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.

Things you May Not Know about Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day and that means it is time to give your Valentine a gift that keeps on giving. Order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, and your Valentine will be eternally grateful.

Dating back to 1514, the oldest Valentine was a poem that was written by the Duke of New Orleans; Charles wrote it to his wife. Unfortunately, Charles was in the Tower of London after he was captured in the Battle of Agincourt.

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Valentine’s Day dates back to the fertility festival in Rome, Italy. The Lupercalia festival involved young men drawing a woman’s name in the annual lottery. The lucky woman would become his sexual companion for the next year.

Young men and women in the Middle Ages would draw names from a bowl to find out who would be their Valentine. After the drawing ended, the men would wear the names of the Valentine on their sleeve for an entire week.

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One of the most popular theories about the origins of Valentine’s Day involves Emperor Claudius II. Claudius did not want any of the Roman men to wed during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against the Emperors wishes and married couples in secret. For his treacherous act, the Bishop went to jail before being executed. When he was in jail, the Bishop penned a note to the daughter of the jailor and signed it, “From your Valentine.”

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The Victorians believed Valentines were bad luck and rarely sent Valentine’s Day cards.

On Valentine’s Day, 15 percent of women across American gift themselves flowers on the most romantic day of the year.

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Addressed to Juliet, Verona, Italy where Romeo and Juliet called home, receives more than 1,000 Valentines every year.

220,000 people propose every Valentine’s Day.

This Valentine’s Day surprise your Valentine with something that will last longer than flowers or chocolates and order your all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Foods To Hydrate Your Skin and You

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Skin Care understands the importance of water. However, drinking water isn’t the only way to hydrate your skin. In fact, you will typically add about 20 percent of your water each day from the foods that you eat. However, according to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are certain foods that are even better when it comes to hydrating your skin and your body.

Cucumbers

Low in calories and a whopping 95 percent water, cucumbers not only hydrate your skin, but can also help fight inflammation. Some research even indicates that cucumbers can slow aging.

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Carrots

Crunchy and dense, it may be surprising to some to learn that carrots are loaded with water, about 90 percent. Carrots also contain antioxidants and beta-carotene, helping heart health. Carrots can also help protect you against cancer.

Zucchini

Full of antioxidants, zucchini is 95 percent water. Antioxidants can prevent cells from damage, and is good for your eyes. Zucchini will help with skin hydration, just like SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, and keep you healthy.

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Iceberg Lettuce

Although iceberg lettuce doesn’t have as many nutrients as other greens, it does have fiber, which can help you stay regular. Iceberg lettuce also has iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium, phosphorous and essential minerals like the skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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Spinach

Full of folate, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese and antioxidants spinach is a good source of water, and although it doesn’t have as much as iceberg lettuce can still help the fight against cancer and inflammation.

Celery

Good for your teeth, as it is known as nature’s dental floss; it is low in calories and is 95 percent water. Celery can prevent inflammation while helping with digestion. Celery contains folate, vitamin K, and potassium.

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Cauliflower

Rich in vitamin K, vitamin C and other essential nutrients, cauliflower is 92 percent water. Cauliflower can help lower your cholesterol while protecting you against cancer. However, it’s best not to boil it to prevent a loss of nutrients.

 

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Tomatoes

Adding flavor and sweetness to your diet, tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that could help the fight against cancer. Tomatoes can also lower your LDL or bad cholesterol and could help with heart health.

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Strawberries

These delicious sweet treats are loaded with flavonoids. Flavonoids are chemicals that can help your brain stay healthy and sharp. Strawberries are 91 percent water and will help hydrate your skin.

 

 

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Of course, it is important to keep your skin healthy as well, and if you are looking for an all-natural skin hydrating skin care product, look no further than SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your products today and hydrate your skin.

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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Depression 

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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Food 

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.

Healthy Food instead of the Bad Stuff

Healthy food really does mean healthy skin, and if you are having a tough time keeping your skin from breaking out, it could have something to do with your diet. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that steering clear of fried and processed foods can help keep your skin clear, but so can avoiding these foods.

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Rice Cakes

Touted by dieters all over the planet, the fat erasing rice cake will cause your blood sugar to go through the roof. When that happens it can speed wrinkle formation as your body metabolizes the simple carbohydrates in the rice cakes exactly the same way that is does with sugar, by turning them into glucose. Once converted, it will stick to proteins, such as collagen, that fight wrinkles.

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Healthy Cereals

Although whole grains are lower when it comes to the glycemic index, many of those so-called healthy foods, including cereals are loaded with sugar, and just like rice cakes, can cause those glucose spikes that will speed up wrinkle formation.

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Milk

According to the ads, “Milk does a body good,” but it isn’t as good for your skin, especially skim milk. Milk contains growth hormones, which can affect your insulin as those hormones can make their way into the blood stream. This can also cause inflammation and an excess of oil production resulting in a massive breakout. Nut and organic milks are healthy foods that could be a good alternative.

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Chips

You may think munching on the occasional chip, even the baked variety can’t hurt, but the refined carbs can trigger collagen damaging oxidative stress meaning that over time you will start to notice wrinkles and fine lines. Skip the chips if you don’t want to look older than you really are and go for more healthy food.

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Smoothies

With Americans eating up a whopping 22 teaspoons of sugar every day, it’s no wonder their skin is suffering for it. Most sugars are hidden in the most surprising places, and one of the biggest offenders is the humble smoothie, but don’t blame the natural sugar as made to order smoothies from chains or the ones that you buy at the grocery store contain frozen yogurt and even sherbet, all of which are teaming with added sugar. If you must have a smoothie, make it at home with good for you foods such as yogurt or unsweetened almond or coconut milk.

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Eating healthy food and using all natural skin care products, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, will help you stay healthy and young looking. Order SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE skin care system today.

Three Summer Bad Guys for Your Dry Skin

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Dry skin is bad all year around, but especially during the summer. Although the jury is still out, some skin care experts believe that summer is far worse for dry skin than winter. Summer may be the season of picnics, barbecues, and beaches it is certainly no party for your skin.

Below are the top three summer skin enemies

#1 Blocked Pores

Make sure to exfoliate your skin with all natural products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. When you sweat, it can block the pores in your skin, which could result in blackheads. Keep blocked pores at bay with RENEW from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. RENEW exfoliates and dissolves dead skin cells helping lighten dark sun and age spots. RENEW can also help diminish fine lines and help acne sufferers.

#2 Dehydration

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, all of that sunscreen you use mixed with sweat keeps you hydrated, but dehydration happens in the deepest layers of your skin. Because people tend to indulge more during the summer with a never-ending flow of alcoholic libations, it’s easy to become dehydrated.

The best way to stay hydrated is to use a good skin care system that contains a sunscreen. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has everything you need to keep your skin hydrated. Up your water intake to at least eight glasses of water each day. If you don’t drink water, you will be dehydrated. If you have dark circles or fine lines around your eyes that you didn’t have before, you could be suffering from dehydration.

Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage

Spending your days in the sun will cause pigmentation changes in the skin, especially dry skin. Called hyperpigmentation the dark splotches get worse and more noticeable with age. You may have thought your skin was invincible when you were a teenager and in your twenties, but you will begin to notices changes in your 30’s, especially if you were a sun Goddess.

Follow the above tips and use a good skin care system such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you can stay ahead of the danger zone when it comes to your skin. Order now.

13 Fun and Interesting Facts about Easter

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

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.

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Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest Easter 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

Is Black Friday Really the Biggest Shopping Day?

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For millions of people all over the United States, Black Friday has become an annual tradition. Black Friday happens on the day after Thanksgiving and is one of the largest shopping days of the year in America, and although it is not officially recognized as a US holiday, many people take the day off.

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For millions of Americans it is time to begin holiday shopping the minute Thanksgiving is over, in fact, some are skipping the day of thanks all together in favor of standing in line at their favorite department store for the, “Bargain of the century.”

Coined as Black Friday in the 1960’s, the day after turkey day marks the kick off to holiday shopping season. The, “Black,” in Black Friday symbolizes retail stores going in the black or turning a profit.

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These days it is becoming more popular for stores to open the door on Thanksgiving evening, or at midnight giving those hungry shoppers an early start to the festive season, however, not everyone is happy to pull out the credit cards while still enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers.

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As SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains, there are two camps when it comes to holiday shoppers. The procrastinators and the Black Friday die hard go-getters.

Those who brave the mall on Black Friday are usually subjected to endless drives around the parking lot looking for a space before elbowing their way down the store aisles and having to endure a seamlessly endless line at the checkout. Black Friday fans say that is well worth the hassle as many retail stores actually strip down the prices to help move merchandise. For that main reason, Black Friday is proclaimed as being the busiest day of the year for shopping.

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Nevertheless, what about those holiday shoppers who could care less choosing to sleep in instead of waiting in line for Black Friday. Are they the ones that battle the procrastinators choosing to shop on Christmas Eve? Possibly, but even the customers who are finished with their shopping before Halloween will most likely forget someone on their list forcing them to head out for a last minute purchase the day before Christmas.

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Black Friday is the day where you expect every store to be packed with shoppers who are searching for the perfect deal, and that is usually the case with about five percent of holiday sales happening on the day after Thanksgiving. In 2014, average shoppers spent an average of $380.00 over the entire Thanksgiving weekend with 51 billion in retail spending.

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With that being said, the biggest shopping day of the year still goes to the procrastinators who wait until the Saturday before Christmas. Even with all of those people shopping on Black Friday, the sales do not follow suit. Surveys show that although there are plenty of people, not all will drive home with a trunk full of gifts with a high percentage of those same Black Friday shoppers actually buying items the next day.

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If lining up at the crack of dawn, or waiting until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping isn’t your style, shop for affordable gifts for everyone on your list from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Shop now.

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 Problems are Not Always Environmental

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The environment does not always cause skin problems. In fact, skin problems can be a direct result of the food you eat and the products that you use on your skin.

Unfortunately, not all skin care companies use natural products, and instead fill their skin care products with chemicals that do not always agree with your skin. Even if the cleanser and moisturizer that you have used for years suddenly starts to irritate your skin; it could be the chemicals, even if there hasn’t been a formula change.

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As you age, your body reacts differently to chemical substances, especially those that are applied to the face. Rashes can develop anywhere on your skin because your body has built up a tolerance to a particular chemical.

The natural and organic line of skin care products can help with all kinds of skin problems including rosacea and acne. If you suffer from hives due to stress or anxiety, the soothing healing herbal gel complex from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE may help with the itchiness.

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Finding a good moisturizer for skin problems can almost be as frustrating as trying on a new swimsuit, but it does not have to be. Try the natural and organic moisturizers from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE if you are dealing with oily skin after you apply your moisturizer. Your moisturizer should soak into your skin, not just lay there like some of the chemically enhanced moisturizers.

When you purchase a natural and organic skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can be assured that every product works together to keep your skin soft and smooth.

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When you start using a SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE skincare system for skin problems, you may notice an improvement in as little as two weeks thanks to the healing properties in the herbs that you will find in the natural and organic line of skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Order your natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.