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For Dad: 8 Steps for a Perfect Shave

Posted on: June 13th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Perfect ShaveShaving is generally a daily must-do for the men in our lives, and yet it’s all to often undertaken in a haphazard manner – resulting in maladies including ingrown hairs, redness, and irritation. In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, we’re providing some reading material to help dads (and other VIPs in your life) up their game when it comes to the art of shaving:

Think warm. A barber softens up your beard with hot towels. An easy way to get this effect at home is to take a steamy shower right before shaving.

Wash your face – but don’t use just any soap. Use a gentle facial cleanser like Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser. A facial cleanser can help soften the protein in hair, while a harsher soap can wash away stubble-softening oils. (more…)

Travel Light: Top Globetrotter Tips

Posted on: June 6th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Travel Light

Vacation! It conjures images of majestic mountains, sunny beaches, and dragging piles of luggage to and fro. That last part doesn’t have to be a part of your travel plans if you’re committed to simplifying your packing. Here, some of our traveling friends impart wisdom for lightening your load on the road:

Choose luggage wisely. Whether you’re on holiday for a weekend, a month, or a year, it’s perfectly possible to pack everything you need into a carry-on size bag. Choose a roller suitcase approved for airplane cabins, or try a backpack/suitcase hybrid bag – eBags makes one that zips open like a suitcase, fits under an airline seat, has backpack and shoulder straps, and has great organizational features to boot. A carry-on also saves time at baggage claim, or even worse, the inconvenience of delayed or lost luggage. (more…)

Happiness Habits

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

053018-01Who doesn’t want to be happy? It seems we all do, but modern life makes this state of being increasingly elusive. In addition to the general stress we endure day in and out, our methods for attaining happiness are often misguided. Psychologists talk about two kinds of happiness – hedonia and eudaimonia. Understanding these can shed great insight on gaining true happiness.

Hedonia is derived from things, sensory pleasure, and other external stimuli that arouse happiness – think about furnishing your home with beautiful items, shopping for the latest fashions, dining in a favorite restaurant, or taking a luxury vacation. While these experiences are valuable and can be an important part of a person’s wellbeing, the impact is fleeting. Over time, you’ll need a bigger and bigger stimulus (more…)

Ramping Up for A Wellness Retreat

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

052318b-01Why should spring cleaning be limited to your home? A wellness getaway can be the perfect way to cleanse and rejuvenate your body. From fitness, nutrition, or skincare focused facilities to those that can help you give up caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and sugar, there’s a wellness retreat for everyone – tools like Spafinder can help you find the perfect destination for your needs.

While a wellness-focused vacation has undeniable benefits, going into one unprepared can lead to challenges ranging from sugar-withdrawal headaches and exercise exhaustion to anxiety over disconnection from electronics. In the weeks leading up to your vacation, implement these strategies so that you can get the most out of your wellness experience. (more…)

FAQ: How Often Should I Exfoliate?

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

FAQIt’s a question we hear often – and there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. There are seemingly endless varieties of exfoliators and as many skin types. Stay with us as we first explore the various types of exfoliators, and then talk about how to gauge your exfoliation needs.

Mechanical exfoliators use a physical element to scrub away dull skin cells, which can leave skin with a “glow” but can also cause micro tears and damage to living skin’s surface. For this reason, we don’t recommend this kind of exfoliator.

Acid products such as AHAs and BHAs use chemical means to renew skin, which can be effective but harsh (more…)

How Should I Layer My Skincare?

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

LayersYou take a lot of care in choosing the best products for your skin, so it’s natural that you want them to work optimally. That means proper application – did you know applying skincare products in the right order makes a big difference? Follow this sequence of events, and enjoy your best skin yet:

Cleanse: Starting with a clean slate may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. Spend ample time massaging a gentle yet effective cleanser into the skin, such as Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser. Removing surface oils, debris, and cosmetics allows your skin to more readily absorb upcoming treatments.

Exfoliate: Good exfoliation not only revives by whisking away dull cells, it also (more…)

Be Our Guest: Wedding Etiquette 101

Posted on: May 2nd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

050218b-01It’s wedding season! Most brides have likely heeded the advice of Emily Post or similar, but did you know that wedding guests also have etiquette to follow? That’s right! Wedding protocol is a two-way street, but don’t think of it as putting a damper on the fun – rather, it’s a means for making everyone comfortable and at ease. By following the rules, you can relax knowing that you’re helping a couple you care for celebrate in the best way possible. Without further ado, here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re wedding-bound this summer:

RSVP promptly. Much time and planning have gone into planning the event, and the sooner a head count is established, the better. Drop that reply card in the mail ASAP to alleviate stress for the bride and groom. (more…)

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.