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Arbor Day Inspiration

Posted on: April 25th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Arbor Day 2018Arbor Day, that annual celebration of trees, is this Friday, April 27. Odds are you haven’t done much to mark the occasion since your grade-school days, when you might have brought home a seedling in a milk carton or planted a tree on the playground – but there are so many meaningful ways to make an impact.

Arbor Day was first observed in Nebraska in 1872, which might come as a surprise since this state’s landscape is perhaps best known for wind-swept plains. At that time, the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture approved a resolution to set aside a day for tree planting, and went so far as to offer prizes for the most prolific county and individual.Reasons for planting trees at that time focused on economic benefits, aesthetic beauty, and even a rudimentary understanding of climate benefits. (more…)

The Importance of Exfoliation: FAQ

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

ExfoliateHere at Actifirm, we think exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for your skin – evidenced in our signature Z-Peel, as well as our many cleansers and moisturizers with exfoliating benefits. If you’re skipping this vital step, it means you’re missing out on your best, most beautiful skin.

Exfoliators work by removing dry, dull skin cells from the surface, and these products fall into two main categories – physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are just as they sound – they use physical means such as crushed nutshells, sugar, or salt to manually slough off dead skin.These can be too abrasive for many skin types, including those that are breakout prone, so chemical exfoliators are a better choice for most people. (more…)

Aromatherapy: Soothing Science

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

041118b-01Aromatherapy has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years, although the modern term didn’t appear until the 1900s. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Indians held essential oils in high esteem, and some recent research is showing that they may have been on to something.

First, let’s define aromatherapy – the use of fragrance to enhance health and promote wellbeing. The scent generally comes from essential oils or other concentrated plant extracts. Aromatherapy is a popular practice at spas, anddevotees use it for everything from promoting restful sleep or enhancing focus to improving mood.

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The Surprising Benefits of Walking

Posted on: April 4th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

walkingIt’s said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away – and it turns out that walking may have a similar effect. Along with expected benefits like weight loss and improved cardiovascular health, here are just a few reasons why you should be walking more:

Walking boosts immune function. A study of more than 1,000 men and women showed that just a 20-minute walk, five days a week, resulted in 43% fewer sick days compared with those who exercised one or fewer times weekly. Even when walkers did get sick, symptoms were milder and duration was shorter.

It curbs your sweet tooth. Two studies from the University of Exeter showed that a 15-minute walk could tame chocolate cravings. (more…)

5 Things to Know About Acupuncture

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

AcupunctureHave you ever gone under the needle? We don’t mean vaccinations or tattoos – we’re talking about acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medicine tradition that’s been practiced for thousands of years. Today, the practice is still used around the world with an aim to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as improve overall health. Here are 5 things to know about acupuncture:                                                                           One. Very thin needles are carefully inserted into the skin in strategic locations. Most people find the practice to be painless, although mild discomfort is also normal. (more…)

Finding the Perfect Spa for You

Posted on: March 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Find a SpaHappy spring! In this season of pleasant temperatures and rising hemlines, a day (or longer) at a spa can be the perfect way to refresh and revitalize your skin and body for warmer days ahead. If you have in mind a local day spa or even a destination spa that you know and love, congratulations – you’re on your way! But what if you’re interested in a spa experience and don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry – we’re here to help!

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Spring Cleaning Hacks

Posted on: March 14th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Spring CleanSpring is in the air! Even though the season doesn’t officially start until March 21, rising temperatures may have you in a warm-weather state of mind. This time of year brings to mind that perennial tradition of spring cleaning – when we tackle some of those deep-scouring tasks that aren’t part of our regular routine. Here, we’ve made a list of some common spring-cleaning jobs, along with green tips for making easy work of these chores.

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National Day of Unplugging

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

UnplugTechnology has dramatically changed the way we live, and smart phones in particular have left their mark. Our gadgets may serve amazing purposes, but they also draw our attention away from our immediate environment, which can result in a void of real human connections and a lack of awareness of the world around us. In fact, research shows that Americans are spending nearly 11 hours a day on screens.                              So what can we do to beat this trend? For starters, take part in the National Day of Unplugging, an annual event that starts tomorrow (Thursday, March 8) at sunset and goes until sunset the next day (Friday, March 9). (more…)

Amplify Your Appreciation: 5 Ways

Posted on: February 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

022818b-01Did you know that this Friday, March 2, is Employee Appreciation Day? While we think it’s wonderful to honor the occasion with an annual gesture for fellow workers, we also think that appreciation is best shown often – both because it’s the right thing to do and because it delivers regular, positive benefits to the recipient and workplace. Further, appreciation is a practice that should extend beyond office walls and into every part of your life – to family, friends, and community.

Appreciation is about more than giving thanks – by definition, it means “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone”. What can we do in our everyday lives to show appreciation beyond a verbal “thank you”? (more…)

In Season: Citrus 3 Ways

Posted on: February 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Citrus

Citrus comes to us at a perfect time of year – just when the winter blahs have you down, there are the bright, zesty flavors of oranges, grapefruit, limes, and more to give you a much-needed boost. There are dozens of varieties to choose from, of course, and all offer health benefits – citrus is loaded with skin-boosting Vitamin C, and is also a good source of flavonoids, fiber and potassium, to name a few.

Citrus is easy to incorporate into your diet as a peel-and-eat snack, but it’s also a delicious way to brighten winter meals. Here are 3 easy ideas to for enjoying the health benefits of citrus at breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

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