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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…)

Why Core Strength Matters: 3 Exercises For A Strong Core

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Core Strength Matters: 3 ExercisesYou’ve probably heard about the importance of strengthening your core – but you may or may not know exactly what that means. When fitness pros talk about the core, they refer to the abdominal, pelvic, hip, and lower to mid back muscle groups, which work together to support your spine and head.

While some core exercise enthusiasts do indeed boast a six-pack, there are many more health and wellness benefits to strengthening this vital area. A strong core stabilizes your entire body, and as a result can relieve back pain, improve posture, enhance athletic performance, and improve balance. A strong core also means heightened safety in day-to-day life – tasks like balancing on (more…)

Beautiful Blueberries: Summer Fruit Promotes Skin Health

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Beautiful BlueberriesOne of the best things about summer is the abundant fresh produce – and juicy berries top my list of favorites. July is National Blueberry Month, making it a fitting time to put the spotlight on this culinary and nutritional gem. It turns out that blueberries not only taste amazing, but pack a healthy punch as well, both for the skin and the entire body.

Powerhouse blueberries rank number one among all fruits for antioxidants – those free-radical fighters that protect your body’s cells from damage. That means that blueberries have the potential to help stave off skin damage and reduce signs of aging. Antioxidants have also been shown to boost the immune system and keep infection at bay. (more…)

Beach Yoga: Transform Vacation Time into Fitness Time

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Beach YogaHitting the beach this summer? Whether ocean or lake side, it can be tough to find the motivation to exercise when a chaise lounge and frosty beverage are calling your name. There’s another way to relax on vacation that will not only help you bank some exercise, but also make the most of that sandy shoreline – and that’s beach yoga.

A sandy beach provides an ideal, uneven surface for yoga practice that will help you strengthen your core and improve balance. And the scenery and coastal breezes are an added bonus! You can practice any poses you like on the beach, although some prefer to avoid poses that involve too much full body contact with sand. (more…)

Summer Skincare Mistakes: 4 Changes to Make Now

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Skincare MistakesIf you’re reading this, you may consider yourself a skincare devotee who does whatever it takes to care for your precious epidermis. But even those of us with the best intentions may be unaware of the impact of some habits. Check out these four ways you may be sabotaging your skincare routine:

Improper sunscreen application: Sure, you use a high SPF, broad spectrum sunscreen. But are you doing it right? Always apply sunscreen generously, and let it sit for 15 minutes before sun exposure or swimming. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a full shot glass for the entire body, and possibly more, depending on your size. Don’t forget about reapplication. Read your labels – even waterproof (more…)

Simple Summer Makeup: 5 Tips to Look Great All Summer

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Makeup TipsSummertime is vacation time – so why not give your skin a break from your usual makeup routine? These tips will not only save you time, but will help you defy the heat and keep a fresh face all day long.

Swap out foundation for tinted moisturizer with sunscreen: Most of us spend more time outdoors in the summer, which makes sun protection all the more important. Traditional foundations may be too heavy on the skin this time of year, so try a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Many cosmetics companies offer BB and CC creams with SPF, which offer light hydration for parched summer skin.

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4 Sun Exposure Myths Debunked: Know the Facts to Protect Skin from Aging and Cancer

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Debunk Sun mythsIf you’re reading this, you’re probably a skin care devotee. At the very least, you’re concerned about your overall health. This time of year, as we spend more time outdoors, protecting skin from harsh rays is paramount. Proper skin care and protection from UVA/UVB rays can make the difference between healthy skin and premature aging or even skin cancer. Do you think you have the facts straight when it comes to summer sun and your skin? As we take a look at four top sun exposure myths, we’ll reveal the brutal truth.

MYTH #1: You can’t get sunburned on a cloudy day.

FACT: How your skin feels outdoors on a (more…)

Four Summer SuperFoods for Healthy Skin

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer SuperfoodsSummer offers a bounty of fresh and delicious seasonal foods, and it’s hard to go wrong nutritionally when you indulge in any of them. But there are a few standouts that offer exceptional benefits for skin health. Here, our top four peak-season choices offer a boost of vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats and more for glowing skin all summer long.

Watermelon: Emblematic of summer, juicy watermelon offers 90 percent water content for optimum skin hydration in a sweet, fiber rich treat. It’s also packed with Vitamin C, which aids in collagen production, and also makes it great for combating aging free radicals.

Salmon: Fresh caught, wild salmon is (more…)