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I actually had to google the translation of Mugwort when I sat down to write this I’m from Mugwort Face Mask review. In Germany the herb is called Beifuß, and while it is not widely known for any beauty benefits, I do know it from cooking (at least in theory, I rarely cook, that is my husbands job) and I now know its many uses in and against witchcraft – don’t say writing about skincare doesn’t teach you valuable life skills!
The benefits and side effects of mugwort in skincare
You are of course more interested in the skin benefits rather than the use in witchcraft, so let’s talk about that for a second.
Mugwort, which is also often referred to as Artemisia (named after the Greek goddess of the forest) has been used as medicinal herb in Traditional Medicine for a long time. Its main purpose was to help sooth and heal eczema. Skincare companies do attribute antibacterial and antifungal properties to the herb extract and clais it helps with redness and inflammatory skin conditions like acne.
And while there certainly is some truth to that, it is important to note that mugwort is a herb commonly triggering hay fever and contains a complex essential oil that has Linalool and Thujon as ingredients, one being a common irritant and the other one being toxic if ingested in high quantities.
Not that you are going to even get near the toxic dose with Mugwort Extract in skincare (or using it as a herb in cooking), so we don’t really need to worry about that.
What the I´m from Mugwort Mask claims
The Mugwort Mask is a gentle wash-off mask that helps calm and soothe irritated, sensitive and troubled skin. Formulated with mugwort harvest from Ganghwa County in Korea, filled with vitamins and minerals, the mask helps detoxify skin and nourish it with needed vitamins and minerals.
Facts about the I´m from Mugwort Mask
Prize and size
One pot contains 110 g and retails for around 31 $ here. 110 g sounds like a lot, but you are recommended to apply a thick layer, so you will get through it eventually.
Texture and smell
The first thing you will probably notice are the pieces floating in the brown gel, which are supposed to be pieces of mugwort. Certainly looks funny on the face, but is not noticeable upon application. Like all gel textures it feels cooling upon application and has a strong herbal scent.
How to use the I´m from Mugwort Mask
According to the manufacturer the mask should be used directly after cleansing in a thick layer, which is when a wash-off face mask makes the most sense anyway, and should be left on for 10-15 minutes. They claim it is gentle enough for daily use, which I can not attest to because I don’t face mask daily, but given you are not sensitive to the plant extracts sounds legit as it does not contain any chemical exfoliants.
It is suitable for both morning and night, with the redness reduction it claims making it probably great for the mornings.
I however have no time for face masks in the mornings, which is why I used it at night.
Ingredients of the I´m from Mugwort Mask
Hover the mouse over an ingredient for short explanation. Read more on INCIDecoder.
Let´s circle back to the Mugwort for a bit. I mentioned in the introduction that it contains an essential oil including Linalool and Thujon. The face mask however uses Mugwort leaf powder, so does NOT include the essential oil (or any other essential oils for that matter), which reduces the irritation potential. Other than Glycerin as humectant it also features several other plant extracts like Green Tea Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Licorice Root Extract, most of which claim healing, anti-inflammatory and brightening properties. There is also a little bit of Arginin, Allantoin and Panthenol for extra soothing.
Does it live up to its claims?
I really can’t say yes here, as the claim “detoxifying” is one that annoys me beyond reason. Your skin is not the organ your body uses to “detoxify”, that is what your liver and kidneys are for, and there really is absolutely not need to detoxify your skin. In fact, it is a bullshit claim with no real meaning.
The next thing I want to address is that irritated and sensitive skin should probably not be exposed to too many different plant extracts, and that is especially true if you have active acne. True acne needs to be treated by a professional with whom you can then discuss in the process which other non-prescription skincare options will fit into your treatment regime.
As for the calming and redness reducing claim, XXX
How does the I’m from Mugwort Face Mask compare to…
pixi pHenomenal Gel
Yes, a moisturizer and with a totally different claim, but hear me out! As we learn to look behind the claims on the packaging, we will discover that this product actually isn’t that different in what it aims to do: Sooth the skin.
Only the pixi pHenomenal Gel aims to do that by bringing the skins pH back to normal, which is important for the skin barrier, which in turn reduces inflammation. It also features several plant extracts as well as Allantoin and Panthenol, probably at least as effective as the plant extracts.
Would I repurchase?
I like it, but don’t think it does anything exceptional for my skin that my regular skincare can’t do.
Whom do I recommend the I’m from Mugwort Face Mask to?
With the exception of active acne and eczema, which (I can’t stress that enough) should be treated under the supervision of a professional, anyone that wants a soothing and hydrating face mask can try it.