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Festive Holiday Makeup: 3 Small Changes for Big Impact

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Festive Holiday MakeupThe holiday season is officially upon us! It’s time to deck the halls – and maybe add a little sparkle to your makeup routine as well. The good news is, you don’t have to overhaul your entire makeup look. Just a few modifications here and there can give you unique, standout holiday style. Here are a few of our favorite tips for transforming your usual makeup regimen into something special – pick a single tip for everyday, or go all out for holiday parties and festivities.

Swap out your eyeliner: If you usually go for neutral brown or similar, spice things up with a smoky black kohl, or even a festive sapphire or plum hue to line the eyes. Adding a pop of color with eyeliner is not only in the holiday spirit, but (more…)

Can Showing Gratitude Improve Your Health? 3 Ways to Give Thanks Year-Round

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Give Thanks Year RoundFor Americans, November and the Thanksgiving holiday mark a time to show gratitude for the bounty in our lives. But did you realize that the actual act of giving thanks may improve health and wellness?

Research has shown that a grateful attitude can improve both mental and physical health. Studies have linked a positive outlook about one’s situation with health benefits related to better sleep, relationships, heart health, mental health, and a stronger immune system, among other perks. But to gain these benefits, the practice of giving thanks is one that must be practiced year-round, not relegated to a single holiday. (more…)

Get Your Forty Winks: Moisturize Right For Glowing Winter Skin

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

40 WinksAs temperatures drop in the transition between winter and fall, winds pick up and humidity plunges – a bad combination for your skin. All that cool, dry air zaps skin’s moisture, which might leave your face parched, dull, and flaky, while accentuating fine lines and wrinkles. If this sounds all too familiar, now’s the time to modify your warm weather skincare routine and reinvigorate your skin. Stepping up your moisturizing efforts might be just what your skin needs to gain a healthy glow – that’s where Actifirm 40 Winks Rest-N-Firm comes in.

If you’ve been using a lighter moisturizer during the warmer months, such as Actimoist Booster, you’ll notice that 40 Winks Rest-N-Firm has a richer feel, (more…)

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: Enjoy the Season and Stay Healthy

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Avoid the Holiday PoundsThe stretch from Halloween to New Year’s is dangerous for those of us focused on maintaining healthy numbers on the scale. From trick-or-treats to turkey feasts to all-you-can-eat holiday cookies, the temptations are seemingly endless.

Studies show that Americans gain between one and ten pounds during the season, and tend not to lose the weight after the holidays. It goes without saying that added weight can be a factor in many health problems, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer. If that isn’t enough motivation, here’s an appeal to your vanity — cyclical weight gain can break down skin’s elasticity, prematurely aging the skin.


Pumpkin Love: 6 Health Benefits – Plus a Recipe

Posted on: November 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Pumpkin Love

It’s official: Americans are officially obsessed with pumpkin. According to Nielson, sales of pumpkin products have grown by 79% since 2011, with $361 million in sales for the year ending July 25. Who knows what heights we’ll reach in our pumpkin craze this holiday season?

While it seems that our love for this squash may have spiraled out of control, there is a silver lining. Pumpkin is a healthy addition to our diets – some may even call it a super food. Consider these nutritional facts:

A cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200% of the US RDA for Vitamin A(more…)

Halloween Makeup Tips: 5 Ways to Avoid Scary Skin

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Halloween Makeup TipsHalloween is a time to redefine your persona, if only for a night. With looks from spooky to spectacular, the possibilties are endless when you combine creative costuming with amazing makeup. For those of us concerned with skincare, however, a night of dreamy makeup can turn into a nightmare. Take a look at our skin-friendly Halloween makeup tips and keep your skin looking great long after the thrills and chills are over:

Test Makeup in Advance: That grease paint you plan to use to achieve a ghostly pallor? Test it out on a small patch of skin along the jawline a few days in advance. Should your skin react, you’ll minimize the damage and know in advance to find an alternate product. (more…)

Be an Overnight Sensation: Hydrate and Revitalize Dry Fall Skin

Posted on: October 19th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Overnight SensationThroughout the fall months, cooler temperatures, lower humidity, and increased wind all contribute to dry, stressed skin. It’s during these transitional times of year that a change in your skincare routine can really give skin a much-needed boost. Chances are that your skin needs extra hydration, and perhaps a bit of exfoliation to lift away those dull, dry skin cells. That’s where Actifirm Overnight Sensation can offer an effective one-two punch.

Overnight Sensation is fortified with olive fruit extract and olive seed oil, for intensive, natural hydration of the skin. In addition, Mucor Miehei mushroom extract gently exfoliates, whisking away scaly skin and revealing smoother, more (more…)

Get Your Beauty Sleep: 4 Ways Sleep Deprivation Harms Skin

Posted on: October 12th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Get Your Beauty RestWe all feel better after a good night’s sleep, and yet we’ll often use any excuse to avoid turning in – favorite television shows, electronic devices, and household chores top the list of distractions that prevent us from getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night.

Regular sleep is an essential part of your health – and that includes maintaining vibrant skin. Take a look at four ways that lack of shut-eye can damage and age skin.

Increased inflammation: Lack of sleep causes your body to produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. Increased cortisol in the body triggers inflammation, which can lead to (more…)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Early Detection is Key to Survival

Posted on: October 5th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Breast Cancer AwarenessBreast cancer may not be a skincare issue, but here at Actifirm, we’re about total health and wellness. Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer faced by women today (excepting non-melanoma skin cancer), according to the American Cancer Society? In fact, one in eight women will deal with breast cancer in their lifetime.

October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and you’re sure to encounter plenty of support for the cause in the form of walks or runs, fundraisers, and plenty of pinked-out merchandise. While breast cancer is not preventable, factors have been associated with it – including genetics, diet, activity level, and body weight. Talk to your physician about how these may (more…)

Autumn Superfoods: Fall for These 6 Health Boosters

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Autumn SuperfoodsFall brings a bounty of delicious foods. Who doesn’t love to cozy up in a sweater with a steaming pumpkin spice latte? While the aforementioned may be considered an indulgence, many of autumn’s most distinctive flavors are not only healthy, but are outright superfoods. Here are just six of fall’s offerings that not only taste delicious, but also offer big health benefits for the skin and body:


 Apples: These fall classics are loaded with age-fighting antioxidants. That includes flavonoids in apple skin, so make sure to eat the whole fruit. Apples are also a great source of fiber, with four grams per serving.  (more…)