Black Friday has not Always Been a Good Thing

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Black Friday is one of the biggest, if not largest, shopping days of the year, and although it began in the United States, Black Friday has recently become popular overseas.

The term Black Friday has been used in different contexts and was actually first coined after a financial crisis that occurred in 1869. As far as shopping goes, the earliest reference to Black Friday dates back to a newsletter in 1961 that clearly had negative implications. The newsletter talked about the traffic jams that occurred in Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving with police nicknaming the day, Black Friday. Because the term wasn’t good for business, a Deputy City Representative was thwarted in his attempt to rename Black Friday, Big Friday.


The popularity of Black Friday truly is the official start to the holiday shopping season and linked with Santa Claus Parades. These parades usually include Santa’s first appearance at the end of the parade. When Macy’s and Eaton’s first held their Thanksgiving Day parades in the late 19th and early 20th century, they would use the Thanksgiving Day parades as a huge advertising push, creating an unwritten rule that there would be no Christmas advertising until after the parades were over.


Of course, this didn’t come without controversy. After the depression, retail shops wanted longer shopping seasons, but none of the big stores wanted to break with the tradition and be the first to start an advertising campaign before Thanksgiving so the President at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier angering the public. Most refused to celebrate the day of thanks on two days with some even referring to Thanksgiving as Franksgiving.


Much has changed over the last few decades with Black Friday becoming a holiday in its own right, in fact California and some other states have actually declared the day after Thanksgiving a federal holiday much like Columbus Day. For some folks Black Friday is a tradition to stand, or sit, in line all day, or even days before Thanksgiving skipping the feast in favor of a new flat screen for $25.00.

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Thanks to Southwest Sunshine, you can reap the Black Friday rewards with 10% off all individual products including the Healing Gel and the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion. Stuff those stockings with goodies like Therapy Shave Gel, and don’t forget to order some Renew for yourself.

This Black Friday skip the crowds and shop online with Southwest Sunshine.

It’s All About Family

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During the holidays, the focus is on family relationships, but Southwest Sunshine understands that togetherness is important throughout the entire year.

The definition of, “Family,” has certainly changed over the years. These days’ family dynamics include blended families as well as single parent families. These same family dynamics blend with what used to be known as the traditional family model with two parents and children.


Southwest Sunshine is a family owned business that has a genuine commitment to each other and the family structure, and when you purchase the herbal skincare line, you can feel safe knowing that Southwest Sunshine will keep its promise to provide you with the best and most affordable skincare products available.


October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Southwest Sunshine is committed to women and men with breast cancer all year round and provides relief from chemotherapy and radiation therapy with the completely natural Herbal Gel.

All of the products in the skin care line use the Herbal Gel as a base whether you are applying the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion or the Therapy Shave Gel.


Southwest Sunshine’s Herbal Gel is an amazing blend of herbs that work together to help speed cell replacement. The Herbal Gel also revs up the healing process and is wonderful for all skin types. Excellent for burns and skin irritations, the Southwest Sunshine Herbal Gel will not irritate your eyes. An added bonus is that the Herbal Gel is great for your animals as well.

The Herbal Gel truly is multi-purpose and because it is not an oil-based gel is perfect for your face and your body. The Herbal gel will soften and soothe your itchy, chapped, and dry skin and is especially helpful during fall and winter.

Just like family, Southwest Sunshine has remained unchanged. In fact, the entire skincare line is formulated and manufactured in Arizona, and has been for the last 30 years.

Kiss Your Dry Skin Goodbye With Herbal Moisturizing Lotion


Once the leaves begin to change, so does your skin. During the fall and winter, you will begin to notice itchy, rough and even dry skin, especially if you are in an area that is cold and dry with harsh winds. Colder air has much less moisture and can be extremely drying, and that is where Southwest Sunshine comes in. Having a good skin care regimen is the best way to keep old man winter at bay.


Winds are extremely damaging and will strip your skin of its natural moisturizers. When you use Southwest Sunshine’s Herbal Moisturizing Lotion you can help your skin retains its own moisturizers.

If the heater is on constantly during the winter months, especially a forced air heating system, your skin is suffering. Consider buying a humidifier to keep the moisture locked inside your home.


Everyone loves a toasty fire, but the heat from an open log fire can also wreck havoc with your skin. If you must relax in front of the fire, stay a bit farther away, and don’t forget to apply your Herbal Moisturizing Lotion.



Taking hot baths and showers feel great, especially if you have been out in the cold, but those same showers and baths are quite damaging to your skin. As difficult as it may seem to take lukewarm baths and showers, try to limit your shower time to about 10 minutes. If you are having a bath, add some almond oil or lavender to the water to help moisturize your skin.


Believe it or not, a hot cup of cocoa could cause you to dehydrate, much the same as alcohol does. For every glass of wine or cup of caffeine you indulge in, chase it with a glass of water. If you can skip the coffee, have a cup of chamomile or green tea.




Southwest Sunshine’s Herbal Moisturizing Lotion is the perfect addition to your skincare regimen, Order today and give old man winter a run for his money with Southwest Sunshine’s Herbal Moisturizing Lotion.

Nourish your Body with Super Foods for your Skin


Everyone knows how important it is to take your vitamins, but you do not have to take vitamin supplements everyday if you practice a well-balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals.

Spinach is rich in potassium, iron and magnesium and is loaded with vitamins A, C, E and K. Add blueberries to your diet and you will be getting a, “Super Food,” that is rich in antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, potassium and Vitamin C. 7-BlueberriesBlueberries can also lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Sweet potatoes are not just for the holidays. Enjoy these tasty vegetables that are loaded with Vitamins A, B, and C along with carotene, potassium, and fiber.


Other, “Super Foods,” that you will want to add to your diet include oily fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Good examples include herring, salmon, tuna, sardines, and mackerel. A diet rich in Omega-3s also includes flax seeds, walnuts, and eggs. Omega-3s can help with memory loss and lower your risk of heart disease.


Wheat Germ, avocados, and oats are other, “Super Foods,” that will help fill your vitamin and mineral gap.

If you follow a healthy diet, or supplement your daily intake of foods and drink with Vitamins, you may think you are doing enough, but that is not entirely true. You could be eating the healthiest foods on the planet, but if you are not feeding the largest organ in your body as well, you are not completing the whole picture.


Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and just like your other organs needs to be nourished on the outside, and that is where Southwest Sunshine comes in.

The entire skincare line of natural products from Southwest Sunshine is loaded with healing herbs and vitamins including the Facial Moisturizer. This, “Super Food,” for your face can help repair damage to your facial tissue caused by free radicals, and of course, the sun. Southwest Sunshine’s Facial Moisturizer can even help turn back the clock with its amazing anti-aging properties.


The Facial Moisturizer from Southwest Sunshine contains vitamins A, C, D, and E along with elastin and collagen these ingredients can help tone, firm and hydrate your skin. Perfect for all skin types, the non-oily Facial Moisturizer can be used as a daily moisturizer or for nighttime repair.

Used consistently, the Facial Moisturizer will give your skin a healthy glow and a much younger appearance. Use the non-oily Facial Moisturizer under make-up, as it will keep it in place much longer.

Because the Facial Moisturizer from Southwest Sunshine does not contain artificial colors, dyes, or perfumes men can nourish their skin as well without feeling too feminine.


Start feeding your body on the outside as well as the inside with the help of Southwest Sunshine’s Facial Moisturizer that is gentle enough for sensitive skin and loaded with healing herbs including Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Flower, Jaborandi Leaves, Watercress, and Sponins.