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Actifirm Antioxidant Cleansers: 3 Unique Formulas to Love

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

011718b2-01Choosing the right cleanser is just as important as any other part of your skincare regimen, which is why Actifirm offers four formulas to perfectly fit a variety of needs. Three of these are collectively grouped as “Antioxidant Cleansers” – our Antioxidant Cleanser, Antioxidant Evening Cleanser, and Antioxidant Morning Cleaner. In addition, the lineup includes Serenity Cleanser, a creamy, non-foaming formula designed for dry skin.

Because most of our questions regarding differences in cleansers tend to revolve around the antioxidant formulas, we’ll focus on those three here. First, what attributes do they share? (more…)

5 Spa and Wellness Trends for 2018

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

011018b-01In the ever-evolving world of health, beauty, and wellness, it’s hard to keep up with the latest happenings. For 2018, there will be technological and surgical advances for certain – but what has us intrigued is the movement toward natural and holistic measures. Take a look at just 5 ways this trend is taking hold in the spa and wellness realm:  (more…)

Win at Resolutions: Take 5 From Marathoners

Posted on: January 3rd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

MarathonerHappy New Year! Have you made resolutions for 2018? Whether your focus is health, wealth, or happiness, self-improvement is a positive way to start the year. But while nearly half of Americans make these commitments in January, less than 10% of that number actually keep their promises.     How can you increase the odds that you’ll keep your resolutions? For answers, we looked to marathoners – a dedicated bunch if there ever was one. If your resolutions include lacing up running shoes and hitting the pavement, you can take this advice literally. For the rest of us, consider the broader lessons in each of these 5 running and marathon-training tips: (more…)

Better Skin Now: 5 Clever Tips

Posted on: December 27th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

122717b-01If you’re here and reading this, you’re probably either a seasoned skincare aficionado who can’t get enough, or a newbie wanting to improve your complexion. It’s only natural: with Christmas behind us and the New Year fast approaching, it’s a time to think about making improvements for the New Year. But why wait until January to implement measures that will leave you with healthier, more beautiful skin right now? Here are 5 ways you can get a jump start on New Years resolutions and have better looking skin by January 1: (more…)

5 Great Holiday Dates

Posted on: December 20th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday DatesNo doubt about it – it’s the most wonderful, and busy, time of year. Between meeting social engagements and the needs of family, there never seems to be enough time to squeeze in everything that matters. Take date night, for instance. It can have a proven, positive impact on relationships, and yet when life gets hectic (and we need support of a partner the most) we cast it by the wayside. Never fear! It’s possible to have date night and a little holiday fun, too. We’ve collected some of our favorite dates for this festive time of year – try to squeeze in one or two before 2018! (more…)

Yoga for the Common Cold: 3 Poses

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

fight the common coldCoughing, stuffy nose, and scratchy throat – symptoms of the common cold, prolific this time of year, are no picnic. The CDC estimates that 22 million school days are missed each year due to the common cold, while Americans may suffer from more than 1 billion colds collectively each year.

Most colds last 7 to 10 days, and plenty of rest with generous hydration makes a winning combination for optimal recovery. Another time-honored remedy? The ancient practice of yoga. Try these 3 poses for natural relief to common cold symptoms:


7 Gifts that Promote Health and Wellness

Posted on: December 6th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

gifts for wellnessThis time of year, it can be challenging to stay on a path of wellness, so why not give gifts that encourage friends and loved ones to maintain a healthy spirit? We’re not talking about circa-1980 aerobics videos here – health-promoting gifts come in all kinds of appealing shapes and sizes. Options abound, and we’re sharing just a handful of our favorites here:

Essential Oils and Diffuser: Give the gift of a heavenly-smelling house, with the relaxing benefits of aromatherapy as well. Pair a diffuser with a festively scented oil blend for a gift that will be enjoyed year round.


Dreamy Holiday Destinations: US Edition

Posted on: November 29th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Dreamy HolidaysSure, being home for the holidays can be a treat – but heading out to explore festive destinations during the season has its appeal, too. While locales in the old country, such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, often top lists for the most magical celebrations, we decided to look a bit closer to home, focusing on the USA. It turns out that America has its own, generous share of quaint and cozy holiday towns – we’ve collected a few of our favorites here for you: (more…)

Meditation for a Blissful Holiday

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Hoping you have a blissful holidayIt’s a time of magic, wonder, and togetherness, but the holidays can also be incredibly stressful. Between entertaining loved ones and constant commitments, you may think your best hope is mere survival until January – but there’s a better way, and it doesn’t involve abandoning your responsibilities to immerse at a spa retreat. Meditation is a proven stress reliever that has been performed for thousands of years around the world. And if you believe you need a dedicated block of quiet time to take part in this time-honored practice, think again. Meditation can happen any place and for any duration of time, and the techniques are incredibly diverse. Take a look at just a few scenarios where a little meditation can pay off: (more…)

Take a Hike Day: November 17

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

take a hikeFall is possibly the perfect season to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature, so it’s no wonder that this Saturday, November 17, is Take a Hike Day. If you’re ready to take to the trails, but aren’t sure where to start, never fear – below, we’ve collected the nuts and bolts you need for a successful hiking expedition in your neck of the woods:

Get Inspired: Okay, so maybe you won’t be jetting off to Patagonia to take in awe-inducing vistas this weekend, but it doesn’t hurt to dream! Here, National Geographic has collected 15 epic hikes to inspire your local wanderings.