Korean Diet Secrets for Youthful, Glowing Skin

Korean skin care is the thing today. From BB creams to skin hydrating formulas, Koreans got it all covered. However, apart from their revered 10-step skincare regimen, achieving youthful, glowing skin is attributed to their seafood- and vegetable-based diet. For Korean-like glow, here are the skin-friendly foods you would want to include in your diet.

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1.       Kimchi

Kimchi is a fermented dish made of cabbage, which is seasoned with sugar, salt, garlic, and hot pepper. Anchovy and oyster are also added to add depth to the dish’s flavour. Koreans store it in large clay pots and leave them outside to ferment. The result? A crunchy, spicy, flavourful dish.

Skin benefits: This pungent dish contains lactobacillus, the same good bacteria found in yogurt, which balances the bacteria in the gut. Having healthy gut means having good skin foundation and a skin that’s less prone to acne and pimples.

2.       Seaweed Soup

Made by soaking seaweed in seafood or beef stock, this Korean soup is known for its remarkable health benefits. In Korean, seaweed soup is the first thing a woman eats after giving birth. Not only is this a tradition, but it’s also rich in vitamins and minerals that beneficial to the mother’s health.

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Skin benefits: This mineral-rich soup is chock-full of complexion-boosting nutrients—just a sheet of nori has the same amount of omega3 as two avocados. Omega3 is beneficial to the skin to maintain its natural oil barrier that protects the skin from sun damage.

3.       Barley Tea

Also called boricha, barley tea like any other tea also boosts the digestive system’s metabolism. However, it boasts a few more benefits than typical teas.

Skin benefits: This Korean tea contains a god amount of antioxidants, which are effective in preventing formation of peroxynitrite—an oxidant that creates DNA damage and attacks skin tissues.

4.       Makgeolli

This is a sparkling rice wine that has slightly sweet flavour and contains about eight percent of alcohol to it. Made with yeast, water, and fermented rice, this alcoholic drink is described as a cross between a sweet sake and bubbly kombucha.

Skin benefits: A bottle of makgeolli contains as much probiotic cultures as a hundred cups of yogurt, making it a nutritious treat for your skin and digestive system. It also contains Vitamin E and amino acids, which brighten and firm the skin.

For a chance to seize that poreless and flawless looking skin—minus the expensive skin care products, go natural and give let these Korean food work their wonders into your skin.

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