Archive for the ‘Beauty Secrets – Skin Care’ Category

I have received an email from one of our customers.

She let me know that she had mentioned our Floral Beauty Toner in her beautiful beauty blog called Beauty Comesto Mind.  Thank you very much !  She is posting a lot of beautiful high quality photos.


Here is the link to ->

Beauty Comesto Mind

Her blog is in Russian, but using Google Translate Web,  I was able to understand most of her post.


I am very pleased that Japanese skin care is now well known in the world.

The books of Chizu Saeki (Japanese Beauty Advisor) and Yukuko Tanaka (Japanese Makeup Artist) are translated in other languages too.


Chizu’s “Lotion Mask” does not cost much – only needs a face toner & mask sheet, but it makes a perfect sense as skin with a plenty of moisture content is healthy and looks radiant.


The more moisture skin contains, the more the skin is able to absorb active ingredients, that will make your skin’s condition even better.


Please see one of the previous posts about the importance of a face toner.

Japanese Beauty Secret – Japanese Women Like Using a Face Toner


Lotion mask that Chizu Saeki and Beauty Comesto Mind recommend does really work.


But, using a natural face toner “without” nasty ingredients is a key.

Please check all the ingredients on the label when you buy a face toner and make sure it does not include any alcohol or synthetic ingredients such as preservatives.


If you do not use a face toner in your daily skin care routine, please start using one 🙂

Thank you for reading.

 Yoko xox

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–okoii’s okoii’s Face Toner, Floral Beauty Toner, works great for Lotion Mask too.

This very gentle toner suits any skin type, especially ideal for sensitive and eczema prone skin.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

Floral Beauty Toner

Floral Beauty Toner


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I have received a question from one of our customers about the Aloe Vera plant.


“What is your opinion about the Aloe vera plant?

Do you use the juice of this plant directly on your face?

Do you cut a little piece and lubricate your face skin with 100% Aloe Vera juice?”


I remember my grandmother loved to plant Aloe Vera in her pot.

She cut the plant and put it on her skin directly when she burned herself. and…it worked !


Regarding the question, “Yes”, you can apply 100% Aloe Vera Juice from the plant to your skin directly, but please make sure you do not have any allergy to aloe vera.


In order to make sure that you do not have an allergy, do the patch test on your skin.

Apply the juice to the skin of your inner arm and leave it for 24 hours.

If your skin did not get any reaction, i.e. becomes red or itchy, you are not allergic to Aloe Vera.


When you use Aloe Vera plant from your garden, clean it in fresh water thoroughly.

Do not use Aloe Vera plants that are sprayed by pesticides.


Amazing Skin Benefits of Aloe Vera, ‘Plant of Immortality’ 


Finding out the benefits of Aloe Vera, it sounds like it works for just about anything.


sunburn, burns, rashes, wounds, acne, insect bites, psoriasis, eczema, flaky or dry skin, scalp problems, stretch marks and etc…the list is endless.


Aloe Vera has become one of the popular ingredients in skin care products due to its amazing benefits for your skin.

Aloe Vera is non-toxic and is gentle to sensitive skin.


If you are worried about fine lines and elasticity in your skin, Aloe Vera works quite well to help minimise the appearance of fine lines and improve the firmness of your skin.


As you know, dryness is one of the main cause of aging your skin.

If you think “My skin is oily, so it cannot be dry”, it may not be true.


If your skin is dry, your skin will produce more oil in order to moisturise your skin, that may cause more oily skin.

Aloe Vera is a perfect natural moisturiser without making your skin greasy.

This means if you have oily skin but there is no moisture content in your skin, you will love to use Aloe Vera in your daily skin care routine.


Also, Aloe Vera helps lighten, smooth and grow your skin.

You simply apply Aloe Vera gel to your skin, that helps to alleviate sun tanning and hyper pigmentation.


Grow Aloe Vera plan and grow your skin too 🙂

Yoko xox


We love Aloe Vera and use Aloe Vera Juice in the following products;

Camellia Deep Penetrating Cream

Green Tea Hydrating & Brightening Toner

Floral Beauty Toner

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Happy to help you 🙂

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Hello Everybody,

It has been more than 8 months since I posted a blog. Time goes too fast…!!

Actually, it has been exciting and enjoyable for okoii.

1. okoii Natural Skin Care is now accredited as Australian Certified Toxic-Free by Safe Cosmetics Australia.

2. We started trading at Organic Food Markets.

3. okoii was interviewed by the local radio (2rrr) at the Organic Food Market.

Also, we are in the middle of working on a new website too.

We will keep you posted when our new website and products are launched.

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Today, I will talk more about the beauty routines that the Bimajyo practice.

Bimajyo 4:Ms Yoshie Kusama

Yoshie believes that diet is the source of beauty. She tries not to eat food with preservatives and has a balanced diet.

She eats garlic everyday and giblets when she can. She cleanses her face with lukewarm water at 32 degrees celsius, because your skin loses natural oils if you wash your face with hot water more than this temperature. She always cares not to make unnecessary friction on her skin and not to pull on her skin.

Bimajyo 5:Ms Akemi Nagayama

Akemi makes an effort to keep her beauty more than 5 hours everyday! She walks for 60 minutes, does 22 kinds of facial exercises for 2 hours, and 10 kinds of physical training for 2 hours everyday.

It is unrealistic for us to do this, but it is worth doing even a little bit everyday.

Bimajyo 6:Ms Reiko Monma

She is a very busy Bimajyo, raising four children and managing her beauty salon.  Apparently, she did not use a baby cart. Because of that, she believes she was able to maintain her body figure by using her muscles.

For her skin care, she uses a hot towel everyday.  (Please see my post on learning how to use a steam towel ->   http://tinyurl.com/mge66k4 )

Let’s try to practice even for 10 minutes for your health and beauty !

Ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo


okoii Natural Skin Care is luxury handmade natural skin care. We make each product fresh upon your order.

For more details, please see -> http://www.okoii.com

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Hello Everybody,

Happy New Year ! Hope everybody is having a good start to the year.

Have you set a New Year’s resolution? If so, do you still stick to it?

85% of people who set a New Year’s resolution fail to continue by 15th January.

By now, you may be thinking it is hard to continue whatever you have decided to do.  Stick to it because you will feel fantastic when you have achieved your resolution.

I decided to stretch in the morning everyday, and I still do it.  Actually, it is getting easier than before, and I begin to feel great too!

Today, I want to introduce beauty routines that Bimajyos practice.

I know they are beautiful by nature, but they also practice beauty routines everyday.


Bimajyo 1:Ms Masako Mizutani

She is 44 years old, but she looks like she is in her 20s!

Her skin without makeup looks beautiful too. What’s her beauty secret?

She uses a wash-off type facial mask in the morning and a sheet mask at night everyday.

She applies a moisturiser one minute after applying a toner.  She applies a toner gently, not to pat her skin hard. She puts a makeup on even when she is at home.

I can tell she really looks after her skin and practice good routines everyday, except putting makeup on even when she is at home, which I feel, is not necessary. But, it depends on how much and what sort of makeup she uses. It is better to use a makeup such as genuine mineral foundation.

Bimajo 2: Ms Yoshiko Yamada

***My post about Yoshiko Yamada is here   ->  http://wp.me/p1NJvq-9b

Her skin age is 20s although she is 46 years old ! Absolutely amazing.

What she for cares the most is “moisturising”. She uses 4 toners per month.

***My post about how important a toner is for skin care routine is here -> http://wp.me/p1NJvq-6c

She also uses a hot steam towel. She apply a moisturiser after cleansing her face and put a hot steamed towel on.  After this, she applies a toner.

I would say her skin care is an “ideal skin care” and it is also economical !

Bimajyo 3:Junko Matsumura

She is 40 years old, but she keeps a great figure.

Her secret is “Carbohydrate Diet”, which does not mean that she does not eat carbohydrate at all, she selects the food with low GI levels.

The number of GI indicates how fast and how high a particular food can raise our blood glucose (blood sugar) level.

When sugar level goes up quickly, your body creates a hormone called insulin and tries to accumulate fat. For example, GI level of white rice is high, and GI level of brown rice is low.

She also chooses nuts and dry fruits instead of sweets such as cookies and cakes. Also, she does Yoga and swims.  It is great to care for what you eat and to do regular exercises.

As we see, they make an effort to be healthy and beautiful everyday.

I will introduce three more Bimajyos in my next post 🙂

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hi Everybody,

Blackheads especially on your nose and forehead do not look good, do they?

I used to use a pore mask sheet, which is still one of many popular skin care products in Japan.

This is an interesting product because many women are hooked to this because you can immediately remove dirt after peeling a sheet. I was amazed to see the amount of dirt on a sheet, and I used to feel good to see this result!

But I would not recommend you to use this regularly because it takes several days for pores to close after removing dirt from them in this way. Dirt can accumulate while pores are open.  In no time, you will feel the urge to use a sheet again. You will end up falling into a vicious cycle.

You may need a bit of patience, but you can achieve clean pores naturally by following the steps below. In the end, slow and steady wins the race!

1 Place a wet towel in the microwave for a minute to make a steamed towel. The towel is hot, so be careful when you take out the towel from the microwave 

2 Cover your face with the towel for a minute. 

3 Use a pure natural oil* (without any toxic chemicals) such as camellia oil and olive oil, and massage your nose and T-zone gently in circular motion with a third finger. The reason of using a third finger is not to massage strongly.  

4 Cleanse your face with a mild natural soap (no chemical based harsh cleanser). Make a nice creamy lather and wash your face very gently.

5 Splash your face with cold water for the last 10 splashes for a thorough rinsing.

6 After applying a toner, beauty serum and cream, apply plenty of cream on your nose and T-zone again.

You may think it is a bit odd to apply plenty of cream on an oily nose and T-zone, but this can keep moisture inside your skin and the oil release from your skin will end up working normally by protecting your skin with sebum.

You will realise your skin pores look clean after repeating these steps for a month.

Not only do your skin pores become clean, but also you may realise your skin looks more beautiful than before. Using a steamed towel is a very good skin care routine – no cost but very effective !

Thank you for your reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

*You can use Camellia Gentle Cleansing Oil for this routine too.  http://www.okoii.com/prdcamgent.php

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Hello Everybody,

When you are tired or stressed, dark circles sometimes appear under your eyes.

You may want to try to cover them by using a concealer or color controller,

but it is the best not to have them from the beginning 🙂

Most of the time, the reason for dark circles comes from the condition of your body.

That’s why it is important to look after your body from the inside.

Skin under your eyes is very thin and delicate, so it is easy to show the condition of capillary vessels under your eyes.

When the circulation of your blood is not well, dark circles appear under your eyes.

When that happens, folic acid and iron can help improve blood circulation and relieve dark circles.

Foods including Folic Acid

  • Asparagus
  • Nori (Japanese seaweed)
  • Liver
  • Rocket
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach   etc…

Foods including Iron

  • Cockle
  • Freshwater Clams
  • Beef
  • Miso
  • Chicken
  • Yolk    etc…

Also, you may want to massage around your eyes as there are a lot of pressure points around your eyes.

It is a good idea to cover your eye area with a hot towel and cold towel in turns.

Dark circles under your eyes make you look old and tired, so hope the above tips will minimize the appearance of dark circles!

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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Hello Everybody,

Recently, I feel it is getting harder and harder to tell the actual age of Japanese women.

I know people say that Japanese women look younger.

But now they look, so-called, “Ageless (cannot tell how old they are by their look)”

A lot of articles have spoke about the reasons why they look younger, and they have a flawless skin too.

They say, it is because “They eat a lot of fishes and vegetables. They eat wakame (a kind of seaweed). They use skin care products with ingredients such as rice bran and azuki beans etc…”

It is true, but I think there are other important factors why Japanese women look ageless.

Womens’ Magazines that target Bimajyo…!

Use a Parasol to protect your skin from the Sun

Many Japanese women use parasols and put on makeup with SPF to protect their skin from the sun.

They know the UV is one of the biggest causes of age to their skin.

As I live in Sydney, I feel it looks a bit silly if I use a parasol 🙂

So, I wear a hat when I go outside and try to walk in the shade as much as possible.

I think a little care like this can help keep younger-looking skin.

Remember the Glory of the Bubble Economy?

The current ageless women are mainly in the age of 40s and 50s, who have experienced the “Bubble Economy” in Japan.

They used to spend a lot of money to buy brand clothes, shoes and bags when they were young.

It seems that women in the age group of 40s and 50s still cannot forget the time they were sparkling under the Bubble Economy and refuse to grow old like their mothers did.

So, they spend a lot of their time and money to maintain their health and beauty.

I think these constant efforts can make them achieve the current ageless beauty they have.

Health & Beauty Fanatic

When I was working in Tokyo, there were a lot of TV programs about health and beauty. (Now too!)

I remember one of the health programs said “Bulgarian Yogurt is great for your health”.

Next day, all the Bulgarian Yogurt disappeared from all grocery stores.

It was unbelievableビックリマーク

I think that Japanese women are always searching  for what can make them healthy and beautiful, and they love to try whatever they can to contribute to their health and beauty.

Now, it is common sense for Japanese women that using skin care products alone will not make their skin beautiful.

They know they cannot achieve the ageless skin without healthy food and healthy lifestyle.

So, women who have a flawless skin practice many things that are good for their skin.

Womens’ Health Magazines that Targets Women in the Age of 40s

In fact, some research has showed people looking younger tend to live longer.

Yes, your face is a reflection of how you have lived and looked after yourself.

Thank you for reading and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

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