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Hydrate Inside and Out: Two-fold Strategy Best for Hydrated Skin

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Hydrate inside and outAs temperatures warm, we tend to put concerns of skin hydration on the backburner. But while the dry skin of winter may be behind us, summer offers skin challenges of its own. Cold weather typically brings lower humidity, which saps moisture from skin. Warm weather, on the other hand, dehydrates skin through heat.

Summer dehydration should be dealt with two ways – from the inside and outside. To hydrate from the inside, drink plenty of fluids. While the old 8, 8-ounce glasses of water a day rule is a good place to start, there are many variables that affect how much water you need – including your size, activity level, the air temperature, and more. Many experts suggest that the color of your urine is a good indicator of whether you’re getting enough water. If urine is dark, more fluids are needed, while a light color indicates ample hydration. (more…)

5 Ways to Help Crow’s Feet: Strategies for Easing This Sign of Aging

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Ways to Help Crow's FeetCrow’s feet…while these fine lines and wrinkles at the corners of the eyes may also be known as laugh lines, there’s nothing funny about them for most of us. These lines are caused by a combination of factors, repeated facial expressions, sun exposure, and smoking being among them. While we don’t suggest that you lose your sense of humor or live in a sunless cave, there are some simple measures you can take to minimize this sign of aging.

Use sunscreen. This one always tops our list, but many of us avoid the eye area when it comes to sunscreen due to sensitivities. Look for natural sunscreens that are free (more…)

Cover Up For Sun Safety: Protective Clothing Protects Skin from Cancer, Aging

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Cover up for Sun SafetyWe’ve been talking about ways to protect skin from harsh summer rays – broad-brimmed hats, UV-blocking sunglasses, and lots of broad spectrum sunscreen come to mind. UV-blocking protective clothing offers another way to shield skin from the sun. Choosing to wear a rash guard style swim shirt at the pool, beach, or lake can protect vulnerable areas like the chest, décolleté, shoulders, and arms.

Protective clothing has definitely hit the mainstream, which means that you can look stylish and on-trend while helping to prevent early aging and skin cancer. In particular, rash guard style swim shirts are now available in a wide array of cuts and designs to suit all body types and tastes. (more…)

Hats and Skin Protection: Fashion Statement and Anti-Aging in One

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Hats and Skin Protection

Like sunglasses, hats are fashion accessories with both style and substance. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat can not only make a bold statement, but can protect vulnerable skin from sun exposure, including areas such as the scalp, tops of ears, neck, and face. In fact, basal and squamous cell carcinomas, which account for 90% of all skin cancers, are most likely to appear on the head and neck.

This season, hats are everywhere – the fedora in particular is making a strong comeback. When selecting a hat, make sure it isn’t too tight, as a hat is not likely to stretch. A hat with a minimum 3-inch brim is ideal for protecting the skin, and is the case with most skin protection, bigger is better. Avoid (more…)

3 Reasons to Wear Your Sunnies: Sunglasses Offer Cosmetic and Health Benefits

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Wear Your SunniesIf you’re spending more time outdoors in beautiful spring weather, I hope you’ve stepped up your sunscreen regimen. But are you wearing sunglasses as diligently? Wearing shades can benefit your eye and skin health in more ways than you think, and also offer powerful anti-aging benefits. Here are the top three reasons to wear your sunnies whenever out in the rays:

  • Prevent Skin Cancer: Did you know that up to 10% of skin cancers are found on the eyelid? Due to the eye area’s sensitivity, it can be difficult to adequately protect with sunscreen. That’s where a pair of big, movie-star shades come in. You’ll make such a fashion statement, no one will guess that you have a practical motive! (more…)

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…)