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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.

 

 

Celebrate Good Days, Come On!

August 11th, 2014

This is THE week to celebrate at FACES Day Spa. Men’s Grooming Day and Relaxation Day are both this Friday and we have tons of great ways to enjoy these special days!

What better way to relax than…

  • With FACES’ Guinot Aromatics. Your esthetician will customize your facial with essential oils. The only decision you have to make is whether you want your facial to be relaxing or energizing.
  • Indulging in a Couples Massage with your best friend. You can chat or not. It’s up to you!
  • Enjoying the warmth of the Black Baltic Body Mud Treatment. The black mud FACES uses helps purify and replenish the skin. You will leave the spa feeling spoiled and revitalized.

Treat the man in your life to some pampering…

At FACES Day Spa, you can treat that special man in your life to a “For Him” package, which includes a Hot Stone Massage, a Tres Homme facial and a manicure.

If his dogs are barking, FACES offers a callus treatment, which includes a lactic acid exfoliant and a hydrating mask.

Maybe your man spends a lot of time outside? Consider FACES’ Mini Vitamin-C Facial. This facial boasts the citrusy scents of mandarin and tangerine and features powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants are allowed to penetrate the skin, fighting free radicals and leaving his face soft and bright.

Set a time to celebrate by calling FACES today! 402.384.8400

“Life is a celebration, for those who know how to celebrate every moment.” Bharat Zanvar

Choosing the Spa that’s Right for You

August 4th, 2014

You decide you want to go to the spa. You’ve heard how relaxing it is and how good you feel afterward from all of your friends.

But each of your closest friends goes to a different spa. And they each want you to check out their spa, calling it “the best.”

So how do you know which spa to choose?

There are actually certain criteria you should consider when selecting a day spa.

To help you out and get you started, we’ve got the main ones listed right here:

  1. Cleanliness – You know it’s next to you-know-what-ness, but how do you know if the spa you’re considering going to for that relaxing massage is as clean as it could be? The easiest way is to ask for a quick tour of the spa. The rooms that will be the first to indicate lack of cleanliness would be the body treatment rooms.
  2. Location, location, location – This is also known as convenience. Who wants to drive an hour to unwind with a facial only to have to drive back an hour in heavy traffic? Choosing a spa that is closer to where you live will only help ensure that you enjoy the benefits of your services long after you leave the facility.
  3. Training – Does the staff at the spa you are considering going to have the certifications to provide the services you are interested in? This is also easy to find out simply by asking.
  4. Quality of the personnel – This is something that might be more difficult to ascertain before you go to the spa. You can always read reviews of the staff at the spa ahead of time. Or ask someone you trust for a good recommendation.

Once you’ve decided to book an appointment at FACES Day Spa, give us a call at 402.384.8400. We’re sure you will be glad you did!

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it” – Sydney J. Harris

 

FACES’ Top Beauty Tips

July 28th, 2014

Who better to ask for beauty or relaxation advice than your favorite massage therapist, esthetician or nail designer?

These people are in the health and beauty biz, and not only know how to help you make the most of their services, but they have also learned about a variety of products to help you look and feel your best.

The staff at FACES is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about services or products offered at the spa.

Here is a list of FACES top beauty and relaxation tips straight from our professionals’ mouths to your ears:

Your Nails

When you are transitioning from artificial nails to a more natural look, be sure to keep strengthener on your nails daily and head to the spa for regular manicures.

In between manicures, be sure to keep your cuticles pushed back and moisturized with oil.

Your feet are not as bad you think they are. Trust us, they’re really not.

Your Muscles

Don’t be afraid to tell us we are applying too much pressure or what areas you really need worked on. We are well-educated and can deliver the best service when we know what’s going on with you.

After a massage, take a hot Epsom salts bath to help pull out toxins.

Stretching after a massage helps prolong the benefits of your service.

Your Skin

Use professional products – something you would get from an esthetician. You will see better results with professional products.

Your face will not be red from a facial peel. You’re just going to get a gentle exfoliation and your skin will be brighter with a more even skin tone.

Load up on the water to keep yourself hydrated from the inside out. Consider it your own personal fountain of youth.

Still have questions? We are happy to answer them at any time.

Schedule a pampering appointment at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.8400.

Positive effects of sunlight

July 21st, 2014

It warms our skin. Sometimes it tans our faces and bodies. It can relax us with its warmth or energize us with its brightness.

We are talking about the sun – that great big ball of fire in the sky.

Yeah, we know it gets a bad rap some time, from sunburns to skin cancers. That being said, there are some advantages to safely spending time in the sun.

Here are some of the more well-known and obscure benefits to sun exposure, courtesy of the Mirror Online:

  1. It improves your mood by boosting your serotonin levels, also known as your “happy hormone.”
  2. It can help heal certain skin conditions.
  3. It gives you more energy.
  4. It is a good source of Vitamin D which is necessary to help strengthen your teeth and bones.
  5. It helps fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a depressed condition that is specifically caused by lack of light.

But did you know that sunlight also…

  1. Helps fight MS?
  2. Relieves aches and pains by warming muscles and stiff joints?
  3. Lessens the risk of certain types of cancers?
  4. Boosts your ability to get pregnant?
  5. Protects against heart disease?

Of course, in order to enjoy these benefits safely, you should always apply sunscreen before heading outdoors.

The University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology explains the three elements of sun protection are:

  1. Avoidance of the sun during the peak hours of the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  2. Wearing sun protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, pants and hats as well as sunglasses.
  3. Using sunblock and reapplying as needed. The sunblock should work to protect against both UVA and UVB rays and have an SPF of at least 30.

Want to get that sun-kissed look without actually tanning under the sun’s rays? FACES Day Spa offers a relaxing Bronzing Treatment so you can look and feel your best while you are out and about this summer.

Make your appointment today at 402.384.8400.