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Healthy Picnic Eats: Our Top 5

Posted on: June 22nd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Top 5 Picnic TreatsBeach days, concerts in the park, hikes in the woods, and visits to the local botanical garden – the excuses for a picnic during these summer months are plentiful. Why not switch up the usual take-out fried chicken and deli potato salad for something more interesting, not to mention healthier and just as easy? Here are some ideas for healthy picnic fare that combine store-bought convenience with a touch of homemade love for a nutritional punch:

Dip it. Pick up your favorite brand of premade hummus, and cut up an assortment of seasonal veggies for dipping – cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, pepper strips, and more. You’ve just assembled an antioxidant and protein rich appetizer! (more…)

Have a Happy, Healthy Father’s Day

Posted on: June 15th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Happy Father's DayFather’s Day is this Sunday, June 19. While neckties and soap on a rope may be old standbys to mark the occasion, we think a gift that promotes good health is always a great idea. Why not celebrate Father’s Day this year with a healthful outing or gift that shows how much you care?

Fitness Tracker. Whether it’s a Fitbit, Garmin Forerunner, or one of many other options, with a fitness tracker on his wrist, Dad can monitor activity and sleep levels for better health.

Bike Outing. If Dad already has a bike, make sure he’s outfitted for safety with a gift of a helmet and horn. Then, give him your precious time (more…)

Graduate to Better Skin Care

Posted on: June 8th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Graduate to Better Skin CareIt’s graduation season! Whether you’re a new grad or know someone who is, the high school and college years are a time of intellectual and emotional growth – and a time when skin sees significant changes. As teenagers turn into twenty-somethings, some of the problems that once plagued skin disappear, while new challenges may emerge. It’s also a great time to instill habits that will assure great skin for years to come. Here are three tips to get you started:

Start wearing sunscreen. This daily practice is the single most powerful step any young person can make in assuring a lifetime of vibrant skin. Youthful skin in your later years is due in large part to lifestyle choices made decades before. Start wearing sunscreen every day now, and (more…)

Better Than The Real Thing: Firming Self Tanner

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Firming Self TannerWho doesn’t love the look of a real, golden tan, compliments of the sun? The problem is that the short-term beauty of that bronze glow can result in a long-term aging disaster – fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, and even skin cancer. Self tanners can offer an alternative to the sun’s harsh rays, but choose the wrong product, and you’ll look more like an Oompa Loompa than a beach goddess!

That’s where Actifirm Firming Self Tanner saves the day. You won’t find any harsh chemicals or orange streaks here – Firming Self Tanner uses carbohydrates from sugar cane and beet extracts to naturally and safely enhance your skin. A color guide gives an instant glow, making it easier to apply evenly. (more…)

Grill Healthy This Memorial Day

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Grill HealthyMemorial Day is Monday, May 30 – a time to honor our fallen heroes. For many of us, Memorial Day means a barbecue surrounded by family and friends, and the day certainly marks an unofficial start to the summer grilling season.

From delicious smoky flavors to zesty marinades, it’s no wonder the mere mention of grilling makes our mouths water. We generally think of grilled foods as healthy – after all, grilling allows fats to drip away and the lack of breading makes it a better choice when compared to fried foods.

At the same time, making good choices about how you grill can make all the difference in how healthy (more…)

5 Tips For Wedding Day Skin That Glows

Posted on: May 18th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Wedding Day GlowIt’s wedding season! If you’re contemplating a walk down the aisle, congratulations! In preparation, you are likely making efforts to eat right, exercise, and look your best. Glowing brides know that during this exciting yet stressful time, good skincare habits are also a must. So whether you plan to say “I do” this summer or simply want to look amazing as a wedding guest, here are our top tips for big day skincare:

Have a Skincare Regimen: If you don’t have a system in place already, start now. Overwhelmed by where to begin? Actifirm has taken the guesswork out of daily skincare with two great regimens, prepackaged and ready to use – simply choose the kit that best fits your needs. (more…)

Stamp Out Hunger on May 14, 2016

Posted on: May 11th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Stamp Out HungerWould you like a great excuse to do a little spring-cleaning in your pantry while helping others in your community – all without traveling further than your mailbox? If so, make a note on your calendar for this Saturday, May 14. It’s the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive, sponsored by the United States Postal Service in partnership with food pantries across the nation. For example, for those living in the DFW area near Actifirm corporate headquarters, donations go to the North Texas Food Bank.


Making a difference this weekend is as easy as 1-2-3: (more…)

Take Care of Mom: The Gift of Skincare

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Love you Mom!Being a mother is a selfless job – often putting the needs of children and family before oneself. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8. While flowers and other traditional gifts are always appreciated, why not take a different approach this year? The gift of skincare assures mom looks as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside, and encourages a bit of self-pampering and attention to skin health.

If you mother is a novice when it comes to skincare, a starter kit is an easy way to let her try out some new products while taking the guesswork out of what makes a solid regimen. These sets are also ideal for travel. Actifirm offers two such kits that promise smoother, firmer, healthier skin with regular use: (more…)

Gardening For the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Gardening For HealthYou’re aware of the obvious benefits of gardening – visions of bountiful fresh vegetables to share and flowers that are the envy of the neighborhood come to mind. But did you realize that gardening can positively impact your health on many levels?

Whether you’re an apartment dweller with potted plants, a suburbanite with modest flowerbeds, or a rural type with expansive vegetable plantings, all can benefit. When you get outside to garden this spring, you’ll not only improve the beauty of your surroundings, but also improve your body, mind, and spirit. Here’s how:


5 Things to Do For Earth Day

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Earth Day 2016Here at Actifirm, the spirit of Earth Day is near and dear to our hearts – and if you’re a fan of natural skincare and our botanically based products, this celebration of all things green may strike a chord with you, too.

First held on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is often credited for popularizing the modern environmental movement. Government policies such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act followed the founding of Earth Day. Within 20 years, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated. Today, more than 1 billion people are involved worldwide – making Earth Day the largest civic observance on the planet.  (more…)