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Healthy Summer Sips

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Healthy Summer DrinksDehydration is undoubtedly one of skin’s top enemies during the summer months. While water – and lots of it – is an easy, inexpensive, and calorie-free way to hydrate the skin and body, it can be a bit, well, boring at times. As you might expect from your friends at Actifirm, we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest and healthiest summer thirst quenchers that also happen to do wonders for your skin:

Green Tea: Eating Well cites 2011 study in the Journal of Nutrition showing women who drank 4 cups of green tea daily for 12 weeks reduced their risk of sunburn by 25%. This effect is thanks to powerful catechin antioxidants that protect skin by absorbing UV light. Brew up a big pitcher of (more…)

Don’t Get Burned: Sunscreen Smarts

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Avoid the Burn! Nothing’s a bigger threat to healthy, youthful skin than the summer sun. Catching a few rays may be oh-so-tempting in the short term, but long term, it’s a losing proposition. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, risk for developing melanoma doubles after enduring more than five sunburns – making sunburn not only uncomfortable, but potentially lethal. Additional statistics make the reality of skin cancer all the more vivid:

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in a lifetime

Nearly half of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer

1 person dies of melanoma every hour (more…)

Ice Cream and Your Health: Friend or Foe?

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Ice Cream: Friend or Foe? These long summer days, nothing hits the spot like a cool, creamy scoop of ice cream. July is National Ice Cream Month in the U.S., while Sunday, July 17 marks National Ice Cream Day. While you may love nothing more than to indulge in this nostalgic summertime treat, your healthy conscience may be telling you to abstain.

We’re here to tell you that you can have your cake (or in this case, ice cream) and eat it, too. That’s right! In moderation, a serving of ice cream here and there can be a part of a healthy lifestyle – and it might even give your health a boost. Here’s how:


Bold Summer Lipstick Trends

Posted on: July 8th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Lipstick Trends Summer 2016

Changing your lipstick hue is a fun, easy, and cost-effective way to transform your look and mood – and this summer’s styles offer a spectrum of bold colors to choose from. Here are some of our favorite looks, fresh from the runways:

Go Red. Often reserved for those months when we bundle up, red is all the rage this summer. Velvety matte texture is where it’s at right now, so find a long-last formula that works for you.

Pick a Plum. From deep purple to oxblood hues, these saturated shades are a surprising complement for summer whites. Mix it up this summer and try something unexpected! (more…)

5 Reasons to Kiss For Your Health

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Kissing is good for you!This week, we celebrate International Kissing Day! While the occasion may have been instituted just for fun, it turns out that smooching can offer some legitimate health benefits. Think of a passionate kiss as a mini-workout – one known to benefit the heart, release hormones, and elevate mood. Consider these facts:

Kissing reduces blood pressure. Locking lips can get your heart pumping in a good way and help lower your blood pressure.

Kissing can help ease aches and pains. Have a headache or menstrual cramps? A good, old-fashioned make out session might be just what the doctor ordered. Kissing offers the power of blood vessel dilation, which can help ease discomfort. (more…)

Safe Summer Exercise

Posted on: June 29th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Exercise SafeSummer conditions can make exercising outdoors a challenge, but that’s no excuse to skip your workout. Warm weather can make for a great workout – if you proceed with caution and exercise smart. These tips will assure that your fitness regimen is safe, healthy, and enjoyable:

Exercise Early. The hours between 10 AM and 3 PM are most intense for sun and heat. If at all possible, kick off your early morning with exercise. Temperatures will be more pleasant, and it’s a safer time for sun as well.

Use Sun Protection. As always, outdoor activity necessitates a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher on all exposed areas. Try an oil-free formula if breakouts are a problem. Don’t forget to protect lips with (more…)

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…)