5 great ways to handle holiday stress

December 21st, 2015

Are you feeling stressed this holiday season? You’re not alone.

On the holidays, we get together with friends and family. We can enjoy parties, shopping and lots of incredible edibles.

But there is a downside to these festivities. It includes depression, anxiety and stress.

“Women are more likely than men to report an increase of stress during the holiday season,” said a 2006 study on holiday stress conducted by Greenberg Research.

“In addition, they have a harder time relaxing during the holidays and are more likely to fall into bad habits to manage their stress, like comfort eating.”

Many things can cause anxiety, depression and stress during the holidays. These include but aren’t limited to, “unrealistic expectations, financial pressures and too many commitments,” says.

What to do about holiday stress

The experts at suggest:

  • Do only one thing at a time to stay mentally charged
  • Make a holiday playlist of your favorites to lower blood pressure
  • Exercise to increase your endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals of the brain
  • Set limits on holiday spending to lessen anxiety

Finally, schedule some down time for a relaxing visit to FACES. Whether you feel best after a mani/pedi, a massage or a pumpkin facial, the day spa has you covered.

We also can help with your holiday shopping:

For your BFF: How about a soothing pedicure?

FACES offers pedicures that feature the hydrating benefits of milk and honey, almond and paraffin.

For the special person in your life: Maybe a massage?

FACES’ massage options include Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone. Or bring your loved one in for a couples massage.

For your teenager: Perhaps a fun manicure?

FACES’ green tree & citrus manicure is the most popular. Let her choose a funky polish, whether it’s purple, blue or black.

For the woman who does it all (that’s you): How about a full day at the spa?

FACES offers spa packages that include a wide assortment of facials and body treatments, as well as manicures and pedicures.

Let FACES help you lighten your load. Schedule your anti-stress appointment today at 402.384.8400.

The 5 benefits of body wraps

December 14th, 2015

So you’re at the spa for a facial, pedicure or massage. While you wait, you flip through FACES’ brochure of services.

And you see it – the overview of body treatments. And you decide to try a body wrap sometime because they sound wonderful.

Well, there’s no time like the present. To help you commit, let’s demystify body wraps.

Purpose of body wraps

Body wraps offer five major benefits:

  • Loss of inches
  • Detoxified skin
  • Increased hydration
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Softer skin

The earliest body wraps used, “Ace bandages or plastic wrap (that) was tightly wrapped around the body to cause quick weight loss,” according to

Although you can still get Aced or shrink-wrapped at some places, those older versions don’t relax like the body wraps at FACES Day Spa.

Highlighted wraps at FACES

Consider the Faces Signature Milk and Honey Body Treatment. The FACES brochure describes it this way:

After a warm shower, you’re wrapped with a mixture of “all-natural essential oils, milk and honey,” according to their website.

Micro-beads are massaged across your skin with cleansing emulsion, leaving you feeling silky smooth.”

This detoxifies the skin, improves skin tone and firms you up. The treatment ends with a light massage with whipped almond butter.

FACES also has a Firming Sea Weed Body Treatment.

“All the antioxidant benefits of sea weed are combined in a firming stimulating cream that is smoothed over your body as you are wrapped in this luxurious mixture,” the literature says.

Once the wrap is removed, your skin gets an extra level of hydration from extra-nourishing creams. This leaves your skin feeling smoother and better toned.

So there’s part of the wraps menu at FACES. Why not stop thinking about a body wrap and experience one’s benefits today?

Call FACES and set your appointment at 402.384.8400.

Spray-on nail polish arrives

December 7th, 2015

Do you love manicures because you don’t paint your own fingernails? Let’s face doing it yourself can be messy, especially if without a steady hand.

And what about trying to polish the nails on your right hand while the nails on your left are still wet?

There’s a reason nail designers are in demand. It takes skill to create pretty, polished fingernails.

But your life is about to get easier. The future is here, and it’s spray-on nail polish.

Yes, it’s just what it sounds like – aerosol nail color.

Nails Inc., a British company that sells nail and beauty products, created this breakthrough. The spray already sells out in the United Kingdom.

How do you use it?

Here’s how to apply spray-on nail polish:

  • Brush your nails with a base coat (sorry, this one you have to do)
  • Shake the polish canister
  • Spray the color on your nails
  • Finish with a top coat to protect them

Won’t I get color everywhere?

Yes, when you spray the polish on your nails, you overspray all over your hands.

But the spray-on polish dries in about 20 seconds. Once it sets, all you do to clean the excess off is wash with soap and water or use a facial wipe.

Now you’re done and good to go.

The downside

Currently, the product is only available in the U.K. but launches in the U.S. next March.

Right now, there are only two colors available: silver and pink. There is speculation among beauty blogs the color line will expand.

Ready to set a trend? Join the waiting list for your very own canister of spray-on polish.

Need a manicure now? Schedule your appointment with FACES today at 402.384.8400.

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.