Monday, October 30, 2023

How to Find Your Undertone

 Do you know what undertone is? You’ve definitely encountered it before.

For example, have you ever tried on a piece of clothing, and although you liked the color, it just didn’t look right?

This is what I mean.

It goes hand in hand with your overall skintone, creating your own unique shade, and there are some color that notably look better than others.

It consists of three categories: warm, neutral, and cool. From knowing our undertone, we have the ability to find the colors that best suit us, whether it be makeup, clothing, or nail polish. That leaves only one thing left to discuss: how do we determine our undertone?


Take a peek at the underside of your arm at your veins.

Cool: Blue or Purple

Warm: Green

Neutral: Can’t tell for sure


What jewelry do you gravitate most towards?

Cool: Silver and Platinum

Warm: Gold and Rose gold

Neutral: Most/all metals are suitable

Sun Exposure

Think about how your skin usually reacts to sun exposure.

Cool: You burn easily

Warm: You tan easily

Neutral: You burn, but it turns into a tan.

White Paper

Hold a sheet of plain white printer paper next to the underside of your forearm. Focus on the paper for 10 seconds.

Then shift your eyes directly to your forearm, and take note of the colors that jump out.

Cool: Pink and Red

Warm: Green and Yellow

Neutral: Unsure*

*Can you wear Yellow or Pink clothing and not feel washed out?

Not a Hard-Fast Rule

While it isn’t necessary to wear only colors that suit our skin tone (we’re a blog, not the fashion police), we like to think knowing what colors enhance our beauty is pretty neat. Whether a color suits you based on undertone, color theory, or if it suits you because YOU say it does, that’s up to you to decide.

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Friday, October 27, 2023

How to Control Oily Skin

There are many reasons for oily skin, including stress, humidity, genetics, and fluctuating hormones. To help reduce the oil, follow these do's and don'ts from dermatologists.

 10 do's and don’ts from dermatologists

Although oily skin can clog pores and lead to increased acne breakouts, oily skin also has many benefits. Oil helps preserve the skin, and people with oily skin tend to have thicker skin and fewer wrinkles. The key is to strike a balance between having too much oil and maintaining your skin’s natural moisture.

To help control oily skin, dermatologists recommend the following tips:

DO wash your face every morning, evening, and after exercise. While washing, resist the temptation to scrub your skin, even to remove makeup. Scrubbing irritates your skin, which can make it look worse.

DO choose skin care products that are labeled “oil free” and “noncomedogenic.” This means that products that have these labels — including cleansers, moisturizers and makeup — won’t clog your pores or cause acne.

DO use a gentle, foaming face wash. Many people believe that they need to use a strong face wash for oily skin in order to dry out their skin. However, using a face wash that is too harsh can irritate your skin and trigger increased oil production. Instead, look for a mild, gentle face wash.

DON’T use oil-based or alcohol-based cleansers. These can irritate your skin.

DO apply moisturizer daily. Although you have oily skin, it is still important to apply moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. To save time and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, look for a moisturizer that also contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

DO wear sunscreen outdoors. Sunscreen helps prevent sun damage that could lead to wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. To prevent acne breakouts, look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and do not use sunscreens that contain fragrance or oils.

DO choose oil-free, water-based makeup.

DON’T sleep in your makeup. Always remove all makeup before going to sleep.

DO use blotting papers throughout the day. Gently press the paper against your face and leave it on for a few seconds to absorb the oil. Don’t rub the paper on your face, as this will spread the oil to other areas.

DON’T touch your face throughout the day. Although it’s tempting to touch your face, doing so can spread dirt, oil and bacteria from your hands to your face. Only touch your face when you’re cleansing, moisturizing or applying sunscreen or makeup, and make sure your hands are clean first.

Every person’s skin is different, and there is no "one size fits all" approach to skin care. 

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

How To Make Nail Polish Last Longer


Megan gives 4 great tips to keep your nail polish looking great and last longer.  

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

How To Break The Nail Biting Habit?


Real talk, there is nothing cute about biting your nails. Not only is it unattractive, but it can be a huge burden on your nail health. Whether it's a nervous habit or something you've been doing all your life, there is no time like the present to stop biting your nails. 

Here are some of our tips on how to break your nail-biting habit:

If you bite your nails as a nervous habit, try replacing it with something else, like doodling or squeezing a stress ball. Anything that keeps your hands preoccupied and out of your mouth.

-Treat yourself to a manicure as often as possible. I know, this one might be hard on your wallet but having a gorgeous manicure is a great way to break your nail-biting habit. If you always have healthy and good-looking nails, you won't want to ruin them, especially if you paid good money for them.

- Keep them short. We've mentioned this when it comes to overall nail health, but it's especially important if you have a problem biting your nails. If you get used to filing or clipping your nails regularly, you won't have anything to bite!

- Try a nail-biting solution. Bitrex is a common chemical that is used to make things taste bad. Try applying a similar solution to your nails daily. As soon as you try to put a finger in your mouth, you'll want to spit it out immediately....and brush your teeth.

- If the problem persists, invest in some gloves that you can wear daily (this one might only be helpful in the winter). Wear them as often as you can and especially in circumstances where you are tempted to bite your nails.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Waxing vs. Shaving--What Is The Best Method For Your Hair Removal?

However and whenever you choose to remove your hair—if you do at all—you should go into it with all the facts. Waxing and shaving are easy and relatively cheap ways to remove the hair on your body. To learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of each, I turned to Dr. Karan Lal, a dermatologist at Affiliated Dermatology, and Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a New York City-based dermatologist. Ahead, they break down everything you need to know about waxing vs. shaving so you can make the best choice for your routine.

Shaving is maybe the most common at-home hair removal technique. You can find everything you need to get going—including razors, bikini trimmers, and shaving creams—at your local drugstore. (PS: If you’re just looking for a guide to how to shave your legs or how to shave your bikini line, Marie Claire already has guides to both.)

First things first—do you actually know how shaving removes the hair on your body? “Shaving removes hair at an angle on the surface of your skin,” says Dr. Lal. The closer the shave, the shorter your hair is being trimmed. Shaper, newer razors are the most hygienic way to do this and will provide you with the smoothest results. 


While you may already have a classic razor in your arsenal, there are several other types that you can add to your rotation, like electric razors or safety razors. “Electric razors are very safe,” says Dr. Lal. “They rely on protected oscillating blades and they can be used anywhere.” 

And if you’ve been seeing the term “safety razors” all over the internet lately, here’s a quick breakdown: "Safety razors are single blade razors,” he says. “They are more powerful as one blade does the job of a multi blade razor.” However, he does note that “It is way easier to nick yourself” with a safety razor. 


Shaving will remove any length of hair, from stubble to hair that hasn’t been touched in a while. Electric razors may be better at trimming down hair before using a manual razor. 


While you can shave practically anywhere on your body, there are a few areas where shaving is preferable to waxing. For instance, it's better to shave your face at home than use wax strips because shaving causes less irritation. Both shaving and dermaplaning both lightly exfoliate the skin, so it’s important to hydrate your skin immediately following shaving. 


Turns out, when you shave is just as important as how you shave. Consider this to be a formal service announcement to never dry shave. Dry shaving can cause more irritation and will put you at higher risk for cutting yourself as you go. Instead, Dr. Zeichner recommends “shaving at the end of your shower, or after your shower, when the hair and the skin is softened from the water," and says to always use a shave gel or cream before you start. 

Shaving creams act as a barrier between the skin and the blade, so using one will help you avoid cutting yourself as you go. One more dermatologist-approved shaving tip: “Try not to tap the blades against the sink as this can disrupt the polymers that caught the blades themselves,” Dr. Zeichner says.


“The biggest side effects of shaving are cuts or nicks in the skin, as well as razor burn,” says Dr. Zeichner, who defines the latter as “a condition where the skin becomes irritated and inflamed, because of the blade causing trauma to the outer skin layer.” However, he also says that both of these problems can be “can be minimized with proper shaving techniques.” 


Because shaving just trims down the hair rather than removing it from the follicle, it will take less time for the hair to grow back and become visible again. Dr. Lal says that results from shaving generally last “three to five days.”


If you’re sick of razor burn and bumps, waxing can provide hairless results that last longer. However, waxing anywhere on your body comes with its own slew of side effects. Ahead, Dr. Lal and Dr. Zeichner explain everything you need to know about the process. 


Unlike shaving, which trims the hair down to the skin or close to it, waxing removes hair by pulling the each strand out from the follicle. You can use either larger or smaller wax strips for your desired level of precision. 


As with shaving, there are steps you should take before you start waxing. “I generally recommend exfoliating the area to be waxed before the treatment to remove any dead cells that build up on the surface of the skin,” says Dr. Zeichner. Finally, always make sure to carefully read the instructions on the product you’re using.


Unlike shaving, hair needs to be a particular length for waxing to be effective. Dr. Kenneth Howe, a dermatologist at UnionDerm in New York City, previously told Marie Claire in a guide on how to use wax strips that “this sweet spot is six millimeters, or about the length of a grain of rice.” If the hair is shorter than that, Dr. Howe says that the “wax fails to grab the hair.” He adds that if the hair is longer than that, "the hair shafts often break instead of being pulled out at the root." 


While shaving might be great for your face or legs, waxing is better for other areas on the skin that require more precision or are more prone to razor burn or nicks. Think: hard-to-reach-places. “The private areas and skin folds—armpits, bikini, buttock—are best for waxing,” says Dr. Lal. 


When it comes to the risks of waxing, there's one big thing to be aware of: Waxing generally hurts more than shaving does. Dr. Zeichner says that waxing “can lead to skin irritation from the wax strip against the skin, especially if you’re using hot wax.” And while issues like mild infections in the hair follicles (folliculitis) and ingrown hairs can occur with any hair removal technique, Dr. Zeichner says that the latter can be more common when waxing a certain area of the body. 

“When waxing, the new edge of a hair needs to clear the outer skin layer. Because of this, there is a higher likelihood that this does not happen properly and you develop an ingrown,” he says.


Because waxing requires you to pull out the hair from the follicle, it will take longer for that hair to grow back again. Dr. Lal says that results can last “up to three weeks.” However, take into account that you’ll have to wait longer once the hair grows back—until the hair reaches that ideal grain-of-rice length—until you should wax again. 

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Moms Self Care


"I don't need time at the spa... just alone time in my car." #comedy #momlife #selfcare
We all deserve self care! Make it a priority! Book your appointment at Upkept today to get pampered! You deserve it.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

How to Strengthen Your Nails

 Your hands say a lot about you

So keep those nails in good shape with these easy-to-follow tips.

1. Invest in a soft nail file

You may have heard glass files are the way forward but while they're pretty, longer-wearing, and easy to clean, it pays to invest in a 'soft' file. We recommend the Edge White 240 File for a smooth finish and to prevent tearing or splitting your nails.

2. Try a Biotin supplement. Studies show that brittle nails that are prone to peeling and breakage could be a sign of Biotin deficiency. Consult your physician and supplement your diet with an extra dose of the essential B vitamin.

3. Say hello to your nail-growing and strengthening hero, Nail Envy!

Our special formula contains hydrolyzed wheat protein and calcium to encourage growth. We recommend applying two coats to your bare nail, then applying another coat every other day for the best results. After a week, remove it, and start again. These extra layers of protection will also add some bulk to nails that feel thin.

4. Invest in a 4-way buffer. This genius tool smooths the nail plate out to make it more compact, bringing the surface nail layers together to add strength.

5. Nail your filing technique. Back-and-forth see-saw motions will only cause the nail to splinter, so always file in one direction, using long, swift but gentle strokes, we recommend starting from the outside edge and moving to the center. This will help you avoid split nails while filing.

6. Even if you don’t have time for a full manicure, applying a hydrating and strengthening base coat can prevent the nails from peeling and becoming weak. We recommend switching your regular base coat for one coat of Natural Nail Strengthener, which is formulated to help your nails grow stronger.

7. Switch your nail polish remover to Expert Touch Lacquer Remover. It sweeps away even the darkest lacquer shades without the drying effects of harsh removers. The acetone in harsh removers is rough on fragile nails and can dry them out almost instantly - cue peeling, splitting, and those unsightly white, mottled marks.

8. Take a look at your diet, strong nails need plenty of vitamins and minerals. Consult your physician, and consider adding more protein (meat, fish, lentils), biotin (eggs, salmon, peanuts), zinc (green beans, cashews), and iron (spinach, beef) to your diet.

9. Make sure your nails are in the correct shape for your hands as you grow them out. Your nail shape should follow your cuticle shape for easy strength and growth.

10. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.

Dry hands are a major problem when it comes to maintaining nail strength and health. That’s why we’ve created ProSpa Advanced Softening Gloves and Socks to hydrate and soften the skin. Both contain macadamia oil and shea butter to ensure your hands and feet are pampered and primed for the nail treatment they deserve.

11. Remember this: Healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. Stop picking, trimming, or manipulating your cuticles in any way. Use ProSpa Nail + Cuticle Oil daily to repair, nourish and moisturize. Dry, brittle nails will only lead to splitting and chipping.

12. Say goodbye to dry skin around your nails with the soothing and repairing ProSpa Exfoliating Cuticle Cream. Packed with white tea and essential minerals, it'll transform delicate skin, leaving it ultra-nourished and hydrated.

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Difference Between Hard and Soft Wax


Many estheticians have preferences between soft and hard waxes. Normally, it comes down to what you are comfortable with. Don’t let anyone tell you there is a right or wrong wax or technique. It all depends on you and what you are comfortable with. There are pros and cons to everything we do and or try as estheticians.  

Hard wax does take more skill to use but it is not as painful for the client especially in areas of the body that are more sensitive. Hard wax is perfect for Brazilians and facial waxing because it is gentler on the skin. Hard wax adheres to the hairs rather than to the skin, which gives it an advantage in the hair removal process.

Hard wax is applied thicker than soft wax and hardens on the skin. It can be removed with your hands, so there is no need for strips. This makes the process less painful. Hard wax is gentler because it doesn’t adhere to the skin. It shrink wraps around the hairs instead.


  • Gentler
  • Less pain
  • No strips needed
  • Doesn’t leave sticky residue behind


  • Requires more skill
  • Can slow down service time
  • Can require more product for larger body parts

Soft Wax adheres to the skin as well as the hair. Traditionally, soft wax is the go-to for the large body areas in the waxing industry. The soft wax is applied to the skin very thinly and a muslin or paper strip is applied on top of the wax to remove the hair. After the hair is removed, the technician applies an oil or a treatment to remove extra wax from the waxed area, to remove any residue.

Soft wax will remove the outer layer of the skin as well as the hair. It is best to treat the skin before and after because this will produce skin irritation and redness afterwards. It is best to not retreat the areas even if the hair is not removed the first time, it will create more irritation. Removing the top layer of the skin is also known as exfoliation, but there is a higher possibility of removing more skin than desired.  

Soft wax is good for larger areas of the body like legs and arms. It can be applied in larger strips and is removed with waxing strips. This is because it uses less product, and can be applied and removed faster than hard wax.


  • Good for larger areas of the body
  • Costs less because you use less product
  • Great for speed waxing


  • Requires an additional item to perform service
  • Can be traumatizing to the skin
  • leaves a residue behind

Friday, October 6, 2023



Need assistance with trimming those hard to reach toenails? 

Book a toe nail or fingernail trim and file with UpKept.

**IMPORTANT**Remember to brush the underside of your fingernails. This is the perfect place for germs, bacteria, and fungus to hangout and grow! Keeping these areas clean promote better health and positive self-consciousness. Our nails are one of the first things people notice, better to keep them clean and presentable.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Ingrown Hairs


What is an ingrown hair?

An ingrown hair is a strand of hair that grows back into your skin after shaving, tweezing or waxing. They may be painful or itchy, and they commonly appear around your face, legs, armpits and pubic area.

Ingrown hairs are sometimes called razor bumps, shave bumps or barber bumps.

Who does ingrown hair affect?

Ingrown hair is very common. Anyone who shaves, tweezes or waxes their hair can develop ingrown hairs. If you shave often, you’re more likely to have ingrown hairs.

You’re also more likely to have ingrown hair if you have skin of color or thick, coarse or curly hair.

How does ingrown hair affect my body?

The beard area of your face (neck, cheeks and chin), legs, armpits and pubic area (bikini line and inner thigh) are most likely to develop ingrown hairs. However, they may also appear on other parts of your body, including your scalp, chest, back, abdomen, inside of your nose (nostril), eyebrows and buttocks (butt).

Symptoms and Causes

What are the symptoms of ingrown hair?

The symptoms of ingrown hair include:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Small bumps with hairs in the middle on your face and neck (papule).
  • Pain.
  • Discoloration (red, brown or purple).
  • Itching.

If an ingrown hair becomes infected, you may notice the bumps getting bigger and more painful. Pustules occur when there’s pus around the follicles. This infection can lead to scarring.

What causes ingrown hair?

Removing hair by shaving, waxing or tweezing can cause ingrown hairs. New hairs grow from hair follicles under your skin. Shaving, waxing and tweezing only remove hair strands — they don’t remove hair follicles.

When new hair grows, it may curl back and enter your skin. This more commonly occurs if your hair is thick, curly or coarse.

How are ingrown hairs treated?

There are several ways to treat ingrown hairs at home, including:

  1. Stop shaving and allow the hair to grow.
  2. Use an electric shaver. Hold it just above the surface of your skin.
  3. Use depilatory products to remove hair without shaving. Depilatory products dissolve the protein structures of your hair.
  4. Apply warm compresses to your affected skin for 10 to 15 minutes to open your pores and make it easier for ingrown hairs to release.

If your symptoms don’t improve, your healthcare provider may need to prescribe medications that decrease inflammation and improve infections.

In rare cases, your healthcare provider may use a sterile surgical knife with a thin blade (scalpel) to make a small cut in your affected areas. They’ll squeeze out any pus and use sterile tweezers to remove the ingrown hair.

To prevent scarring or infection, don’t pick at, scratch or pop your ingrown hairs.

How do you remove an ingrown hair?

To remove an ingrown hair, gently exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating your skin removes a dead layer of skin cells and helps release ingrown hairs. Use warm — not hot — water and small, circular motions to wash your affected areas with a washcloth, exfoliating brush or exfoliating gel or scrub.

You can also remove an ingrown hair that has looped or curled back into your skin by gently pulling it out with a sterile needle, pin or tweezers. Apply rubbing alcohol to your surrounding skin to prevent an infection. Then, carefully thread the sterile needle, pin or tweezers through the exposed hair loop. Gently lift the hair loop until one end releases from your skin. Article Source