Jeju: A Hot Spot for Natural Korean Skin Care

Jeju extract this, Jeju extract that – if you’re a K-Beauty fan, you’ve probably seen these more than a couple of times on cosmetics packaging. You might also wonder where this magical place is and what makes it so special that it makes multiple cameos on our fave products!

Where is Jeju? Jeju is an island located off the coast of South Korea and is a favorite vacation spot for Koreans and foreigners alike. It is home to many natural wonders that have been recognized as World Heritage Sites. You can well expect that ingredients obtained from the flourishing flora and fauna of this protected subtropical island to be clean and natural.

If you’re not able to take a short break to visit Jeju this summer and bask in all its natural glory, here’s a quick guide to some of the island’s most common skin care ingredients and why they’re great for your skin. Maybe you’ll feel like you’re there already!

Jeju was formed by a volcanic eruption 2 million years ago and is home to Hallasan Mountain, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in the country. Because of that eruption, volcanic ash, rock and clay are readily available on the island. There are many minerals in the volcanic substances that are amazing for skin care!

The volcanic ash soil is fortified with minerals that boast detoxifying properties, ridding skin of impurities as it contracts pores and leaves skin feeling fresh. Volcanic clay is oily skin’s best friend as it’s great at controlling sebum production while ensuring skin won’t be dehydrated afterwards.


The volcanic ash in Jeju’s soil adds minerals and serves as insulation to protect plants from temperature change. Also, since the island is subtropical, it provides the optimal environment to grow various plants, leading to extracts with the highest efficacy.

There are a couple of plant-derived extracts that Jeju is famous for such as hallabong, tangerines grown in Jeju named after Hallasan Mountain due to its protruding bump on the top. The fruit is distinctive not only for its shape but also because it’s quite large and extra-sweet. It’s also rich in Vitamin C to nourish and brighten skin.

Another well-known skin care ingredient from the island is green tea. The island’s annual temperature of 14℃ and its humid subtropical conditions are perfect for growing the plant. Jeju is home to many green tea farms. The ingredient boasts a number of skin care benefits such as moisturizing and soothing skin, and smoothing fine lines.


Like its botanical extracts, Jeju’s seawater also greatly benefits from the island’s volcanic formation. The clean, clear and blue waters of Jeju boast the same detoxifying effects as Jeju’s volcanic ash.

The island is also known for its lava tubes. Flowing through them is mineral-rich geothermic seawater, and innisfree has a 9-step skin care routine formulated with it! The Jeju Lava Seawater skin care line is perfect for moisturizing, soothing sensitive skin and fighting signs of aging.

If you ever visit the Insta-worthy Jeju, innisfree’s Jeju House is a common tourist attraction. In just one location, you can visit their green tea farm, museum and café where you can make your very own personalized skin care products!

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