Proper skincare is not the only ingredient to beautiful skin. Your environment, lifestyle, habits and your diet also affect the condition of your skin. Today we want to focus on the last aspect: food. More precisely: Korean food. What Koreans eat on a daily basis plays a huge role in maintaining their youthful, radiant skin. In this first post of the glimyu K-Food Guide we’ll talk about 3 ingredients and dishes that are must-haves in the Korean kitchen, and that are partially responsible for keeping the skin of Koreans wrinkle-free and spotless.
If there’s one Korean dish you absolutely need to know, then it’s kimchi. Kimchi is a popular Korean side dish that has a long, long, long tradition. It’s basically seasoned and fermented Chinese cabbage. Every family has a slightly different recipe, passed down from generation to generation. But a very common ingredient list for kimchi looks like this: cabbage, carrots, radish, scallions, as well as salt, sugar, fish sauce, ginger, garlic and red pepper for seasoning. Koreans like to eat kimchi with pretty much everything and you’re very likely to find a box of kimchi in every fridge of a Korean household. Researchers have found evidence that the regular consumption of kimchi is one of the reasons for their never-ageing porcelain skin. Why? Because it’s full of antioxidants – the power ingredient to slowing down the natural ageing process of our skin. The red pepper powder used for the seasoning is also a rich source of Vitamin C and carotenoids. These are also great for keeping wrinkles away and keeping your complexion radiant and youthful.
Koreans love to cook with sesame oil and they love to decorate their dishes with sesame seeds. Sesame is very rich in antioxidants. Sesame seed oil is packed with nutrients and Vitamins such as Omega-6, Vitamin B and E and Calcium. These are all ingredients that are perfect for maintaining the skin’s elasticity and keeping the skin firm and supple. But sesame is not just good to eat. It’s also good to apply. Sesame seed oil has antibacterial properties and is able to treat sunburns. Applied after sun exposure it can help prevent wrinkles and sun pots.
Another ingredient that’s full of those good antioxidants is green tea. Ever wondered why so many beauty products contain green tea? Now you know why. The strong antioxidants in green tea help fight signs of ageing. Besides that, it also contains a decent amount of Vitamin E and B2. Both play a role in keeping the skin firm and youthful. Additionally it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to calm down red and irritated skin.
DIY green tea mask: Prepare a cup of green tea and let it cool down a bit. Then dip cotton pads into the tea, squeeze them out lightly and put them on the face for about 15 minutes. This green tea mask provides your skin with a load of antioxidants and therefore has an effective anti-aging effect. Small extra tip from us: Put the homemade green tea masks in the fridge for an additional soothing and cooling effect.