S. Korean teens wearing more make-up a worrying trend
THE number of South Korean teenagers wearing make-up has more than doubled over the last four years, according to the Health and Welfare Committee. Citing a report released by a local cosmetics firm, the group said the number of teen subscribers reached 200,000 this month, up from 90,000 in 2012.
Lawmaker Yang Seung Jo said "the data mirrors the tendency of many students to imitate celebrities of their age", adding that "the local cosmetics industry is taking advantage of this tendency".
The use of colour cosmetics, including eyeliner or mascara, over a long period of time can cause side effects such as dry eyes or inflammation of the cornea. Teenagers are more vulnerable to the problem.
As colour cosmetics are only designed for adults, they might be bad for teenagers' skin and health, said experts.
"Commercials featuring teen models or encouraging young shoppers to buy cosmetics should be regulated," Mr Yang added.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK