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Making Your Skin Warm-Weather Ready!

1 May

It’s May 1st!

We’ve made it through the brutal winter, the polar vortexes, and the incessant rain…  But has our skin?????

It’s time to shed those winter layers and show some leg, but to ensure that your skin is as luminous as possible:

Check Out These Fantastic Tips To Make Your Skin Warm-Weather Ready!

1. Ditch That Heavy Foundation

The trick to mastering bright, fresh, spring skin is losing that heavy winter foundation. Don’t hide your face from the world! Try something with slightly less coverage like a tinted foundation or BB Creme to even out your skin tone. Not ready to completely switch beauty products? That’s okay! Try mixing your favorite foundation with a light moisturizer to let more of your natural beauty shine through. JUARA Sweet Black Tea and Rice Moisturizer is the perfect mixing partner!

2. Exfoliate, Buff, and Shine!

Nothing says winter skin like dull, ashy legs. Give your body some love by exfoliating away all of the dead skin that has accumulated over this winter season. Pay extra attention to your knees and elbows, the driest areas of your body. 

3. Moisturize!

After you’ve buffed away all of that dead skin, moisturize to keep your body luminous. Something light like JUARA Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk is a great option for daytime because it absorbs quickly with a nice, light scent and won’t stain your clothes! Try a heavier cream at night when the skin is most open to absorbing moisture.

4. Hydrate

No amount of exfoliating and moisturizing will illuminate your skin if you’re dehydrated. Beauty starts from within, which is why the best beauty tip ANYONE can give you is to stay hydrated. Proper hydration allows the body to rid itself of toxins so that they don’t take up residence under the skin (in the form of nasty breakouts). Staying hydrated also allows the skin cells to fill with water, decreasing fine lines and wrinkles naturally to create a beautiful glow.




Rosacea- Debunking The Myths

10 Apr

You may notice one day

that your post-exercise flush on the cheeks won’t go away. Or perhaps you notice little red bumps that look like acne pimples. If you are in your 30s or older and have fair skin, you may have rosacea.

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that affects approximately 1 out of 20 Americans, usually between the ages of 30 and 60.


  • Mostly affects the face or eyes
  • Persistent flushing
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Ruddiness
  • Pimples
  • Irritated eyes that, if untreated, become worse over time.

Currently, there is no cure for rosacea, but with proper treatment and awareness of triggers, symptoms can be controlled and the disease kept in check.Once you are properly diagnosed, your physician may prescribe a topical or oral treatment to address the redness, bumps and skin inflammation associated with rosacea.

Many dermatologiss also recommend laser and intense pulse light treatments to reduce redness and broken blood vessels. These new therapy options are considered safe and can visibly improve skin tone and texture.


There are also things you can do on a daily basis to help control the symptoms of rosacea.

1. Be aware of factors that trigger your flare-ups. Triggers include sudden temperature changes, hot baths, exercise, alcohol consumption, spicy food, sun exposure, stress and harsh cosmetics.

2. Choose gentle skincare products that do not contain alcohol, harsh detergents or abrasive ingredients.

  • Products with calming ingredients such as JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and JUARA Clove and Turmeric Serum help soothe skin and keep it hydrated.
    • Rice Bran Extract, a key ingredient in the toner, provides calming benefits and minimizes redness in the skin.
    • Green Tea, Black Tea, and White Tea, when combined, calm the skin and deliver a bundle of healthy antioxidants.
    • Turmeric, a super-ingredient, brightens and evens out complexion while providing free radical protection.
  • Concealers with a green tint  neutralize redness in the skin and can be worn underneath regular foundation.
  • Since sun exposure is considered a trigger factor, daily sun protection is key. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, such as Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, and wear a hat and protective clothing outdoors.


Happy Vitamin C Day!

4 Apr

Did you know that Vitamin C is important enough to have its own national holiday?

Well it’s true! Today, April 4th, is National Vitamin C Day.

We’ve all been told to “Have plenty of Vitamin C!” when we get a cold, but beyond its immunity boosting powers Vitamin C is a key element in healthy, radiant skin.

Here’s What It Does:

Vitamin C (Asorbic Acid)

  • Key in collagen production– the protein that keeps skin looking young by firming and strengthening
  • Protects skin from free radical damage
  • Reduces the appearance of age/sun spots by repairing sun-damaged cells
  • Helps protect against harmful UV damage
  • Lowers blood sugar
And do you know which food contains more Vitamin C (by weight) than any other?

Goji Berries

The Goji Berry is an amazing super-food rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, E, Iron, and Anti-Oxidants. 

And Did You Know…

Goji Berry is an ingredient in JUARA’s Clove Flower and Turmeric Serum!



Click the bottle to learn more about JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum $62

Hidden Superpowers of the Candlenut Body Creme

27 Mar

The JUARA Candlenut Body Creme.

It’s a cult classic. It’s a favorite.


The product that started it all for JUARA- it has become a love-at-first-sight product for countless JUARA customers, celebrities and beauty editors. An ultra-nourishing complex of velvety Candlenut Oil, firming Rice Bran Oil, redness-reducing Avocado Oil and rich Illipe Butter give you long-lasting moisture without the greasiness. But did you know it’s a whole lot more than a feel good-smells great body creme?

Candlenut Oil  is very high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA).  In fact, the oil is 69% EFA, which puts it up there with Flax Seed Oil and Chia Seed Oil (71% and 70% respectively).  Almond Oil has 17%, Avocado has 10%, Rice Bran Oil has 36%, just to give you perspective.


Why is this important?  Application of EFA is key in strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier which is why, for example, Evening Primrose Oil (81%) is often prescribed for Eczema Patients.

So in the context of our Candlenut Body Creme Formulation:

Amazing Avocado*

Caressing Candlenut

Caressing Candlenut*

Impenetrable Illipe

Impenetrable Illipe*

Radiant Rice

Radiant Rice*

Candlenut Oil: Omegas (EFA)
Avocado Oil: Sterols, Vitamin A, Vitamin E
Illipe Butter: High Melting Point- provides a protective barrier for the skin
Rice Bran Oil: Oryzanol (Vitamin E)- essential in improving skin elasticity and brightness
Candlenut Body Creme: It’s a Skin Superfood!

*click the link to check out more products that use these amazing ingredients

Sunscreen: What to look for – Jessica Wang

3 Jul

Getting ready to hit the beach this summer?  Then, sunscreen is a must!  There are so many different brands out there…Coppertone, Banana Boat, Neutrogena…which one to choose?  There are a few important tips to keep in mind when shopping for sunscreen:

1. Check for “Broad Spectrum Protection.”  A good sunscreen has “Broad Spectrum Protection,” also known as protection against UVA (long rays) AND UVB (short rays).  Both UVA and UVB rays reach the earth’s surface and are responsible for causing sun damage.  UVB rays are stronger during hot, summer days and are more closely associated with sunburn and skin cancer.  On the other hand, UVA rays are present everyday of the year and penetrate further into the skin.  These are the rays that you can blame for wrinkles and sunspots.

2. Physical vs Chemical sunblocks.  Both physical and chemical sunscreens can protect against UVA and UVB rays and you need sunscreen that protects from both. Physical sunscreens overall have a slight advantage when battling UVB rays, while certain chemical sunscreens are better for combatting UVA rays. When looking for a sunscreens, you’ll see ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide; they are physical sunblocks, which work by reflecting rays when they hit the skin.  These minerals are your best defense against those UVB rays that will burn you at the beach.  In addition, their mineral particles are most often large enough, where they cannot be penetrate the skin, unlike the particles in most chemical sunscreens. 

Have you ever seen words like Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Octorylene, Octinoxate, or Octisalate?  These are the chemical agents most often used for sun protection in sunscreens because they feel lighter and are easier to apply than physical blocks.  These chemicals work by fighting sun damage when your skin absorbs sun rays. Avobenzone offers the broadest protection of any chemical sunscreen, but unfortunately, it is not a very stable ingredient. Neutrogena’s products contain Helioplex technology, which combines Avobenzone with Oxybenzone to stabilize the sunscreen and prevent it from losing effectiveness after a few hours of sun exposure. Similarly, Aveeno uses an Active Photobarrier Complex for the same purpose. The most powerful chemical technology involves Mexoryl SX (Ecamsule) and was pioneered by L’Oreal. It combines Avobenzone with Octocrylene to offer very broad, superior protection against UVA rays due to its high photostability.

So at the beach this summer, go for broad spectrum protection that contains physical sunscreen. Personally, I prefer physical blocks because they are often less irritating, more natural, and zinc oxide is especially great for blemish-prone skin like mine. The downside to physical blocks? Since they are insoluble, they sometimes leave you with a chalky, matte look. But hey it’s better to look chalky than burned! But for everyday use, a good broad spectrum sunscreen that contains Mexoryl or other UVA blockers are good because they are more cosmetically elegant, and may sit better under makeup.

3. Look out for the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, preferably 30+. The SPF refers to approximately how long the product will delay sunburn. For example, a person wearing SPF 30 can stay out in the sun without burning 30 times longer than if he/she were not wearing a sunscreen. SPF 30 products filter out about 97% of UVB rays. SPF 15 filters out 94%, while SPF 45 filters 98%. In other words, SPF levels after 30 only have a very marginal benefit. Even though SPF levels on paper look like they only have a very marginal benefit, I still recommend you use as high as your skin feels comfortable with (the higher the SPF, sometimes, the heavier the sunscreen texture,) since often we don’t apply enough in amount nor frequency to get the full benefits of the SPF. Unless you apply sufficiently, your SPF 30 might only be giving the benefit of an SPF 15.

4. As with all products, don’t forget to make sure that the product is phthalate and paraben-free!

Remember that sunscreen isn’t only for the beach because the sun is out everyday. Half of Americans who live to age 65 will develop skin cancer at least once in their lifetime. That’s A LOT!

To prevent sun damage and aging, make sure you are wearing sunscreen on your face and neck area everyday (even if it’s cloudy outside). I use the Alison Raffaele Face Forward Age Response Primer with SPF 15 on top of my moisturizer, even if I am not wearing makeup on top. This gives my skin a smooth, velvety finish and protects my skin with its frutta da vita antioxidant complex. Another bonus is that it uses a physical SPF, which supplements the chemical sunscreen in my moisturizer to offer optimal protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

There are also some other measures you can take to protect your skin. I like to use JUARA’s Rice Facial Cleanser, Tamarind Hydrating Tea Toner, and Sweet Black Tea and Rice Facial Moisturizer everyday. These products all contain rice bran, a natural source of vitamin E and are rich in PABA. Both of these ingredients are excellent natural sources of sun protection. Since rice bran is super hydrating and calming, it reduces redness soothes skin that has been exposed to sunlight. And Sweet Black Tea and Rice Facial Moisturizer is non-greasy and light-weight…perfect for the summer!

Have a great summer everyone!

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Around the World in 24 Hours – Metta Murdaya

11 Jun
My Frequent Flights...

USA to Indonesia, my bi-monthly route.

Those of you who like long airplane flights, raise your hands. My guess is yours probably isn’t raised. Over the last year, I’ve been doing the global commute from New York to Jakarta up to 6x a year for not just JUARA research, but also preparing to bring JUARA back to its motherland. So those of you in Indonesia or around, we’re finally available at www.juarabeauty.com for regional shipping. Unfortunately, with the growth and expansion of business also comes the stress and weary-eyed look of frequent travel. These long-haul flights are no joke – 24 hours, including transit, which means 24 hours of movies, limited legroom, and more recirculated air than I’d care to breathe. Exit flight, and enter jet lag and very confused skin. (All you flight attendants who do this all year round, I admire thee!) All in all, in Indonesia, I’ve gotten dengue, typhoid, and numerous fatigue induced aches and pains. In New York, I go from tropical wonderland to allergies, city pollution, and wildly different weather. Sounds exhausting? It is. But do I love it? Absolutely. And my skin and health? Let’s just say people keep asking if I’m in my 20’s. And If that’s the case, then 40 must be the new 30. How I manage? Here are some habits I’ve developed that I recommend to anyone who has a heavy travel or run-around schedule – whether it’s commuting 10,000 miles, or just 10 miles.

1. For international travel, you may have heard it’s best to arrive in the daytime and stay busy/out until the local bedtime to faster adjust to local time. This is true. In addition, and this is a little unorthodox perhaps, since there is a 12 hour time difference from Indonesia to NY, I stay up the night before so I sleep soundly on the plane (if you can,) and secretly I feel I’ve outran jet lag w/ a 24 hour head start. This also makes a 24 trip feel shorter.

2. Water – inside and out. Stay hydrated before, during, and after the flight. Drink water, but also stay moisturized on the plane ride – recirculated air is not thy friend. If you don’t like to wash your face on the plane or put a cream on, take our oil-free Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner (in our travel kit) and splash on frequently. It’s like that Evian water spray on your face – but better since it contains hyaluronic acid and natural tamarind seed extracts to bind moisture to your face and triple tea extracts that act like antioxidants.

3.Make plans – I try to have something scheduled that’s fun to do after I arrive to the destination; the psychological motivation to do something enjoyable does wonders to motivating you to stay awake when jet lag creeps in.

4. Use masks to speed up skin recovery – My skin revolts after a long, exhausted trip, and sometimes it takes days for it to return to normalcy. I speed up that process by double-dosing on my treatment masks. After I cleanse, I use the Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free mask to exfoliate and clarify skin. Then I follow with the Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Maskto purify further, detox. Together, my skin returns to a healthy, soft, smooth, even-toned state. Follow with moisturizer, or if you’re really dry, alternate days with the Avocado Banana Moisture mask. Do this combo 2-3x a week for a week. Trust me, it works.

Do you have any tips on surviving frequent travel? I’d love to hear them and learn!

Rice 101: The Scoop on Skin Benefits. – Metta Murdaya

25 May
Metta in a rice paddy in Borobudur, Indonesia

Greetings from JUARA Girl Metta in a rice paddy in Borobudur, Indonesia

So you think you know about rice? What’s your favorite? Brown, white, black or basmati? Short grain, long grain, jasmine, or sticky? The list goes on and on from types to preparations and flavorings… BUT – how much do you know about what it does on your skin?

Rice is a staple of so many cultures’ diets that given its prevalence around the world, it’s no surprise that it has made its way into skin treatments.  Overall, we know rice is good for your skin, but what it does really depends on what part of the rice makes its way into your skincare products. Let’s go on a quick exploration on the different parts of rice and what it does for your skin.

Rice bran oil: Rich in Vitamins B and E, rice bran oil increases elasticity of your skin and keeps it hydrated and soft. Rice bran oil is unique in that it contains different kinds (vs just one kind of) Vitamin B and Vitamin E, making it a more complex and wholesome ingredient for your skin. You can find it in our naturally anti-aging Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer, and our Sweet Black Tea Eye Creme.

Rice starch: Women in Indonesia traditionally wash rice grains in water and then use the milky rice water to rinse their faces to get smooth, soft, supple skin. The rice starch that coats the outside of the rice husks have an extraordinary ability to hold in moisture, and its benefits are felt immediately on the skin. This oil-free humectant helps hold moisture to skin, and can be found in our sulfate-free JUARA Rice Facial Cleanser and JUARA Rice Facial Scrub. Why is in there? Rice starch is the secret ingredient that will keep your skin smooth and soft after you wash it, and helps prevent overdrying , which can lead to irritation and that uncomfortable, taut feel.
*LIMITED TIME SPECIAL: Get the JUARA Rice Facial Scrub + Rice Facial Cleanser for a special value price HERE!*

Rice bran extract: This ingredient helps calm skin and reduce redness. You can find this in our Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner. Though it’s not in the name of our product, this powerhouse of an ingredient makes our toner perfect after washing your face as it not only hydrates but also soothes and calms – especially if you have redness, irritation, or even (or especially, actually!) sunburns on your skin – both on body or face. It also double-duties as an alcohol-free aftershave, soaking the skin with delicious oil-free hydration while soothing the shave. Plus, no cotton ball needed! Just pump into hands, and apply to face.

Do you have favorite products that also include rice?