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Classic Summer Bucket List: The Time is Now

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Bucket ListSome things are timeless, and enjoying the simple pleasures of summer certainly fits the bill. If you’re just emerging from an Olympics viewing binge, take heart – there’s still time to squeeze a bit more joy out of summer before our attention turns to pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters, and crinkling leaves underfoot.

You don’t have to embark on an epic vacation to take advantage of summer’s best offerings. In fact, some of the season’s classic pastimes are low or no cost and available close to home. Many even offer health benefits. Here are some of our favorite activities to help you capture the essence of an old-fashioned summer: (more…)

Olympic Nutrition For the Rest of Us: 4 Tips

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Olympic NutritionIt’s official – Team Actifirm has Olympic fever! Considering all the gold medal excitement and record-smashing coming out of Rio for Team USA, who doesn’t? While we may never bring home Olympic gold ourselves, it’s inspirational to watch these world-class athletes compete – which got us thinking about how Olympians prepare for the games when it comes to nutrition.

When it comes to performance eating, it turns out that Olympic nutrition isn’t so different from the conventional wisdom we mere mortals already know – although these athletes are much more heavily monitored and highly disciplined than the rest of us. The professional nutrition experts at the U.S. Olympic Committee have put together a series of nutritional guidelines for various training concerns, from which we can all benefit. Here are 4 Olympic nutrition tips we can all benefit from: (more…)

National Relaxation Day: Chill Out and Reap the Benefits

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Frankie says Relax!Did you know that August 15 is National Relaxation Day? While most of us are aware that relaxation can ease stress, you may not realize the extent of the health benefits. According to Mayo Clinic, a nationally recognized center for health, relaxation techniques can promote physical and emotional wellness, including:

Reduced blood pressure

Lowered heart rate

Lessened chronic pain symptoms

Eased fatigue (more…)

Celebrate Left Handers: Beauty Tips and More

Posted on: August 3rd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Yay for Lefties!If you’re reading this, there’s just a 1 in 10 chance that you’re left handed. That’s because only 10% of the world’s population is left handed. While lefties are a small minority, they’re a powerful group. August 13 is Left Handers Day, so we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate all things southpaw!

Many of our recent U.S. Presidents have been left handed, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford. We can thank innovative lefties for the very devices and platforms through which you may be reading this article – Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Steve Jobs, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are all southpaws. A disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners are left handed. And lefties are known for having an advantage in the sports world – think (more…)

Healthy Summer Sips

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Healthy Summer DrinksDehydration is undoubtedly one of skin’s top enemies during the summer months. While water – and lots of it – is an easy, inexpensive, and calorie-free way to hydrate the skin and body, it can be a bit, well, boring at times. As you might expect from your friends at Actifirm, we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest and healthiest summer thirst quenchers that also happen to do wonders for your skin:

Green Tea: Eating Well cites 2011 study in the Journal of Nutrition showing women who drank 4 cups of green tea daily for 12 weeks reduced their risk of sunburn by 25%. This effect is thanks to powerful catechin antioxidants that protect skin by absorbing UV light. Brew up a big pitcher of (more…)

Don’t Get Burned: Sunscreen Smarts

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Avoid the Burn! Nothing’s a bigger threat to healthy, youthful skin than the summer sun. Catching a few rays may be oh-so-tempting in the short term, but long term, it’s a losing proposition. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, risk for developing melanoma doubles after enduring more than five sunburns – making sunburn not only uncomfortable, but potentially lethal. Additional statistics make the reality of skin cancer all the more vivid:

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in a lifetime

Nearly half of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer

1 person dies of melanoma every hour (more…)

Ice Cream and Your Health: Friend or Foe?

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Ice Cream: Friend or Foe? These long summer days, nothing hits the spot like a cool, creamy scoop of ice cream. July is National Ice Cream Month in the U.S., while Sunday, July 17 marks National Ice Cream Day. While you may love nothing more than to indulge in this nostalgic summertime treat, your healthy conscience may be telling you to abstain.

We’re here to tell you that you can have your cake (or in this case, ice cream) and eat it, too. That’s right! In moderation, a serving of ice cream here and there can be a part of a healthy lifestyle – and it might even give your health a boost. Here’s how:


Bold Summer Lipstick Trends

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Lipstick Trends Summer 2016

Changing your lipstick hue is a fun, easy, and cost-effective way to transform your look and mood – and this summer’s styles offer a spectrum of bold colors to choose from. Here are some of our favorite looks, fresh from the runways:

Go Red. Often reserved for those months when we bundle up, red is all the rage this summer. Velvety matte texture is where it’s at right now, so find a long-last formula that works for you.

Pick a Plum. From deep purple to oxblood hues, these saturated shades are a surprising complement for summer whites. Mix it up this summer and try something unexpected! (more…)

5 Reasons to Kiss For Your Health

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Kissing is good for you!This week, we celebrate International Kissing Day! While the occasion may have been instituted just for fun, it turns out that smooching can offer some legitimate health benefits. Think of a passionate kiss as a mini-workout – one known to benefit the heart, release hormones, and elevate mood. Consider these facts:

Kissing reduces blood pressure. Locking lips can get your heart pumping in a good way and help lower your blood pressure.

Kissing can help ease aches and pains. Have a headache or menstrual cramps? A good, old-fashioned make out session might be just what the doctor ordered. Kissing offers the power of blood vessel dilation, which can help ease discomfort. (more…)

Safe Summer Exercise

Posted on: June 29th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Exercise SafeSummer conditions can make exercising outdoors a challenge, but that’s no excuse to skip your workout. Warm weather can make for a great workout – if you proceed with caution and exercise smart. These tips will assure that your fitness regimen is safe, healthy, and enjoyable:

Exercise Early. The hours between 10 AM and 3 PM are most intense for sun and heat. If at all possible, kick off your early morning with exercise. Temperatures will be more pleasant, and it’s a safer time for sun as well.

Use Sun Protection. As always, outdoor activity necessitates a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher on all exposed areas. Try an oil-free formula if breakouts are a problem. Don’t forget to protect lips with (more…)