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Heart Disease and Women: The Facts

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Heart Disease and WomenIt’s February – a time for romance and matters of the heart. It’s also a great time to educate yourself about women’s heart disease and advocate for the cause through Go Red for Women from the American Heart Association.

At Actifirm, we agree that this month of hearts aflutter is the perfect time to show a little love by brushing up on the facts about this women’s health issue. Consider these eye-opening statistics, provided by the American Heart Association:  Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women.

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.

Heart disease kills approximately 1 woman per minute. (more…)

Beyond Charity: 3 Ways Volunteering Benefits You

Posted on: January 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Benefits of CharityIn a world where busy is the new norm, sharing your time and resources with a charity may seem an unattainable goal. But consider this: volunteer work not only makes a difference to those in need, but it can also offer countless benefits for those who commit to helping. Read on to discover three big ways that volunteering not only improves the lives of others, but yours as well:

Volunteering Improves Your Emotional Well Being. Helping a charitable cause can be a rewarding outlet from the stresses of life, and is also a great opportunity to pursue hobbies and other personal interests. For instance, if you enjoy hiking, getting involved with a trail cleanup group can help (more…)

How Offering Compliments Can Change Your Life

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

You are amazing!Do you know that amazing feeling you get when someone pays you a compliment? Such a seemingly small gesture can make you break out in a wide grin, add a spring to your step, and leave you with a sunny disposition all day.

It turns out that the people who pay those compliments enjoy positive benefits as well. With National Compliment Day approaching on January 24, why not try extending a compliment here and there and establish a beneficial habit? Take a look at just a few reasons to start complimenting others today:

A compliment makes others feel great. In a society where (more…)

Popcorn: Whole Grain Nutrition for Health

Posted on: January 13th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

PopcornDid you know that National Popcorn Day is January 19th? When slathered with butter and salt, this popular snack doesn’t seem like a health food – but underneath all that fat and sodium lies a nutritional powerhouse. Prepared properly, popcorn can hold a well-deserved spot in any healthy diet.

Popcorn has been enjoyed for thousands of years in the Americas, beginning with native populations. More recently, Ella Kellogg of the cereal family enjoyed popcorn for breakfast, served with milk much as we eat corn flakes today. During the depression, popcorn was one of the few treats affordable enough to be enjoyed by the masses, and
grew in popularity as it was introduced to movie theaters. (more…)

Skincare Resolutions 2016

Posted on: January 6th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Happy New YearHappy 2016! According to some estimates, around half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Will you be one of the 90% who never meet their goal? The key to successful change is establishing small, realistic habits that make a big impact.

Being skin experts here at Actifirm, we naturally turn to the skincare realm. By modifying just a few skincare habits, you can maintain the health of your skin long-term. Read on to learn about simple New Year’s resolutions you can make now to improve skin and maintain a youthful appearance:

Wash Your Face: This one’s so simple, yet often overlooked. Washing your face each morning and evening helps (more…)

Prep for Party Looks: New Years Makeover

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Party PrepThe New Year means new beginnings – out with the old, and in with the new! So if you’re headed to a New Years party, why not welcome 2016 with a fresh face? Here at Actifirm, we have all the tools you need to prep skin for flawless makeup looks. In celebration of New Years, we’ll focus on two skincare products – Actifirm Phyto Relaxin and ActiLift Firming Mask.

This time of year, skin can become dry and flaky, making fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging all the more apparent. When you add makeup to skin, it can make these signs of aging even more pronounced. Our solution? Prep skin with strategic skin care techniques prior to makeup for smooth application and a beautiful finish. (more…)

Beat Holiday Stress with Healthy Traditions

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Healthy Holiday TraditionsIt’s a fact that the holiday season is the most stressful time of year. All that shopping, cooking, partying, and general pressure to please can take its toll – on your health and on your skin.

When you’re stressed the brain releases cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, into your bloodstream. Cortisol triggers oil production in the skin that causes breakouts, and cortisol can also constrict blood vessels, resulting in redness. Skin can become dehydrated, sensitive, and prone to damage – and don’t even get us started on the lines caused by furrowing your brow due to stress.

Managing stress during the holidays is key to skin health and (more…)

Merry and Bright – Eyes, That Is

Posted on: December 14th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Hey There Bright Eyes

Late nights, one cocktail too many, and generally burning the candle at both ends – all are signs of the holiday season, and all can lead to puffy eyes, dark circles, and dehydration with pronounced fine lines and wrinkles. While some causes of dark circles and puffiness around the eyes are genetic, others can be eased with some simple measures. Here are our top tips for improving the appearance of the eye area during this busy time of year:

Tea Compresses: Soak two green tea bags in warm water, and then chill. Place one cold teabag over each eye and leave for several minutes. The tea’s tannins and caffeine act as natural diuretics, shrinking (more…)

Great Gift Ideas that Celebrate Health and Wellness

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Healthy Gift IdeaTis the season for unhealthy habits – eating and drinking in excess, foregoing exercise, staying up too late, and falling asleep wearing a full face of makeup come to mind. So for the 2015 holidays, why not defy these toxic tendencies with gifts that promote health and wellness?

Health and wellness is a multi-billion dollar industry that grows by leaps and bounds each year, so the possibilities for gift-giving are robust, to say the least. Here are just a few of our favorite healthy presents to unwrap. We hope these ideas will inspire you to give the gift of wellness:

Yoga Gear: Whether you’re looking to inspire (more…)

Festive Holiday Makeup: 3 Small Changes for Big Impact

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Festive Holiday MakeupThe holiday season is officially upon us! It’s time to deck the halls – and maybe add a little sparkle to your makeup routine as well. The good news is, you don’t have to overhaul your entire makeup look. Just a few modifications here and there can give you unique, standout holiday style. Here are a few of our favorite tips for transforming your usual makeup regimen into something special – pick a single tip for everyday, or go all out for holiday parties and festivities.

Swap out your eyeliner: If you usually go for neutral brown or similar, spice things up with a smoky black kohl, or even a festive sapphire or plum hue to line the eyes. Adding a pop of color with eyeliner is not only in the holiday spirit, but (more…)