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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.

You deserve that massage

July 27th, 2015

In our fast-paced, hurry-up world, it may seem like a massage is the last thing you have time for. But it’s something you should make the time to do.

Why? Relaxation is just as important as work, errands, meetings or ferrying kids to and from soccer practice.

Okay, most of us don’t have time to get a daily massage. But if you take the time to relax every month or two, it yields many benefits:

  • Reduces your stress
  • Refocuses your mind
  • Rejuvenates your spirit
  • Replenishes your energy level

Five reasons you deserve a massage:

  • Your hard work. It’s important to reward yourself after a long project or a long week. Our over-attachment to technology is proven to cause stress. A massage helps you unplug both figuratively and literally.
  • Your health will thank you. Relaxation techniques work best when they refocus your attention on something restful and calming.
  • You haven’t escaped for awhile. Massages offer a chance to escape, even if it’s only an hour. Treat your massage as a mini-vacation, with no suitcase or passport required.
  • Your mind is busy, busy, busy. Our minds always work hard to add tasks to our to-do lists and remind us of all the tasks we still must do. During your massage, you can quiet your mind. The focus is on the healing power of touch, not the cupcakes you must make for your son’s birthday party.
  • You feel down. When you get a massage, your body’s natural mood-enhancing chemicals are released. According to com, this includes dopamine, which gives you a natural euphoria. A massage also decreases stress-causing chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline.

What type of massage?

  • Swedish Massage: This is the most common type of massage, generally used for relaxation. FACES offers Swedish massages from 30 to 120 minutes long to make it easy to fit into your packed schedule.
  • Deep Tissue Massage: Deep Tissue is helpful if you need help with an ongoing back, neck or body issue.
  • Hot Stone Massage: Although they are great any time of the year, as we head into winter, hot stone massages are a great way to keep warm while relieving stress. Your therapist uses heated stones prior to and during the massage to help relax your muscles.

Treat yourself to a massage at FACES Day Spa today. Call 402.384.8400 to set up your appointment.

Eyebrows wide open

July 20th, 2015

What do eyebrows look like in 2015 among the fashion set? Three words:

  • Fuller
  • Bolder
  • Thicker

And brows should only sport a slight arch.

We’ve all heard about or seen someone who plucks their own eyebrows with disastrous results. Usually, the eyebrows are over-plucked – they look uneven and sparse.

This is likely not what you want. That’s why eyebrow shaping is generally best left to professionals. After all, they have a better view of your face than you do.

Eyebrow tips from the professionals:

  • Moisturizer isn’t just for your face. Keep your eyebrows moisturized to prevent hairs from falling out.
  • Use clear brow mascara to keep those stray eyebrow hairs in line. Or use a colored mascara to match your hair color.
  • For those thinner spots in your brows, use an eyebrow pencil maybe one or two shades darker than your hair color.

Keep your eyebrows looking their best with a monthly visit to FACES.

And have your eyelashes tinted to match your eyebrows, too. FACES Day Spa offers eyelash tinting.

Here are just a few of the long-term benefits:

  • Mascara won’t stream down your face when you sweat.
  • In fact, there’s no need to wear mascara at all.
  • A little extra color around your eyes makes them stand out.
  • Lash color fades at the ends, which means your lashes will look longer.

Worried about dangerous chemicals that close to your eyes? Don’t be. The colors are composed of vegetable dyes and are safe for everyone, including pregnant women.

Your new semi-permanent tint should last about four to six weeks.

Perk up your look today with a little help from FACES. Call for an appointment, 402.384.8400.

Enjoy a hair-free summer

July 13th, 2015

In the summer, hair removal becomes especially important. Maybe you’ve thought about getting your legs waxed for an upcoming vacation but aren’t quite sure.

Here are some common myths about waxing and the truth behind them:

Myth 1: It’s really going to hurt

While there will be discomfort – after all, hot wax is applied to your skin and hair is removed by its roots with paper strips – it’s not as painful as it’s sometimes made out to be.

Your pain level will depend on who does the waxing and from where the hair is removed. For some, waxing is a more pain-free option than tweezers or shaving.

Because of the number of nerve endings there, a lip wax may actually be more painful than having your bikini area waxed.

Bonus! If you keep up with your waxing, less hair grows back after awhile. That means less time spent waxed in the future.

Two things you can do to help yourself ahead of time:

  • Apply a numbing cream to your skin
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen a half hour before your wax

Both of these will help lessen any pain.

Myth 2: Hair must grow back long before re-waxing

To be waxed, your body hair only needs to be a quarter of an inch long, and your eyebrows just an eighth of an inch. Most people re-grow that much within two weeks. So it’s best to schedule your waxes monthly.

Myth 3: Waxing replaces exfoliation

You should exfoliate before and after you are waxed. This helps prevent ingrown hairs and bumps. Although waxing does remove the first layer of skin, it’s no substitute for exfoliation on a regular basis.

Ready to get bare?

FACES Day Spa offers wax services from lip and eyebrow to chin and bikini. Come on in and discover your hair-free summer. Call for an appointment today, 402.384.8400.

Say goodbye to wrinkles

July 6th, 2015

Have you looked in the mirror recently and felt your skin needed a little pick-me-up? But you don’t want cosmetic surgery because that’s a little too much. And a regular facial just doesn’t give you the results you want.

FACES Day Spa is here to help. We offer many special facials to help you address your particular skin care concerns. Among those options are Myotonology and microdermabrasion.

A Firming Facial

Myotonology uses a positive/negative current to stimulate your small facial muscles. Results are immediate, but upkeep is necessary. You only need to return every two to four weeks to maintain your youthful new look.

After a series of sessions, people who get Myotonology treatments can expect:

  • Fewer wrinkles
  • Firmer skin
  • A vibrant skin tone
  • Reduction of fine lines
  • Stronger jaw line

Best of all, Myotonology is:

  • Non-invasive
  • Causes little pain
  • Requires no down time

A Resurfacing Facial

Don’t let the word abrasion scare you. During a microdermabrasion service, the esthetician uses a wand to spray tiny crystals onto your face. These gently work to remove the outer layer of skin. In essence, this service combines exfoliation with skin rejuvenation. Your skin looks younger and feels softer.

Microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types. Your skin will be pink for maybe 24 hours, but that’s it.

Many skin issues can be addressed through microdermabrasion treatments. These include but are not limited to:

  • Age Spots
  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring

FACES Day Spa offers myotonology and microdermabrasion services customized to your areas of concern. Single services, as well as packages, are available. To schedule your appointment today, call 402.384.8400.

Please Take My Children To Work Day

June 29th, 2015

Today, with any luck, you have someone else taking your kids to work. Is there any better time to take a day off and get a little pampering? Here at FACES, we say “seize the day!”

Why not try something new? Maybe you’re used to getting your mani/pedi or having a massage, but have you tried any of the following services?


During microdermabrasion, the esthetician uses a machine to spray tiny crystals onto your skin. These crystals gently remove the outer layer of your skin revealing younger skin underneath.

This service exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin leaving it feeling softer and smoother.

There is no down time with microdermabrasion. It’s suitable for all skin types. Skin is generally pink for about a day after the service and that’s it.

Hydradermie Eye Lift Treatment

FACES Day Spa offers a Hydradermie Lift Eye Treatment that will address puffiness, dark circles and fine lines and leave you with a noticeably smoother eye area in just three treatments. The treatments combine muscle stimulation with professional eye products.

Firming Seaweed Body Treatment

The biggest upside to FACES’ Firming Sea Weed Body Treatment is in that first word: firming.

It is the rare occurrence when we are able to do absolutely nothing but relax and walk away from a service feeling fabulous and fitter than when we entered the spa. The service involves the use of a firming cream that is spread over the entire body. After cleansing the cream, skin is then moisturized with creams that are rich in nutritive elements.

Ultrasound Facial

In an ultrasound facial, the ultrasound machine is used to emit high-frequency waves which serve a variety of benefits including making skin smoother and firmer.

The three step process involves using the ultrasound waves to:

  1. Peel the skin, leaving it smooth and stimulated
  2. Apply anti-aging products
  3. Penetrate a soothing gel to plump and hydrate skin

The ultrasound facial is a safe and gentle procedure for the majority of people and skin types.

Try a little something new today while you have the free time, set up your appointment at FACES, 402.384.8400.

Estheticians at FACES

June 20th, 2015

Want your skin to look its absolute best? Maybe a trip to FACES Day Spa is just what you need to rejuvenate tired looking skin and give yourself a more youthful glow.

Meet a few of our talented estheticians and prepare to be pampered.

Kathi Halsey

Kathi does waxing, facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasions. She sees a lot of clients with acne, “from younger clients who are struggling with acne to middle aged women who are suddenly facing acne issues.”

Though everyone needs to exfoliate and hydrate their skin, Kathy says the facials offered at FACES are customized to fit each particular client’s needs and skin type. She says chemical peels may be really helpful in treating acne.

“We have a client come in and we talk about what their concerned with, if they’re having problems with their skin at that moment and if there’s anything they want to work on in general. I give them some options of facials that I think would work best for their skin and I put the facial together,” explains Kathi.

Sherry Prozacha

Facials, waxing and microdermabrasion are the primary services Sherry offers throughout the week. She specializes in anti-aging driven services given that most of her clients are middle aged.

She said of all the services she does, she loves microdermabrasion the best. “It’s great because of the instant results and the cumulative results. The more you do it, the better it is. You can see a huge change in someone’s skin when you do a series of treatments.”

Clients enjoy going to Sherry because she is knowledgeable and tells them exactly what they need. When booking a facial at FACES, you are booked for a European facial and then talk to your esthetician about whatever issues you are having with your skin at that time. The esthetician will then recommend the best service for you.

Lori Cooper

Lori loves working at FACES because of the great clients and the opportunities to be creative, particularly when she does brow waxes.

“With waxing I can use my artistic side. But I also enjoy doing facials because I get to see improvements in people’s skin immediately and help them be healthier across the board,” Lori said.

So what do Lori’s clients like best about coming to see her?

She said hopefully her clients leave feeling better about themselves. “I try to make them feel special while they are here. When they leave I hope they feel like I made their day,” said Lori.

Some of the most common questions she gets about skin care include what people can do to prevent breakouts, how they can keep their skin healthy and the best ways to prevent wrinkles and aging.

Does your skin need to get its glow on? Schedule your European Facial at FACES today, 402.384.8400.