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Edible Gardens Made Easy

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

gardenThe benefits of gardening go far beyond having healthy produce to eat. Studies have shown that gardening can reduce stress and anxiety, decrease risk of heart disease and diabetes, increase happiness, improve sleep, and may even cut Alzheimer’s risk. You don’t have to have a full-fledged farming operation to reap the health perks. Instead of agonizing about digging up your whole yard or building expansive raised beds, consider taking these first steps:

Think small. Try sprucing up your front entry or patio with colorful garden containers that include edibles. Mix summer blooms with your favorite herbs for a beautiful display, or train cherry tomatoes on compact pyramid trellises for ornamental and edible appeal. (more…)

The Minimalist Makeup Bag

Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Makeup BagSome recent beauty trends shy away from dramatic transformations and bold looks in favor of accentuating natural beauty. With summer on the horizon, we say it’s the perfect time to pare down to makeup bag essentials and enjoy a simple beauty routine. Here are our top 6 essentials for your minimalist makeup bag:

Moisturizer: Sure, this might be more skincare than makeup, but a good moisturizer is not only beneficial to your skin, but helps provide a smooth surface for applying other cosmetics. We’re partial to Actimoist Booster, a lightweight moisturizer ideal for daytime that hydrates as needed and provides exfoliation benefits, for radiant skin.  (more…)

Skincare Pet Peeves: Top 5

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

pet peeves

When you’re in the skincare business, it’s only natural to have a few skincare pet peeves. We’ve seen it all, and have learned exactly which habits can wreak havoc on your face and body. From estheticians to our pros right here at Actifirm, we’ve collected our top 5 cringe-worthy skincare practices:

Using Abrasive Scrubs. When it comes to exfoliation, harsher is not better. Physical exfoliators can irritate and even damage the skin, causing tiny tears in skin’s surface. For effective exfoliation that is gentle on the skin, try natural, enzyme-derived Actifirm Z-Peel – it gently exfoliates away dead skin cells with no harm to living tissue.

Picking at Skin. We know (more…)

Trending: Smooth, Beautiful Skin

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Smooth Skin

If you love skincare, you’ve likely heard about (or even tried) two of the latest trends in treating unwanted facial hair: dermaplaning and full face threading. These techniques are alternatives to traditional waxing and come with different pros and cons. We decided to gather some basic facts about these three methods so that you can make a decision about which might work best for your skincare needs:

Dermaplaning is not necessarily a new concept, as it’s a more complex take on traditional shaving, but it’s definitely a trending topic on the beauty scene. That’s because dermaplaning is first and foremost a therapeutic skincare treatment, with hair removal as a secondary perk. (more…)

Take Part in Your Community: Here’s How

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Community April is Community Service Month, and the season is right to get out there and take part in the world around you. There are so many beneficial and rewarding ways to forge bonds with others and bolster community spirit in your area, and they aren’t all immediately obvious. Consider the following:

Volunteer. Volunteering is likely the first thing to come to mind regarding community involvement, and with good reason. We all have talents to share, so why not put them to use for a good cause? In addition, correlations have been drawn between volunteerism and mental and physical wellbeing.

Attend local events. Art and music festivals, sports events, movie night in the park, (more…)

Dear Younger Self: Skincare Advice

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Younger self adviceIt’s been said that age is only a state of mind, but all too often our skin shows our true years. Worse, sun damage and other mistakes make us look even older! As signs of aging creep up, many of us wish we’d taken better care of our skin over time. If time travel existed, there are certainly a few things we’d do differently (and consistently). Here are some of our top skincare tips for the young that will pay off in years to come, and don’t forget that it’s never too late to start!

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. This is the big one – your 18-year-old self could stop reading here and reap massive benefits. The majority of skin aging comes from sun exposure. Tanning causes cancer and will give you premature wrinkles and age spots – (more…)

The Egg: Friend or Foe?

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

the eggWith Easter just around the corner this Sunday, odds are you’ve picked up an extra carton or two of eggs – after all, the average American consumes two dozen eggs around Easter! Over time, eggs have come in and out of fashion almost as quickly as runway styles – nutrition experts have labeled eggs (and especially the yolks) both taboo and optimally healthy through the years.

Part of the reason why eggs have been shunned is their high cholesterol content. A single egg yolk contains around 200 mg of cholesterol, which is two-thirds of the 300 mg maximum recommended for healthy adults and the entire daily allowance for those with health risk factors. Recent studies, (more…)

Watch Baseball and Get Fit! Here’s How

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

watch baseball and get fit!Play ball! Baseball season started April 2, and nothing says summer like an afternoon at the diamond with hot dogs, nachos, and cool, frothy libations. More often than not, however, we’ll find ourselves enjoying the game in front of the TV at home – and while it’s a great way to bond with family and friends, it also means three-plus hours of being sedentary, coupled with overindulgence in unhealthy snacks and calorie-dense beverages. Unfortunately, as you watch your favorite players running the bases, you’re simultaneously packing on the pounds.

We have a solution – a plan that will allow you to take in America’s Favorite Pastime all season, stay in shape, and have (more…)

It’s Good to Laugh

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

It's Good to LaughApril Fool’s Day may be a time to pull laughable pranks, but it shouldn’t be the only day we place importance on a good chuckle. When it comes to belly laughs, more is better – laughter could offer real health benefits. Research shows that regular laughter may help improve stress, immunity, resilience, depression, pain, blood sugar levels, and sleep quality. The good news is that laughing more is not only fun, but is also easy to weave into your life. Consider the following tips for injecting more humor into every day:

Think funny for entertainment. When choosing a book, TV show, or movie, go for comedy over drama.

Giggle-charge your social media. Follow (more…)

How to Unwind After Work

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

UnwindFor too many of us, the workplace offers an undue amount of stress – and then we make matters worse by bringing that burden home with us at night. A few basic steps, however, can assure a much more relaxing end to your workdays. Try our tips for leaving your worries behind at the office:

Review work status. Before you leave the office, spend a few minutes reviewing what you’ve accomplished for the day, review your upcoming schedule, and determine any must-dos for the next day. This helps free your mind to relax in the evening hours.

Leave job responsibilities at the office. Believe it or not, the world will go on if you step away from (more…)