Get Your Skin Glowing By Adding Miso To Your Daily Diet | CoolJapan

Miso is one of Japan’s staple food ingredients. It’s a fermented paste made from soybeans, salt, and a mould called koji (fungus Aspergillus oryzae) and is often used in many dishes, sauces, and soups.

Miso paste beauty benefits

Miso paste has many benefits especially for health and beauty. (Photo from:, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

It has various types depending on the ingredients used with it, giving it a variety of flavour profiles, from sweet to salty to fruity to savoury and more. Miso also comes in different colours based on the flavour profile it comes in. A darker colour means the miso is more mature and stronger in flavour (i.e. red miso) and a lighter colour means a milder and sweeter flavour (white miso).

But aside from satisfying the tastebuds, did you know that miso is also good when it comes to beauty?

Miso beauty benefits

One Japanese beauty secret that we often hear about, apart from using J-beauty products, is keeping a mostly healthy diet for a natural glow. Miso is a champion ingredient when it comes to this area, providing not only a burst of umami (savouriness) to many dishes but also helping one’s skin and overall health.

Here’s a roundup of some of miso’s beauty benefits.

1. Rich in antioxidants that help with anti-ageing and overall skin health

Just like many fermented ingredients used to promote good beauty and skincare practices, miso also carries a lot of antioxidants that are great for skincare. These antioxidants help reduce early signs of ageing and promote skin health from within through increased collagen production.

Miso comes in many colours, with varying flavour profiles.

Miso comes in many colours, with varying flavour profiles. (Photo from: PhotoAC)

2. Helps improve skin moisture

According to a study conducted in 2018, miso intake also helps improve skin moisture and stimulate ceramide growth in the outer layer of the skin, strengthening the skin’s natural protective barrier.

3. Deals with hyperpigmentation and skin healing

Dealing with scars, skin discolouration, and other visible skin issues? Miso is also rich in vitamin K which helps improve hyperpigmentation and a variety of B vitamins which promote keratinocyte and fibroblast growth that have a positive effect on the skin’s self-healing.

Miso paste container

Miso paste is commonly sold in these tub-like containers. (Photo from: PhotoAC)

How to incorporate miso into your beauty regimen

1. Add miso soup to your daily diet

Miso soup is perfect for any time of the day. There are many quick and easy recipes to follow to achieve a really good bowl for your meal. This tutorial teaches you how to prepare authentic miso soup that takes less than 30 minutes of your time.

2. Use it as a face mask

Miso paste face mask

Lather it on, rinse, and have your skin feeling soft and supple after.

Not confident with your miso cooking skills? Use it as a face mask instead. Miso contains linoleic acid that helps deal with spots caused by hyperpigmentation which makes it a great alternative to your go-to face mask. Just lather miso paste all over your face like a typical wash-off mask, leave it on for a couple of minutes, rinse, and voila! Say hello to soft, hydrated, and brighter-looking skin.