My name is Anna, I'm 45 years old (yes, it's a current photo).
I'm clueless about makeup. I prefer skincare.

Let's talk:

Info for companies:

Lately I've been receiving a lot of sponsored review inquiries. While I am very grateful for your company's interest in my blog, I'd like to make a few things perfectly clear.

I live in Japan.
That means Japan Japan, not Japantown in San Francisco.
So if you are unwilling and/ or unable to send your product to Japan, read no further.

  1. All sponsored reviews will be marked as such.
  2. All reviews will be honest, unbiased, and the fact that you provided me with a free product will not affect my final opinion.
  3. In certain cases I reserve the right to refuse a review and send the product back to you.
  4. I do not accept compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for favorable reviews and mentions (unless you want to gift me a Tesla, then we definitely talk).

If you are still interested, feel free to contact me.

Thank you!


  1. Hello Anna,

    I've decided to write to you because: a/ I love reading and consulting the honest and informed reviews you post on your blog and b/ because, I realise we are about the same age (I'm 43) and in the multitude of 20-30-year-old asian skincare bloggers there are, to my knowledge, not enough that are in the same age group as me whose blogs I can consult to find age-relevant advice.
    My questions is whether you use products that contain AHAs, vitamin C as well as retinols (esp. over-the-counter ones) and if yes, I'd like to ask you to post reviews and advice.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Hi Elena,
      My skin is very sensitive to AHAs and doesn't take too kindly to Vit C.I am still searching for the perfect Vitamin C serum that will not make me want to rip my face off. I'll let you know when I find it :-)

      Thank you so much for reading.

    2. Hi Anna,

      A lot of Vit C serums break me out but Philosophy's Vit C powder has been working for me. I have gone through 3 bottles. Even though I still have the tingling feeling every time I apply it, but it doesn't break me out or increase the redness I usually have on my cheeks. I have very sensitive skin.

  2. Cześć Anna! Found your blog via reddit, and really enjoyed reading it, especially as my husband is Polish. Not only am I thinking of things in buy in Hong Kong when we travel through later in the year, but I can pretend I'm getting a Polish lesson later in the year.

    1. Hi Liza!
      Welcome to the blog!
      I need to add more Polish translations. Just never enough time... Buuuu...
      Enjoy HK!

  3. Hello Anna!!
    First, I want to say that you look amazing, stunningly pretty, and that the few post that I've read so far, have impressed me so much. I've just discovered you, but I think you do a great job here! And very detailed and honest. I like that.
    I'm a 28 year old european girl and truth is I don't go out in the sun much, I used to live in a humid tropical city until I moved to Europe last year. People say often I look much younger but this year I discovered I have many little wrinkles on my eye countour(specially noticeable 2 under my eye) I'm not good at taking care of my skincare. But I want to put a remedy to that.
    I wish you could do a post or recomend an skin care routine or products to use and how many times a day.
    I use shisheido pureness moisturicer as cream and the shisheido foam as the soap. and that's all I use once in the morning, and recently at night too. Any recomendations, brands or any tip from you, I will be so grateful for.

    Thank you so much your time. I hope you can answer me if it's not a very impossing request.
    (If I did ask for too much, I'm sorry. I'll still hope maybe you will add a skincare routine in the future or something.)

    Have a great day sweet Anna. Keep up this amazing blog!
    I'll be visiting again! and reading all your posts.
    -Beli :)

  4. Hi Anna,

    I just discovered your blog today looking for Cremorlab reviews. Boy did you open my eyes, thank you! The bull people put out to sell a product. I'm 53, American Chinese descent, and I've always loved honest, true reviews about products in general, but specifically with the new wave of Korean products. With companies, a sell is a sell so thank you so much for this honest, writing blog. I'll be reading more on the Korean products you've reviewed. I've bookmarked it for more reading!
    Cynthia :)

  5. Hey there! I just wanted to ask you for some advices because after reading your blog I feel like I can trust you! I have super dry skin with dry patches, I'm an NC15 in mac shade and I'm planning to buy the Hera UV mist ultra moisture cushion foundation. Which shade do you think would suite me the best? I'm also living in France do you know a trustworthly website where I can order my foundation? I saw some on ebay but I'm not sure they are real. Thank you so much for taking your time and helping me! Much love! -Dominika

  6. Hello Anna, I am here in the united states and was wondering where to obtain the Kuramoto Bijin products, love this site, thank you

  7. Czesc Anniu,
    trafilam na Twoj blog poszukujac dobrych azjatyckich kosmetykow pielegnacyjnych do twarzy. Czy moglabys zarekomedowac jakies marki ze strony Mam 44 lata, czas zaczyna mnie nadgryzac, a dokladnie moja skore :) Bylabym Ci zobowiazana za jakas sugestie. Jak zrozumialam z Twoich komentarzy na innym blogu nie polecasz pewnych marek dostepnych w Polsce, a masz rozeznanie co do tych dostepnych z zagranicy.
    Bede bardzo wdzieczna za podpowiedz

  8. Have you reviewed the chroma cleansing oil??

  9. Hello, Anna!
    Finding your blog on Reddit has been a happy circumstance for me. I had become interested in Asian skincare because I was searching for products that did not irritate my skin, and after taking some herbal medicine from a traditional Chinese medicine doctor during a trip to South Korea in 2014, I realized I was missing out on potential solutions for my particular skin problems. Oh...I could write a book on what I experienced and what I've learned since then!
    I'm going to continue reading your blog - not only because I simply like your content, which delivers with truth and delightful bite of sarcasm at times, but you take the approach that the foundation of external beauty is great skin, you are the first woman blogging about Asian skincare that isn't in their twenties or early 30's, and you look at a good variety of products.

    I live in the Midwest of the USA, and Asian populations are generally low here, but are starting to grow - in my city, mostly Vietnamese and Indian. Asian culture has been an undercurrent running below the surface of my daily life- my dad fought in Korea, my mom had Japanese pen pals, whom even visited us, I studied Aikido, and dated a Korean guy for about 2 1/2 years. Nothing to brag about, but at least I'm not wholly ignorant of life outside of the USA.

    I've been using Korean skin care products for about 3 years now, and have gotten some good results. I have had fairly decent skin when young, but when my 40's hit, stress and hormones produced very reddened skin, irritation, raw patches, and I simply gave up trying, slathering my face with Obagi products and hydrocortisone. I became very depressed about myself. When I went to the TCM doctor for a minor health problem, I got the courage to ask about my skin and scalp ( oh yeah..I also had a hellacious case of dandruff)- he said many ladies used herbal extracts in their skincare. So I got the idea to try some Asian products. The good doctor pointed me to a hair salon in the neighborhood, and the ladies there slapped a concoction of herbs and oil on my scalp for 30- 45 minutes, then gave me a jar to use the rest of the 2 weeks I was in Seoul. Another 2-3 weeks of using their shampoo and rinse at home got rid of the dandruff. One of the ladies also escorted me over to her cousin's cosmetic shop (let's make $$ off the American adjumma!) and I was lectured on my skincare. She insisted I oil cleanse and soap cleanse, and stop using hydrocortisone. I left with Japanese camellia seed oil, face shop rice bran oil and foaming cleanser, and a 4 piece set of Sulwhasoo - the toner/essence/emulsion/eyecream set. I went back to that shop 8 months later, with greatly improved skin. I don't use a very complicated routine these days, 10 steps are not really necessary. But I will say the combination of the 6 items and CONSISTENT use of them did help heal my skin.
    The real underlying problem of my skin issues was actually a long running yeast overgrowth, called Malasezzia. It took some thought to figure out what happened, and get to the point of a medical diagnosis, but at least I managed to figure out how it happened - a former lover was scientist, working in a lab on...Yeast! His company was trying to produce yeasts that would speed up fermentation processes, and of course, being the careless guy he was,came home with spills on his uniforms. So...that prompted me to also change my mattress, pillows and sheets, and clean my house with an anti-fungal in my cleaning fluids like I was OCD, haha.

    So, these days, I am looking to age gracefully, and I think I'm on the right track. I don't want to buy into myths or elitism, i just want products that do what they promise, and yes, I'd like them to make me feel pretty. That means nice packaging, they smell clean, and feel light on my skin.
    There are some great products in Asia, so I'm going to keep educating myself and experimenting - please do keep up with the blog, I'd love to hear about Japan in general, too! God bless!

  10. Hi Anna,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog My Asian Skincare Story has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 75 Korean Beauty Blogs on the web.

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 75 Korean Beauty Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  11. Hi anna,i came across your blog by chance when i was searching for the review for Tatcha. Im very impressed with your 'annoyed' or agitated first impeession review of that brand. I thought i was reading a young asian blog until i saw your profile page.i was blown away. You are very beautiful , wowed me with your words and preference of skincare. Keep up the good work.


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