Last weekend, I was dining at a Korean BBQ buffet at Mont Kiara to celebrate a friend’s surprise birthday. The lady owner of the eatery was very kind to share a complimentary bottle of makgeolli for all of us, even poured some for each of us.
What’s more interesting that she shared the benefit of makgeolli in terms of health and beauty. Generally, she has shared that makgeolli helps in digestion as well improving our skin complexion. It intrigues me and got me all excited to find out more. She was kind enough to share how we could also make a mask out of makgeolli in a very simple and easy method. Without doubt, I head to the Korean mart after dinner to purchase one (for only MYR12.90 per bottle) and made further research about makgeolli. Here is what I could share.
Makgeolli is a Korean signature alcoholic drink and the oldest history among the Korean alcoholic beverages. Sometimes it is also known as takju. The unrefined rice wine is made of steaming short grains such as glutinous rice, barley or wheat, dry them, mix with water and ferment it with Nuruk (a wheat based source of the enzyme amylase). The alcohol content isn’t high, ranging of 6% – 8%. The off-white milky wine has astringent, sour, bitter and sweetness taste.
In terms of beauty benefit, this is not to be missed. I was able to look out for some benefit to convince me.
1. Helps in skin regeneration and whitening
Makgeolli is rich in vitamin B2 and B6 which helps to restore and whitens skin. Also, it contains amino acid that be able to restore skin elasticity.
With the presence of vitamin C in makgeolli, it is able to fight free radicals from our daily exposure. It will also help to maintain skin elasticity and delay aging process.
3. Smoothens and reduces skin oiliness
It is made out of rice which leads the factor that it helps to smoothen skin and rice also has the ability to reduce oiliness by absorbing it.
4. Promotes blood circulation
Organic acids can be found in makgeolli such as lactic acid, malic acid and tartaric acid, they are able to help with skin metabolism and detoxifying.
DIY makgeolli mask is very simple. Only involves three items which is…(from left to right) a small container, fresh sheet mask (or you could also use facial cotton pads) and makgeolli.
- Simply placed the fresh sheet mask into the container.
- Pour a sufficient amount of makgeolli to ensure the sheet mask is completely soaked.
- Apply the mask on the face and leave it for 20 – 30 minutes.
At the same time, it’s great to consume some makgeolli for health benefits!
Here I would also like to share on the before and after the mask. From the photo, my skin looks brighter and mattified. I was so excited to share this DIY because I tried doing the mask on the same night. After 20 minutes, I noticed my skin is so much smoother and the next morning, my skin is less oily.
Aside from mask, I use it as toner almost everyday now which helps to calm my skin for further acne breakouts. Because it has alcohol content, I wouldn’t recommend this to sensitive skin type as it may irritate your skin. For the time being, I’m religiously using makgeolli and drinking it too. For those who is keen to try this mask, let me know how it works for you and good luck!