What You May Not Know about Easter


Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about the holiday.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

The White House Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Vitamin D for Skin

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Vitamin D for skin is awesome and one of the ingredients in the all-natural line of skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. However, there are many other reasons that you should include the vitamin in your diet and vitamin D for your skin.

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Bone Health

Increasing your intake of vitamin D is essential for strong healthy strong bones from birth through to old age. Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium from foods and can help prevent brittle bones and fractures in older people. Children need vitamin D to build strong bones, weak bones, and knock-knees. Vitamin D was added to milk in the 1930’s.

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Weight Loss 

Recent studies are showing that obese people have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. Scientists believe that the body fat actually traps the vitamin. It is still not quite clear whether the obesity causes lower levels of vitamin D, or it’s the other way around, but in a small study of people who were trying to lose weight, those that added vitamin D to a lower calorie diet found it easier to lose weight.

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Lower levels of vitamin D have been found in people with depression, however the studies do not show that supplementing will reduce the symptoms, but what studies are discovering is that depression can be helped by spending more time outdoors in the sunshine. Sunshine is Mother Nature’s vitamin D.

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If you want to boost your intake of vitamin D for skin and overall health try including swordfish, salmon and mackerel in your diet as each will provide you with healthy amounts of vitamin D in a single serving. Other fatty fish, such as sardines and tuna have lower amounts of the vitamin as do egg yolks and beef liver.

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Start your day off right and include vitamin D. Orange juice, some types of milk, even soy milk, bread, some cereal and yogurt brands have also included vitamin D in the ingredients. Check your labels to see how much of the vitamin you will be getting.

Including vitamin D in your routine, including your skincare regime, can help you stay young and healthy. Order your all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today, which has been said to help provide vitamins and minerals into your skin, including vitamin D for skin.

Skin Care for Sun Allergies

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Skin care is important all year round, but especially during the summer as some people are more susceptible to the sun’s rays than you think.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that some people are actually allergic to the sun. People who do have an allergy to the sun will develop an annoying itchy rash that is red and bumpy on the arms and the chest.

Below are some of the more common sun allergies:



One of the most common sun allergies is known as photodermatoses. You can get relief from photodermatoses if you apply the HEALING HERBAL GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. In fact, the HERBAL HEALING GEL should be a skin care staple in your household.


Known as PMLE, polymorphous is another skin allergy that usually occurs in women who are aged between 20 and 40. It’s called Polymorphous because the bumpy pink or red rash looks different on different people. Polymorphous will usually appear on the legs, chest or arms. The face is rarely affected.

PMLE usually occurs in late spring or summer, with several hours of exposure to the sun after a long winter of no sun exposure. Although it’s not unsightly, it does burn or itch. After the first episode, PMLE will reappear every year. If you suffer from a skin allergy, include the HEALING HERBAL GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE in your skin care regime as it may relieve some of the itchiness.

Solar Urticaria

If you suddenly break out in hives after spending a few minutes in the sun, you could have solar urticaria. Similar to PMLE your face isn’t usually affected. Once you are in the sun it will tend to disappear as quickly as it appeared and will rarely last for more than 24 hours.


Acne suffers can get red and burning skin if taking doxycycline. Referred to as drug-induced photosensitivity, several medications can cause this type of rash. The rash can affect any part of the body, including the face. If you suffer from acne, you may find relief in the all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

What Can Help?

If you are susceptible to sunburn, or have a sun allergy try the HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. The HERBAL HEALING GEL can help relieve dry, red, and itchy skin and helps with burns and other skin conditions including psoriasis and rosacea.

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Don’t spend the rest of the summer scratching. Order your HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today. Buy four and keep one in each medicine cabinet and you will not have to pay for shipping in the United States.

All Natural Skin Care for Pets

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All natural skin care for pets really is available, but not at your local pet store. Only SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can give your dog, cat, horse, ferret, or even your pet chicken relief from itchy, dry skin.

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The all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is perfect for every member of your family, and if you are like most animal owners, you only want the best for Fido and Fifi. Luckily, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the answer with all natural skin care for pets.

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The Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is a wonderful blend of herbs that work in conjunction with each other to help speed up the natural cell replacement process and help expedite the healing process.

animal-842909_640The SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Gel is absorbed quickly and is excellent for your pets. If your pet has skin irritations or is suffering from a rash, use a small amount of SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Gel to help heal. The Herbal Healing Gel can also give your fur family member much needed relief from itching and scratching.

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Buy a few bottles of the multi-purpose healing gel from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE and you will be prepared, especially now that poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are beginning to wake up after a long winter.

The Herbal Gel from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE helps sooth chapped, itchy and dry skin. This is especially important now that your furry friends are spending more time out in the sunshine.

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If your feathered friend is having skin issues keep a bottle of the all-natural Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE on hand. The Herbal Gel is perfect for quick relief if the itching is driving Polly crazy.

The non-oil based Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can be used on every inch of your body, including your face.

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This spring keep your pets and your family happy with nearly instant relief from burns, skin irritations, rashes, bug bites and just about any other skin ailment you can think of and order the Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Buy four bottles and SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will pay your postage.


Christmas around the World

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It’s Christmas Day and if you are enjoying your time with family and friends, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like to continue sharing some little known facts about Christmas traditions around the world.

In Australia Christmas occurs at the beginning of the summer. School holidays begin from the middle of December to the early part of February. Because it is so warm in Australia during the summer, most families forgo cooking and opt for a barbecue cooking up lots of seafood. Australians also celebrate with Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve with celebrations occurring in every state across the country. Australians also decorate their homes with the native, “Christmas Bush.”

Only one percent of the folks who live in China are Christians. That means that most people don’t know much about Christmas. With that being said, a fairly new tradition that is becoming popular in China is called, “Ping’an Ye,” meaning a quiet or peaceful evening, it involves people handing out apples to family and friends.

Christmas trees are popular in Greece, but an older tradition that families still follow features a shallow wooden bowl. These wooden bowls have a piece of wire suspended around the rim with basil wrapped around a cross that hangs down from the wire. The bowl holds a small amount of water that keeps the basil fresh and alive. Once a day, mom will dip the basil and the cross into holy water before sprinkling it around each room of the house.

Just like Australia, Costa Rica’s school holidays begin in December with families decorating their homes with tropical flowers. The Pasito, a nativity scene, sits in the center of every homes display. Cypress branches, ribbons, and red coffee berries are used to make Christmas wreaths.

Armenia celebrates Christmas on January 6, which is also the day of Epiphany, meaning the public revelation that Jesus Christ was indeed God’s son.

As you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends this year, take a moment to appreciate other countries traditions and enjoy! Merry Christmas everyone!

Skin Care through the Ages


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.

Skimping on Sleep Can Cause Problems for your Skin


If you are having more late nights than you would like, you are probably noticing a difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Getting enough sleep is essential if you want to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. There really is something to be said about, “Beauty Sleep,” and according to recent studies, a lack of sleep really can wreck havoc on your skin.


Even if you use a great all natural skin care product, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, skimping on sleep will really take its toll on your face. Your skin will begin to lose luster, bags will begin to appear under your skin, and your tired skin will start to sag.

When you don’t get enough sleep, the blood vessels in your face will start to dilate, that’s what causes those unappealing dark circles. If you rub your eyes while you are awake because you are over tired, it’s not going to help the dark circles either. The organic line of skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help those dark circles fade, but if you don’t get enough sleep, it will become an uphill battle.


Lack of sleep will also make you stressed, and as discussed in a previous blog, stress will affect your skin. When you are stressed because of a lack of sleep, you will not only look sad, tired, and angry, but you will also look older.


Late nights spent smoking and drinking will cause even more problems. Alcohol will affect the quality of your sleep causing bags underneath your eyes, while smoking leads to wrinkles. However, not all is lost, as there are some things you can do to change your sleeping habits.


SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that your entire body, including your skin, repairs itself while you are sleeping. When you slumber, your skin will renew itself growing new skin cells while replacing the older skin cells. It is rebalancing, restoring, and repairing, and when you add an all-natural skin care system to the mix, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you will notice a huge difference.

The great thing about your skin is that it will recover quickly. When you get a good night’s sleep, you, and everyone else will begin to notice a difference in your skin and comment on how well rested you are looking.


So how much sleep do you actually need? Experts say that between seven and nine hours of sleep will help you look better rested. However, keep in mind that too much sleep can cause your skin cells to breakdown. If you find yourself over tired during the day, try taking a nap instead of sleeping 10 to 12 hours. Unfortunately, unlike your savings account, you cannot bank sleep.

Start improving your sleep habits and don’t forget to incorporate an all-natural skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE into your routine. Order yours today.

There is Help for Large Pores

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If large pores plague you it may be helpful to know that there are three causes, age, oily skin and your gender.

Your body produces sebum, an oily substance that is secreted to keep your skin from drying out. People who have oily skin usually have larger pores. This occurs because of the swelling caused from the dirt and oil that will collect under your skin.

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Some people associate larger pores with acne, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Although people with oily skin may be more prone to acne, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have large pores. Part of that misconception is because the small marks caused from acne scaring may look like large pores.

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Another cause of large pores is age. When you get older, your skin will lose its elasticity making your pores appear larger. Sun damage, something that usually accumulates when you age, can also make your pores look larger.

According to dermatologists, the third cause of large pores is gender. Men tend to have bigger pores than women do and although women may experience larger than normal pores during hormonal changes such as menstruation, men are more prone to large pores.

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Genetics may also be a factor when it comes to large pores. If your parents had large pores, chances are so will you at some point in your life.

There are many things that you can do to help eliminate or avoid large pores. These include keeping your face clean, especially if you have oily skin, and staying out of the sun. Also, avoid covering up your large pores with heavy makeup as this may make the problem worse.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is an all-natural skin care line that can help the battle against large pours. Using SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE skin care products can help shrink your pores giving you smooth, healthy, and younger looking skin.

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The SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Cleanser, Renew and the Herbal Gel, are made with natural products that work on all skin types and are perfect for men, women and children. Used together these products are the best solution when it comes to large pores.

It’s so easy to use and you will love the results. All you have to do is cleanse your skin with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Cleanser, follow with the Renew exfoliate to dissolve dead skin cells and finish with the healing Herbal Gel. All it takes is five minutes twice a day for smoother, healthier looking skin.

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Order your affordable organic products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today and help your skin and your large pores with the all-natural skin care line only from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

All Natural Skin Care Products for Radiant Skin

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Taking good care of your skin doesn’t have to cost you a weeks’ salary, in fact, when you shop online or visit the Mesa Marketplace in Arizona on Friday’s Saturday’s and Sunday’s you can treat your skin and your bank account to a truly pleasurable experience thanks to the all natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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With the all-natural skin care line of products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can have radiant, younger looking skin that others will be envious of. With the all-natural skin care product line, you will begin to see results in as little as two weeks.

Every product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has been designed for all skin types, including people who have acne, skin irritations, or other issues.

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If your skin makes you look older than you actually are, order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE that has everything you need to help your dry skin look more youthful. Dry or mature skin needs as much moisture as possible, because it does not produce an adequate amount of oil. The SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE line of all natural skin care products adds moisture to your complexion, whether you have dry or mature skin.

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Every product from the all natural skin care line is made from herbs and minerals that are guaranteed to give you younger, more supple looking skin without spending hours applying. All you need is five minutes in the evening and five minutes in the morning to help your skin get back the radiance it once had.

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Unlike other so-called all natural skin care products, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is good for all sensitive skin types does not contain lanolin, animal oils, or perfumes and is never tested on animals.

Women, men, and children have enjoyed great success and beautiful skin thanks to the all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. The Herbal Healing Gel is not only great for the family, but can be used on your pets as well. The all-natural skin care products will not irritate your eyes and are extremely affordable.

Order your all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and have the skin you have always wanted before the end of summer. Order yours today.

The History of Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is coming up quickly and if you want to surprise the special woman in your life with a gift that keeps on giving, order a skin care system or another all-natural organic skin care product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE that will keep her glowing all day long.

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Modern Day American Mother’s Day dates back to the middle of the 19th century before the civil war when Ann Reeves Jarvis from West Virginia started the Mother’s Day Work Clubs. The clubs were meant to teach women how to care for their own children. It is interesting to note that these clubs were quite important after the war and became a unifying force in a country that was still divided. In 1868, Jarvis started Mother’s Friendship Day, which helped mother’s gather together with both Confederate and Union soldiers for reconciliation.

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Mother’s Day in America began back in 1908 becoming an official holiday in 1914. Created by Ann Jarvis, Daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, Mother’s Day was a way to celebrate motherhood all over the country, Jarvis later denounced Mother’s Day because it became so commercialized. In fact, Jarvis was so upset that she spent the rest of her life trying to have it removed from the calendar.

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Although some dates may vary with other countries celebrating Mothers Day on different days, Mothers Day usually falls on the second Sunday in May. Traditional gifts for Mothers Day include cards, flowers, chocolates and of course, Sunday brunch.

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Mother’s Day may be a relatively new celebration in the United States, but it actually dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who held Mother’s Day festivals honoring Cybele and Rhea, the mother goddesses.


Mothering Sunday was a Christian festival that used to be a major tradition in Europe and the United Kingdom falling on the Fourth Sunday during lent.

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Mothering Sunday was meant to be seen as a time when the faithful would pay homage while returning to the, “Mother Church.” Eventually, “Mothering Sunday,” because more secular with husbands, grandfathers and children presenting their mothers with tokens of appreciation that included flowers and gifts of love. When Mother Sunday faded completely during the 1940’s, it merged with America to become Mother’s Day.

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Much has changed since the early beginnings of Mother’s Day, but not the gift giving, and if you want to give the special woman in your life something that will make her glow on her favorite holiday and for the rest of the year, order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.