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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…)

Autumn Skincare Essentials: 4 Products for Great Fall Skin

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Autumn SkincareHappy fall, y’all! Autumn is a time of constant fluctuation in temperatures and humidity, which can lead to dull, rough, parched skin. September 23 marks the official start of fall, which means no more procrastinating on dealing with the skin challenges of the season. You may find that your light summer skincare regimen isn’t enough, yet richer winter products might be too heavy. Here are our top four picks for beautiful fall skin.

Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser: Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser thoroughly removes pollutants, cosmetics, and debris from skin without stripping natural oils. In addition, antioxidants protect skin, Aloe Vera offers soothing benefits, andMucor Miehei Mushroom speeds (more…)

Go For The Glow: Banish Dull Skin with Exfoliation

Posted on: September 14th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

GlowWhen the seasons change, so do our skincare needs. Though fall isn’t officially here yet, the changes in temperature and humidity can have an impact on skin health and appearance – resulting in dull, dry, lackluster skin.

Stepping up your moisturizing regimen is important this time of year, but exfoliation may be your secret weapon when it comes to beating dull skin. Why? First, exfoliation removes the outermost, older skin cells to varying degrees, depending on the technique used. This reveals smoother, more radiant skin. Second, exfoliation allows your other skin care products to work better – when you remove dead skin cells from the surface, serums, moisturizers, and masks are better able to (more…)

Game Day Buffet Smarts

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

GameDayEat This, Not That for Healthier Snacks

Football season means three things to most of us – friends, fun, and food. It’s the last of this trifecta, food, which we’ll talk about today.

Unfortunately, traditional game time goodies tend to be high in fat and, let’s be honest, completely unhealthy. The good news is that many of the favorites you’ll find on game day buffets can be modified for a better nutritional profile. Take a look at our list of swap-outs to up the health factor of your next football party.

Instead of: Queso dip and tortilla chips  (more…)

Meditation 101: Expel Stress for Your Health

Posted on: August 31st, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Meditation 101Meditation is a practice that’s been around for thousands of years – and in today’s fast-paced world, this stress reducing practice is more relevant than ever. Meditation can bring about a sense of calm and balance that benefits both physical and emotional health, as shown in countless studies.

Over the years, meditation has been shown to help with anxiety, depression, sleep and pain disorders, as well as asthma, cancer, heart disease, and blood pressure. Used in conjunction with professional medical advice, meditation can help ease symptoms of these health challenges and others.

Interesting in trying meditation? The key to building (more…)

Banish Bacteria: Makeup Safety Tips to Stay Healthy

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Banish BacteriaAt Actifirm, we’re all about keeping skin clean. Part of that means maintaining a healthy skincare regimen with thorough yet gentle cleansing – Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser comes to mind. Beyond that, makeup hygiene is a critical and often overlooked part of maintaining healthy skin.

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that regular cleansing of makeup brushes is one of my musts for healthy skin – gentle cleanser and warm water weekly is ideal. But there are other, less mentioned ways that makeup can transfer bacteria, oil, and grime to your skin, eyes, and body. Follow these four tips and reduce your risk of breakouts, or even worse, serious infection: (more…)

Last Minute Vacation Ideas: Budget-Minded Summer Getaway Ideas

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Vacation IdeasSummer is winding down, and those of us who have yet to take a vacation may think that the opportunity has passed us by. The reality is that there’s plenty of time for a last-minute holiday, even for the budget-minded. Here are a few tips for getting the most bang for your buck on a spur of the moment getaway.

Explore National Parks. It’s arguable that the National Park Service offers one of America’s greatest gifts. For the cost of an $80 annual pass ($10 for a lifetime pass if you are 62 or older), a carful of passengers can explore any of more than 400 sites nationwide. Chances are there’s a National Park located near you that you’ve never even visited. It’s a great opportunity to learn a bit of history or (more…)

Skincare Smarts: Back to School Tips for Great Skin All Semester

Posted on: August 10th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Skincare SmartsThe summer has flown by, and we’re staring a new school year in the face. For a some students, a big transition to college is afoot. Heading to university means added responsibility – not only is there studying to consider, but eating right, exercising, and of course, proper skincare.

Being experts in the skincare department, we’ll tackle that last point. While some of our skincare recommendations may seem obvious, others may surprise you. Follow these easy collegiate skincare tips, and keep skincare stress at bay.

Wash your face and moisturize: It’s obvious, but so easy to overlook – especially if you live in a dorm room that (more…)