Jeju Island, known as the Hawaii of Korea, is a booming skincare and vacation destination due to its lush vegetation and instagram-worthy scenery. The tropical island is home to Hallasan Mountain, a large dormant volcano that dominates the landscape.
Jeju Island is famous for its natural wonders – a lush landscape filled with volcanic-ash infused soil, camellia, green tea, red ginseng and horse oil, just to name a few.
Its association with cleanliness and purity is well deserved, and this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the least polluted areas in the world.
It’s no wonder that Jeju has some of the best natural ingredients on offer in Korea, and that Korean Beauty companies are all over them, too.
So, what are five top must-have beauty ingredients from Jeju?
Volcanic Scoria is formed straight from volcanic lava that has cooled and hardened after a volcanic eruption. Probably the most well-known ingredient to hail from Jeju, volcanic scoria has a myriad of skin-loving properties that will leave skin tighter, firmer and blemish free. It is able to absorb sebum and oil in the skin very effectively, and can wash away impurities lodged within pores without drying out the skin. This gives you an ideal skin texture and leaves skin feeling clean and fresh.
Queens of winter flowers, camellias are attractive evergreen shrubs that are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite blooms, their splendid evergreen foliage and their compact shapely habit. Camellia is a popular skincare and haircare ingredient, evoking strength and vitality as it penetrates deep into the skin and promotes cell growth (vitamins A, B, D, and E included). Its oil (extract) is easily absorbed and is non-greasy, which makes it a perfect moisturizing ingredient. In addition to this, it keeps skin supple as its high composition of oleic fatty acids ensures that it acts as an effective emollient.
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It is commonly used in Asian food and it has a bitter taste. But the root is also used widely for medicine and skincare. Studies have shown that curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, can decrease UV damage and clear up acne when applied to skin. It has ability to deal with an array of skin issues, from redness to irritation and puffiness to scarring. On top of that, curcumin also has antioxidant properties which provide glow and luster to the skin. Turmeric may also revive your skin by bringing out its natural glow.
The mandarin tree is cultivated worldwide for its sweet, juicy fruit, which are often sold as clementine or mandarin oranges. Green mandarin comes from fruit harvested prior to ripening and can only be harvested one month in a year. It contains an abundance of vitamin C which is ten times higher than a lemon. One of the most popular properties of green mandarin is its ability to tone and tighten skin. It can minimize the appearance of pores and help your skin look smoother and more revitalized.
Animal byproducts have been used in beauty for centuries with ingredients like gelatin and lanolin common in many commercial formulas. Horse oil is made by extracting the oils from horse fat. Before gaining popularity as a beauty product, horse oil was used as a “folk medicine” in the days of ancient China. The miracle oil was used as a remedy for burns, insect bites, cuts, asthma, foot fungus, and even hair loss. Because its properties are similar to the oils naturally produced by human skin, it is easily absorbed by the skin and is safe for people all ages, including infants. The easy absorption of horse oil allows users to feel comfortable and clean with no greasy feeling left over on the skin. It improves skin elasticity, wrinkles, acne, sunburn, and eczema. Also, it keeps the skin moisturized and balances tone.
You don’t have to travel to Korea to reap the benefits of Jeju Island’s wonderful ingredients. Here, we’ve selected some of our favourite Jeju Island beauty products that cost way less than airfare!
JEJUON = “ONLY JEJU”
JEJUON is a cosmetic brand based in Jeju Island, South Korea. All of their products are developed at the Natural Products Research Center in Jeju Island and the ingredients come directly from the local farms in Jeju. JEJUON is the only brand in Korea that performs its entire process in Jeju Island only.
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