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To Our Dear Customers & Readers,

From 28th September to 9th October, we will not be able to ship our products, nor reply your emails due to our holiday break.

We will start processing your order or replying your emails from 10th October.

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We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you very much for your kind understanding.

Warm regards,

Yoko

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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

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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

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.

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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

Hi Everybody,

Time goes so fast, and リースChristmasリース is coming soon !

Have you already bought Christmas presents for your friends and family?

What about for yourself?

Here is a Natural Skin Care Gift Set from okoii on the Etsy website.

This set is valued $110.00, but yours for AUD$72.00. There are 10 sets only. (Australian Customers Please Note: That GST will be added to the price shown on the Etsy website.)

Great value, so don’t miss out!

Each product is individually contained in a clear plastic wrapper, so you can separate and give a product to your friend or family as a present.

Visit Etsy website for more information  クリック  CLICK HERE

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Thank you and ciao for now.

Yoko xoxo

Hello Everybody,

When I go to a buffet style lunch or dinner, I get excited to see so many different kinds of foods!

But at the same time, I am worried about my weight control by eating all the foods I like to eat 😦

Is there any way to eat buffet without affecting your weight so much?

Actually, there are three points you may want to consider when you go to a buffet.

1. Eat a Salad or Vegetable Dish First

You may be tempted to eat foods you like first. but  take a breath and get a salad or vegetable dish first.

Fiber in vegetables slows down the absorption of sugar into your stomach and prevents sugar levels from rising  too quickly.

Also, fiber expands in your stomach, so you feel full and may not feel like eating too much carbohydrate later on.

Remember it is wise to eat carbohydrate such as bread after eating a salad or vegetables.

2. Wait for 10 minutes before getting a main dish

You may feel urged to get a main dish right after you finish foods on your plate, but wait for 10 minutes.

If you eat slowly, you may prevent overeating because you already feel full.

3.  Divide 3 sections on your plate

The problem of  buffet style is you don’t know how much food you have eaten, and the plate for the main dish is pretty big!

Divide 3 sections on your plate

1st section – foods including protein such as meat (preferably chicken) or fish

2nd section – staple such as rice

3rd section – vegetable dish such as roasted vegetables

If you plan to have a desert, make the 3 sections a bit smaller.

If you feel you overeat at a buffet, no breakfast next day could be a good idea.

Enjoy a buffet in wise and in healthy way!

Thank you for visiting my blog and ciao for now 🙂

Yoko xoxo

To Our Dear Customers & Readers,

From 6th to 13th October, we will not be able to ship our products, nor reply your emails due to our holiday break.

We will start processing your order or replying your emails from 14th October.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you very much for your kind understanding.

Warm regards,

Yoko

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