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Although aging is inevitable, we can put our best effort forward and try to prolong it as long as possible. There is no permanent solution to the aging of your skin other than a facelift, botox or some other kind of surgery, there are ways to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant for the best possible you.

1. Cleanse: Cleansing is very important. When choosing a cleanser, it is important to choose one that skin type and any skin conditions you may have. Therefore if you have oily skin, normal skin, combination skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, choose a cleanser that notes this on the bottle before purchasing. It is also important if you have any skin conditions such as eczema or acne that you choose based on those needs. Your cleanser should be free of any irritants as these will only dry out your skin and age your skin more quickly. Make sure your cleanser is pH balanced and full of good ingredients for your skin’s needs.You should follow cleansing with the use of a toner as this will remove any excess dirt from your skin as well as restore whatever moisture was stripped from your skin during cleansing.

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2. Moisturize: The second step in your skincare regimen is moisturizing. Moisturizing is essential to anti-aging. If you have oily to oily combination skin, this does NOT mean that you should never moisturize. Although certain creams may be too heavy for your skin type, you still need to restore the moisture back to your skin to protect and nourish your skin, preventing premature aging and overly dry, irritated skin. Those with oily or oily combination skin as well as oily or normal to sensitive skin, especially breakout prone skin should refrain from using heavy creams and instead opt in for a gel based moisturizer or a water based one. This will ensure you get the moisture that you need without the added heaviness on your skin, which may irritate or produce too much oil or shininess on your skin, therefore causing a breakout or other skin issue. For those with normal or dry skin, creams or gels are okay, but make sure if you have especially dry skin to pay special attention to moisturizers with extra strength moisturizing benefits.

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3. Treat: It is important to treat whatever skin conditions you may have, especially acne and/or wrinkles. For wrinkles on mature skin, be sure to either use a moisturizer with anti-aging benefits or otherwise an anti-wrinkle serum or cream,whichever you prefer. I personally prefer serums as they are usually safe to use for all skin types and less heavy on the skin. As for acne, an acne treatment gel on your breakouts is important to tame redness, irritation or other symptoms and root problems causing your breakouts.Some ingredients that are beneficial for both wrinkles and acne include but are not limited to niacinamide, retinol, retinyl palmitate, resveratrol, and DMAE.For any irritation, redness, or other inflammatory conditions, ingredients such as chamomile, green tea, lavender, and salicylic acid are all calming to the skin. In terms of salicylic acid, if you have especially sensitive skin, make sure the content of salicylic acid is below 10% as it may cause drying.

4. Protect: Lastly, protect your skin. All of it. This means not only your face, but also your neck and decollete area/chest, arms, legs and any other exposed skin not protected by clothing. This is important as it maintains the elasticity and firmness of your skin as well as the skin’s texture. Remember that consistency is key and you should use a body lotion with an SPF 15 or more on your body (I use a body lotion with SPF rather than two separate lotions/sunscreens as it cuts down on time) and an SPF 30 or more on your face. Also, in terms of your face, if you use a moisturizer with SPF 15 then also layer than with another light sunscreen, this adds a layer of protection to your skin. All of this will prevent premature aging and ensure your skin is in the best possible condition that it can be.

The Best Ingredients Based on Skin Type or Condition:

Normal Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Olive Oil, Ginseng, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Almond Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Fruit Oils, Lavender Butter, etc.

Oily Skin:Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Salcyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycerin, etc.

Oily/Combination Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, Kojic Acid, etc.

Dry Skin: Niacinamide, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Soy Butter, Kokum Butter, Almond Butter, Shea Butter, Lavender Butter, etc.

Sensitive Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Glycerin, etc.

Dull/ Uneven Skin Tone:Kojic Acid, Arbutin, Niacinamide, Green Tea, Chamomile, & Lavender.

Aging Skin: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.

Redness/Irritation: Salcyclic Acid (If sensitive skin, do not use!), Green Tea, Chamomile, Lavender, & Niacinamide.

Acne: Niacinamide, DMAE, Resveratrol, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Green Tea, Chamomile, Salicyclic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Lavender, Arbutin, Glycerin, & Kojic Acid.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I will get back with you! Thank you for reading and good luck!


Here’s the scoop on my latest and greatest product of Asia. HABA White Knight Cream. As well as, of course, being made with all natural skin-friendly ingredients, this cream also has Squalane in it. Squalane is a perfected form of shark liver oil extract. Now, I know what you’re thinking, sounds gross right? Actually, as gross as it may sound, this oil has been known to speed up wound healing and tissue regeneration. This helps acne-ridden skin especially, but can also help dry tired feeling skin and rejuvenate cells. May also help with acne-scarring! I also tried it for a bit on my stretch marks and it seemed to lessen the appearance of them. Now THAT is freaking awesome! Contains Vitamins A, E and C which help prevent clogging of the pores. Skin naturally will look brighter. My favorite part about this cream? The fact that it is meant for people with oily- oily combination skin. My skin is constantly oiling up and breakouts are a constant threat on my face. This cream doesn’t make my skin breakout, calms any inflammation and seems to help with blotchiness. Although this product is aimed toward people with oily to oily combination skin, I think it could be used on any skin type as it is gentle, nourishing and soothing to the skin.

HABA White Knight is available here for $28.00 with 160 TrueReward Points or here for $37.

I tried this toner last night and was amazed. This toner feels so refreshing, almost like water it’s so light, only it has a lot of ingredients/nutrients that replenish and balance your skin! The toner ” contains no parabens, flavors, mineral oils, synthesized tar colorings or petrochemical surfactants that can irritate the skin.” So, it doesn’t cause blotchiness, redness or any other irritation that may cause breakouts or rashes. Seaweed and bamboo are both main ingredients in this toner; the seaweed naturally removes toxins and the bamboo moisturizes. I recommend applying this toner with a cotton ball and applying it sparsely over your face. A little bit goes a long way, although if you prefer to thickly coat it over your face, I don’t think it would hurt you since everything in this toner is good for your skin. The best thing about this toner by far is the fact that there is no alcohol or anything so your skin won’t dry up, but it has ingredients to nourish and moisturize your skin without clogging up your pores like most other store-bought products will. You can use a moisturizer after using this toner, but if you have oily/combination skin, you might not need to. I LOVED this toner a lot. I definitely plan on buying this one after using the sample. Another similar toner is the VC Lotion II which is also alcohol free along with containing “no parabens, flavors, mineral oils, synthesized tar colorings or petrochemical surfactants that can irritate the skin.”” The ingredients of each and their benefits will help you decide what your skin needs and what is best suited to you.

HABA G-Lotion Skin Toner here at $25.00 with 130 TrueReward Points or here at $29.

VC Lotion Toner II here at $36.00 with 180 TrueReward Points or here at $43.

Before you make any assumptions about the fact that this cleanser is a powder, let me assure you that it does NOT dry up your face or leave you ashy or anything. I recently tried this cleansing powder by Komenuka Bijin to see if it would be a good alternative to all the abrasive exfoliants I had been using previously. The sample pack of it is a small paper tube of powder grain that lasted me about 2 1/2 uses. If you decide to buy this cleanser, it comes in a plastic container of 30 small packs of the sample that True Renu will send you. This cleanser is MY favorite now.

It’s definitely a keeper because you can choose to use it regularly or if you have sensitive skin like I do, just as an exfoliant a few times a week. It lathers up rich and foamy and leaves your face feeling really soft and clean. I love that I feel clean but not red/blotchy or dry. Also, the rice bran is good for whitening, which I like since it tones down redness and helps with any pigmentation/dark spots. This cleanser also claims over 107 antioxidants and all natural ingredients so everything that’s going onto your face and into your skin is good for you and non-chemical. Rice bran, as well as whitening, also tones, heals and moisturizes your skin and makes your skin look bright and fresh. I felt really refreshed after using it and am committed to buying my very own 30 pack of this cleansing powder as soon as I get the money to do so!

The best thing about this product is that it can be used on all skin types. I have combination/oily/sensitive and am usually prone to breakouts when trying new products, but this cleanser did not upset my skin at all. I would recommend this cleanser to anyone that I know; I have been! The Komenuka Bijin Facial Cleansing Powder from Natural Rice Bran 30 Packs goes for about $36.00 on True Renu. I know that seems sort of steep, especially in these economic times, but one powder pack can last you up to 3 uses AND True Renu gives you 150 TrueReward points (and other Truereward points if you purchase anything else) that can be redeemed as a coupon for any future orders! I LOVE that part of the deal. PLUS, they send you samples when you order from them which is AWESOME and discount coupons, ALSO great for future purchases. Plus, usually they send you a sample of their new gummy candy that is DELICIOUS.

AND, if you’re an older woman with more mature skin, HABA also carries a facial cleansing powder that is more geared toward your skin, which is great because it includes all of Komenuka Bijin’s great attributes, with the added benefits of anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, youthful looking skin properties in it. It is also less of an exfoliant and feels more fine grain than the grains of the Komenuka Bijin brand.the HABA pure roots Squa Powder Wash Cleanser with Papaya goes for $20.00 on True Renu and you get 100 TrueReward points (yay!). This may be a good option for those on a budget.

I tried BOTH and they were BOTH awesome. No lie, I’m having difficulty choosing which one I actually wish to purchase, but I think I will go with the Komenuka Bijin simply because it is based more toward my age group and skin. At any rate, their site elaborates in detail on each of the two cleansers so you can find and decide which cleanser is right for you and your skin type.

Here is where you can find each of these items and their prices:

Komenuka Bijin Facial Cleansing Powder 30 Packs

Komenuka Bijin’s Site at $36 $33

Beauty Habit’s Site at $36

Alpha Beauty’s Site at $36

True Renu’s Site at $36 and earn 150 TrueReward Points

You may also find this item on Ebay at an even cheaper price.

HABA Pure Roots Squa Powder Wash with Papaya Enzymes 80g

True Renu’s Site at $20 with 100 TrueReward Points

HABA’s Site at $24

You may also be able to find this item on Amazon, but I think it is still sold through True Renu. This line is a bit harder to find that Komenuka Bijin.

Good luck!

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE Japanese anything. Japanese food. Japanese make up. Japanese Skincare. Japanese Bath salts. Japanese fashion. These are all things I love and am constantly browsing the net for. I have found some really amazing sites that accommodate and sell these products. My favorite Japanese Beauty Care website is True Renu. Check it out here.

They carry all of my favorite Japanese skincare brands including HABA and Komenuka Bijin. Both companies have these really great powder cleansers. A powder cleanser is basically a cleanser that comes in powder form and gently cleans and exfoliates. When the powder is mixed with water it turns into a nice foamy cream lather. It makes the skin feel really clean without drying. These companies carry powder cleansers that are based in rice bran, a staple of almost all of their products that is good for cleansing, whitening (for that pure angelic look!), and pore cleansing. It’s also a great exfoliant for those who, like me, have immensely sensitive skin and don’t want to use an abrasive store bought cleanser. Another thing I really enjoy about these two companies is that they are made with all natural ingredients so there are no foreign chemicals used in these products.

I would definitely recommend these two companies to anyone who prefers the all natural skincare lines as opposed to chemical additives and fillers. I am not sure if they are organic or not, but most or all items are paraben free. No more worries about skin irritants being in my face wash! As if these brands couldn’t get any better, all of their products are made anti-aging and anti-wrinkle and give your skin a youthful fresh radiant look. As well as having these two amazing brands, True Renu also carries some really great Japanese bath salts that are named for the hot spring in Japan that they came from.  Also, if you purchase 4/more bath salts, you get a FREE bath salt scoop.  Other awesome products by True Renu include their SALONSPAS pain relieving patches for joint, back, leg/arm, muscles and arthritis pain. I recently purchased these for my boyfriend’s mom who suffers from a leg/knee injury and she said they really help with the soreness and joint pain after a long day of walking around.

Last but not least, the BEST thing about this online retailer? They ALWAYS give you FREE samples when you order something from them. I LOVE FREE SAMPLES! So, if you do decide to purchase, look forward to a baggy filled with samples of products. They are really convenient to try items you might have been unsure about purchasing.