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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…)

Aloe Vera: 6 Surprise Uses

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Aloe veraChances are, you’ve used Aloe vera to help relieve the discomfort of a cut or sunburn – but this desert plant has everyday uses that will surprise you. Long celebrated in the skincare community – you’ll find many Actifirm products incorporate this natural soother – it’s a botanical remedy with amazing versatility:

Aloe vera makes a great shaving cream. Its gel texture makes it a natural for achieving a smooth shave.  

It may help clear up breakouts. Aloe gel contains salicylic acid, which helps dissolve whiteheads and blackheads, exfoliates the skin, (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…)

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…)

The Importance of Exfoliation: FAQ

Posted on: April 18th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

ExfoliateHere at Actifirm, we think exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for your skin – evidenced in our signature Z-Peel, as well as our many cleansers and moisturizers with exfoliating benefits. If you’re skipping this vital step, it means you’re missing out on your best, most beautiful skin.

Exfoliators work by removing dry, dull skin cells from the surface, and these products fall into two main categories – physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are just as they sound – they use physical means such as crushed nutshells, sugar, or salt to manually slough off dead skin.These can be too abrasive for many skin types, including those that are breakout prone, so chemical exfoliators are a better choice for most people. (more…)

Valentine Savings: Love Your Skin

Posted on: February 14th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Valentine's Day SpecialHappy Valentine’s Day! We love healthy skin and want to share our passion. That’s why we’re offering special savings for you, our amazing readers! Our February 14 promotion lets you choose your discount, with savings that last all day. Simply apply the best coupon code for your purchase, and enjoy beautiful skin for less:

Spend $150 save $15 with coupon code: FLIRTY15

Spend $250 save $30 with coupon code: SWEET30

Spend $350 save $50 with coupon code: HEART50


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…)

Try Something New: 30-Day Skincare Challenge

Posted on: August 2nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

TryActifirmFrom diet and exercise pledges to slashing screen time or minimizing clutter, the 30-day challenge is a popular method for changing behaviors for the better. It’s no wonder: In his popular TED Talk, Matt Cutts discusses the power of these short-term commitments for long-term habit building.

Here at Actifirm, that got us thinking. We know first-hand the benefits of a daily, quality skin care regimen for lifelong skin health and beauty, but we also understand that adding a new habit to one’s schedule is easier said than done. So why not apply the 30-day model to taking care of your skin?


Actifirm Favorites: Celebrate with 10% Savings

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

2016 Favorite ProductsEveryone loves a bestseller! Here at Actifirm, we count among our greatest hits some highly effective (read: age-defying) skincare products. While we’re partial to every product in our lineup, there are a few that our customers reach for again and again on a daily basis – skincare essentials that give proven results year in and year out.

We’re so excited to share our 2016 top 5 bestselling skincare products with you, we’re offering 10% off these Actifirm must-haves from now through Sunday, 11:59 PM CST. Just enter FAV2016 at checkout to enjoy the savings. Without further ado, we highlight our top 5 sellers of 2016:


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…)