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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 Elle.com 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 Livestrong.com 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 acne.org, 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.

Get Smoother Lips Now

December 22nd, 2014

In winter it seems like everything gets drier including our skin, our hair and yes, our lips. It may seem like a challenge to keep everything moisturized when the weather is actively working against us to strip every bit of water from our skin. But it can be done.

You CAN maintain a perfect pout even in winter. Here is some information on the best ways to keep your lips in good and moisturized shape this winter.

Apply lip balm regularly

  • Choose one with SPF for sun protection.
  • Wear it every day and apply every two hours.
  • Avoid balms that have flavors or fragrances as these may cause drying.

If lips are particularly chapped, use Vaseline on them overnight.

Exfoliate lips

  • Rub sugar on your lips.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and rub on lips.

For a more vigorous exfoliation you can lightly use a toothbrush over your lips in combination with a scrub.

Prevention

  • Keep hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Don’t lick your lips as this can dry them out.
  • Refrain from nibbling on your lips.

The fatty acids in foods like fish, almonds and avocados can help keep your skin looking its best and that includes the skin on your lips.

Other tips

  • To soothe lips, dab aloe vera on your lips.
  • To plump lips, use cucumber slices on your lips.
  • To soften overnight, apply butter to your lips and rinse in the morning.

You CAN keep your lips luscious and smooth this winter by giving them a little attention and making a few small adjustments to your beauty regimen.

Happy Holidays

December 15th, 2014

For it is in giving that we receive – St. Francis of Assisi

It’s always better to give than receive and it’s always amazing just how good that giving can feel.

Perhaps your list seems to get longer each year. There are so many people to buy gifts for and it can seem like a huge task to get those names checked off your list.

Let FACES Day Spa help you out this holiday season. Instead of giving a gift that may not fit or might not get used as much as you would like, how about gifting your loved ones with a relaxing or refreshing experience?

According to an article from PsychologyToday.com, “When you purchase an experience, chances are you are going to share that experience with at least one other person. Participants in a recent study rated themselves as happier at the time of purchase when they bought an experience rather than when they bought a material possession.”

Here we offer a list of experiences you can offer for everyone on your list.

For your mom, sister or aunt… how about a relaxing pedicure?

FACES has pedicures that feature the soothing benefits of milk and honey, almond and paraffin, citrus and green tea.

For your best friend…how about a day at the spa?

FACES offers spa packages that include a variety of massages, pedicures, facials and manicures. Want to make that gift even more special? Make plans to join your friend at the spa and spend the day being pampered together from head to toe.

For the special “handy” man in your life… how about a massage?

FACES’ massage options include deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone. Or come on in with your special someone and enjoy a couples’ massage.

Can’t decide? We offer gift cards so you can let your loved one decide what they want.

If you haven’t started shopping yet, there’s no need to worry, FACES Day Spa is ready to help you. To purchase services or gift cards, call FACES Day Spa at 402.384.8400.

Lost and Found Day

December 8th, 2014

This Friday is Lost and Found Day. This day is about more than locating that left-handed glove you lost in the snow somewhere in the yard or the keys that mysteriously vanished 10 minutes before you had to leave for work.

This is about those intangible things you might have “lost” and what you can do to “find” them again.

In honor of the holiday, we are offering you a great way to celebrate by making your appointment with FACES Day Spa. What service you decide to choose may largely depend on just what you’ve “lost.”

If you feel like you’ve lost:

Your sanity

Think about a hot stone massage. As we head into winter, these massages are a fabulous way to stay toasty but also help you get centered.

Your warm glow

Indulge in an Exfoliating Lime Salt Glow. Sea salt and essential oils are mixed together to simultaneously remove impurities and trigger cell regeneration.

Your patience

Enjoy a relaxing Guinot Aromatics facial. These services are customized with your own personal essential oils.

Your energy

Pamper yourself with a Green Tea and Citrus manicure. Getting a whiff of citrus is enough to re-energize you and your senses. Coupled with an invigorating hand massage, this manicure is the perfect treat for waking up your senses.

“Lost” in the chaos of the season? “Find” yourself at FACES Day Spa! Call and make your appointment today, 402.384.8400.

Making Manicures Last

December 1st, 2014

We’ve all been there. We finally have time to sit down and get our ragged cuticles trimmed and moisturized and our fingernails shaped and painted. It feels great and it looks great, and we walk out of the spa with our heads held high, feeling good.

Fast forward 20 minutes when we are digging through our purse for car keys and we pull our hands back out only to notice we’ve already chipped that beautiful, shiny red color we just had applied. Disaster!

Today we offer you some great ideas to extend the life of your manicure. These are all courtesy of our talented, professional staff at FACES Day Spa.

Ways to extend the life of your manicure

  • In between manicures, be sure to keep your cuticles pushed back.
  • Apply extra top coats on nails between visits to extend the life of your manicure.
  • Natural manicures need to be done every week. Those who opt for gel polish manicures can wait two weeks in between services.
  • Use cuticle oil to keep your nails hydrated and looking nice.

What to do right before your manicure appointment

  1. Be on time.
  2. Turn off your phone.
  3. Pre-pay so you don’t have to do so with wet nails afterward.
  4. Choose your color.
  5. Use the restroom.

And if you’re someone who just can’t keep color on their nails for more than a day, consider getting a gel manicure. During the polishing process, the stylist applies a base coat, followed by two coats of gel polish and finally a topcoat.

In between each application, hands are dried under an LED light somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute each time. Once the topcoat is dry, your nails are fully set and you are ready to go.

Now you CAN have a great manicure and enjoy it for more than a day!

Call FACES to set up your manicure today, 402.384.8400.

Giving Thanks for You!

November 24th, 2014

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved” – Reba McEntire

This is the time of year when we all think about what we are thankful for, whether it’s family or friends, having a good job or a fun hobby, the chance to take a fun vacation or relax with a good book.

Here at FACES Day Spa we are most thankful for YOU our wonderful clients and our talented and professional staff.

Any business is only as strong as the employees who work there.

At FACES, our staff loves their work and takes pride in what they do.

“It’s a relaxing atmosphere where we try to do what’s best for the client to keep them coming back” – Amber Wright, Massage Therapist

“Everybody is very professional here and is very specialized at what they do” – Rachal Prout, Nail Technician

“I love the calm atmosphere and my co-workers are like a family” – Carmen Becker, Esthetician

“You can depend on always getting a good service. It’s always a calm environment” – Kate Lewis, Massage Therapist

“From the minute you walk in the door until the minute you leave, we pamper you” – Jamie Roman, Nail Technician

We take every effort to ensure your experience at FACES is the best it can be, leaving you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world when you walk out of our doors!

So as you sit down to your Thanksgiving Day meal, think about what you are thankful for this year. We guarantee you’ll be smiling from ear to ear!

It is impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment”- Naomi Williams