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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:

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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…)

Actifirm Z-Peel: Legendary Exfoliation

Posted on: April 13th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

041216-01Any of us obsessed with skincare knows that exfoliation is a key component of any successful regimen. Not only does exfoliation provide direct skin benefits as a stand-alone treatment, but it also allows others skincare products to work more effectively by removing barriers to penetration. As an enzyme exfoliator, Actifirm Z-Peel may just be what you’ve been looking for to take your skincare routine to the next level.

Enzyme exfoliation promises an extremely safe and effective route to thorough refreshing of the skin – it works by detaching only dead skin cells and whisking them away, leaving living skin intact. This fact makes enzyme products a viable alternative for those with skin that can’t tolerate mechanical exfoliation or harsher chemical peels. (more…)

World Health Day 2016: Beat Diabetes

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

World Health DayThe World Health Organization has chosen diabetes as the focus for this year’s World Health Day, which is tomorrow, April 7. The disease has reached epidemic proportions as obesity rates skyrocket globally – as of 2008, nearly 350 million worldwide were afflicted, a number than is growing rapidly. A leading cause of blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and heart disease, diabetes was directly responsible for 1.5 million deaths in 2012.

What is diabetes? There are two varieties of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2. Both concern the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin and the body’s efficiency at controlling blood sugar levels. (more…)

No Fooling: 5 Tricks for Great Skin

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Tricks for Great SkinWatch out! April Fools’ Day is just around the corner. While we hope that you get in your share of pranks on this fun-loving day, here at Actifirm we’ve gathered some of our favorite beauty and skincare tricks – and we promise that these words of advice are no joke. What are you waiting for? Read on to make beautiful skin your greatest secret come April

Avoid the S Words. By that we mean smoking and sun. Both cause irreparable premature aging to the skin, not to mention cancer. Don’t smoke – period. Avoid the sun between 10 and 2. If you must be out in the rays, cover up with a UV rash guard and hat and slather on the broad-spectrum block.

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Spring Cleaning: 4 Tips for Your Best Skin

Posted on: March 23rd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Spring CleaningAh, spring! What a joy it is to bask in the fresh, warm air. As we peel off those layers of winter clothing, however, we are reminded of how we may have ignored our body’s skin during the cold, dark season. No need to hide: With some simple “spring cleaning” for your skin, you can renew, protect, and beautify your complexion for the warmer months ahead.

Assess your skincare regimen. As temperatures and humidity fluctuate, skin may benefit from modifications in your skincare regimen. For instance, creamy cleanser may need to be switched out for a gentle foaming formula like Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser. If your winter moisturizer seems too heavy now, try a self-balancing formula like (more…)

A St. Patty’s toast to great skin? The truth about alcohol and aging

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Alcohol & AgingSt. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow – may the luck of the Irish be with you! If it’s vibrant, glowing skin you’re after, however, you’ll need to do more than collect shamrocks, chase rainbows, or raise a glass. In fact, the libations we associate with this celebration of all things Irish can be downright damaging to the skin. While an occasional cocktail poses little risk, indulging in excess can lead to a less than ideal complexion. Here’s how:

Alcohol causes inflammation. The short-term side effects of redness and puffiness can lead to long-term skin problems such as permanent blotchiness, broken capillaries, and loss of skin tone.

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Coffee for a Better Morning – and Better Skin.

Posted on: March 9th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

CoffeeGet ready to “Spring Forward”! Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 13. You’ll need to set your clocks forward an hour when you turn in on Saturday night – which means we all stand to lose an hour of precious sleep. If you’re like us, you’ll be reaching for an extra cup of morning coffee to help adjust to this time shift. And we’re happy to report that coffee not only offers a cherished morning ritual, but also provides benefits to the skin:

Fights Aging: The antioxidant-rich caffeine in coffee can defend skin from free radicals, which cause signs of aging such as wrinkles and discoloration.

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5 Reasons to Read Now

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Reasons to ReadToday is Read Across America day, an annual event that occurs near the birthday of the celebrated Dr. Seuss. While elementary school teachers may take this as a time to explore the glory of books and all things Seussical, we thought it might be a good opportunity to reflect on how reading impacts us as adults.

If you think of reading as a means to gaining knowledge, you’re absolutely right. But the benefits don’t end there. It turns out that curling up with a book may offer a boost to both physical and emotional health. Consider the following reasons to immerse yourself in a book today – and make it a habit year-round.

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Eat Your Heart Out

Posted on: February 24th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Eat Your Heart OutFrom Go Red for Women to Valentine’s Day, February a time to reflect on the heart – both literally and figuratively. We thought we’d wrap up the month with a look at some foods that offer a delectable blend of indulgence and heart-healthy benefits. The good news is that the same things that make these foods good for your heart make them amazing for your skin and overall health as well.

Nuts: Walnuts, as well as nuts like almonds, cashews, and pistachios, offer a healthy dose of Omega 3 fats – which can help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol. Nuts are high in calories, so keep in mind that just five ounces weekly can offer therapeutic effects. (more…)