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Essential Oils and Your Skin

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Essential Oils and Your SkinIf you haven’t discovered the essential oil phenomenon for yourself, you probably know someone who utilizes them for a variety of health and beauty purposes. However, using these extracts is not a new concept. People have revered the properties of botanically derived oils for at least 5,000 years, starting with the ancient Egyptians.
At Actifirm, we believe in the power of natural ingredients for effective skincare. In fact, we use dozens of plant-based extracts and oils across our skincare line! Here, check out just a few of the essential oils we use in our products, along with some of the reported skincare benefits: (more…)

Getting Motivated On an Off Day

Posted on: September 13th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Get MotivatedIt happens to the best of us – we wake up one morning lacking our usual pep to get things done. The problem is that life doesn’t stop just because we’re feeling tired, lazy, or otherwise unmotivated! Whether you’re dodging a work project or avoiding exercise, what you need is a bit of quick inspiration to power through and get the job done. Take a look at these helpful hints for finding motivation on an off day, and try one that strikes a chord with you:

Make a list. If you have multiple nagging tasks to conquer, making a list can help you visualize what lies ahead – and can also offer satisfaction and encouragement as you check things off. (more…)

Make It a Habit: Top 3 Tips

Posted on: September 6th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Make a HabitWhether you’re trying to exercise regularly, want to take better care of your skin, or endeavor to be more punctual, it all boils down to building new habits. But as anyone who has tried to establish a new habit can tell you, modifying behaviors is easier said than done. Subject experts abound with advice on how to best establish new habits, and methods vary – here are three of the most powerful takeaways we’ve found when it comes to creating a habit:

Start Small. If you’re a couch potato who aspires to regular exercise, don’t start with a marathon – a 5-minute walk around the block every day is a great place to start. You can build on that habit to create a more (more…)

Back to School: 10 Facts About Skin

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

083017b-01Chances are that someone you know is headed back to school, and just because you’re not enrolled doesn’t mean you can’t be a learner for life. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a skincare enthusiast – but just how much do you really know about your skin? We’re making it easy for you to brush up on your knowledge with this list of 10 facts about skin. Without further ado:

The skin is your body’s largest organ. An average adult’s skin spans 21 square feet and weighs nine pounds!

On average, a person’s skin contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels. (more…)

Stress Management Check List

Posted on: August 23rd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Stress ManagementWith fall fast approaching, there’s a natural rhythm in our lives that shifts – and that’s especially true if school-age children are in the picture. If you’re feeling a heightened level of stress due to the increasing demands of your schedule, it’s time to carve out a little time for yourself. Here, we’ve gathered some of the easiest ways to unwind and recharge so that you can face the day with a renewed outlook:

Exercise. Most of us know that getting out and elevating your heart rate is proven to reduce stresslevels. But the good news is that you don’t have to find time for a marathon gym session – even a 20-minute walk can do wonders.

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Skin Problem Solvers

Posted on: August 16th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Problem SolversEvery season comes with its own set of skincare challenges, and the warm months are no exception. Fortunately, the Actifirm line has you covered, with gentle, natural, and effective skincare solutions that will get you through the calendar year with a healthy glow. Let’s take a look at some common summer skin dilemmas and the Actifirm products that offer a much-needed fix:

Dry Summer Skin: The humidity is up, and yet your skin is dry and lackluster. You need moisture and hydration that’s light yet powerful. For this common skincare challenge, we suggest a one-two punch: Actifirm Renovation Serum, followed by Actifirm Actimoist Booster. Our Renovation Serum delivers naturally derived hyaluronic acid and (more…)

Mindful Skincare

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Mindful SkincareThe concept of mindfulness is a hot topic as of late – the idea of being aware in the present moment holds the potential to unlock a more peaceful, rewarding daily life. To dig a bit deeper, the experts at Psychology Today put it this way:

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.

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Try Something New: 30-Day Skincare Challenge

Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

TryActifirmFrom diet and exercise pledges to slashing screen time or minimizing clutter, the 30-day challenge is a popular method for changing behaviors for the better. It’s no wonder: In his popular TED Talk, Matt Cutts discusses the power of these short-term commitments for long-term habit building.

Here at Actifirm, that got us thinking. We know first-hand the benefits of a daily, quality skin care regimen for lifelong skin health and beauty, but we also understand that adding a new habit to one’s schedule is easier said than done. So why not apply the 30-day model to taking care of your skin?

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Be a Morning Person: Here’s How

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Morning peopleAre you a morning person or a night owl? For many of us, the thought of starting the day bright and early sounds like a great idea. In reality, though, hitting the snooze bar is generally the far more desirable option. That’s because each of us has an internal, circadian body clock that dictates our rhythms throughout the day and night. If you’re one of the lucky ones who bounds out of bed each morning ready to conquer the world, congratulations! If not, read on.

Even if your body resists awakening early, there are ways to retrain yourself to be a morning person.In fact, there are many benefits to the practice, including better health and performance. (more…)

Hit the Beach for Your Health: 5 Benefits

Posted on: July 19th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

071917b-01As early at the 1500s, people visited the seaside in search of better health. Although therapies such as drinking seawater or being repeatedly plunged beneath the ocean’s surface are (Thankfully!) no longer in vogue, modern science tells us that there are benefits to be gleaned from a day at the beach. Consider these five perks:                                                        Vitamin D. While there are food sources of Vitamin D, the most effective source continues to be sunshine. This nutrient is essential to the health of bones, skin, and more. Just 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure is plenty of time to reap the benefits, after which you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. (more…)