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In the dark about spots

March 2nd, 2015

Maybe you’ve seen ads for makeup that is mean to cover or correct dark spots and wondered just exactly what that meant. Here you’ll find out what they are, including the different types and how FACES can help.

First of all, what are dark spots

This is also called hyper pigmentation and is literally what it sounds like: a discoloration of the skin that makes a particular area look darker than the skin surrounding it.

Causes of dark spots

Dark spots often creep up as we approach middle age (though younger people who spend a lot of time in the sun may also get them) and may be caused by a variety of factors including:

  • Exposure to UV rays in sunlight (this is the #1 cause of dark spots)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Liver disease
  • Sensitivities to certain medications like Estrogen and Tetracycline
  • Reaction to a trauma to the skin, like acne

What they look like

 Though dark spots are usually brown in color, they may also be darker and look black. The difference between dark spots in moles has to do with texture. Moles are raised where dark spots are flat.

How FACES can help

We offer several different Special Resurfacing Facials that can help even out your skin tone and rebalance your pigment. Take advantage of:

  • Medical grade microdermabrasion treatments
  • Alpha Hydroxy Peels
  • Glycolic Peels
  • Ultrasound Facial Treatments

Any of these services will help peel away/exfoliate dead layers of skin, exposing fresh layers that are then treated and moisturized to help with the healing process. All of this will leave your skin feeling younger and rejuvenated.

Leave the spots to the Dalmatians. Beautiful, healthier skin is within reach when you call FACES Day Spa and set up your Special Resurfacing Facial today, 402.384.8400.

Dogs Have Owners, Cats Have Staff

February 23rd, 2015

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

For those of us who have special furry friends in our lives, we are already aware of many of the benefits of having someone who loves us unconditionally.

According to WebMD, positives include:

  1. Helping your kids fight allergies. By exposing them to animals, you can actually help them build up their immunities.
  2. The potential for finding romance. That’s right – taking Rover for a walk may be just the thing you need to kick off a conversation with a potential partner.
  3. Animals are great at de-stressing their guardians. Playing with your furry friend can help increase the levels of dopamine (a feel good chemical) in your body, giving you a natural high.

So if your canine or feline pals could schedule a spa service, what do you think they would choose?

Dog lovers might consider…

Pedicures with pals. Dogs are social creatures, hence the origins of the dog park and the proliferation of play dates with other canines. Schedule some soak time with your best human bud!

Or how about a Couples’ Massage? You can be relaxed together.

If you’re a cat lover…

You might prefer having some alone time. Cats are often happiest in their own company, relaxing. So how about a Guinot Beaute Neuve facial?

Felines also appreciate a good massage. That’s where a Deep Tissue Massage would really hit the spot!

Head to FACES for a purrfectly relaxing service to smooth those ruff edges, call today for your appointment, 402.384.8400.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 16th, 2015

This Tuesday is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Not that you need a day to pay it forward, but what a great excuse to do something nice for someone else for no real reason other than it’s just a cool thing to do.

Maybe you think this is a great idea but just aren’t sure how to get started.

Here are some great suggestions for things you can do to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter during this cold, wintry week:

  1. Pay for the coffee drink of the person behind you in line at your favorite java joint. Your kind gesture will warm them inside just as much as their coffee.
  2. Offer to watch a friend’s child so she can get that much needed errand done.
  3. Help someone carry their extra grocery bags out of the store and to the car so they don’t have to spend as much time in the cold.
  4. Give a complete stranger a compliment (only one that you sincerely mean) and see their face light up.
  5. Shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
  6. Schedule an appointment for your ultra-busy friend for a relaxing service at FACES Day Spa! From pedicures and facials to massages and manicures, there are lots of options. Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

The best thing about sharing a random act of kindness is not just how good the recipient feels, but also how good you feel after giving.

“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace” – The 14th Dalia Lama (1935)


Ya Gotta Have Heart

February 9th, 2015

In February, people tend to think about Valentine’s Day. Even if you didn’t think about it, as soon as you walked into the grocery store, you would be reminded in a very visible way that Valentine’s Day is this month!

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Flowers? Chocolates? Cupids? How about hearts?

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about your heart and the best ways to keep it healthy and working at its best for you during this season of love and laughter.

Here are some tips for keeping your heart in good shape:

  1. Don’t smoke. If you do, now might be the time to follow through on that New Year’s Resolution to quit.
  2. Get regular exercise. No you don’t have to be a bodybuilder. Just be sure to get about 30 minutes most days of the week. Good news: walking counts!
  3. Watch your wasteline. Being overweight can be a serious hazard to your heart. Bottom line: burn more calories than you take in and see #2.
  4. Keep your blood pressure in check by learning to manage stress better. Know your numbers by testing your blood pressure on a regular basis. Are they too high? Contact your doctor to discuss possible treatments.
  5. Make sure you get your zzzz’s. People who are sleep-deprived tend to have more issues with heart disease, obesity and depression, among other problems.

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone and take care of your heart at the same time? Lessen your stress and your sweetie’s stress by scheduling a Couples’ Massage at FACES Day Spa today, 402.384.8400.

The Power of Oil

February 2nd, 2015

Most of us know oil as that black stuff that we change in our cars to keep them running well.

But have you ever used oil on your hair? How about your face? Believe it or not, oils (different than the car ones, of course) are great for helping with your hair and face, especially in winter.

There are probably a good many of you who already use cuticle oil on your hands. If you don’t, now is a great time to start. There are so many benefits to using cuticle oil.

The number one benefit is moisture, moisture, moisture!!

For your hair

The top three reasons you might want to consider using oil on your hair:

  1. They seal your hair cuticle down to prevent frizziness,
  2. Oil protects hair from the heat of styling products, including hairdryers and flat irons.
  3. When used on wet hair, oil can help separate hair and keep it from tangling.

The best way to apply it…

Start at the tip of the hair and work upward, staying about three inches away from the scalp.

For your face

Potential benefits of using facial oil include:

  1. Soothes skin
  2. Reduces breakouts
  3. Increases levels of antioxidants in your skin

Oils are not only good for locking moisture into your skin, they are also amazing at taking makeup off, so facial oils are often considered a two-in-one product.

The best way to apply it…

After cleansing your face, apply your moisturizer first. Then pat your facial oil on top of it.

At FACES, you can experience all the benefits of oil in our manicures, massages and facials. Set up your appointment today at 402.384.8400.

Beauty De-Mythified

January 25th, 2015

Myth #1: Tanning is good for you.

Back in the day, bronzed beauties were in vogue. Think about the models of the 1980s like Christie Brinkley – the tan was “the thing” not that long ago. Even today, scores of women of all ages hit the tanning beds when the real thing is not available or to prepare for an upcoming vacation or wedding. But the fact of the matter is that sporting a suntan is actually not good for your skin.

Tanning causes damage to your skin that may include wrinkles and spotting. The best way to prevent this from happening is to wear sunscreen each and every day. A little goes a long way.

Myth #2: The heavier the moisturizer, the better.

This is not exactly true. For a long time, the idea was the more products you slathered on your face, the fewer wrinkles you would have. But the reality is that less is more. An articles suggests, “heavy creams can create a barrier on the surface of your face and keep your skin from absorbing moisture.” A better option would be to choose a lightweight cream or serum.

Myth #3: Using egg whites on your skin can reduce cellulite.

This is not exactly true. While it may reduce the appearance of cellulite for a short time, it is definitely not a long term fix for the problem. Two products that can be used to decrease the appearance of cellulite for a special night out are self-tanner and moisturizer.

Myth #4: Wearing makeup every day is harmful to your skin.

The truth is it isn’t the makeup that can cause issues with your facial skin, it’s the failure to wash it all off at the end of each day that can cause the problems. Be sure to follow a skincare regime that includes cleansing the skin and moisturizing it.

Here’s one beauty item that is no myth: When you come to FACES Day Spa, you will leave looking and feeling your best. Make your appointment for a facial, bronzing treatment or a firming body treatment. Call 402.384.8400.

Massage Therapy + Physical Therapy = A Healthier You

January 19th, 2015

So your neck is bothering you and you’re having difficulty turning your head. Or it could be your legs ache or your back is stiff. How do you know whether you should see a massage therapist or schedule an appointment with a physical therapist?

Massage Therapy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists, “treat clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body.”

Benefits of seeing a massage therapist include:

  • Pain relief
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Improved circulation
  • Stress relief
  • Boost in relaxation

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists, “help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain,” explains the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many times, physical therapists remain in a patient’s life for a period of time, especially for those who have chronic conditions or injuries. Physical therapists assist these individuals in the management and treatment of their injury.

Physical therapists can help you:

  • Restore movement
  • Alleviate pain
  • Prevent disability
  • Rebuild strength

A article explains that massage therapy focuses on the “physical, emotional and psychological aspects of the whole person” where physical therapy uses “equipment and apparatus to facilitate the rehabilitation of a specific physical injury to the body.”

Massage therapy presents a nice complement to physical therapy. Using both to treat a particular injury or chronic problem may well yield greater success than using one method alone.

At FACES Day Spa, you have many massage options to choose from including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and hot stone massage. Call FACES today and ask about our massages to find out which one is right for you, 402.384.8400.

What is acne?

January 12th, 2015

We’ve heard the terms zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads. What do all these mean? They pretty much represent the same thing: acne.

Did you struggle with acne as a teenager? Or are you still fighting blemishes?

Here we explain what acne is and how FACES can help you fight it.

What is acne?

From, when hair follicles “overproduce cells and become blocked, oil which normally drains to the surface gets trapped and bacteria begins to grow.”

As we all know, this bacteria presents as a blemish on the skin.

There are two types of acne: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Whiteheads and blackheads fall into the non-inflammatory category. Inflammatory acne would be the reddish blemishes that appear on the skin due to a rupture of the follicle wall.

Common myths about acne that aren’t true:

  • People who have acne don’t wash their face enough.
  • Eating chocolate will cause a breakout.
  • Adults don’t get acne.
  • Wearing sunscreen will aggravate your acne.
  • It’s bad to wear makeup if you have acne.

Treatment at FACES

If you have acne and you want a little assistance in improving your skin’s appearance, make an appointment for a glycolic peel at FACES Day Spa.

The glycolic peel is good for those with acne. This chemical peel leaves your skin looking younger by minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also great for smoothing out scars and acne. As with any specialized service, results are better if you schedule a series of these treatments.

“Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin” – Actress Zoe Saldana

New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

January 4th, 2015

Are you making resolutions for 2015? Maybe you want to get into shape, so you are vowing to hit the gym regularly next year. Perhaps you want to take a nice vacation in 2015, so you have pledged to sock away extra money where you can to save up for the trip.

But have you considered making any beauty resolutions? There’s no better time to change up your beauty regime than the start of a new year.

Here are three beauty resolutions you can make right now:

Better Skin

If you want your skin to look its best, protect it during the day by adding sunscreen under your makeup or choose a foundation that has SPF in it. Exposure to the sun can cause wrinkles and freckling of the skin.

In the evening, make sure to wash your face of the day’s makeup and dirt and follow up with a hydrating moisturizer.

Healthier Nails

Keeping cuticles trimmed back is a great way to encourage nail growth, not to mention making your hands look better.

In between manicures, make sure to keep using a topcoat on your nails. This ensures that nails are stronger and that your manicure lasts longer.

Calmer Disposition

Everyone needs a break now and then. If you’re at work, take a walk around your office for a few minutes to get the blood flowing and to reenergize yourself.

If you’re at home, find a quiet spot to sit with your eyes closed and take a few deep breaths. Concentrating on your breathing rather than your stress will help you re-focus and recharge.

Whether you want to get a jump start on your new beauty resolutions or you want to enhance your efforts, call FACES Day Spa and schedule your facial, manicure or massage today, 402.384.8400.

Myths and Misconceptions about Facial Peels

December 28th, 2014

Winter can be a great time to get a facial peel. Skin looks better when the dead, dry outer layer is stripped away to reveal younger and fresher skin underneath. Even with the expectation that our skin will look brighter and have a bit more of a glow after a treatment, many are still a little fearful of getting a facial peel.

Here we talk about the truth behind facial peels and the common myths and misconceptions that come up whenever the term “facial peel” is mentioned.

  • FACES’ esthetician Sherry Prochazka said it’s important to exfoliate because skin cells don’t regenerate as quickly as they did when you were a teenager. She said it’s important to keep the dead skin off that surface and hydrate the skin.
  • Esthetician Lori Cooper enjoys doing facials and peels because she gets to see improvements in people’s skin immediately.
  • Esthetician Zhannon Hall explains when a client comes in for a chemical peel, they will get a gentle exfoliation and their skin will be brighter.

Top 3 reasons people shy away from peels:

  1. They think they are going to leave with a red face.
  2. They think that their skin is going to break out in reaction to the peel.
  3. They think that their skin is going to peel off.

None of these are true. In fact, you will get several benefits from this service including:

  • Fresher-looking skin
  • Even skin tone
  • Reduce appearance of aging
  • Minimize acne and blemishes
  • Enhance collagen growth

Love the skin you’re in and schedule your facial peel today by calling FACES Day Spa at 402.384.8400.