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Cold Weather Workouts: 4 Tips

Posted on: January 11th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

4 tips for Winter WorkoutsMany parts of the United States have been blasted with cold weather as of late, but that’s no reason to let your New Years exercise resolution fall by the wayside. After all, exercising in the cold offers unique benefits. You’ll burn more calories as your body works to maintain its core temperature, and because the heart works a bit harder in the cold to distribute blood, you’ll boost your cardio benefits. Just follow these tips to stay comfortable and safe as you brave the elements:

Layer smart. A thin, synthetic, base layer that fits close to the skin is a great foundation for your winter workout wear – it will wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you warm. A fleece or wool layer should top this. Next, consider a breathable windbreaker or waterproof layer, depending upon conditions. (more…)

Actifirm Favorites: Celebrate with 10% Savings

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

2016 Favorite ProductsEveryone loves a bestseller! Here at Actifirm, we count among our greatest hits some highly effective (read: age-defying) skincare products. While we’re partial to every product in our lineup, there are a few that our customers reach for again and again on a daily basis – skincare essentials that give proven results year in and year out.

We’re so excited to share our 2016 top 5 bestselling skincare products with you, we’re offering 10% off these Actifirm must-haves from now through Sunday, 11:59 PM CST. Just enter FAV2016 at checkout to enjoy the savings. Without further ado, we highlight our top 5 sellers of 2016:

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Resolutions or Bucket List?

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Bucket List for 2017Happy New Year! Perhaps you’re part of the 45% of Americans who make New Year resolutions. If so, we commend you – may 2017 be a year of great accomplishments! However, if you’re perpetually among the 92% of Americans who do not achieve their resolutions and are looking for an alternative route, have you considered a “bucket list”?

By now, the term bucket list has become mainstream in our culture – a reference to experiences we’d like to check off, typically in a lifetime. Why not make 2017 the year of the bucket list? From simple to grandiose, bucket list items can be modified to fit your interests and lifestyle. While resolutions often focus on kicking bad habits, a bucket list is all about interesting and exciting things you really want to do – (more…)

4 Easy New Years Resolutions

Posted on: December 28th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

New Years ResolutionsChristmas Day is behind us, but it’s not quite time to ring in 2017 – a time when many of us reflect on resolutions for the upcoming New Year. On an annual basis, we’re faced with keeping stringent promises involving weight loss, our health and fitness, and the like. But what if this year, your resolutions involved letting go of things that just aren’t working for you? Follow the path of least resistance this New Year, and improve your life and health by giving up the following:

Exercise you can’t stand. Do you run because “it’s good for you”, in spite of hating it every step of the way? Or do you go to yoga class with friends, although it’s never really clicked for you? There are nearly endless possibilities when it comes (more…)

A Long Winter’s Night: Sleepy-Time Skincare

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Long Winter's NightDecember 21 is the first official day of winter, which also happens to mark the longest night of the year. Even though the cold season technically begins now, your skin has probably been suffering the effects of the weather for some time – extreme dryness, flaking, redness, and pronounced lines are all skin challenges of the winter months. Take advantage of the long evenings winter brings with some overnight rehab for your skin. Consider these tips for keeping winter skin smooth, supple, and healthy:
Exfoliate. It’s an important step in your skincare year-round, but if you are looking for your moisturizer to work optimally, exfoliating first is a must. The right exfoliation will lift dead skin cells, allowing (more…)

Season’s Eatings: 5 Healthy Skin Boosters

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Season's EatingThe holidays bring to mind a variety of festive treats – cookies, candies, and the list goes on. Fortunately, the holidays are also a time when many healthy foods are traditionally eaten. Many are harvested during this time, while some are just flavors we enjoy this time of year. Here, we share some seasonal foods and drinks that hold powerful health benefits for the skin:

Cranberries offer myriad health benefits, and the skin is no exception. Rich in anti-aging antioxidants, the high Vitamin C content of these red jewels can also boost collagen production in the skin. Cranberries shouldn’t be reserved only for turkey dinners – a delicious cranberry sauce like this one (which also contains in-season and Vitamin C rich oranges) is (more…)

Winter Skin: 5 Get-Ready Tips

Posted on: December 7th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Winter SkinIf you haven’t had a taste of winter weather already, you know that cold, dry conditions are just around the corner. Winter means a different strategy for skincare, and the sooner you implement changes, the less your skin will suffer ill effects. To avoid dry, red, flaky, chapped, and irritated winter skin before it starts, make these simple tips a part of your winter skincare routine:

Change Up Your Moisturizer. Your winter moisturizer should contain natural ingredients that protect, soothe, and hydrate like olive fruit oil, shea butter, and jojoba. Actifirm Renovation Cream offers all of these – delivering rich moisture to parched winter skin with the addition of Mucor Miehei mushroom extract, which gently exfoliates away dead skin for better (more…)

Celebrate Holiday Cookies: Healthy Baking Tips

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Cookies!

As if you needed an excuse to eat cookies this time of year, National Cookie Day is December 4. Cookie-like wafers have been around for thousands of years, due to the fact that they traveled well. However, sweet cookies did not emerge until 700 AD in Persia, when sugar began to be commonly used.

The English word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koejie”, which means “little cake”. It is said that Dutch bakers used to test their ovens with a dollop of cake batter, and soon discovered that these morsels were delicious in their own right. Cookies arrived in America in the 1600s – macaroons and gingerbread varieties were among the most popular.

The holiday season is synonymous with baking cookies for family and friends. (more…)

Small Business Saturday: 4 Reasons to Love It

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Small Business SaturdaySandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a true gem of a retail event: Small Business Saturday. Officially adopted by Congress in 2011, the event has gained momentum as shoppers have come to appreciate a local shopping experience. Here’s why we love buying from local small businesses:

Boosts the local economy: For every $100 spent at a local business, $68 will stay in your community, compared to $43 at chain stores and virtually nothing for shopping online. According to the U.S. Business Administration, small businesses create 65% of new jobs. Check out this infographic for more details. (more…)

Making Time For You: 5 Ways

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Take time for youCarving out a little “me time” can be a challenge no matter the season, and becomes even more difficult with the holidays upon us. Responsibilities and commitments to friends and family may pull us in all directions, but it is possible to take time for you in the midst of this hustle and bustle. While a day at the spa may sound like bliss, you don’t need to clear your schedule for the day if time won’t allow – you can take steps to feel refreshed and reinvigorated in as few as 10 minutes. Here are some of our favorite ways to take “me time” when life gets hectic:

Take the night off. If you tend to fill your weekday evenings with picking up around the house, folding laundry, or catching up on work emails, commit to taking off at least one night each week for yourself. (more…)