Start a New Tradition with Southwest Sunshine

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Traditions are meant to be held on to, but unfortunately, during the holidays it is all too easy to forget where they came from or why they are even celebrated in the first place.

Every year people all over the globe put up a Christmas tree to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. The Christmas tree custom began in Germany tracing back to the 15th century. Devout Christians would bring decorated beautiful evergreen trees inside to share with their families. The St. George’s Church in Selestats began the tradition in 1521. The Christmas tree didn’t become popular elsewhere until the middle of the 19th century.

Early Christmas tree decorations were quite different than they are today. Christmas trees were decorated with apples, oranges and assorted nuts making them taste as good as they looked.


The Encyclopedia Britannica writes, “”The use of evergreen trees, wreaths, and garlands to symbolize eternal life was a custom of the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews. Tree worship was common among the pagan Europeans and survived their conversion to Christianity in the Scandinavian customs of decorating the house and barn with evergreens at the New Year to scare away the devil and of setting up a tree for the birds during Christmastime.”

In Great Britain, the Druids used evergreens to perform sacred winter solstice rituals. These wood priests also used mistletoe and holly. These were symbols of eternal life. Evergreen branches were placed over the doorways to ward off evil spirits.

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During the Middle Ages, the Scandinavians and the Germans would place evergreens just outside the door or inside to show hope of a fruitful spring. Today’s modern Christmas trees and other decor come from these earlier traditions.

According to legend, Martin Luther started the tree decorating tradition on Christmas Eve around 1500. As he walked through the woods that were covered in snow, he was awestruck at the beauty of a small group of evergreens. The branches lightly shimmering under the light of the moon made him so excited that when he returned to his home he set up his own fir tree in order to share his story with his family. He decorated his, “Christmas tree,” with candles, which he lit in honor of Christ’s birth.


This Christmas celebrate the older traditions or create some new ones with the help of SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Last Minute Shopping is Not a Problem


Last minute shoppers can rejoice knowing that there are companies out there who can still deliver gifts in a timely fashion.

According to ShopperTrak, an analytics website, four of the 10 busiest holiday shopping days will fall between the 20th and the 24th of December. Of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday do get their fare share of business, and did so this year, but because December 25th falls on a Wednesday this year, mid-week momentum will continue.


Because of the convenience of the World Wide Web, consumers are spending less time in-store, and more time shopping from the comfort of their home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that is where SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE comes in.

When you shop with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can feel confident knowing that everyone on your shopping list will be receiving a high quality product that is both natural, effective, and most importantly, affordable.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has incredible products that are safe for everyone, including your furry friends.


If your daughter is suffering from acne, skip the products that are loaded with chemicals and tested on animals, and order The System. The System is a basic skin care kit that has everything your teen needs to feed her skin. This basic skin care system has been used for more than 30 years and can help problem skin. All it takes is five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night to achieve healthy and radiant skin.


Surprise the man in your life with the incredible Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. This incredible three –in-one- Therapy Shave Gel is all you need for cleansing, shaving, and conditioning. With its healing and stimulating properties of Elkweed along with the Herbal Gel, it even acts as an after-shave.

Order online safely and securely and take care of all of your last minute gifts with the help of SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

The Spirit of Christmas

Puritan Christmas BanChristmas has not always been a welcome tradition in the United States. In fact, the Puritans called the holiday un-Christian and upon arrival to the New World back in 1620, actually worked on December 25th.

Even after Puritanism began to wane, an Episcopal bishop in 1827 told his congregation that the devil had actually stolen Christmas by converting it into a day that was filled with shooting, swearing and worldly festivities. All throughout the 1800’s, Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches closed their doors on December 25 because they did not accept Christmas Day as holy. In fact, only 18 states recognized Christmas during the Civil War.


Christmas began to gain popularity after Clement Clarke Moore wrote, “Visit from St. Nicholas.” However, it was the weekly drawings by Thomas Nast Harper that really swayed the religious leaders who began to think that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. The drawings featured a white-bearded gentleman called Santa who gave out gifts to children.


In 1881, storefronts began to decorate their windows with Christmas cards, colorful ornaments and brightly wrapped gifts, and in 1888 JP Robert of Stratford in West Ham, unveiled the very first, “Santa’s Grotto,” with the bearded gentleman himself greeting children in order to fulfill their Christmas wish lists. By the late 1890’s it was a tradition to sit on Santa’s knee with storeowners all over the United States creating their own Santa’s Village.

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The larger department stores adopted Christmas during the 1920’s by sponsoring the Christmas Shopping Season kicking off the day after Thanksgiving. However, all was not well with sermons all over the country calling Christmas a huge commercial racket.


These days the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well with shopping traditions like, “Black Friday,” and, “Cyber Monday,” becoming the buzz words of the 21st Century, but not all of your hard earned cash stays in the United States. Do your part this Christmas and keep your dollars in the United States by purchasing all-natural skincare products online from America’s own SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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.

The Only Mask and Activator You’ll Ever Need


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If your face doesn’t need a mask this Halloween it could be time to do something about your weathered looking skin whether you are suffering from red, blotchy skin or want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, the Mask and Activator from Southwest Sunshine can help you achieve and maintain healthier looking skin. It’s good to be spooky on Halloween as long as you are wearing a mask.


The skincare line of natural products from Southwest Sunshine can take you from haggard and hapless to soft and smooth in a few short weeks. Once you start using the Mask and Activator along with the rest of the line of natural skin care products from Southwest Sunshine you will begin to look and feel 10 years younger.

It all starts with the Healing Herbal Gel. This fantastic Herbal Gel is the base for the entire line of skin care products from Southwest Sunshine with its heavy concentration of Aloe, Arnica and other healing herbs.


If you want to see results now start with the Protein Lift Mask that contains an exclusive salon formula made with natural proteins and a combination of herbs. Week after week the Protein Lift Mask with gradually tighten and tone your face and neck as it stimulates and deeply cleans giving you fantastic results. Along with the Protein Lift Mask is the Herbal Activator, which must be purchased with the Protein Lift Mask.


The Protein Lift Mask when mixed with the Herbal Mask Activator creates the best tightening and firming natural mask. The Goldenseal in the mask disinfects and tightens pores giving you a healthy glow.

Not only does the Protein Lift Mask and Activator firm and tighten your facial tissue, but when combined are an excellent remedy for acne prone skin. The, “Miracle Mask,” from Southwest Sunshine gives you that radiant glow by bringing the blood back to the surface of your skin.



The last week of October is time to celebrate as Southwest Sunshine is offering a, “Spooktcular,” 10 percent off on the Protein Lift Mask and Activator. Act now and get rid of that Halloween Mask forever with the Protein Lift Mask and Activator only available from Southwest Sunshine.

Do you really need to exfoliate?

Exfoliation is a necessary fact of life if you want to get rid of dead skin cells, but not all exfoliation methods are safe for your skin, in fact, some exfoliation methods can be downright harmful, and that is where Southwest Sunshine comes to the rescue.

Simply defined, exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. If you haven’t exfoliated regularly, you should incorporate exfoliation into your regular skin care regimen, but even if you do, there is a simple test that you can take to see if you are using the right exfoliation products to remove the dry skin cells on the surface of your skin.


Apply a clear piece of scotch tape to your forehead. Give it a gentle rub and take off the tape. If you notice pieces of flaky dry skin on the tape, it is time for you to exfoliate.

One of the most important steps in your skin care routine, exfoliation will help you achieve healthy skin and could actually resolve a few skin problems as well. Blemished skin, redness, clogged pores; hyperpigmentation and dry skin are just a few of the issues that can be helped with regular exfoliation.

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Not all exfoliation products are natural. Some exfoliation solutions on the market are loaded with chemicals that could wreck havoc on your skin, but not Southwest Sunshine. Used in conjunction with the rest of the Southwest Sunshine Skin Care product line Renew was designed to dissolve dead skin cells while diminishing fine lines. With regular use, Renew can lighten dark spots caused by age or sunshine giving you back that youthful glow that you thought was lost forever. Renew can also help reduce those annoying acne breakouts.


Hydroxy Renew, only available from Southwest Sunshine, is an herbal combination blended with fruit acids, sugar cane, and milk. The natural skin exfoliate glides on smoothly, penetrating in seconds.

For a youthful healthy glow, try Southwest Sunshine’s Renew today. For just pennies a day, Renew is more affordable than you think. Order Renew now.

Soap Is More Harmful Than You Think


If you are cleansing your face with soap and water because you want to avoid harsh chemicals, you could be doing more damage to your skin than you think. Using a natural Herbal Facial Cleanser will keep your skin looking younger and healthier. Even soaps advertised as, “Natural,” can irritate and dry your skin, which could lead to itchiness and even eczema. Research shows that soap used on infants can influence the bacterial flora causing an imbalance of pH.

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Soap will wash away the natural protective barrier in your skin. Sure, it may wash away the grime and dirt, but it will also wipe out the natural oil barrier right along with it. That squeaky-clean feeling that you get from soap is your body screaming for the natural oils that are being stripped away.

Your skin has acid mantle barriers or fatty acids that protect your skin from bacteria and infections. Those fatty acids naturally moisturize your skin. If you use soap, your skin will eventually become red, inflamed, and dry.

Using soap can also interfere with Vitamin D absorption. By washing away the natural acid barrier in your skin with soap, you are also washing away the Vitamin D synthesized in and on your skin.

Soap up on a regular basis and you will be getting rid of bacteria, but you will also be washing away essential bacteria that is good for your skin. Because soap is an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, it destroys all bacteria, not just the bad stuff. Healthy bacteria on your skin plays a vital role in overall health.

It is important to cleanse your face every day, but skip the soap and water and opt for a natural cleanser like the Herbal Facial Cleanser from Southwest Sunshine. Enhanced with Saponins, this creamy good for your skin Herbal Facial Cleanser will disinfect getting deep into your pores without disrupting your delicate pH balance. Southwest Sunshine’s Herbal Cleanser is perfect for all skin types, is gentle and effective, and will not irritate your eyes making it perfect as a mascara and make-up remover.

The Herbal Facial Cleanser is different from soap and most other cleansers because its base is the healing Herbal Complex Gel from Southwest Sunshine, which is made from Rosemary Leaves, Aloe Vera Gel, Comfrey Leaves, Jamborandi Leaves, Chamomile Flower, Arnica Flower, Watercress, and Saponins. Best of all the Herbal Facial Cleanser is concentrated and goes a long way.

When it comes to cleansing, avoid the soap and water and order the affordable all-natural Herbal Facial Cleanser from Southwest Sunshine. Not only will you look and feel younger, but your skin will thank you for it.