Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Gift Baskets

We have the finest gift bags and gift baskets for the holiday season! Now you can give the gift of your favorite body lotions, tanning and sunless lotions and hair care products. All of our gift baskets are professionally shrinkwrapped and ready to give. Our gift bags are very high quality and make perfect gifts for home or office.

You can ship them directly to the recipient or to you for holiday giving!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Caribbean Cruise? Be Prepared!

Great question this morning from Tim: "I am going on a Cruise in a few weeks and have been prepping with Sun Sauce Diamond ultra dark at the tanning salon. What do you recommend for the Caribbean sun to continue tanning without burning?Thanks for your help,Tim" I always recommend that you build up the darkest tan that you can (your natural sun protection) before such a trip by using the best tanning lotion possible, a great tan enhancing moisturizer twice daily, and tan enhancer pills to boost your melanin production. All of these along with tanning 3-4 times a week until your trip will give you the darkest tan possible in the shortest time possible. Once out in that sunshine you will want a solid SPF like Hempz SPF 30 to protect you from sunburn. You should also continue using the moisturizer for tanners to keep your skin moisturized and healthy and tan. We also carry a wide variety of lip balms to protect those sensitive areas out in the sun. And last but not least we do also have sunburn coolers just in case you do stay out a little too long but always avoid burning! Have a great trip Tim!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

American History of Nail Polish

Although nail polish has been around for over 5,000 years, it wasn't until the 1940s when it became acceptable for the average woman to wear enamel paint on her nails.

Nail polish was first used by ancient Chinese cultures around 3,000 B.C. It was used by women to make their nails appear "rosy." The ancient Chinese blended flower petals with other ingredients, such as beeswax and egg whites to make a substance they would rub on their finger and toe nails.

In ancient Egypt, both women and men colored their nails to indicate social status. While Egyptian royalty used dark red colors on their nails, the lower classes would only tint their nails a pale, rose color. No one dared to color their nails the same color as the Queen or King.

In later centuries, women would polish their nails with cloth to give them a shiny appearance. Oils were introduced in the late 19th century as were pastes. These substances simply "polished" the nail while giving it a red tint. It wasn't until the 20th Century when nail polish, as we know it today, was invented.

Today's nail polish is the direct result of the automotive industry's quest to discover automobile paint. When enamel paint was first produced in the 1920s, it inspired the creation of colored nail enamels. Although the fashion of painting ones nails became the rage in Paris, where French make-up artist Michelle Menard introduced the paints, American women did not begin painting their nails until the 1940s.

It was generally unacceptable for the average American woman to wear make-up in the early part of the 20th century. Women who wore powders and rouges were considered to be of loose morality. With the introduction of moving pictures in the early part of the century, actresses were seen wearing make-up. American women, however, did not begin using make-up on a regular basis until the 1930s. And while film stars of that era often wore nail polish, most American women dared not paint their nails.

The cosmetic industry began an arduous campaign to press American women into using nail polish in the 1930s. Ads placed in fashion magazines were largely ignored. Despite all attempts to try to get women to paint their nails, American women continued to resist until ads for the products began to frequent movie magazines, such as Photoplay.

In the early part of the 1940s, the cosmetic industry began to see an increase in the sales of nail polish. Many American women, at this time, had gone to work to help the war effort. They worked in jobs traditionally held by men, who were off fighting the war. Many longed for an escape and theaters were normally packed on weekends. Sales of movie magazines began to skyrocket as more American women looked for an escape from their every day existence through films. They soon began emulating their favorite film stars, most of whom, at this time, wore nail polish.

The tradition of painting ones nails continued to boom throughout the latter part of the 1940s and into the 1960s. Towards the end of the 1960s, younger women began opting for a more casual look and nail polish sales began to dwindle.

In the 1980s, women again began wearing more make-up and sporting nail polish. It was during this time that many women chose to get acrylic nails offered in salons. Having "fake" nails soon began to be all the rage. Manicurists, who were normally only seen in beauty parlors, became in demand as more women from all walks of life began sporting long, acrylic nails. The French Manicure became popular among American women. The French Manicure consists of whitening the tip of the nail and painting the nail bed either a rose color or with clear enamel. Nail salons opened in strip malls across the country as women chose to have long nails and French Manicures.

Today, nail polish itself is a billion dollar industry. Nail salons are abundant throughout the United States and they make approximately ten billion dollars a year. American women, after a long struggle that began in the 1930s, are finally happy with painting their nails.

Tinley Park, IL

Monday, March 23, 2009

Why More Sun Exposure And Vitamin D Are Essential To Health: New Book

Sunlight is a vital component of good health. Like plants that thrive in the sun, we humans too depend on sunlight, in our case for the production of vitamin D. In the past few decades, however, cultural trends have steered us away from sun exposure. From fear of the potential dangers of UV radiation and the heavy promotion of sunscreen products to artificial work and recreational environments centered on virtual reality, we are all spending much more time indoors and away from the sun. In THE SUNLIGHT SOLUTION: WHY MORE SUN EXPOSURE AND VITAMIN D ARE ESSENTIAL TO YOUR HEALTH (Prometheus Books, $19.98), Laurie Winn Carlson delves into benefits of sunlight and the consequences we would face without it.

In this informative overview of an often-neglected topic, Carlson examines the historical and cultural factors that have created our indoor lifestyles and the medical evidence that suggests we need to get out in the sun.

"The Sunlight Solution is a wealth of knowledge about the history of vitamin D," says Bruce W. Hollis, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director of Pediatric Nutritional Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. He adds, "Even I, who have studied this topic my whole career, learned a significant amount about the history. Also, the practical knowledge in this text will aid in maintaining the health of the general public."

Carlson begins by tracing the behavior patterns that have caused a shift indoors. She notes that it was common decades ago for children to spend hours playing outside. The lure of video games and computers has changed all that. Adults also live and work in the perpetual twilight of electric lighting. Though we feel comfortable, there is evidence that our bodies have not really adjusted to a lifestyle that is less than a century old. In fact, we may be suffering from the unnatural hours we work and sleep. The sun was once our wake up call. Now, alarm clocks determine the start of our days without any regard for daylight or nighttime darkness.

Dr. Michael F. Holick, of the Boston University School of Medicine says, "The reader will be enlightened by the historical perspective and how our sunphobic attitudes have resulted in this insidious vitamin D deficiency."

The production of Vitamin D from sun exposure is crucial to maintaining the body's calcium levels and is an important factor for building and repairing bones. Vitamin D is also necessary for regulating insulin, cell growth, and the immune system. Carlson explains the growing body of research that challenges government and health industry warnings against the dangers of sunlight by detailing the new benefits of Vitamin D and sun exposure scientists and researchers continue to find. An increased intake of vitamin D may help in preventing heart disease, obesity, and even cancers. There is also evidence of the sun's beneficial effects on psychological disorders such as seasonal depression or difficulty sleeping. Carlson explains why vitamin D from supplements and nutrition sources is simply not enough to fulfill our health needs.

The public has been repeatedly warned about the potential dangers of tanning and UV rays. The heavy and mandatory sunscreen use that's been promoted in recent years has affected how much beneficial sun exposure people receive when they are outdoors. Carlson discusses common misconceptions about the benefits of sunscreen and sun-avoidance. She argues for a more balanced approach to sun exposure, maintaining that although the risk of skin cancers should not be ignored, excessive avoidance of the sun can be just as risky to our health, if not more so.

Now more than ever we need to be concerned with the quality and quantity of sun exposure that we can get. Because of pollutants and changing weather patterns, fewer of the sun's rays are reaching us. The world is literally becoming a darker place. In areas of high pollution, particles in the air absorb or deflect the sun's rays, keeping them from reaching the surface of the Earth. Those rays that do reach us have been decreasing in radiation strength. The environmental affect of solar dimming on plant life, animals, and humans is a growing area of research.

THE SUNLIGHT SOLUTION provides information for people to begin incorporating the sun and its vitamin D into a healthy lifestyle. Carlson includes ways for individuals to measure their ideal level of sun exposure. She explains on a cellular level how the body creates its own vitamin D from UV light and the multiple ways it is used. The digestive process of absorbing and activating vitamin D from foods and supplements is also discussed.

Part history, part prescription, and part environmental warning, THE SUNLIGHT SOLUTION is an essential look at our vital relationship with the sun.


Laurie Winn Carlson (Dallas, OR) is an adjunct assistant professor of history at Western Oregon University and the author of twenty books including William J. Spillman and the Birth of Agricultural Economics and A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials.

Source: Lynn Pasquale
Prometheus Books

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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