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Why Do So Many K-Beauty Products Come From Jeju Island?

The tropical island is home to many potent skin care ingredients
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Undoubtedly, you've heard the name Jeju Island in the world of beauty. Jeju-do, known as the Hawaii of Korea, is a booming skin care and vacation destination due to its lush vegetation and 'gram-worthy scenery. The tropical island is home to Hallasan Mountain, a large dormant volcano that dominates the landscape. Like other tropical islands, Jeju's flora and fauna are some of the heartiest and contain the most fortified ingredients. Some of the coveted ingredients from Jeju result from the volcanic ash soil as well as the mineral-rich, geothermic natural spring water. Other unique ingredients in Jeju skin care include: green tea, camelia oil, bija seeds, soybeans and an abundance of exotic fruit.

You don't have to travel to Korea to reap the benefits of Jeju Island's potent ingredients. Here, we've selected some of our favorite Jeju Island beauty products that cost way less than airfare. Read ahead and feed your beauty travel bug with these K-beauty faves.

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This essence is the perfect prep step before any skin care routine. It's packed with fermented soybean essence and oil from Jeju Island, which contains a natural form of lactic acid that aids in cell turnover. This hydrating liquid works best when patted into skin after cleansing to increase hydration and lend a dewy glow as well as priming skin for receiving the next skin care products. It's so light and refreshing, you won't want to go without it.

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This lightweight sleeping mask contains 70 percent lotus leaf extract from the Jeju Island. The lightweight gel-lotion sinks right into skin and makes it plump and dewy overnight, without aggravating acne or other skin irritations. It smells light and refreshing as you drift off to sleep and awaken to brighter, smoother, more hydrated skin.

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Great for most skin types (including combination), this floral-scented, lightweight oil blend contains 73 percent camelia oil from Jeju Island. It absorbs quickly and rapidly improves the tone and texture of your skin. If you're looking for a facial oil that will smooth and brighten, without making you oily, give this one a go.

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This mask works wonders for oily, acne prone skin with congested pores. It contains volcanic lava powder from Jeju Island, which helps to draw out impurities from pores as well as helps to control excess sebum production. Use up to two times per week to see a difference in pores and a decrease in oil production.

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