Episode Title: Skincare Ingredients from Jeju Island Episode 69 of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast
Today we’re going to talk about K-Beauty’s obsession with Jeju Island. If you’ve ever looked at a K-Beauty product and wondered either, "What IS Jeju Island?" or, "Why do so many K-Beauty ingredients seem to come from there?", you’re not alone.
Let's turn the spotlight on Jeju, it’s ingredients and how some K-Beauty companies have managed to create an entire brand around the place.
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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! Jeju has some of the best natural ingredients on offer in Korea, and that Korean Beauty companies are all over them, too.
With everything from volcanic clusters, orchids, bija, camellia, canola honey, sea mustard, green apple, cherry blossoms, lava water and hallabong from Jeju making their way into Korean cosmetics it can be hard to know where to start. So let’s do a run-through of the most popular.
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.
What is it?
This substance is formed straight from volcanic lava that has cooled and hardened after a volcanic eruption. This makes it quite rare!
What does it do?
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.
Where will you find it?
It is mainly used in clay masks, including the all-time best sellingInnisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask, however you can also check out its cleanser counterpart, theInnisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam.
Things that will work as well as volcanic scoria
Your typical clays- Kaolin, green clay etc, which feature in many popular K-Beauty products including Subi’s Holo Dream Brightening Pore Minimising Mask.
This (beautiful!) plant is high in naturally-occurring antioxidants, as it thrives in harsh local surroundings and weather.
What does it do?
It 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 moisturising 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.
Camellia oil has one of the highest percentages of omega-9 oleic acid of any natural oil and naturally-occurring antioxidants.
On Jeju island, the Ramsar site in the Gotjawal is one of the best locations to see them.
Which K-Beauty products will you find it in?
Camellia extract is often included in a wide range of products as it is very versatile, including oils and hair products. Erborian, Blossom Jeju, Sulwhasoo and even Innisfree have camellia-based products.
Not just a drink, green tea has long been proven to have great anti-inflammatory properties, making it a calming and cooling ingredient that leaves skin feeling smooth, supple and deeply hydrated.
Jeju’s lush harvest of green tea has a unique quality due to its volcanic zone being located among mountains and seawater.
What’s in it?
The presence of catechins, (a type of polyphenol), deactivates free radicals in the skin, which helps with the signs of ageing.
Who should use it?
Those with sensitive or irritable skin types will find this a hydrating must-have in their skincare routine! It also has wonderful de-puffing qualities when used in eye products too.
Which Korean Beauty products will you find it in?
Too many to count!
Plus, you'll find green tea in Tosowoong Pure Green Tea Mask.
The story of Innisfree, a cosmetics brand focused on naturalism and Jeju goes back several decades. The founder of Amore Pacific cultivated a green tea field on Jeju island, with a commitment to “revive the traditional tea culture of Korea.”’
Amore Pacific studied green tea for several decades, discovered the possible use of green tea as a cosmetics ingredient, and finally made cosmetics with green tea. The company’s “Green Tea Balancing Line” became a big hit and transformed the company into the leading cosmetics brand in Korea.
Run by a Korean ODM / OEM Company that has specialised in Jeju-based cosmetics, they are now running their own brand to show their expertise in made on Jeju cosmetics.
All JEJUON branded products are developed at the Natural Products Research Center in Jeju Island.
Cosmetics are manufactured in the plant located in Jeju using raw materials directly collected from the local farms in Jeju.
It is the only brand in Korea that performs its entire processes in 'Jeju Island' only.
Other brands include Blossom Jeju, as well as brands that regularly use ingredients from Jeju Island (Skinfood, ISNTree etc).
If you are confused about which Korean skincare products are right for you, reach out to theSTYLE STORY team for your free skincare consultation. Our K-Beauty experts will go through your concerns and offer our personalised product recommendations tailored for you.
"Jeju has some of the best natural ingredients on offer in Korea, and that Korean Beauty companies are all over them, too"Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast
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