The History of Moisturizer

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According to anthropologists, humans have been using some sort of moisturizer for the past 10,000 years. People in Africa and Brazil used palm oil, Native American tribes used animal fat to keep skin soft and supple while Latin American women were partial to avocado.

The ancient Sumerians, the first known civilization, which was located where Iraq is today, created natural salves from minerals, animals, or pulverized plants. They combined the ingredients with tree oils and wine before applying to their skin as a moisturizer.

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Ancient Egyptian parchments explain how moisturizer and body creams were found at the burial sites. Cleopatra was known for using sesame oil and olive oil to keep her skin looking young. Resinous myrrh, oil of Ben, wine, honey, cardamom, and bitter olives were also made by the Egyptians who used the ointment as a moisturizer.

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The Bible talks about lotions made from spices and olive oil. One Byzantine passage recommends a facial mask made of myrrh, egg yolks, aloe, and hot rose oil.

Olive oil was a popular moisturizer that was used by the ancient Greeks with Homer describing Hera anointing herself with scented olive oil before seducing Zeus. Some Greek women swore by an anti-aging routine that required them to spread bread and milk on their body and face before going to bed while Hippocrates used honey on his face for a moisturizer as he believed it would give him a, “Fresh and jovial look.”

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Roman physician Galen was the first to create a cold cream moisturizer using rose oil, melted beeswax, and water. He called it cold cream because that is how it made your skin feel. This was developed around 200 BC.

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Manufactured body creams became popular in the 1800’s with new ingredients including petroleum jelly. Lanolin and mineral oils were also added to moisturizer around the same time.

Today there are thousands of body creams and moisturizers available with more than 80 percent of women in the United States claiming to use body or hand lotion on a regular basis, however, a huge percentage of those creams and moisturizers are loaded with chemicals, but not SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE uses a mixture of plants, vitamins, and minerals to create the all-natural line of skin care products, much like the ancient Romans and Egyptians did. Every product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is perfect for all skin types and people of all ages.

If you are tired of putting chemicals on your face and would like to try an affordable all natural line of skin care products, order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Skin Care and Honey

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For more than a thousand years, honey has been used around the world for healing a number of ailments with modern science starting to recognize just how many uses honey actually has.

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Some of the benefits of honey include antifungal and antibacterial properties and is being used as a sports performance enhancer. Honey is also loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and can help with wounds, burns, colds and flu and skin care.

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, honey is a very rich source of minerals and vitamins that include:

  • Thiamine
  • B6
    Niacin
  • Riboflavin
  • Amino Acids
  • Pantothenic Acid

Minerals in honey include:

  • Copper
  • Calcium
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

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For thousands of years people have used honey to treat a variety of wounds that include skin infections, burns, and ulcers. In modern day medicine, honey is now being recognized for its antimicrobial properties that can help the body fight infection by boosting the immune system.

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It was stated in a study that was published by the British Journal of Surgery that those who participated in the study had great success when it came to wound treatment. Fifty nine percent of those patients did not have success with conventional treatment, but showed remarkable improvement when honey was applied topically.

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Like its many other uses, honey has been used for centuries as a skin care treatment and can actually help promote a radiant and soft complexion while improving skin tone. The antimicrobial properties and the antioxidant properties can also help protect skin with UV rays helping support skin cell rejuvenation.

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Just like honey, the all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can also help keep your skin soft, supple, and younger looking regardless of your age or skin type. The all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are perfect whether you suffer from acne, or have sensitive skin.

If you would like keep your skin soft and smooth without chemicals, order your skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

A Healthy Diet for Dry Skin

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You are what you eat is something that you may have heard a few times, but what you eat does more than affect your body. In fact, what you eat can also have a huge affect on your skin, and could likely cause dry skin.

If you have dry skin you probably know that natural skin care products, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can help, but so can your dietary choices.

Eating a diet that includes healthy fats, such as Omega-3’s can help keep your dry skin hydrated, soft and supple.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that the most important part of your skins barrier is lipids. Those lipids include free fatty acids, phospholipids, ceramides, and cholesterol. If your skin does not have enough healthy fat, water can escape through the barrier. This allows your skin to become dehydrated, which could cause dry skin.

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Herring, salmon, anchovies, sardines, and mackerel along with flaxseed oil, grass-fed beef, and all natural eggs can help hydrate your skin. All natural skin care products, such as the line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can also help prevent water evaporation and dehydration. If you don’t care for fish, or are expecting and aren’t allowed to eat it, there are Omega-3 supplements available.

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Vitamin C, an ingredient in the all-natural skin care line of products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE allows collagen to form. Collagen acts like a sponge when it comes to moisture. Copper and zinc are also important minerals as they keep your collagen dense, which allows for hydrated and plump skin. A good multivitamin that contains trace minerals such as copper and zinc can help keep your skin soft and supple. Zinc has also been show to maintain smooth skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

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Although your morning cup of coffee or tea isn’t likely to dehydrate you, too much caffeine can constrict your blood vessels. If you like your morning cuppa, the lip and eye cream from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help reduce puffiness and help with dry skin. In the long run, blood flow restriction can affect healthy circulation, which means that your skin cells will not turn over as quickly.

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If you are enjoying a balanced diet with enough fats, adding additional fats or supplements may not be a quick fix when it comes to dry skin. However, using all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help improve your skin. Order your all natural skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is aware how devastating a breast cancer diagnosis can be and is offering it’s all natural herbal healing gel in a special 3 oz bottle for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All you have to do is purchase five skincare products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you will receive a complimentary bottle of the special Herbal Healing Gel.

Breast cancer affects more women in the United States than any other type of cancer, and that includes skin cancer. However, millions of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have survived thanks to early detection and new treatments.

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The American Cancer Society actively helps fight breast cancer by stressing how important early detection is and helping women be tested as early as possible. The earlier the diagnosis, the better chance you have of fighting off the disease. The American Cancer Society also helps women, and men, yes, men can have breast cancer as well, but it is rare, understand what treatment options are available and what emotional side effects can occur.

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According to the American Cancer Society, there are some things you can do to lower the risk of breast cancer. Every type of cancer has different risk factors. For example, exposing your skin to too much sunlight will increase your risk of skin cancer, while smoking can increase the risk of mouth, kidney, bladder, and of course, lung cancer.

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However, risk factors do not tell the whole story as having one or more risk factors does not mean that a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer. In fact, most women who have risk factors never get the disease at all while some have no risk factors and develop breast cancer.

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Some breast cancer risk factors include race and age, which cannot be changed. Others can be linked to the environment. However, some risk factors that are related to personal lifestyles can be changed to influence the risk factors. These include diet, drinking, and smoking.

Do your part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and order five or more products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and receive a complimentary 3 Oz bottle of the Herbal Healing Gel for yourself, or someone you know who is dealing with breast cancer, as the all natural herbal healing gel can help with radiation and chemotherapy skin side effects.

Skin Care through the Ages

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Although some of these ancient skin care remedies may seem strange or downright odd, people would swear by them saying that they really did help keep their skin soft and supple. Thankfully, you do not have to resort to these archaic skin care treatments to keep your skin healthy when you use the all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Believe it or not, the Ancient Romans swore by urine. You heard that right. Both men and women quite often used urine as a facial mask ingredient. Urine was also used to keep teeth white and bright.

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Everyone knows how dangerous lead is especially when it comes to makeup. However, during the Elizabethan times, Queen Elizabeth herself slathered her face with what was called the, “Mask of Youth.” Applied to give women and men a pale and light complexion, the main ingredient in the makeup was toxic white lead, which truly was pure poison.

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During the Victorian Era, women and men were obsessed with devices that could instantly give them beautiful skin. One of the more popular devices was Madam Rowley’s Toilet Mask that claimed to remove wrinkles and remove age spots.

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Fast forward to the 1930’s and people were trying all kinds of things to keep their skin soft and wrinkle free. Artes Radium Cream, that’s right radium, was quite popular because of its radioactive element.

Makeup artist Max Factor used another tool that took the world by storm in the 1930’s. The Beauty Calibrator was used to measure a man or woman’s face in order to make improvements.

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During the 1940’s beauty masks were all the rage including the Beauty Vacuum Helmet that was worn over the head using lower atmospheric pressure.

Much has changed in the world of skin care with some companies using chemicals to enhance their beauty products. Thankfully, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses natural ingredients to keep your skin healthy. Order your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural skin care products today.

Seven Tips for Healthier Looking Skin

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If you are tempted to track down your friend who just happens to be a dermatologist, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has done the work for you with some tips from a licensed dermatologist that will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Make sure that you use plenty of sunscreen. The best way to make sure you are getting enough is to fill your palm with about ½ tsp of SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen coating your ears, neck and face if you run out, repeat the same step again that way you will be sure that you are getting enough.

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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and if you start your morning off with essential fatty acids, such as almonds, you will be helping your skin stay refreshed. If you don’t feel like nuts, have tuna, salmon, or halibut for an early lunch.

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Try to keep your stress levels to a minimum as high levels of stress and tension will spike your hormone production, which could lead to breakouts or aggravate psoriasis. When you control your tension and stress, it will help keep your skin calm. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE recommends that you apply the PROTEIN LIFT MASK, the Exclusive Salon Formula, that must be mixed together with the

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HERBAL MASK ACTIVATOR that is made using all natural ingredients. Taking a break for 20 minutes using the PROTEIN LIFT MASK and the HERBAL MASK ACTIVATOR from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help you relax and de-stress.

Everyone knows how important veggies are to a healthy diet, but did you know that a bag of frozen peas could help sooth irritated eyes? After work, cleanse your skin with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL FACIAL CLEANSER and put a bag of frozen peas on your eyelids for five minutes. The cold will help to reduce swelling. Unlike those frozen ice packs that are hard and stiff, frozen peas will conform to your eye shape giving you a quicker effect.

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Exercise is important, but high-impact cardio, such as running, could weaken your collagen leading to saggy skin. Instead of repeated jarring, try something that is more low impact such as the elliptical machine or cycling.

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Yoga is good for your body, but also great for your skin. Certain yoga moves, such as the Downward Dog, help improve your circulation while boosting your oxygen levels giving you a lovely, healthy glow.

If you are hooked on diet soda, you may want to wean yourself off and stick to water. All soda, including diet soda is loaded with sodium making your jaw line and your eyes puffy. If you must drink diet, try a sodium free brand such as Diet Rite.

When it comes to healthy skin, nothing beats SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

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.