Today’s culture is so obsessed with looking/acting young. From hair dyes to Botox to Viagra to wrinkle creams to a plethora of surgical procedures, the race is on to remain forever young. How much is the cosmetic industry worth? Analysts at Goldman Sachs estimate that the global beauty industry—consisting of skin care worth $24 billion; make-up, $18 billion; $38 billion of hair-care products; and $15 billion of perfumes—is growing at up to 7% a year, more than twice the rate of the developed world’s GDP.

There is beauty in imperfection. True beauty lies in our naked barest essence; in our cracks, crevices, scars and yes our wrinkles, grey hair and cellulite. Our bodies are beautiful, embrace yourself!

In my past life I was an educator, an esthetician and winery owner.

I understand skin care. But, skin care products can be made by everyday items you have in your kitchen. I will share some very basic products and recipes for you to use in my next blog post.

Recently Kim Kardashian grossed everyone out on the Internet by Instagraming the above photo of her face covered in a red substance that appeared to be blood. “#VampireFacial,” she captioned the image. What, exactly, is she smoking? America collectively wondered. We are obsessed with looking younger!

What is a blood facial? Dr. Theodore Diktaban: Basically when you spin blood in a centrifuge, it separates into the red blood cells that fall to the bottom and the plasma part that rises to the top. You take off that plasma part which is rich in platelets which have a lot of anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in growth factors, and you can inject that by itself. It’s called PRP or “platelet rich plasma.” Or sometimes you can mix them with other fillers. You can also mix it with your own fat, so think of it as supercharged fat. You’re going to use it for volume replacement.

Just be our beautiful natural selves!

Abrazos y Besos

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I am perpetually creative, and my eyes “feel” art everywhere. Who am I, I am an open book. I believe that sharing “from the heart” with one another is what connects us, heals us, and inspires us! My love for my Lord, family, friends, cooking, crafting, gardening/nature, vintage, sewing and different cultures; these passions and too many more to list, have moved my hand to paper, thus, Abrazos y Besos. In addition to a nudge by my baby sister, Dudies. My last name is Hug which means Abrazo in Spanish, hence the name of my blog: “Abrazos y Besos” translating to “Hugs & Kisses.” I will focus on our personal life journey with Mi Corazon (Augie Hug) sprinkled with love, spice and fun. Please tune in. Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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