September 2010

Faces DaySpa - Your Final Destination For Relaxation

Author: Linda S. Hopkins | Photographer: John Brackett

If you think a visit to the spa is a frivolous or unnecessary luxury, you may be surprised to learn that relaxation is actually essential to good health. The benefits of relaxation are more than simply a refreshed mind and rejuvenated spirit. By reducing stress, you decrease your chances of developing certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders and more. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Relaxation isn’t just about finding some quiet time or enjoying a hobby. It is a process that helps you repair the toll that stress takes on your mind and body.”

Recognizing the need for both men and women to escape the daily grind, Patricia Owen, owner of FACES DaySpa, has adopted JustRelax! as her business brand and is incorporating the theme into every aspect of her spa services and product offerings. Here are just a few of the ways you can JustRelax! at FACES:

JUST RELAX! With Massage
Massage is a simple and natural way to obtain and maintain good health and well-being. It helps to ease headache, insomnia, aches and pains, tension and stress. It improves circulation, aids digestion, relaxes muscles and speeds up the elimination of waste products.

New massage services at FACES include: the Bamboo Fusion Massage—combining the techniques of Swedish massage and the benefits of soothing heat with the invigorating energy of bamboo and rattan; Lava Sea Shell Massage—incorporating smooth, heated seashells for a synergy of warmth, relaxation and pure bliss; and Swe-Thai Massage—blending advanced soft tissue therapy with the ancient healing art of traditional Thai massage.

JUST RELAX! With Proper Skincare
Whether your skin is normal, dry, oily, acne prone or showing signs of age or fatigue, FACES has the treatments and products to help you look and feel your best. The skincare services themselves are relaxing, but healthy skin also helps boost confidence and self-esteem, allowing you to relax about the way you present yourself to the world.

FACES’ Anti-Aging Arsenal includes the SkinSpecific facial, customized to fit your individual needs. The treatment includes relaxing face, shoulder and neck massage, herbal eye pads and heated hand mitts; Night on the Town, combining facial toning and resurfacing, guaranteed to make you look younger instantly; and microdermabrasion, myotonology, and LED lightwave skin rejuvenation—all powerful defenses against the ravages of time.

FACES Anti-Acne Attack is serious skincare that works. Just ask the fresh-faced students at the local high schools who have discovered the program. Treatment includes LED light therapy to kill bacteria and relieve redness.

FACES also recognizes the special needs of men with the Man’s Best Friend facial, created to meet the unique challenges and demands of male skin.

JUST RELAX! With Healthy Nails
Sink into the plush surroundings of FACES’ nail spa, and relax while restoring the natural health and beauty of your nails. If you’re addicted to acrylics and would like to break the habit, ask about Acrylics Anonymous, a 12-step program to help rehabilitate your natural nails.

Try the new No-Chip Gel Manicure for beautiful, no-worry nails. The super shiny, sheer, lightweight gel-based polish is available in your favorite colors and stays put for two weeks or more.

FACES also offers a variety of pedicure choices, including the SeaSpa, Peppermint and Pumpkin pedis. For a surprise, ask for the pedicure of the month! Add reflexology and a paraffin dip for the ultimate in relaxation and foot care. For an unforgettable treat, try FACES’ new Rainforest Spa Pedicure, featuring rich nutrients, exotic ingredients and curative energies to revitalize the skin as well as the soul.

JUST RELAX! With A Bodacious Body
Whether you are looking for gentle hair removal, sunless spray tanning, a skin-smoothing scrub or detoxifying wrap, FACES has a variety of body services to leave you looking and feeling your best. Add a eucalyptus steam shower or sauna plus a 25-minute massage and say ahhhhhh.

JUST RELAX! With the FACES Signature Brand
Take your spa experience home with FACES’ private label JustRelax! bath and body collection. Made with the finest natural ingredients, the products are paraben-free and earth friendly. As a reminder to relax more often, pick up caps, tees, totes and a JustRelax! bumper sticker.

JUST RELAX! With A Reputation You Can Trust
An island tradition since 1983, FACES is one of the largest day spas on the Carolina coast and one of the most highly respected. Winner of over 30 international, national and regional industry and business awards, FACES is a member of the prestigious International Spa Association. But according to Owen, it’s the local notoriety that means most. Voted Best Day Spa six years in a row by Island Packet readers, FACES delivers the quality and consistency islanders and visitors expect and appreciate.

The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, which adds up to about 115,000 miles over a lifetime. Comparing this to a car, it is inconceivable to get that kind of mileage without proper maintenance. For feet, that means regular pedicures.

As an active athlete and a fan of four-inch heels, my feet take a beating everyday. On a recent visit to FACES, I chose the new Rainforest Spa Pedicure, which was just what the doctor ordered for my weary soles. The service began with a cleansing/softening coconut milk soak, followed by a scrub consisting of coconut shells, bamboo extract, vitamin E and passion flower seeds, all working together to exfoliate and invigorate. Next came a cool, refreshing foot masque to further remove toxins, soothe and calm the skin. The final delight (and my favorite part) was the foot and leg massage with the silkiest lotion ever. Besides nearly putting me into a coma, this pedicure left my feet feeling smooth, looking pretty and ready for a night on the town. I’m off and running again, but you can bet I’ll be back from another tune-up soon.

FACES DaySpa is located at the Village at Wexford and is open seven days a week. Call for an appointment today, and JustRelax! (843) 785-3075 or toll-free (888) hhFACES (443-2237). Visit or shop online at Follow FACES on Facebook and Twitter.

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