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Skin Deep Nutrition

Posted on: April 20th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Skin Deep NutritionFruit and Vegetable Peels Offer Healthy Skin Benefits

It turns out that beauty may only be skin deep. Many fruits and vegetables pack a concentrated punch of nutrition within the outermost layer. For instance, purple eggplant skin is rich in the antioxidant nasunin, which may prevent brain cell damage. Compounds in fuzzy kiwi skin may help fend off staph and E. coli (try it blended in your smoothie). And overall, you’ll find more fiber in those outer peels, which is great for your body. Here, take a look at a few produce skins that may directly impact skin health:

  • Orange: Orange peel is loaded with (more…)

Soothing Spring Skincare: Active Skin Soother Delivers Relief

Posted on: April 13th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Active Skin Soother delivers ReliefSpring is a glorious season to be outdoors – and with that dose of Mother Nature comes sun, wind, insects, and skin allergens. It all adds up to potential irritation for delicate skin that’s been more protected from the elements during the winter months.

While it’s always best to prevent skin irritation before it starts, sometimes it’s unavoidable. That’s where Actifirm Active Skin Soother can save the day.Fans of this natural, Aloe Vera-based skin care product agree:

“Forgot to use sun protection? Perfect after too much sun to soothe and cool.”                        – Kristen F; Aubrey TX

I got too close to the oven rack while cooking and I used my Active Skin Soother that I keep in the fridge for the minor skin irritations.”                                                                                                                                                      – Dane M; Plano TX (more…)

Spring Skincare Update: Spruce Up Your Routine for the Season

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Spring Skincare UpdateWhen cool winter temperatures make way for warm, sunny days, we think about breaking out our spring wardrobes and maybe even doing a bit of spring cleaning. Shouldn’t you afford your skincare regimen similar attention? Here at Actifirm, we like to mark spring with a few changes:

  • Spring clean your makeup and skincare products: Now’s the time to toss anything that’s past its prime – a year is a good rule of thumb for foundations and skincare products, but check the label. Also, accept your mistakes and pitch or give away any skincare products that are still usable but just don’t suit you. (more…)

50 Shades of Smoothies: Mix and Match Veggies and Fruits for Glowing Skin

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

50 Shades of Smoothies

You probably know that plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit can give your health – and skin – a boost. But most Americans miss the mark on daily recommendations – click here to visit the USDA website. According to these guidelines, an average 40 year old woman should consume 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 1 ½ cups of fruits daily.

A smoothie can be an easy way to fit more veggies and fruits into your day. With springtime here and thoughts of body-baring clothes on the mind, a smoothie regimen can be a perfect way to not only slim down, but get your skin in tip-top shape – after all, a high quality skincare regimen combined with optimal nutrition is the best way to beautiful skin. (more…)

Go Green: Cleanse and Exfoliate with a Single, Natural Treatment

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

March3-2015-01It’s March, and between spring blooms and the always-festive St. Patrick’s Day holiday, green is the color of the moment. Here at Actifirm, green brings to mind our own version of spring cleaning – the Actifirm Renovation Mushroom Mask.

This green-hued treatment is beloved by estheticians and home skincare enthusiasts alike. Why? Actifirm Renovation Mushroom Mask delivers multiple skin benefits, with cleansing, exfoliation, and powerful anti-aging in a single treatment. Natural Bentonite Clay, renowned for its cleansing and detoxifying abilities, draws impurities from skin. Bentonite Clay can help minimize blackheads and prevent future breakouts, without drying the skin. (more…)

Green Tea and Your Skin: Offers Antioxidant and Anti Inflammatory Benefits

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Green Tea and Your SkinIf you don’t already make a ritual of sitting down to a cup of green tea daily, you might want to start. This healthy drink is rich in antioxidants, specifically catechin, which has been shown to fight and even help prevent cell damage. Green tea consumption has been linked to everything from lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels to reduction in stress and weight. These antioxidants work to protect your body’s cells from damage and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Green tea may even help prevent collagen breakdown and minimize UV damage to skin. All of this could translate to healthier, more vibrant skin for you.

Swapping your afternoon soda for a cup of green tea is a no-brainer, but (more…)

Dry Skin and Breakouts: Combo Requires Gentle Approach to Skincare

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Dry Skin and BreakoutsIf you’ve left your teenage years behind, you probably expected acne, pimples, and breakouts to fade into the past, along with big hair and acid wash jeans. So it’s frustrating when faced with conflicting skin care challenges – and dry skin accompanied by breakouts certainly falls into this category.

Unfortunately, as hormone levels fluctuate with age, dry skin and blemishes can coexist. Because so many treatments for pimples can dry skin further, a gentle skincare approach is recommended.

Begin with a cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, oil, and debris without drying. (more…)

Beauty Sleep for Glowing Skin: Lack of Rest to Blame for Skin and Health Issues

Posted on: February 23rd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Beauty Sleep for Glowing SkinIt turns out that there truly is merit to the idea of beauty sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation not only contributes to cosmetic issues, but has become a major health hazard in our society as well. Lack of sleep is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and even obesity. Increased stress is a serious mental health issue with ties to sleep deprivation – and we all know how stress can manifest itself in the skin. In addition, sleep time is a key time for skin to repair and regenerate, as well as a time for hormonal and metabolic changes in the body that impact the skin.

How have we all become so chronically exhausted? Modern life offers many more distractions than the pre-electricity, (more…)

4 Reasons to Drop the Chocolate Guilt: Sweet Indulgence Offers Skin and Health Benefits

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

4 Reasons to eat ChocolateIs that box of Valentine chocolates bringing you more guilt than pleasure? Relax and enjoy – a high-quality chocolate bar can have five times the flavonoids of an apple. It turns out that cacao beans are rich in flavonoids, potent antioxidants that can help everything from your skin to your heart.

The challenge comes in selecting chocolate with a minimum of 70% cacao, or cocoa, content. Otherwise, fillers like sugar and butter negate the antioxidant benefits. Most experts recommend high quality chocolate in moderation –a small square daily, or a reasonable portion a couple of times a week. Here are just a few of the benefits chocolate can offer: (more…)

4 Red Foods to Boost Skin Health: How the Color of Passion Can Be Great for Your Skin

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Red Foods to Boost Skin HealthRed is the color of passion, and a hue we associate with love and Valentine’s Day. As it turns out, eating certain red foods are like sending a Valentine to your skin. Read on, and learn about the skin health benefits of some delicious red foods:

Tomatoes: The antioxidant lycopene can actually raise the natural SPF of your skin. A study showed that subjects who ate five tablespoons of lycopene-rich tomato paste daily had 33% more protection of sunburn. Of course, use this information in conjunction with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Grass-Fed Beef: If you can’t resist a juicy, rare steak, you’ll love this one. Grass-fed beef is not only rich in inflammation-reducing omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, but (more…)