Is Your Water Harming your Skin?


If your skin has been unusually dry, it could have something to do with your water. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that there are two types of water, soft and hard, and although you may have heard this before, you probably do not know how these types of water can affect your skin.

Soft water has very little in the way of mineral deposits, making it great for your skin, but hard water is loaded with lots of minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium making hard water really bad for your skin.

Places such as the Southwest, especially in California, Nevada, and Arizona and Texas have hard water; in fact, it could be some of the hardest in the United States. Following closely behind is the regions in the Great Lakes, Tennessee, the Midwest, and some portions of the Pacific Northwest. Some experts believe that nearly 85 percent of the United States has water that is moderately hard.

Hard water causes skin irritation with flaking, dehydration, and sometimes breakouts. When you wash your skin with hard water, you are literally washing your face and your body with microscopic tiny rocks from the earth.

If you get that squeaky-clean feeling after you have washed your face and your body, your skin really isn’t as clean as you might think. What it does mean is that you have now put a layer of minerals on your face that will only worsen every time you wash with the same water.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that you can test your own tap water if you check your products. The less lather, the harder your tap water. If your bathtub has a crusty ring around it, it means that that hard water residue has been left behind. That same crust is still on your skin as well. Leave a tablespoon of water into a glass for an hour or so until it evaporates. If you are left with a white film that is grainy, you have hard water.

If you have hard water, try using bottled water. Of course, it is impossible to shower with bottled water, and that is where SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE comes in. The all-natural Herbal Healing Gel followed by the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE herbal moisturizer can help combat the affects of hard water.

Hard water isn’t a death sentence for your skin thanks to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your products today.

Who Really Started Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day really started as an anti-war statement, however the battle still rages on when it comes to its actual origin.

Anna Jarvis is the woman who is often most credited as being the founder of Mother’s Day in America. President Woodrow Wilson announced that Mother’s Day would fall on the second Sunday in May back in 1914; however, various aspects of Mother’s Day have spread around the globe with some meddling with the local traditions.

Julia Ward Howe, best known as the author of, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was responsible for promoting a Mother’s Day Peace Day back in 1872. For Howe and the other activists who were against war, Mother’s Day was a way to help promote global unity after the Franco-Prussian War in Europe and the Civil War in America.

Howe wanted women to gather once every year in social halls, churches and parlors to sing hymns, pray, listen to sermons and to present essays all to promote peace and unity.

New York, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia held their annual Mother’s Day services on June 2 until about 1913. However, the early Mother’s Day activities faded when the promoters started taking center stage. Most notable was Frank Hering, a former football coach who started promoting an earlier version of Mother’s Day becoming famous for Kidnapping Mother’s Day.

The former faculty member and Coach from the University of Notre Dame proposed the idea of Mother’s Day before Anna Jarvis did.

In 1904, Mr. Hering urged the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Indianapolis to support Mother’s Day in the memory of both motherhood and mothers. Although no particular day was suggested, he did say that it should fall on a Sunday. The local Fraternal Order of Eagles took the challenge with the organization still calling themselves the, “True Founders of Mother’s Day.

Of course, Anna Jarvis did not like the idea of Mother’s Day having a father and blasted him in a statement back in the 1920’s with the headline, “Kidnapping Mother’s Day: Will you Be an Accomplice?” Jarvis, who was never a mother herself, was probably acting out of ego when she signed everything as Anna Jarvis, Founder of Mother’s Day.

This year take a moment to think about all of the people who take credit for Mother’s Day and just be glad that it is still celebrated.

Happy Mother’s Day from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE!