Help for Poison Oak Poison Sumac and Poison Ivy from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE


Now that the Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Poison Ivy have decided to return, you could be asking for trouble.

Poison Oak is related to the cashew family with similar properties to Poison Ivy. Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Poison Ivy cause an annoying itchy red rash known by doctors as allergic contact dermatitis. Oil that is sticky causes the rash itself. poaisdfpaoidhfpaosidUrushiol is found in all of the plants above, and will cause a rash if you brush against the stems, leaves, berries, flowers or roots. Even if the plant is dead, you can still get a rash. If you touch anything that has been near these plants, and that includes your pets, you will start to itch. Clothing, gardening tools and sporting gear that has been in contact with the oil will cause a rash. Luckily, you cannot catch the rash from someone else, only the oil itself.


SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has an incredible Herbal Healing Gel that works on Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, and Poison Sumac, in fact the all-natural Herbal Healing Gel works on any type of rash that causes you to become red and itchy.


Some are more allergic to these types of plants than others are. Those that have a serious reaction will have swelling to the neck, mouth face, and genitals. People who have an intense reaction may also have large blisters that filled with fluid.


The rash takes about seven days to appear; however, other contacts will only take a couple of days to erupt. You will only get the rash on the places where the oil touched your skin. The redness and irritation usually lasts about three weeks, but in some cases could last up to six.


If you develop a rash thanks to Poison Oak, Poison Sumac or Poison Ivy, apply a wet cloth and soak the affected area with cool water. Apply SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Healing Gel and try not to scratch. The all-natural Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will help relieve some of the itching.

The all-natural Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the only topical gel that should be used. Antihistamines, topical anesthetics, and topical antibiotics should be avoided as they contain both benzocaine and neomycin.

Herbal Moisturizing Lotion For Sun Protection


During the warmer month’s people tend to spend more time outdoors whether it is for recreational activities, work around the house such as gardening, or organized sports.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes care when it comes to the sun, and although we all need a daily dose of Vitamin D, too much sun could cause harm to your skin and can even be deadly. Use the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Moisturizing Lotion before that game of tennis and you will be protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.


Skin cancer is on the rise and according to the American Cancer Society can strike at any age. Early treatment is the best defense, but so is treating your skin with all natural products.


The Herbal Moisturizing Lotion from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can be used all day and even at night. Apply at least every two hours and you can be free to enjoy that game of golf or tackle the garden without having to worry about greasy hands.


The Herbal Moisturizing Lotion from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will never sting your eyes and is perfect for all skin types. Even those with sensitive skin can use the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion that is PABA free with an approximate Sp15. Because the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion is non-greasy, it can be used underneath your make-up, and can also help to prevent moisture loss and dehydration.


The Herbal Moisturizing Lotion contains natural herbs and is blended without excessive heat in order to preserve the natural properties of the herbs. The herbal complex includes Arnica Flowers, Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Flowers, Watercress, and Saponins and is preserved with all natural Grapefruit Seed Extract. The natural fragrance of the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion is another added bonus of this amazing product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.


If you did your best, but still came home with a sunburn, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help. Buy the all-natural Herbal Gel and use it as soon as possible. The Herbal Gel helps to reduce redness and is excellent for most burns, including sunburn. The Herbal Gel, only from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, is quickly absorbed into the deep tissue of your skin and can also be used for windburn, other minor burns and insect bites. If you have acne prone skin or have been exposed to radiation or chemotherapy treatment the Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can work wonders.

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Shaving Does Not Have To Be Uncomfortable Thanks To Therapy Shave Gel


Both men and women have problems when it comes to shaving, but thanks to the all-natural Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE everyone can have smooth skin after removing facial, underarm and leg hair. Kiss that bikini line goodbye with the help of the all-natural Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

That red rash that occurs doesn’t always happen right after shaving. Razor burn can occur up to four days after shaving, just as the hair on your legs or on your face starts to grow back.


All sorts of things including blunt blades, skin that is ultra sensitive, shaving with too much pressure, and running the blade across your skin too fast, can cause razor burn. Order the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, which will keep your skin moist during shaving, and you can kiss razor burn goodbye for good.


Psuedofoliculitis barbae, or razor bumps, are the reaction that you get when there is an inflammation in the skin follicle. If left alone, razor bumps can actually cause scaring. The persistent problem is a direct result from shaving, causing pustules that look much like acne, to develop after shaving too close. Coarse, curly hairs will begin to grow almost immediately, but when you use the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE every time you shave, you may never have to deal with PFB again.


Quite possibly the most painful problem that can occur when you are shaving is ingrown hairs. These little gems are caused when the broken end of a whisker or hair grows sideways and ends up curling itself back underneath your skin. Resist the urge to grab the tweezers and apply a hot washcloth, which can help calm the irritation. Topical treatments, such as the Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can work wonders to help remove and sooth an ingrown hair irritation.

Acne is not much fun for anyone, but if you have to shave and you have patches of acne on your skin, it can be extremely painful. Try using the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and follow up with Herbal Healing Gel.

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Shaving doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable fact of life, especially when you begin a good skin care regimen. Order an all-natural skin system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Your Dry Skin Could Be a Health Risk


Now that Mother Nature has decided to cooperate and the weather is warming up, it is time to shed that dry skin that has accumulated over winter. Dry skin doesn’t go away by itself, and unless you are using an all-natural family skin care line such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, your dry skin could lead to other skin conditions.


Most people are not as concerned about dry skin as they are about acne or cellulite, but the bottom line is dry skin could cause dullness, red patches and flaking as it will intensify the fine lines on your forehead and the rest of your face making you look older than you actually are.


Esthetics aside, dry skin can also pose health risks. According to Dr. Francesca J. Fusco, a Women’s health advisor in New York, dry skin can cause invisible cracks in your skin that could invite dangerous bacteria into other parts of your body. If your dry skin is left untreated, that bacteria could result in a deadly staph infection.


SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE advises that you gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin with the all-natural family skin care line that is non-abrasive and loaded with soothing herbs such as Arnica, Rosemary, Aloe Vera, and Chamomile Flowers. The gentle products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will never strip the moisture from your skin, but will get rid of the outer layers of dry skin.

Soaps and some cleansers would like you to believe that they are completely safe for your skin, but the bottom line is, most facial cleansers contain an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfate that is notorious for sucking moisture from your skin. Even if the cleanser that you have been using is free from sodium lauryl sulfate, it may not be fragrance free. If you have dry skin, it will only get worse if you use cleansers that contain perfumes and other scents.

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The facial cleaners from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, as well as the entire line of all natural family skin care products, are fragrance free, do not contain chemicals, and are never tested on animals.

Shop now and see for yourself why people with dry skin, oily skin, problem skin and perfect skin count on the all natural family skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Add These Foods To Your List For Healthy Skin


For the last couple of weeks, you have learned about foods that are good for skin, but there are still a few more that should be added to the list. There are actually hundreds of delectable goodies that will make your skin shine as long as you watch what you eat and use an all-natural skin care line such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.


Skip the cabbage and head straight for the kale when you visit your green grocer. Bake it steam it or eat it raw and you will be filling your body full of iron, calcium manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and protein. If that isn’t enough, Kale is also loaded with vitamins A and B complex, C, E and K. Throw a handful of Kale into a salad or a bowl of soup for a skin-clearing tonic.

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Broccoli is just as good for your skin as kale. Not only is it loaded with super antioxidants like Vitamin A and B complex, but you will also be feeding your skin with Vitamin C, E, and K adding a luminous tone to your skin. Broccoli also contains omega 3 fatty acids, folate, and calcium that can help speed the healing process aiding in proper skin cell function. Enjoy it raw or steam it lightly in order to keep all of its goodness.


Peel back the thorns of an artichoke and boil for 45 minutes and you will be boosting your body’s immune system. Eating artichokes not only improve your skins luminosity, but are often used in herbal remedies because they contain antioxidants. Artichokes can also help with digestion and lower cholesterol.


Eggs often get a bad rap, but whether you enjoy them soft or hard-boiled, poached, scrambled, or over easy, eggs are full of zinc, selenium, and protein that can help clear your skin, especially the yolks.

Look for burdock tea at your health food store as it contains magnesium, potassium, and calcium. All of these nutrients can help support healthy skin. Burdock also contains strong antifungal and antibacterial properties making it a good defense against acne.


Instead of sour cream, spoon some cottage cheese over your baked potato. Better yet, spoon it on top of steamed broccoli and you will be getting some serious nutrition for your skin. Cottage cheese is high in selenium and protein that help promote healthy skin.

Skip the morning cup of Joe and opt for green tea instead. Not only will you improve the tone of your skin, but green tea, which is rich in polyphenol, can also help your waistline.


Recent studies have indicated that higher than normal levels of cortisone, due to stress, can cause breakouts. You can lift your mood by adding complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and yams that will release sugar gradually. These root vegetables also contain beta-carotene and when enjoyed are converted to Vitamin A, which can improve your skins circulation promoting healthy skin.

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Acai is probably the world’s most powerful food, as these small dark berries will eliminate free radicals and toxins from your body giving your skin a healthy glow. Although it may be difficult to find Acai and your local grocery store there are plenty of juices and supplements available that contain this super food.

Feeding your skin, the right way starts with a good healthy diet, but it doesn’t stop there. Complete the package and order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

More Healthy Foods for Your Skin

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Last week we talked about healthy foods that nourish your skin but there are a few more that you can enjoy, that will give you healthy natural looking skin. You are what you eat and adding healthy foods on the inside along with an all-natural skin care line on the outside, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you are sure to look and feel younger.

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There is research to suggest that easing up on dairy products may help relieve acne symptoms. Try swapping out your cow’s mile for almond or oat milk. Both of these are high in fiber, free from lactose and high in folic acid and vitamin E that help to support healthy looking skin.


Tofu is a wonderful way to increase your protein. The soy bean product is an excellent source of calcium, vegetable protein, and unsaturated fats that can help if you are suffering from eczema of psoriasis. Try adding it to a stir-fry or sprinkle it over your salad.


Swap out white rice and flour with whole grains and brown rice. Adding a single portion a day will provide your body and your skin with protein, magnesium, and B vitamins. Brown rice can also regulate your blood sugar, increase your energy levels, and improve your skin tone.

Beans, lentils, and peas, known as legumes contain vitamins and minerals and are loaded with fiber, which help the digestion process assisting in detoxification. Detoxing on a regular basis can help clear your skin giving you that healthy glow that you get when you use an all-natural skin care line like SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.


Avocados are an excellent source of vitamin and vitamin E and because this green fruit also contains oil, it can help stimulate collagen production that can help improve the texture and tone of your skin. Try including avocados in your diet and you will notice a reduction in skin inflammation and smoother softer skin.

Most people know how great garlic is for the body, but it is also excellent for your skin. Each garlic clove contains allicin that will react with the blood that will kill off viruses and bacteria, including acne and skin infections. Loaded with powerful antioxidants it is one of the best things that you can do for your body and your skin. To get the most from garlic, eat it raw and add it to your salad or meal just before serving.

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Alfalfa sprouts are loaded with skin clearing nutrients such as folic acid, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous, silicon, potassium, zinc and sodium along with vitamins A, B, B complex, C, E and of course, K. Why would you need to take additional vitamin supplements?

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There are dozens of foods that help clear your skin and when enjoyed with a regular skin care regimen like SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you will begin to love the way you look.

Nine Foods that Can Help Clear Your Skin


Some people were born with a beautiful complexion, but unfortunately, not everyone has been blessed with perfect skin. There are some things you can do to clear your skin on the outside, such as using the all-natural family skincare line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, but there are some foods that you can enjoy that will help clear your skin from the inside as well.


Pimples aren’t just for teenagers. Women of all ages can suffer from acne due to hormone fluctuations and stress. Of course, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has an amazing line of skin care products that can help with breakouts, but there are also foods that are known for their natural properties that can help with pimples.


Believe it or not, Nettles, when taken by capsule or in tea can calm your skin helping improve acne and eczema. This detoxifying plant contains antioxidants that help protect your body from over producing free radicals, which can cause damage.

Dark berries are loaded with antioxidants that can help clear your skin, but they are also packed with essential fiber than can help regulate your insulin production and keep hunger at bay.


There is nothing better than a hot cup of peppermint tea. Not only does it help relieve stress, but it can also help with digestion. Stress can aggravate acne so swap that cup of Joe with a soothing pot of peppermint tea.



Recent studies have shown that selenium and zinc deficiency can cause acne flare-ups. Eat Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds that can increase your selenium levels and help fight infection. Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, and potassium.



The humble red tomato contains lots of vitamin C, which can help keep your skin taut and firm as it aids in collagen production. Because tomatoes also contain lycopene, tomatoes can also help stimulate your skins circulation.


Those watercress sandwiches that your grandmother used to make actually nourished her skin helping flush out dangerous toxins and fluids. Try adding some watercress to your next salad and you will be feeding your skin with potassium, carotene, and manganese.


Fennel is a licorice-flavored root vegetable that can help with swelling and digestion. This tasty veggie can also help to flush out toxins and excess fluids. Fennel whether taken in tea or in its natural form can help your hair and your skin.

Red grapes contain antioxidants and natural chemicals that can help treat eczema and psoriasis. Red Grapes are a natural antihistamine and can help with allergic reactions.


Beets may stain your fingers, but the purple roots contain an abundance of skin clearing properties including vitamin A, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E. Combine these nutrients together and you will be enjoying an all around body cleanser that will help eliminate toxins and excess fluids. Beets have also been known to lower cholesterol.

Nourish Your Body on the Inside and the Outside


You really are what you eat and according to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, what you feed your body is just as important as what you feed your skin.

Nourishing from the inside is imperative as your cells shed constantly in order to generate new cells and that means it is essential to provide your body with healthy nutrients to support growth. By eating a balanced diet you will feed your skin keeping it younger looking, supple and soft.


Fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants that will help protect your skin against free radicals such as pollution, smoke and other toxic substances that you and your skin breathe in every day. Try to eat five portions of colorful fruit and veggies that contain beta-carotene found in carrots and sweet potatoes and plenty of spinach and kale that contain lutein, which is a powerful antioxidant.


SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE knows the importance of Vitamin C. This supper antioxidant can help boost your immune system giving you glowing skin. Vitamin C can also help heal blemishes. Your best sources for Vitamin C include Kiwi fruit, broccoli, oranges, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, and papaya.


Crash diets are one of the worst things that you can do to your body and your skin. Yo Yo dieting will take its toll on your skin causing stretch marks, wrinkles and sagging. When you lose and gain weight on a regular basis your skin will suffer for it, as crash diets are low on vitamins as well.


Don’t be afraid to include healthy fats in your diet. Not only do nuts, fish, avocados, and seeds provide your body with essential fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monosaturated fats act as a moisturizer for your skin helping to keep it soft, supple, and healthy. All of these fats contain Vitamin E as well which helps protect your skin against dangerous free radicals.

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When it comes to healthy skin, treat it right on the inside with plenty of nourishment and feed it on the outside with the all-natural family skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Water is an Essential Part of a Healthy Skin Care Routine


If you have been following our blog, you will know that we are going to spend the first month of spring talking about feeding your skin on the inside.

Water is imperative if you want your skin to have a smooth, healthy glow. Using all natural skincare products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is a good way to start, but if you are not nourishing your skin properly, you could be dehydrating your skin.


Your body needs water as it provides essential nutrients to your skin. Every day you lose large amounts of water through breathing, exercise, elimination, aging, high altitude and skin evaporation. If your water intake isn’t keeping up with your output, dehydration will set in.


When you drink water, it helps to balance the fluids in your body. Sixty percent of your body is composed of water. Absorption, digestion, nutrient transport, circulation and body temperature all need water in order to function properly. If your body is not getting enough fluids your brain triggers its thirst mechanism giving you clues that you are on the verge of dehydration.


Drinking water can also help you lose weight as it makes you feel full. Although it is not a magic bullet, water will help your daily calorie intake. Try to consumer water laden vegetables and fruit, beans and soups that are broth-based.


When you exercise, your body needs water to replace fluids that are lost when you sweat. It is vital that you maintain a balance of electrolytes and fluids in order to help with muscle fatigue.

Water provides a protective barrier for your skin helping to prevent fluid loss, but without a healthy skin care routine, hydrating with water will not make those fine lines and wrinkles disappear. The all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will help your skin lock in the moisture.


Water helps your kidneys transport waste, cleansing your body of dangerous toxins as long as you provide it with enough water. When you drink water, your kidneys do not have to work as hard.

Water is an essential part of a healthy skin care routine and can improve the look and feel of your skin. Drink up and include the all-natural family skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you will be well on your way to younger looking skin.

Alcohol Can Damage your Skin

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE understands how important a good skin care regimen is, but feeding your skin from the inside is just as important is feeding it on the outside.

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing some beauty secrets that will help keep your skin looking young, healthy, smooth, and supple. Of course, that means the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural family skincare line on the outside, but we want to concentrate on feeding your skin from the inside as well.


Everyone likes a cocktail now and again, but what does it really do to your skin? Is a shot of tequila worse than a beer or vise versa?

According to Dr. David Colber, founder of the NY Dermatology Group, alcohol is a hepatotoxin. Alcohol also contains congeners. These substances are produced during fermentation. Those same congeners cause hangovers.


Alcohol also dehydrates your skin. This means when you wake up in the morning your skin will not be as fresh or as plump as it normally is.

Alcohol isn’t the only thing that can affect your skin. The mixers that you add to clear shots of tequila, gin, and vodka can be loaded with salt or sugar. The best alcohol to consume would be clear shots like gin, rum, or vodka, but it is important to remember that people tend to drink more when they are imbibing with shots.


Next on the list would be dark shots of tequila, rum, or whiskey as there are fewer additives, however, the difference between dark and light alcohol is the extra fermentation that goes into dark alcohol. The more congeners in your drink, the faster your skin will age.

Sweet mixed drinks can lead to systemic inflammation. That along with the extra carbs in drinks like Mojitos and Pina Coloda’s can cause cell damage, which will age your skin. The less sugar you consume in your alcoholic drinks the better. Avoid drinks mixed with energy drinks, soda, or orange juice. Remember, sugar can also cause acne as it spikes your levels of insulin. Sugar hangovers mixed with a regular hangover will result in bloodshot eyes and sallow looking skin.


Beer and wine can also affect your skin. Beer contains salt, which could give you thirsty skin and swollen eyes. It’s your body’s way of telling you that you need to drink water to rid your body of the salt.



Red wine has benefits, and can actually counteract the aging process as it supports the health of your skin. White wine on the other hand contains both salt and sugar leading to bloating and swollen skin. Unfortunately, white wine does not have the same health benefits that red wine does.