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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…)

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…)

The Great Outdoors and Your Skin

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

The Great Outdoors and Your Skin

September is National Wilderness Month in the United States – in commemoration of the National Wilderness Act, enacted on September 3, 1964. Thanks to the National Wilderness Act, millions of acres of pristine land have been preserved for future generations to enjoy.

From a skincare perspective, being in the great outdoors offers some amazing benefits. Here are some ways getting out and taking in fresh air can directly improve your skin:

Detox Your Skin: You know that flush you get when you get outdoors and exercise? That’s a sign of increased blood flow to the skin – which means (more…)

Banish Bacteria: Makeup Safety Tips to Stay Healthy

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Banish BacteriaAt Actifirm, we’re all about keeping skin clean. Part of that means maintaining a healthy skincare regimen with thorough yet gentle cleansing – Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser comes to mind. Beyond that, makeup hygiene is a critical and often overlooked part of maintaining healthy skin.

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that regular cleansing of makeup brushes is one of my musts for healthy skin – gentle cleanser and warm water weekly is ideal. But there are other, less mentioned ways that makeup can transfer bacteria, oil, and grime to your skin, eyes, and body. Follow these four tips and reduce your risk of breakouts, or even worse, serious infection: (more…)

50 Shades of Smoothies: Mix and Match Veggies and Fruits for Glowing Skin

Posted on: March 23rd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

50 Shades of Smoothies

You probably know that plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit can give your health – and skin – a boost. But most Americans miss the mark on daily recommendations – click here to visit the USDA website. According to these guidelines, an average 40 year old woman should consume 2 ½ cups of vegetables and 1 ½ cups of fruits daily.

A smoothie can be an easy way to fit more veggies and fruits into your day. With springtime here and thoughts of body-baring clothes on the mind, a smoothie regimen can be a perfect way to not only slim down, but get your skin in tip-top shape – after all, a high quality skincare regimen combined with optimal nutrition is the best way to beautiful skin. (more…)

Dry Skin and Breakouts: Combo Requires Gentle Approach to Skincare

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Dry Skin and BreakoutsIf you’ve left your teenage years behind, you probably expected acne, pimples, and breakouts to fade into the past, along with big hair and acid wash jeans. So it’s frustrating when faced with conflicting skin care challenges – and dry skin accompanied by breakouts certainly falls into this category.

Unfortunately, as hormone levels fluctuate with age, dry skin and blemishes can coexist. Because so many treatments for pimples can dry skin further, a gentle skincare approach is recommended.

Begin with a cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, oil, and debris without drying. (more…)

4 Red Foods to Boost Skin Health: How the Color of Passion Can Be Great for Your Skin

Posted on: February 9th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Red Foods to Boost Skin HealthRed is the color of passion, and a hue we associate with love and Valentine’s Day. As it turns out, eating certain red foods are like sending a Valentine to your skin. Read on, and learn about the skin health benefits of some delicious red foods:

Tomatoes: The antioxidant lycopene can actually raise the natural SPF of your skin. A study showed that subjects who ate five tablespoons of lycopene-rich tomato paste daily had 33% more protection of sunburn. Of course, use this information in conjunction with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Grass-Fed Beef: If you can’t resist a juicy, rare steak, you’ll love this one. Grass-fed beef is not only rich in inflammation-reducing omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, but (more…)

The Case for Winter Sunscreen: Why SPF is Important Every Day

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Winter Sunscreen

If you’re like me, you wouldn’t dare step out on the beach mid-summer without a hat, sunglasses, and a heavy coating of broad spectrum SPF from head to toe. But it’s easy to overlook sun protection in the winter. Although most of your body may be covered by clothing, it’s no excuse to overlook exposed skin. In fact, the sun can be more intense in the winter than in the summer months.

Reflection off snow and ice can intensify the effect of winter rays, giving you a double dose of cancer and wrinkle causing sun exposure. What’s more, UV radiation increases by around 5% for every 1,000 feet of elevation gain. That means that time on alpine slopes can damage your skin far more than equal time at sea level. (more…)

Thanksgiving Dishes Offer Holiday Boost for Skin

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by Elysiann Bishop

Happy Thanksgiving DayHappy Thanksgiving! America’s favorite day of feasting, family, and friends is upon us. While turkey day may be a detriment to waistlines, many Thanksgiving dishes are packed with antioxidants and offer a myriad of health benefits to the skin. Let’s look at some of the holiday’s most popular indulgences, and how they can give skin a much-needed health boost.

Cranberries: Cranberries contain a high level of antioxidants, including Vitamin C, making them a powerful anti-aging food. Cranberry consumption can not only aid in cell turnover, but can also combat free radical damage to skin – easing fine lines and wrinkles.


The Eyes Have It: Use Targeted Eye Cream for Healthy Skin

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Elysiann Bishop

The Eyes have it!

It’s been said that the eyes are a window into the soul. Unfortunately, the eyes can also harbor signs of aging, in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, dark bags, and crepe like skin. Winter weather conditions only exacerbate these skin challenges, as cold, dry air saps skin’s moisture and leaves it dry, chapped, and flaky. Because the skin of the eye area is very thin and sensitive, it can be more of a challenge to treat than the rest of the face.

Luckily, the right eye cream can make a big difference. Actifirm Renovation Eye Cream is an intensively hydrating, anti-aging eye cream. This is more than a powerful moisturizer – it is clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin (more…)