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7 Beauty Tips for Those With Acne

July 11th, 2016

Even if you have acne, you can have beautiful skin AND wear makeup. Here are some tips and tricks to help you have it all while still addressing your acne issues.

  • It may be tempting, but never pop your pimples. It often makes inflammation worse and it can lead to scarring.
  • Choose “a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer labeled non-comedogenic,” which means it won’t clog your pores, WebMD advises.

“Also look for ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which hold moisture in the skin. Avoid heavy, greasy products that contain pimple-producing ingredients like cocoa butter, mineral oil or cold cream.”

  • Bustle.com recommends you apply a treatment like Dermalogica Clean Start before you go to bed. “The salicylic acid prevents acne and unclogs your pores, while cucumber reduces redness. You’ll wake up looking radiant with clearer, happier skin.”
  • Mineral foundations “keep acne-prone skin happy and healthy, CollegeFashion.net says. “Though they provide less coverage, they are much less likely to clog your pores or cause breakouts.”
  • Don’t use your finger to apply benzyl peroxide. Today.com suggests you use “a dedicated eyeliner brush to apply to the spot alone. This will prevent flaking and over-drying the surrounding skin.”

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  • “Every time you put your face to your phone, it comes into contact with so many germs and bacteria,” GoodHousekeeping.com says. “So give it a little wipe down each day using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Better yet, start sending more texts.”

Need a little extra help? FACES Day Spa offers a Glycolic Peel, which “erases the signs of aging, from fine lines and wrinkles to scars and acneic skin.”

Schedule your appointment today at FACES, 402.384.8400.

Non-Invasive Dermasound Hydrates, Heals

June 28th, 2016

If you seek a new way to get your best skin now, Dermasound may be the option.

Dermasound is a “non-invasive facial procedure that utilizes water and ultrasonic frequency to loosen and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin,” according to dermanetwork.org,

How does it work?

“A DermaSound treatment happens in three distinct stages: peeling, infusion and micro-current,” PlasticSurgeons.com says.

After the initial peeling, “ultrasound induces pigment-stabilizing and cell-building serums into your skin” to help treat signs of aging, beauty specialists at FACES Day Spa say.

“In the last step, ultrasound waves encourage collagen production. They also infuse a soothing, penetrating hyaluronic acid gel to plump and hydrate your skin so it’s fresh, firm and glowing.”

Who needs Dermasound?

SkinClinic.com says there are three specific skin issues Dermasound helps resolve:

  • Acne: “Ultrasound vibration helps break-up follicular deposits of oil, dirt and dead cells – a veritable breeding ground for bacteria.”
  • Fine lines & wrinkles: “DermaSound helps stimulate and promote collagen and elastin production for more youthful skin. It also helps with hydration.”
  • Sensitive skin: It’s gentle and non-irritating. During infusion, only products formulated for sensitive skin are used.

How many treatments are needed?

Like many special resurfacing treatments, DermaSound’s results are cumulative. So a series of treatments will yield more results than a single visit.

Is recovery time needed after Dermasound?

“Because of its unique and non-invasive steps to treat skin disorders, there is no associated downtime or recovery associated with treatment,” DermaNetwork.org says.

“Each session takes 30 to 45 minutes. Clients continue their daily routines afterward. Minimal redness may be noticeable immediately after the treatment.”

Schedule your Dermasound appointment today at FACES, 402.384.8400.

7 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

June 8th, 2016

When you feel drowsy, what are some things you do to snap yourself out of it? Do you eat chocolate? Drink coffee? Gulp Red Bull?

Sure, these may give you a temporary energy boost, but it doesn’t last long. Sometimes you end up feeling even more tired afterward.

Here are seven natural ways to energize yourself:

  1. Work it out

According to HealthyWomen.org, exercising can energize. “When you exercise, your heart pumps more oxygen and nutrients into your bloodstream, your lungs and cardiovascular system work better and you feel more energetic.”

  1. Watch that cat video

Health.com gives everyone permission to watch a funny video at work.

“A good laugh raises your blood pressure and boosts heart rate, too, which can pump you up when you’re feeling sluggish.”

  1. Lighten up

“Light is nature’s way of telling your internal clock that it’s time to start the day. So leave the shades open or flip on a light switch in the morning to simulate sunlight,” WomensHealthMag.com says.

  1. Be berry good

Eating berries can help boost energy levels. ZenHabits.net says to eat berries that are blue, red or purple.

The color comes from anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant, that boosts energy. Any such berry will contain tons.

  1. You are what you eat

Your breakfast should contain both fiber and protein, which leaves you feeling full, WebMD.com says

“By contrast, when you eat low-fiber grains, your blood sugar spikes, then drops a short time later, leading to an energy crash.”

Your best bets for breakfast are “eggs and multigrain toast or oatmeal with a side of yogurt and berries.”

  1. Seeing red

We don’t advocate anger. Instead, pep yourself up with a splash of color, specifically a rosy hue.

“Seeing the fiery color makes your muscles move faster and work harder, giving you a burst of energy when you need it most,” Health.com says.

  1. Relax into energy

Another great way to improve energy levels is to take time to relax. And what better way to relax than with a spa visit?

Schedule your pampering session today at FACES, 402-384-8400.

Massage Benefits

May 23rd, 2016

Why do you get a massage?

Because it feels good? Maybe it relaxes you? How about the pain relief it can provide?

Those are great reasons to get a massage. But there are five less-well-known reasons to get those knots worked out pronto:

  1. Catch more and better ZZZZs. “Clients who get regular massages have better sleep patterns and insomniacs find relief in their irregular sleep patterns with massage therapy,” com notes.
  1. Improve your posture. “Massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job – as long as you schedule a regular massage,” Best Health
  2. Strengthen natural immunity. According to Massage Therapy, this is done by “stimulating lymph flow – the body’s natural defense system.”
  1. Reduce anger and anxiety. A 2005 study looked at women with breast cancer who received massage therapy versus those who received standard treatment. “The massage therapy and relaxation groups reported less depressed mood, anxiety, and pain immediately after their first and last sessions,” the study found.
  1. Get rid your headache. Find yourself with a throbbing in your temples? Before you pop pain meds, book a massage. A 2009 study found that a single massage therapy session immediately decreased tension, anger status and the client’s perceived pain level.

“Where there is no movement, there is pain. Where there is movement, there is no pain,” – Traditional Chinese saying

Whatever reason you book a massage, that’s your best reason get one.

Call FACES Day Spa and set up your next massage to relax, rejuvenate or refresh you! We are open seven days a week, 402.384.8400.

Bad Nail Habits

May 16th, 2016

When we consider bad nail habits, the first that usually comes to mind is biting your nails.

WebMD says problems from nail biting include:

  • Red, sore fingers and cuticles
  • Areas of bleeding skin
  • Possible infections
  • Weaker teeth

But when does this problem begin? Most nail biting problems begin in childhood. “Studies show 60 percent of children and 45 percent of teenagers bite their nails,” WebMD says.

What can you do?

  • Experts recommend you keep your nails polished and pretty so you’re less likely to mess up the manicure by biting your nails.
  • Use a bitter-tasting You won’t want that taste in your mouth.
  • Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it when you get the urge to bite your nails.
  • Keep your nails trimmed short so there’s less to bite.
  • In extreme cases, wear gloves or Band-Aids on your fingers so your nails aren’t accessible.

There are three other bad nail habits you should kick:

  • Over-buff your nails. com says buffing your nails too much thins them out and ultimately makes them weaker.
  • Pick off your polish. Become Gorgeous says this is a no-no because picking off polish “can damage the top layer of the nail, so you’re much better off using polish remover to remove all of it instead of trying to do it yourself.”
  • Polish nails without a base coat. com recommends to not skip this important step. “Always use a base coat! It ensures that your nails won’t stain from your polish and keeps polish on longer.”

Break those bad nail habits and get your manicure at FACES Day Spa. Set up your appointment today, 402.384.8400.

Benefits of steam

May 9th, 2016

One component most facials offer is the use of steam.

It relaxes, moisturizes and may even help clear up congestion.

But those aren’t the only reasons your esthetician uses steam. It actually helps get your skin ready for the moisturizers, serums and creams. How?

It warms up the surface of the skin and thereby makes it more receptive to treatment, according to MarioBadescu.com.

HowStuffWorks.com says steam can help if you have acne. “The moisture softens the surface layer of dead skin cells. This process helps free any dirt or bacteria trapped under the cells that could be causing breakouts.”

The process also clears your pores.

“The high temperature helps the pores to open and this way your body will clear out the toxins and the cosmetic products will reach every skin cell,” BeautyeBook.com says.

TheBestOrganicSkincare.com says steam’s four biggest benefits include:

  • It brightens dull skin
  • It calms irritated skin
  • It cleans skin and kills bacteria
  • It stimulates cell turnover

Talk with your esthetician before you incorporate steam into your facial if you have:

  • Acne
  • Sunburn
  • Broken capillaries
  • Asthma

BeautyeBook describes the four steps for a DIY steam treatment:

  • Boil a pan of water and after few minutes remove the pan from the stove.
  • Add fresh herbs to create a scent such as mint, chamomile and rosemary.
  • Stand directly over the steam and drape a small towel over your head to stop the steam from escaping.
  • Stay beneath the towel for 10 to 15 minutes until the steam ends. Then rinse your face with lukewarm water.

Get your best skin now. Set up your facial appointment at FACES Day Spa, 402.384.8400.

Scent-sational at the spa!

May 2nd, 2016

What’s your favorite smell?

Perhaps you love the aroma of baking cookies. Maybe the scent of lavender relaxes you.

Well, you’re not alone. Smells can be very evocative and even take us back to different times in our lives or remind us of someone we haven’t seen in years.

The power of scents has been studied for many years, according to AuraCacia’s website:

“Marestheus, a Greek physician, wrote several books about the effects one incurred when wearing chaplets or garlands of various leaves and flowers. He noted that some combinations caused fatigue and depression, while other combinations seemed to refresh and encourage the wearer.”

Is it any wonder then that aromatherapy is so popular or that it’s often used in conjunction with spa services?

Want to know what the most popular smells are? Here are the top five!

  1. Peppermint: “Just a whiff of this oil can provide you with a natural burst of energy and improve mental alertness,” Wellness Today And peppermint aids digestion and attacks nasal congestion.
  1. Eucalyptus: The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy says eucalyptus has many uses, including, “expectorant, decongestant, clearing to the mind, and energizing.”
  1. Lemon: We all know it smells citrusy and clean but did you know it has other benefits? “Lemon improves concentration, aids in digestion and eases symptoms of acne and arthritis,” Aromatherapy.com says.
  1. Lavender: We already said it aids relaxation. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy says it’s also good for “reducing anxiety, calming the nerves, wound healing, burns, cell regeneration and insect bites.”
  1. Chamomile: “This oil has powerful calming benefits. It is also an effective mood booster. Chamomile can be used in steam or vapor therapy to help relieve stress,” Wellness Today says.

At FACES Day Spa, our services incorporate wonderful smells that range from honey and milk to chocolate and oranges. Boost your mood today with a feel-good service at FACES, 402.384.8400.

Clean, Sanitary Spas Protect Their Clients

April 25th, 2016

Most customers would not accept spa services done in a dirty environment.

Cleanliness is important in the beauty industry, not just from an aesthetic point of view but also from a health perspective.

“When you walk through the door, you should be greeted by a therapist or receptionist who looks clean, well-groomed and professional,” BeautyTreatmentExpert.co.uk advises.

You also should sense the spa is well cared for. In other words, there shouldn’t be dirty coffee mugs or debris on the chairs and couches in the waiting area.

When you get a pedicure, the bowl you dip your feet into should always be clean. If you ever think it isn’t, ask your nail technician to wipe it down for you.

Likewise, you should see evidence your nail technician cleans nail implements between uses.

Watch for training certificates and health & safety notices, both of which should be prominently displayed.

When it comes to waxing, your esthetician should never double dip.

Once a stick (applicator) has been placed into product and touched your skin, it should be thrown away,” HairRemoval.about.com explains. “The stick should never put back into a pot of wax because it could contaminate the product, and then infect clients.”

Any towels, robes and sheets you use should be freshly laundered, and your therapist should always wash her hands.

Check out the facility’s bathroom. If you wouldn’t use it because it’s not as clean as your own, that may be a red flag.

Ultimately, you should trust your instincts.

“If anything seems off, speak up or walk out the door,” TotalBeauty says.

Call FACES Day Spa to set up your next pampering appointment today, 402-384.8400.

5 Fundamental Benefits of a Full Day at the Spa

April 17th, 2016

The vast majority of us loves to be pampered and spoiled a little bit every once in a while.

But for those of us with a little extra time, consider a full day spent at the spa.

Whether because it’s your birthday or just because, hang out at the spa for the day and take advantage of some great services.

Such a break has myriad benefits:

  1. Better habits – “Enhanced wellbeing is a big advantage of visiting day spas because their activities and treatments could enhance your entire health and well-being,” Telecomorgs.com says. “This could lead you to a better lifestyle.”
  1. Renew your skin – “A facial will renew your skin to give you a healthy and youthful glow. In addition to being incredibly relaxing, facials help maintain the health of your skin to diminish the signs of aging, and they treat acne and breakouts,” Allwomenstalk.com advises.
  1. Better sleep – “The more you can relax during the day, the better you’ll sleep at night. Massages and other spa treatments can push you into the ultimate state of relaxation and help you fall asleep faster at night,” Healthfacts.ng says.
  1. Detoxify body and mind – Day spa services, “permit you to become more energized through detoxifying your body, getting rid of toxins and rejuvenating new blood cells,” Telecomorgs.com added.
  1. Healthier joints – “Modern sports massage techniques not only relax and recover your muscles, but also help you recover from joint injuries and disorders such as arthritis,” Healthfacts.ng explains.

When you’re ready to set up your day at the spa, call FACES at 402.384.8400.

Dangerous Beauty Trends, Past & Present

April 11th, 2016

When you think of dangerous beauty, what comes to mind?

Poke yourself in the eye with your mascara wand? Break a nail off while you file it? A bit too aggressive when you shape your eyebrows?

If these are your biggest worries, you’re doing just fine.

Three deadly beauty trends from the past

  1. com revisits a trend from the 16th century: “Pale skin was a sign of status in 15thand 16thcentury Europe. Queen Elizabeth I, as did many noblewomen, whitened her skin with a heavy layer of toxic lead paint, leading to disfigurement.”
  1. “Before the days of benzoyl peroxide, mercury was used to cure blemishes. But it’s easily absorbed through the skin and can cause birth defects, kidney and liver problems, fatigue, irritability, tremors, depression, and death,” com says.
  1. Makeup2Enhance talks about the ancient Egyptians, “who used a type of rouge to stain their lips and cheeks. To create this staining effect they squeezed out purplered colour from iodine and bromine. Unfortunately, this combination of deadly ingredients led to serious diseases and came to be known as ‘the kiss of death.’”

Three beauty dangers in 2016

  1. Manicures/Pedicures – “In a place where nails are cut, calluses are buffed and feet are soaked, it’s no surprise you can pick up fungal and bacterial infections – including MRSA, an antibioticresistant bacteria – in nail salons,” MotherNatureNetwork
  1. MamasLatinas.com advises you use organic lipstick since, “A majority of the lipstick formulas out there contain lead in them, which can be potentially harmful.”
  1. Tanning beds. Yup, this one’s hardly a surprise. “A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30,” com reports,

You never have to worry about safety or comfort at FACES. Our job is to help you relax and rejuvenate.

Set up your pampering appointment today at 402-384-8400.