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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…)

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…)

Workout Skincare: Glow in 7 Steps

Posted on: July 12th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

071217b-01Having a regular exercise regimen is an important part of your overall health and wellness – but if you ignore the needs of your skin when you work out, your complexion may suffer the consequences. From pore-clogging cosmetics to bacteria-laden equipment, skincare pitfalls lie at every turn at the gym. Luckily, we’ve gathered the skincare tips you need to keep your skin as healthy as the rest of your body when it comes to exercise:                                                                                    Start with a Clean Slate. Cosmetics and sweat are a bad combination. To prevent breakouts, always remove makeup before starting to exercise. Try Actifirm Antioxidant Cleanser for its gentle yet thorough cleansing abilities, with anti-aging benefits to boot. (more…)

Amazing Apples: 6 Reasons to Eat this Superfood

Posted on: October 19th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Amazing ApplesFall is apple harvest season here in the United States. Apples are grown in all 50 states with more than 2,500 varieties, although only around 100 types are produced commercially. Apples top the charts when it comes to rankings of foods by nutritional profile – considering their high antioxidant, vitamin, and fiber content, that’s not a surprise.

So whether you buy your apples at the grocery store, from your local farmers market, or pick them off the tree yourself, take time to indulge in this crunchy and sweet superfood – and if you need further convincing, consider these roles apples can play in your health:
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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…)

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…)

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…)

A St. Patty’s toast to great skin? The truth about alcohol and aging

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Alcohol & AgingSt. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow – may the luck of the Irish be with you! If it’s vibrant, glowing skin you’re after, however, you’ll need to do more than collect shamrocks, chase rainbows, or raise a glass. In fact, the libations we associate with this celebration of all things Irish can be downright damaging to the skin. While an occasional cocktail poses little risk, indulging in excess can lead to a less than ideal complexion. Here’s how:

Alcohol causes inflammation. The short-term side effects of redness and puffiness can lead to long-term skin problems such as permanent blotchiness, broken capillaries, and loss of skin tone.

Alcohol contributes to poor sleep. Drinking (more…)

Eat Your Heart Out

Posted on: February 24th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

Eat Your Heart OutFrom Go Red for Women to Valentine’s Day, February a time to reflect on the heart – both literally and figuratively. We thought we’d wrap up the month with a look at some foods that offer a delectable blend of indulgence and heart-healthy benefits. The good news is that the same things that make these foods good for your heart make them amazing for your skin and overall health as well.

Nuts: Walnuts, as well as nuts like almonds, cashews, and pistachios, offer a healthy dose of Omega 3 fats – which can help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol. Nuts are high in calories, so keep in mind that just five ounces weekly can offer therapeutic effects. (more…)

Does Fasting Benefit Skin Health?

Posted on: February 17th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

FastingForSkinFasting has been practiced for thousands of years around the world, both for religious and health purposes. From spiritual growth to sweeping health claims, proponents of the practice claim many benefits to fasting. Here at Actifirm, we want to know: Can fasting offer benefits to skin health? Let’s take a look at the question here.

Whether you realize it or not, most of us fast for a portion of each 24 hour period. When we sleep, we are essentially fasting by default, and many medical experts agree that the sleep cycle is a time of cellular repair and regeneration for the body, including the skin. If this idea is true, then the body is, in essence, already adapted to the practice of regular fasting. (more…)