What You May Not Know about Easter

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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.

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.

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.

Can a Poor Diet Really Affect your Skin?

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If you have been dealing with uncontrollable breakouts lately, it could have something to do with your skin care products, your diet, or a combination of both. If you are using a skin care system that is loaded with chemicals, your skin could suffer. Add a poor diet to the mix, and you are really asking for trouble. Your skin is a reflection of the rest of your body and if you aren’t careful about what you put in your mouth, it will eventually affect how your skin looks and feels.

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40 years ago, studies indicated that there wasn’t a link between breakouts and a poor diet, but in recent years, new research is supporting a new way of thinking about diet and skin health.

One of the best ways to improve the health and tone of your skin is to watch your blood sugar. Keeping it steady is important if you want to keep insulin spikes under control. Pushing your blood sugar high and fast will create more insulin in your bloodstream, which may play a starring role when it comes to acne. Avoid processed sugars and try to eat smaller meals more often as it can help keep your insulin levels steady. Eat a diet that is loaded with vegetables, especially those that are bright and deep colored as they are loaded with antioxidants.

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Although there is no direct link between acne and dairy, the theories are out there. Dr. F. William Danby explained back in 2008 that there could be a direct relation between the two because of the testosterone in milk. Dr. Danby, a skin expert, reported that testosterone might stimulate oil glands that could lead to acne. If you do cut back on dairy, make sure that you consult with your doctor as dairy is an important source of vitamin D and calcium that help build strong bones and teeth.

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Fatty acids in the food that you eat can either dampen or support skin inflammation. Too much inflammation and your skin will suffer. Make sure that you are balancing out your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids or you will notice an imbalance. Try using less canola, safflower, corn oil, and replace with olive or coconut oil. Buy eggs and beef that is grass fed and eat more mackerel and salmon, and don’t forget to include lots of healthy fruits and vegetables.

A good diet and healthy skin care routine go hand in hand, and if you want to get back on track order natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE now.

How Diabetes Affects your Skin

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There are more than 29 million people in the United States who suffer from diabetes, which roughly 9.5 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Although diabetes affects every part of your body, skin problems associated with the disease are usually the first signs that you have diabetes. Luckily, most of the skin conditions are easily treatable if caught early on. Skin conditions associated with diabetes include fungal and bacterial infections.

There are several types of bacterial infections that may occur if you have diabetes including;

  • Eyelid gland infections, also known as sties
  • Boils
  • Infections of hair follicles, or folliculitis
  • Carbuncles, which are deep skin infections and the underlying tissue
  • Infections surrounding the nails
  • Staph infections

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Although bacterial infections were once life threatening, a physician can now treat them. However, doctors also believe that a good skin care routine, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can also help with bacterial infections.

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Fungal infections that often affect people with diabetes are known as Candida albicans. This yeast like fungal infection will create itchy rashes that are moist and red and are surrounded by scales and tiny blisters. These types of infections usually occur in the moist and warm folds of the skin including around the nails, the breasts, between your toes and fingers, around the corners of your mouth, the groin, and armpits. Common diabetic fungal infections include ringworm, vaginal infections, athlete’s foot, and jock itch.

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Localized itching can also be a side effect of diabetes and is usually caused by poor circulation, dry skin or a yeast infection. When poor circulation is to blame for the itching, the worst areas are usually at the lower parts of your legs. Try using an all-natural moisturizer after you bathe, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE to help with the itching.

Next week SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will talk about other skin problems that can occur, and usually only happen to people with diabetes. These include diabetic blisters, diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, and eruptive xanthomatosis.

If you suffer from diabetes, or know someone who does, order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, as they may be able to help with some of your skin care problems associated with diabetes.

Skimping on Sleep Can Cause Problems for your Skin

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Affordable Organic Skin Care Products Online

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The skin care industry is big business, but how do you know that the skin care products you are purchasing are really good for your skin?

Americans spend literally billions of dollars annually on skin care products. In fact, the United States are the leaders when it comes to forking out hard earned cash on skin care products, however, the US is ranked 23 when it comes to the satisfaction of life ranking. Japan is number two when it comes to spending on cosmetics but is ranked number 90 in the satisfaction with life category.

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The two countries that are the other end of spending when it comes to makeup, fragrances, skin care and hair care are Sweden and the Netherlands, both ranking well below Japan and the US when it comes to spending money on skin care products, but both countries have the highest rankings when it comes to satisfaction with life. Maybe it could have something to do with the fact that all of those high priced skin care products are damaging the bank accounts of the Japanese and Americans while doing nothing to help with fine lines and wrinkles.

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Of course, you don’t have to join the masses and spend your entire paycheck on skin care products. Thanks to the all-natural organic skin care line of products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can buy an entire skin care system for just $81.00. That’s $27.00 off the ALREADY DISCOUNTED price. You would pay triple that amount for so called designer skin systems. Best of all, you are getting, “The Works,” that has everything you need to keep your skin soft, supple and healthy looking.

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Unlike some of the higher priced brands, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has done away with the fancy packaging while passing the savings on to you. What you are getting are quality skin care products that are perfect for all skin types, including those who have problem skin.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is for everyone, and if you are sick and tired of spending too much on those beautifully packaged high end skin care products, it’s time to switch to something that will really work for your skin, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural organic skin care products. Order your affordable skin care products online from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today and enjoy a renewed glow in just thirty days.

Sleep Can Help Prevent Insomnia and Aging

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When you age your skin and body tend to notice the affects, but what most people don’t realize is that aging can also affect your sleeping patterns. Older folks may wake up earlier, go to sleep earlier and not get as deep a sleep as they used to, and although these changes are normal when it comes to aging, waking up tired every single day and disturbed sleep and other signs of insomnia are not a normal. Sleep is vital for your emotional and physical health, especially for people over 50. However, there are some things that you can do to help overcome problems that are related to age.

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Sleeping is so important, but especially for mature adults. A good night’s sleep helps concentration and memory while allowing your body to repair cell damage that has occurred during your daily activities. Sleeping is also good for your skin and refreshes the immune system while helping prevent disease.

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Many doctors believe that sleeping is a barometer when it comes to health, almost like taking blood pressure or a temperature. Older adults that are unable to sleep may also suffer from memory problems, a poor attention span and even depression. People who suffer from insomnia, especially those over 50, are also more susceptible to falls, increased pain sensitivity, and the use of more over the counter and prescription drugs. Recent research has also indicated that older adults who lack sleep may also have an increased risk of weight issues, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast cancer.

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Although the amount of sleep required will vary, most healthy adults require about seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to function properly and at their best. However, how you wake up feeling after a night of sleep is much more important than how many hours you actually slept. People who wake up feeling tired or not well rested may have problems or insomnia that should be addressed by a doctor.

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Next week, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural skin care problems will discuss how sleep can change how you age and what a lack of sleep can do to your overall health, including your skin.

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.

Is your Makeup Aging you?

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If you have been looking in the mirror and don’t like what you see, it could have something to do with your makeup. Using an all-natural skin care line can help make you look and feel younger, but so can taking a closer look at the makeup that you use.

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According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are some clever tricks that you can use to help you look younger.

Use a soft foundation and never overload on concealer. Heavier makeup will accentuate your wrinkles while over exaggerating the lines.

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Makeup will not cover wrinkles and will only draw them out. Instead of heavy foundations, try a primer first and follow it up with a sheer or lightweight foundation. Instead of trying to hide your lines and wrinkles, work with them by viewing your face as a whole.

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Focus on your eyes and play down the dark circles. Use the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE eye and lip cream and you will notice a difference in as little as four weeks. It can be difficult to hide those dark circles, but they can be minimized with a natural looking concealer that is lighter than your skin tone. Lighter gives more projection while darker will make your eyes look recessed. Try using an eye shadow base or primer first in order to smooth out the skin on your eyelids.

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If you have puffy eyes or bags, never use concealer as it will only accentuate the bags. Use a good moisturizer from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and skip the concealer until your eyes have returned to normal.

You can minimize your flaws using a light concealer to hide sun and age spots. Add a bronzer to give you a sun kissed and more youthful appearance. All you have to do is sweep the bronzer at the top of your forehead and across the cheekbones. You can also use it under your chin to sculpt your face.

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Add gloss to your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks to fill in crevices and cracks. Lip-gloss can also give the illusion of plumper lips adding more definition.

Of course, even the best makeup tips will not work unless you start with a good skin care regimen such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your all-natural skin care system today and start looking younger with makeup.