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FAQ: How Often Should I Exfoliate?

Posted on: May 16th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

FAQIt’s a question we hear often – and there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. There are seemingly endless varieties of exfoliators and as many skin types. Stay with us as we first explore the various types of exfoliators, and then talk about how to gauge your exfoliation needs.

Mechanical exfoliators use a physical element to scrub away dull skin cells, which can leave skin with a “glow” but can also cause micro tears and damage to living skin’s surface. For this reason, we don’t recommend this kind of exfoliator.

Acid products such as AHAs and BHAs use chemical means to renew skin, which can be effective but harsh (more…)

How Should I Layer My Skincare?

Posted on: May 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

LayersYou take a lot of care in choosing the best products for your skin, so it’s natural that you want them to work optimally. That means proper application – did you know applying skincare products in the right order makes a big difference? Follow this sequence of events, and enjoy your best skin yet:

Cleanse: Starting with a clean slate may seem obvious, but it bears repeating. Spend ample time massaging a gentle yet effective cleanser into the skin, such as Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser. Removing surface oils, debris, and cosmetics allows your skin to more readily absorb upcoming treatments.

Exfoliate: Good exfoliation not only revives by whisking away dull cells, it also (more…)

Finding the Perfect Spa for You

Posted on: March 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Find a SpaHappy spring! In this season of pleasant temperatures and rising hemlines, a day (or longer) at a spa can be the perfect way to refresh and revitalize your skin and body for warmer days ahead. If you have in mind a local day spa or even a destination spa that you know and love, congratulations – you’re on your way! But what if you’re interested in a spa experience and don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry – we’re here to help!


Surprise Skin Sabotagers

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

SabotageYou do all the right things for your skin – or so you think. After all, you wear sunscreen, moisturize properly, and use quality anti-aging products. But could there be surprising culprits in your midst that are impacting your skin’s health and appearance? We did some sleuthing to uncover five unexpected elements that may be causing trouble for your skin:

Towels: It’s common knowledge that a dirty pillowcase can wreak havoc on the skin, but towels may be even worse. Debris from hand wiping ends up on towels by the sink, and the damp bathroom is a breeding ground for bacteria. Using fresh towels daily can help, especially for those that touch the face.


Make Beautiful Hands Yours

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Beautiful HandsFor all the attention we give our faces, all too often we give our hands the brush-off – which seems a shame since our hands tend to be front and center for all to see. While a lack of attention can take its toll over time, it’s never too late to start taking care of our hands. Here are five ideas for putting your best hands forward:

Apply Sunscreen to Hands. Don’t stop with your face! Hands are one of the first areas to show sun damage. Make applying sunscreen to your hands part of your morning routine, and consider keeping a small tube of SPF lotion in your purse for reapplication after washing hands.

Wear Gloves. We may no longer don white gloves (more…)

Actifirm Antioxidant Cleansers: 3 Unique Formulas to Love

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

011718b2-01Choosing the right cleanser is just as important as any other part of your skincare regimen, which is why Actifirm offers four formulas to perfectly fit a variety of needs. Three of these are collectively grouped as “Antioxidant Cleansers” – our Antioxidant Cleanser, Antioxidant Evening Cleanser, and Antioxidant Morning Cleaner. In addition, the lineup includes Serenity Cleanser, a creamy, non-foaming formula designed for dry skin.

Because most of our questions regarding differences in cleansers tend to revolve around the antioxidant formulas, we’ll focus on those three here. First, what attributes do they share?All are gently foaming gel formulations that feature soothing aloe, are extremely water-soluble, and are highly (more…)

5 Spa and Wellness Trends for 2018

Posted on: January 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

011018b-01In the ever-evolving world of health, beauty, and wellness, it’s hard to keep up with the latest happenings. For 2018, there will be technological and surgical advances for certain – but what has us intrigued is the movement toward natural and holistic measures. Take a look at just 5 ways this trend is taking hold in the spa and wellness realm:  (more…)

Better Skin Now: 5 Clever Tips

Posted on: December 27th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

122717b-01If you’re here and reading this, you’re probably either a seasoned skincare aficionado who can’t get enough, or a newbie wanting to improve your complexion. It’s only natural: with Christmas behind us and the New Year fast approaching, it’s a time to think about making improvements for the New Year. But why wait until January to implement measures that will leave you with healthier, more beautiful skin right now? Here are 5 ways you can get a jump start on New Years resolutions and have better looking skin by January 1: (more…)

Essential Oils and Your Skin

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Essential Oils and Your SkinIf you haven’t discovered the essential oil phenomenon for yourself, you probably know someone who utilizes them for a variety of health and beauty purposes. However, using these extracts is not a new concept. People have revered the properties of botanically derived oils for at least 5,000 years, starting with the ancient Egyptians.
At Actifirm, we believe in the power of natural ingredients for effective skincare. In fact, we use dozens of plant-based extracts and oils across our skincare line! Here, check out just a few of the essential oils we use in our products, along with some of the reported skincare benefits: (more…)

Back to School: 10 Facts About Skin

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

083017b-01Chances are that someone you know is headed back to school, and just because you’re not enrolled doesn’t mean you can’t be a learner for life. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a skincare enthusiast – but just how much do you really know about your skin? We’re making it easy for you to brush up on your knowledge with this list of 10 facts about skin. Without further ado:

The skin is your body’s largest organ. An average adult’s skin spans 21 square feet and weighs nine pounds!

On average, a person’s skin contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels. (more…)