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Cultivating Self-Esteem: 5 Ways

Posted on: February 13th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

Self EsteemToday more than ever, maintaining high self-esteem is easier said than done – after all, through the distorted lens of social media, the world is packed with gorgeous high-achievers boasting perfect families and jet-setter lifestyles. Jokes aside, most of our fellow humans are perfectly imperfect, and that’s a wonderful, beautiful thing. What’s most important is to embrace and celebrate who we are and to feel good about ourselves.

What is self-esteem, anyway? Merriam Webster defines self-esteem as “a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.” We think that’s a worthy aspiration. Without further ado, here are five ways to cultivate self-esteem.


Boost Your Confidence

Posted on: January 9th, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”   — Eleanor Roosevelt

In the early days of a new year, we tend to have big ideas about becoming better versions of ourselves – but blazing new trails and self-improvement generally boils down to how much self confidence we have. While some personalities may lend themselves to self-assurance, confidence is not something that we’re born with. Rather, confidence is something that can be cultivated over time. To give yourself an instant boost of confidence, try one of these straightforward ideas: (more…)

A Beautiful 2019: Top 5 Skincare Resolutions

Posted on: January 2nd, 2019 by Elysiann Bishop

2019Happy New Year! As we look with anticipation to a calendar full of possibilities, the tradition of making resolutions comes naturally. If you haven’t yet come up with the perfect resolutions for 2019, allow us to suggest improving how you care for your body’s largest organ – your skin. The good news is that making a big impact on your skin’s appearance and health doesn’t have to take hours of your day. With a few simple commitments, you can start the year with a fresh skincare regimen that works.


Holiday Revival: Home Spa Day

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Spa DayPlaces to go, people to see, and gifts to buy. It’s a busy season, and all too often our physical and emotional health pay the price. What we all really need right now is some indulgent relaxation, but a day at the spa may not be feasible due to time, not to mention budget.

Our answer? A bit of pampering at home that’s not only blissful to the soul, but also easy on the wallet. Here are just a few ideas to get you started – we’ve chosen rituals that you should be able to perform with supplies found in your home. Pick and choose activities for a customized session that fits your personality, schedule, and supplies: (more…)

Top 3: Last-Minute Halloween Makeup

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

You’re stockHalloween Makeup 3ed up on candy for trick-or-treaters and the kids have Hollywood-worthy costumes; or maybe you’ve RSVP’d to a fabulous, grownups-only Halloween bash. In any case, you’ve overlooked your disguise (again). Never fear! We’ve rounded up some of the best, easiest Halloween makeup ideas on the Internet, and the good news is that most of us can pull these off without darkening the door of a store. Just turn on the creativity and dig deep into your cosmetics stash and closet for what might be your best Halloween look yet!




Bedtime Rituals: Rules to Live By

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

sleepLiving in our fast-paced, high-stress, and 24-hour world, getting a good night’s rest can be a challenge. While some of the demands of daily life may be out of our control, there are ways that we can build peace and calm into our schedules. One such way is by instituting beneficial bedtime rituals – measures that help us relax, sleep well, and consequently have smoother days. If better rest sounds like a goal you’d like to achieve, read on and consider these proven bedtime rituals:

Dim the lights. Before the days of electricity, life had a natural rhythm as the sun rose and set, forcing people to turn in earlier.Today, as we create our own daylight round the clock, our bodies (more…)

What to Ask Your Dermatologist

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

dermatologistJust as you should have a general medical checkup every year, experts recommend seeing a dermatologist annually to assess skin health. To make the most of your session, it’s important to have a working knowledge of the ins and outs of your skin as well as any changes it has sustained. In addition, arriving at your appointment with some solid questions for your physician will help assure that your time is productive. Here are some questions you may want to ask at your next dermatologist office visit:

Do any of my moles, growths, or bumps look problematic? Arrive with a mental map of your skin, point out areas of interest, and ask if there are areas that concern the doctor. (more…)

Ouch! 5 Painful Beauty Treatments

Posted on: August 1st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

OuchHere at Actifirm, we love the idea of gentle skincare that really works – hence our line of naturally effective products that cleanse, hydrate, and exfoliate without harming the skin or causing discomfort. Not everyone is of the same mind, however, and the marketplace abounds with excruciating or fear-inducing beauty treatments that may improve your appearance, but at a cost. Take a look at these five procedures that are guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes, and hopefully enhance your looks in the process. Don’t try any of these at home!


  1. Vampire Facelift. How about a facial that involves your own blood? Around for decades but popularized (more…)

Sunscreen Indoors? Here’s Why…

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Sunscreen IndoorsAs if you haven’t heard enough about the importance of protecting yourself from that big orange ball in the sky, here’s more to ponder regarding UV protection for the skin: In addition to slathering on sunscreen at the pool, park, and other outdoor haunts, it’s also important to wear SPF when your plans call for a day indoors. Consider the following:

Indoor lighting can emit UV rays. Think you’re safe from UV damage in a windowless cubicle? Think again. Exposure to fluorescent lights may increase lifetime UV exposure by 3 percent – enough to be a concern when it comes to skin cancer and aging, and to trigger photosensitive skin conditions such as melasma. Halogen bulbs can have a similar detrimental effect. Incandescent bulbs have little or no UV light emissions, but the biggest winners are LEDs – not only to they emit zero UV light, but they’re the lowest energy users as well. (more…)

For Dad: 8 Steps for a Perfect Shave

Posted on: June 13th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Perfect ShaveShaving is generally a daily must-do for the men in our lives, and yet it’s all to often undertaken in a haphazard manner – resulting in maladies including ingrown hairs, redness, and irritation. In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, we’re providing some reading material to help dads (and other VIPs in your life) up their game when it comes to the art of shaving:

Think warm. A barber softens up your beard with hot towels. An easy way to get this effect at home is to take a steamy shower right before shaving.

Wash your face – but don’t use just any soap. Use a gentle facial cleanser like Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser. A facial cleanser can help soften the protein in hair, while a harsher soap can wash away stubble-softening oils. (more…)