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Elysiann’s Beauty Vault

Dear Younger Self: Skincare Advice

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Younger self adviceIt’s been said that age is only a state of mind, but all too often our skin shows our true years. Worse, sun damage and other mistakes make us look even older! As signs of aging creep up, many of us wish we’d taken better care of our skin over time. If time travel existed, there are certainly a few things we’d do differently (and consistently). Here are some of our top skincare tips for the young that will pay off in years to come, and don’t forget that it’s never too late to start!

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. This is the big one – your 18-year-old self could stop reading here and reap massive benefits. The majority of skin aging comes from sun exposure. Tanning causes cancer and will give you premature wrinkles and age spots – (more…)

The Egg: Friend or Foe?

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

the eggWith Easter just around the corner this Sunday, odds are you’ve picked up an extra carton or two of eggs – after all, the average American consumes two dozen eggs around Easter! Over time, eggs have come in and out of fashion almost as quickly as runway styles – nutrition experts have labeled eggs (and especially the yolks) both taboo and optimally healthy through the years.

Part of the reason why eggs have been shunned is their high cholesterol content. A single egg yolk contains around 200 mg of cholesterol, which is two-thirds of the 300 mg maximum recommended for healthy adults and the entire daily allowance for those with health risk factors. Recent studies, (more…)

Watch Baseball and Get Fit! Here’s How

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

watch baseball and get fit!Play ball! Baseball season started April 2, and nothing says summer like an afternoon at the diamond with hot dogs, nachos, and cool, frothy libations. More often than not, however, we’ll find ourselves enjoying the game in front of the TV at home – and while it’s a great way to bond with family and friends, it also means three-plus hours of being sedentary, coupled with overindulgence in unhealthy snacks and calorie-dense beverages. Unfortunately, as you watch your favorite players running the bases, you’re simultaneously packing on the pounds.

We have a solution – a plan that will allow you to take in America’s Favorite Pastime all season, stay in shape, and have (more…)

It’s Good to Laugh

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

It's Good to LaughApril Fool’s Day may be a time to pull laughable pranks, but it shouldn’t be the only day we place importance on a good chuckle. When it comes to belly laughs, more is better – laughter could offer real health benefits. Research shows that regular laughter may help improve stress, immunity, resilience, depression, pain, blood sugar levels, and sleep quality. The good news is that laughing more is not only fun, but is also easy to weave into your life. Consider the following tips for injecting more humor into every day:

Think funny for entertainment. When choosing a book, TV show, or movie, go for comedy over drama.

Giggle-charge your social media. Follow (more…)

How to Unwind After Work

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

UnwindFor too many of us, the workplace offers an undue amount of stress – and then we make matters worse by bringing that burden home with us at night. A few basic steps, however, can assure a much more relaxing end to your workdays. Try our tips for leaving your worries behind at the office:

Review work status. Before you leave the office, spend a few minutes reviewing what you’ve accomplished for the day, review your upcoming schedule, and determine any must-dos for the next day. This helps free your mind to relax in the evening hours.

Leave job responsibilities at the office. Believe it or not, the world will go on if you step away from (more…)

Be Productive on a Rainy Day: 8 Ideas

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Rainy Day Spring is just around the corner! That means warming temperatures, a greening landscape…and some rain in the forecast. While gray and drizzly conditions might tempt you to curl up for a movie marathon or spend the afternoon engrossed in a novel, it can also be satisfying to use that time for more productive endeavors. Here are 8 ideas for being productive (while still having a bit of fun) on a rainy day:

Make that call. From your old college roommate to your great-aunt, chances are there’s someone out there who you’ve been meaning to call. What better excuse than a rainy day to have a leisurely phone conversation with someone you care about? (more…)

Rise and Shine for Daylight Savings

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Daylight savings timeThis Saturday night at bedtime, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour as the United States prepares to “spring forward” for daylight savings time. While this change gives us an extra hour of daylight to enjoy in the evening, it also means losing an hour of sleep that first night. Rather than fret about lost shuteye, however, consider it an opportunity to reboot your morning routine. Here are just a few ideas for getting off to a great start every morning:

Leave the curtains open. Leaving the curtains or blinds at least partially open can help you awaken with the help of sunlight – the way nature intended!

Stretch. If an all-out yoga session is more than you (more…)

Dr. Seuss: 5 Life Lessons

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

030117-01The wacky, wonderful Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. Each year on his birthday, we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day and the magic and wonder of this brilliant author and artist who has touched generations of children. Come to think of it, we think his lessons apply not just to kids, but to people of all ages. Here are five pearls of wisdom to take away from the writings of Dr. Seuss:

Life Lesson #1: Try the unfamiliar.

“You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may.”

— Green Eggs and Ham (more…)

Top 5 Foods to Feed your Heart and Skin

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Feed your HeartFebruary is a time for matters of the heart – and we don’t just mean Valentine’s Day. It’s officially American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to educate yourself about the components of a heart-healthy lifestyle, including regular checkups with your healthcare provider, an active lifestyle, and healthy diet.

Speaking of diet, here at Actifirm we’re always interested in foods that contribute to skin health and beauty. As with so many things that are good for our health, it turns out that many foods that are great for your heart can also do amazing things for your skin. Here are just five:


Random Acts of Kindness: 15 Ways to Spread the Love

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Random Acts of KindnessWith Valentine’s Day behind us, why not finish out the week in a spirit of love? As it turns out, there’s an official way to do so – this week, February 12-18, is Random Acts of Kindness Week.

We all know that showing kindness benefits the recipients of our actions, but these selfless acts can also help the person behind the good deed. Research shows that performing acts of kindness can elevate mood and even help us live longer. Plus, kindness is contagious – perform a kind act for a neighbor, and before you know it your entire block will be in on the act!

Need inspiration? Here are 15 ideas for random acts of kindness to get you started: (more…)