We’ve been keeping an eye on Lee Joon-Gi ever since we first saw him in his first major acting role in The King and the Clown back in 2005 – that’s more than 17 years ago.
Did you know that the South Korean actor was born 17 April 1982? That means he’s turning 40 this year in 2022.
That’s why we were amazed when we heard about his latest role as a college student in the upcoming drama Again My Life.
We were totally shocked when we saw his photos, as he looks so believable as a college student – just look at the boyish and youthful vibes he exudes!
We put our detective hats on and made it our mission to try and find out the secrets behind this age-defying actor.
He believes in natural ingredients and masks, and applies a lot of product
Products infused with natural ingredients are a top choice for Lee Joon-Gi as he believes they are less likely to cause irritation or reactions on sensitive skin.
He advises people to use more masks on top of their basic skincare routine to keep their skin feeling elastic and nourished.
Other than quality, he also believes in quantity. More specifically, he believes that applying more product really helps the skin.
His favourite skincare products are a mist and a serum
Those who are big fans of Lee Joon-Gi might know that he is the brand ambassador for Penegreen, a Korean cosmetic brand that uses naturally derived ingredients.
Even before becoming the brand ambassador, he was a big fan of the Penegreen Oxygen Injection Derma Mist Essence. What he does is spray the mist generously on his face every hour or 30 minutes or whenever his skin feels dry.
He also enjoys the Penegreen O2 Core-full Capsule Serum, which he applies every morning or during lunch and before he goes to bed as it keeps his skin well moisturised.
He would touch his face whenever he applies something to check its elasticity and hydration levels. This is because he loves the feeling of his skin getting soft and hydrated.
He considers himself a homebody
It might surprise you to hear that Lee Joon-Gi is someone who stays at home on his rest days, so much so that he labels himself a homebody.
He’s someone who loves to enjoy his break and think about good things only. His positive outlook on life may be his secret to healthy skin as he tries not to get stressed out and have enough sleep.
His relaxed lifestyle also extends to his skincare routine, as he mentions that skincare is necessary.
He practises martial arts and sports
Lee Joon-Gi does various martial arts including Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which focuses on the skill of gaining a dominant position, grounding an opponent, and using techniques to force them into submission.
He has other martial arts achievements, such as the fourth Dan Taekwondo black belt, first Dan Hapkido black belt, and first Dan Taekyeon black belt.
Those aren’t the only martial arts under his belt, as the star has knowledge in Wing Chun and has picked up the Russian martial art Systema for his role in Criminal Minds as well as Thai kickboxing for Time Between Dog and Wolf.
It is no surprise he is seen as a stunt expert who does all his own stunts, especially considering his gun and horse-riding skills.
He follows a strict diet without carbohydrates
The South Korean actor revealed that he has cut carbohydrates out of his diet for six years now, so that he can take care of himself better.
Nowadays, he replaces carbohydrates with tofu, and konjac noodles on days he craves ramyeon.
It all began while filming Scholar Who Walks the Night in 2015, when he injured his hamstring and nose. It was then that he vowed to start taking better care of his body.
We speculate that his diet was also influenced by his role in the historical fantasy Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo back in 2016.
To better fit the role, he lost a total of 15 kg within six months by eating only tofu for his three daily meals. His refrigerator would hold only various types of tofu food and nothing else.
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