Lipsticks Can Be Dangerous

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You may be using a so-called, “Natural lipstick,” but unfortunately not all lipstick companies are on the up and up when it comes to lipstick ingredients.

Some of the largest make up companies in the world fill their products with chemicals that are not so nice. In fact, some women say that certain lipsticks make them break out in sores along the top and bottom of the lips or even burn their lips. People say that they do not have sensitive lips when they use the Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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If you follow the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE blog, you will know that lipstick companies often use lead as a base in their lipsticks. Lead can be dangerous as it is a neurotoxin. Neurotoxins can cause serious health problems, even in small doses. However, it isn’t just the lead that causes problems.

Some lipsticks contain methylparaben, which is a preservative that is outlawed in some countries because it can disrupt your endocrine system and may be linked to cancer.

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Propylparaben is another ingredient that is often used in lipsticks. Propylparaben can irritate your eyes and skin and cause serious problems. Recent studies indicate that it may cause endocrine disruption and cancer.

Retinyl Palmitate, a synthetic Vitamin A, may be toxic to women who are pregnant.

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Colorants, such as D&C Red 22 Aluminum Lake and D&C Red 36 are posing health concerns as these colorants that are typically tested on animals and have been linked to nervous system damage.

Tocopheryl Acetate or Vitamin E acetate is used in a number of makeup and skin care products including foundation, moisturizer, and lipstick. If you use a product that contains Tocopheryl Acetate, your skin or lips can burn or itch. This chemical additive can also cause skin blistering, scaling, and hives.

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Thankfully, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses natural herbs and minerals in its natural skin care line and that includes the Longest Lasting Lipsticks.

The Longest Lasting Lipsticks by SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are completely natural with no added chemicals. The Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are not tested on animals and contain Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to moisturize your lips. Best of all you can eat, kiss, and drink and your Longest Lasting Lipsticks by SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will stay on your lips, not on your napkin, glass or cup!

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Thanks to the Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, women who could never wear lipstick in the past are now able to.

If you are concerned about chemicals and toxins in your lipsticks and skin care products order all natural products and lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Good Skin Care Starts Early

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Good skin care should start at an early age for both boys and girls as teaching good skin care habits when your kids are younger will not only show them how to take care of their skin, but also give them great looking skin for the rest of their lives.

Just like other healthy habits, such as brushing, flossing, and eating a well-balanced diet, a good skin care routine should also be incorporated into habits for life.

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It’s never too early to practice good skin care. If your kids keep it up, or if you are a teen and take care of your skin with all natural skin care products, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you will look amazing by the time you are in your 40’s.

While you may come from a family with exceptional genes, it may not help your skin when you get older, especially if you do not practice a good skin care routine. The way that your skin ages will depend quite a bit on your genetic makeup, however environmental factors, such as smoking and too much sun will age you faster than a 29 year old who has been taking care of his or skin for years.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE recommends that you start your kids off with a simple yet effective good skin care routine in the morning and before bed. This will ensure that your kids are getting a good start when it comes to wrinkled and damaged skin.

Skin will begin to start aging when boys and girls are young. In fact, freckles are usually the first sign that your child has had too much exposure to the sun.

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Teaching good skin care to your kids when they are young should start with gentle cleansing and of course sun protection. It is quite easy to encourage young children about sun protection than it is to try to tell a teenager how bad an indoor tanning salon is.

If you would like to start teaching your children healthy habits order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE to help encourage your kids into practicing good skin care. Order your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE products today.

Too Little Protein can Cause Wrinkly Skin

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If you are always on the go and find yourself neglecting your skin because of time, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the answer. When you purchase the organic skin care line of products online from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, all you need is five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night to keep your skin firm, healthy and glowing.

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Most people are aware that too much sun and not enough sleep can cause problems for your skin, but so can your diet.

If your meals contain foods that are known to cause inflammation such as margarine, vegetable oils, white bread, red meats, processed or sugary foods, your skin is not thanking you for it. Because these types of foods could cause inflammation, you could be accelerating wrinkles. If you want to prevent premature again, use a natural skin care product line, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, and load up on flaxseed, salmon, and avocados. Skip the canola, corn and sunflower oil and use coconut or olive oil instead as it can help your skin retain its soft and supple look.

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Every day it seems like scientists are coming up with more proof that you really are what you eat, and that is certainly the case with protein. Recent studies have indicated that too little protein could cause cracks, wrinkles, and tears in your skin. Try to eat at least one protein food every meal. If you are a vegetarian, there are plenty of foods such as beans, spinach, mushrooms, lentils, green peas, quinoa, nuts, nut butter, chickpeas, and tofu. Other great protein sources for vegetarians include tempeh, edamame, leafy greens, kale, hemp milk, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut.

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When it comes to healthy skin, it is important that you watch what you eat, consume plenty of protein and practice good skin care habits using a natural skin care product such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your skin care system online today.

Broccoli May Prevent Skin Cancer

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You really are what you eat, especially when it comes to your skin. Recent research indicates that broccoli is not just good for the rest of your body, but can do wonders for your skin, especially when it comes to protecting the largest organ in your body from skin cancer.

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Everyone knows that eating vegetables will provide you and your body with wonderful health benefits, but researchers are now saying that broccoli could help prevent skin cancer when applied directly to your skin.

The Pharmacology Department Cancer Center at the University of Arizona teamed up with a research team from John Hopkins University to determine how compounds found in broccoli, mainly sulforaphane, may help prevent skin cancer.

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The American Cancer Society explains that skin cancer is the most dangerous of all cancers in the United States with over 3.5 million cases diagnosed each year. Too much sun is the main reason people get skin cancer, especially the most aggressive, malignant melanoma, and although more people are aware of the dangers, there are still too many cases diagnosed each year.

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The research with broccoli began back in 2005 when the team of researchers started looking for better ways to prevent deadly skin cancer. What the team discovered, is that sulforaphane, found in broccoli, is an excellent candidate when it comes to skin cancer prevention.

In a pilot study that has been conducted for the past two years, the team has been testing a topical broccoli sprout solution to determine how effective it is when skin has been exposed to artificial light. The solution is safe for both oral and topical administration and is proving to be successful with sulforaphane being used for many other applications as well.

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The research has already indicated that sulforaphane is effective when it comes to blocking sunburns as many cases have shown that it induces the protective enzymes in your skin.

What the research team is hoping for is that people who have a weak immune system will be able to use the sulforaphane solution topically to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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Of course, staying out of the sun, wearing a hat and protective clothing along with a sunscreen and a good skin care system, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can also help tremendously in the fight against skin cancer. Order your natural skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Little Known Facts for Healthy Skin

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Most people take their skin for granted. However, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE wants to share some little known facts about the largest organ in the body.

  • When stretched, your healthy skin is two meters. That is about six and a half feet long.
  • Your skin accounts for about fifteen percent of your body weight.
  • There are two different types of skin, glabrous and hairy.
  • Everyone has three layers of skin. Epidermis the top layer, which is dead and waterproof, the middle layer called Dermis, which contains your sweat and hair glands, and the bottom layer called the Subcutis. Your Subcutis contains fat and large blood cells.
  • The thinnest skin is located on your eyelids, while the thickest skin is located on the soles of your feet.
  • Scar tissue does not have any sweat glands or hair follicles.
  • Your skin will renew itself every 28 days.
  • Every minute of every day, your healthy skin sheds 30,000 dead skin cells.
  • Sweat does not have an odor; it is the bacteria on your skin, when mixed with sweat that produces body odor.
  • Lipids are natural fats that keep the outer layer of your skin moist and healthy. Lipids can be destroyed if you use chemicals and alcohol on your healthy skin. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE natural skin care products do not contain alcohol or chemicals.
  • Your skin has its own bacteria microbiome with more than 1000 different species
  • You have more than 14 species of fungi that live in between your toes.
  • Human skin comes in a variety colors from all corners of the globe.
    Skin color comes from a protein known as melanin. Large cells, much like tentacles, known as melanocytes produce and distribute the melanin.
  • There are two types of melanin, Pheomelanin, which produces yellow to red skin color, and Eumelanin giving people dark brown to black skin. One in 10,000 people do not produce melanin having a condition known as albinism.
  • It takes up to six months for a baby to develop his or her permanent skin tone.
  • Acne is caused by an over production of the cells that line your sweat glands. One out of 20 women suffers from acne, while 1 in 80 men suffer from the same condition. A baby can sometimes get acne during the first few weeks of life.
  • For healthy skin, you need Vitamin A that can help treat both cellulite and sun damage, Vitamin D, which can help reduce growths and spots, and Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to regenerate Vitamin E while providing sun protection for healthy skin. Healthy skin also needs a good natural skin care regime such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, which contains all of the vitamins listed above.

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If you want to take care of your healthy skin, order your natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Can a Poor Diet Really Affect your Skin?

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If you have been dealing with uncontrollable breakouts lately, it could have something to do with your skin care products, your diet, or a combination of both. If you are using a skin care system that is loaded with chemicals, your skin could suffer. Add a poor diet to the mix, and you are really asking for trouble. Your skin is a reflection of the rest of your body and if you aren’t careful about what you put in your mouth, it will eventually affect how your skin looks and feels.

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40 years ago, studies indicated that there wasn’t a link between breakouts and a poor diet, but in recent years, new research is supporting a new way of thinking about diet and skin health.

One of the best ways to improve the health and tone of your skin is to watch your blood sugar. Keeping it steady is important if you want to keep insulin spikes under control. Pushing your blood sugar high and fast will create more insulin in your bloodstream, which may play a starring role when it comes to acne. Avoid processed sugars and try to eat smaller meals more often as it can help keep your insulin levels steady. Eat a diet that is loaded with vegetables, especially those that are bright and deep colored as they are loaded with antioxidants.

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Although there is no direct link between acne and dairy, the theories are out there. Dr. F. William Danby explained back in 2008 that there could be a direct relation between the two because of the testosterone in milk. Dr. Danby, a skin expert, reported that testosterone might stimulate oil glands that could lead to acne. If you do cut back on dairy, make sure that you consult with your doctor as dairy is an important source of vitamin D and calcium that help build strong bones and teeth.

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Fatty acids in the food that you eat can either dampen or support skin inflammation. Too much inflammation and your skin will suffer. Make sure that you are balancing out your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids or you will notice an imbalance. Try using less canola, safflower, corn oil, and replace with olive or coconut oil. Buy eggs and beef that is grass fed and eat more mackerel and salmon, and don’t forget to include lots of healthy fruits and vegetables.

A good diet and healthy skin care routine go hand in hand, and if you want to get back on track order natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE now.

Skin Care Problems are Not Always Environmental

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The environment does not always cause skin problems. In fact, skin problems can be a direct result of the food you eat and the products that you use on your skin.

Unfortunately, not all skin care companies use natural products, and instead fill their skin care products with chemicals that do not always agree with your skin. Even if the cleanser and moisturizer that you have used for years suddenly starts to irritate your skin; it could be the chemicals, even if there hasn’t been a formula change.

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As you age, your body reacts differently to chemical substances, especially those that are applied to the face. Rashes can develop anywhere on your skin because your body has built up a tolerance to a particular chemical.

The natural and organic line of skin care products can help with all kinds of skin problems including rosacea and acne. If you suffer from hives due to stress or anxiety, the soothing healing herbal gel complex from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE may help with the itchiness.

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Finding a good moisturizer for skin problems can almost be as frustrating as trying on a new swimsuit, but it does not have to be. Try the natural and organic moisturizers from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE if you are dealing with oily skin after you apply your moisturizer. Your moisturizer should soak into your skin, not just lay there like some of the chemically enhanced moisturizers.

When you purchase a natural and organic skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can be assured that every product works together to keep your skin soft and smooth.

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When you start using a SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE skincare system for skin problems, you may notice an improvement in as little as two weeks thanks to the healing properties in the herbs that you will find in the natural and organic line of skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Order your natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

How Diabetes Affects your Skin

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There are more than 29 million people in the United States who suffer from diabetes, which roughly 9.5 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Although diabetes affects every part of your body, skin problems associated with the disease are usually the first signs that you have diabetes. Luckily, most of the skin conditions are easily treatable if caught early on. Skin conditions associated with diabetes include fungal and bacterial infections.

There are several types of bacterial infections that may occur if you have diabetes including;

  • Eyelid gland infections, also known as sties
  • Boils
  • Infections of hair follicles, or folliculitis
  • Carbuncles, which are deep skin infections and the underlying tissue
  • Infections surrounding the nails
  • Staph infections

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Although bacterial infections were once life threatening, a physician can now treat them. However, doctors also believe that a good skin care routine, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can also help with bacterial infections.

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Fungal infections that often affect people with diabetes are known as Candida albicans. This yeast like fungal infection will create itchy rashes that are moist and red and are surrounded by scales and tiny blisters. These types of infections usually occur in the moist and warm folds of the skin including around the nails, the breasts, between your toes and fingers, around the corners of your mouth, the groin, and armpits. Common diabetic fungal infections include ringworm, vaginal infections, athlete’s foot, and jock itch.

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Localized itching can also be a side effect of diabetes and is usually caused by poor circulation, dry skin or a yeast infection. When poor circulation is to blame for the itching, the worst areas are usually at the lower parts of your legs. Try using an all-natural moisturizer after you bathe, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE to help with the itching.

Next week SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will talk about other skin problems that can occur, and usually only happen to people with diabetes. These include diabetic blisters, diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, and eruptive xanthomatosis.

If you suffer from diabetes, or know someone who does, order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, as they may be able to help with some of your skin care problems associated with diabetes.

Skimping on Sleep Can Cause Problems for your Skin

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If you are having more late nights than you would like, you are probably noticing a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Getting enough sleep is essential if you want to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. There really is something to be said about, “Beauty Sleep,” and according to recent studies, a lack of sleep really can wreck havoc on your skin.

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Even if you use a great all natural skin care product, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, skimping on sleep will really take its toll on your face. Your skin will begin to lose luster, bags will begin to appear under your skin, and your tired skin will start to sag.

When you don’t get enough sleep, the blood vessels in your face will start to dilate, that’s what causes those unappealing dark circles. If you rub your eyes while you are awake because you are over tired, it’s not going to help the dark circles either. The organic line of skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help those dark circles fade, but if you don’t get enough sleep, it will become an uphill battle.

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Lack of sleep will also make you stressed, and as discussed in a previous blog, stress will affect your skin. When you are stressed because of a lack of sleep, you will not only look sad, tired, and angry, but you will also look older.

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Late nights spent smoking and drinking will cause even more problems. Alcohol will affect the quality of your sleep causing bags underneath your eyes, while smoking leads to wrinkles. However, not all is lost, as there are some things you can do to change your sleeping habits.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that your entire body, including your skin, repairs itself while you are sleeping. When you slumber, your skin will renew itself growing new skin cells while replacing the older skin cells. It is rebalancing, restoring, and repairing, and when you add an all-natural skin care system to the mix, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you will notice a huge difference.

The great thing about your skin is that it will recover quickly. When you get a good night’s sleep, you, and everyone else will begin to notice a difference in your skin and comment on how well rested you are looking.

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So how much sleep do you actually need? Experts say that between seven and nine hours of sleep will help you look better rested. However, keep in mind that too much sleep can cause your skin cells to breakdown. If you find yourself over tired during the day, try taking a nap instead of sleeping 10 to 12 hours. Unfortunately, unlike your savings account, you cannot bank sleep.

Start improving your sleep habits and don’t forget to incorporate an all-natural skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE into your routine. Order yours today.

Stress Can Affect Your Body including Your Skin

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Everyone is affected by stress at some point or another, and the occasional stress attack can actually be good for you, but if you are one of those people who is constantly stressing out, it could be causing serious problems, especially where your health is concerned.

 

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When your stress response begins, it signals an area of the brain that is linked to your autonomic nervous system. This system rules your involuntary bodily functions such as heartbeat, digestion, blood pressure, and breathing. When you stress and your body perceives a threat, your nervous system will respond. This response will be a release of stress hormones that include cortisol and adrenaline.

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These particular hormones are the ones that get your body ready for an emergency. When stress occurs, your senses will become sharper, your breath will quicken, your heart will pound faster, your blood pressure will rise, and your muscles will tighten. These changes occur to help you speed up reaction time and will increase your stamina and your strength. Once the danger has subsided, your heart rate will slow down and your blood pressure will get lower and eventually wind down to normal balance. However, your body does not do a very good job distinguishing between minor daily stress and threatening experience.

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If a pile of bills, a traffic jam or an argument with a family member or a friend is enough to cause stress; your body will feel threatened even though you are not facing an emergency. By repeatedly experiencing this type of stress response day after day, your body never has the chance to return to normal. If this is a never-ending circle for you, you could begin to experience some serious health issues including depression, chronic pain, digestive problems, and heart disease and sleep problems. If you are constantly stressed you may also have to deal with weight fluctuations, autoimmune diseases and skin conditions that could include eczema.

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When you are under stress, a chemical response will occur in your body that will make your skin more reactive and sensitive. Stress can also make it more difficult for problem skin to heal.

If you break out more when you are under stress it is because your body is producing hormones, including cortisol that are telling your sebaceous glands to produce and secrete more oil. Oily skin is prone to additional skin problems including acne.

Stress can also worsen other skin problems such as rosacea, eczema and psoriasis, and can trigger skin rashes, fever blisters, and hives. If you are under enough stress it may cause you to skip your daily skin care routine which will only aggravate any problems that you may be dealing with.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE recommends that you take good care of your skin with an all-natural skin care regime if you are under stress. The all-natural Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is a great way to deal with the itchiness caused by stress and has a very calming effect. Other ways to help with stress include plenty of rest, a healthy diet, and plenty of exercise. Yoga, visual imagery, and mediation may also help.

For all natural skin care products that can help with skin problems that may be brought on by stress, order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.