I'm From Mugwort Mask Review

March 8, 2020

Hi guys! Today I'll be sharing all about I'm From's Mugwort Mask.


I previously got the sheet mask from I'm From's Mugwort line, and I recently had the chance to try out the wash-off mask version as well. I thought I'd share my thought on both of the products as well as my comparison.


This post will focus on the wash-off mask. For my review of the sheet mask, click here!


WHAT IS IT
I'm From's Mugwort Mask is a wash-off mask containing ground mugwort from Ganghwa Island.

Korean mugwort is an herb that trended a lot last year, and I would say it was one of 2019's hottest ingredients in K-beauty. Haircare, skincare, even supplements feature mugwort. Mugwort has actually been used for generations in Korean medicine and skincare, even in cooking. It's known to be a very soothing and healing ingredient and is effective in soothing redness and sensitive skin.


I'm From's Mugwort Mask has a highly concentrated gel formula that preserves the active ingredients of plant extracts, effectively delivering their benefits directly to the skin. They also state that the texture is cooling to the skin and fast soothing. Were those claims true? Read on to find out!


WHERE TO BUY
A 110g tub of this product is available on Wishtrend's website for USD35 (~MYR140). You can also get a miniature 30g version for USD9 (~RM36) if you wanna try it out first.


Compared to wash-off masks from brands, I think this is on the mid-tier affordable level. Belif's The True Tincture Mask Chamomile Mask retails for RM119 but with only 50ml of product, while Kiehl's Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask comes in 100ml but retails for RM199. I'm From's Mugwort Mask costs less and has more product. Price to size ratio-wise, I would say this mask is nicely priced and is actually quite affordable.


PACKAGING
The mask first comes in a box and features both English and Korean info/ingredient list like their other products (which I love).


Overall the packaging is very simple and minimalist. The tub itself is made from glass, which I found to be a nice luxe touch:


There's a sticker on the lid when you first open it:


And it also comes with a cover to seal its freshness + a spatula for hygienic scooping:



INGREDIENTS
I did an analysis of the ingredients on CosDNA and found that the ingredients were mostly EWG green-level, meaning they're unlikely to irritate the skin.


As I mentioned above, this mask contains mugwort, 2.1% in fact. Not even mugwort essence, pure mugwort itself! Mugwort is also known as Artemesia, and it is a super ingredient that is a great fit for all skin types (including sensitive, acne-prone, and dry skin). Most well-known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, mugwort soothes, heals, and nourishes the skin, helping treat redness, psoriasis, and other skin sensitivities. Mugwort is also packed with antioxidants and vitamin E that help protect and nourish the skin barrier.


This product is free from any parabens, sulfates, alcohol, silicone and EU-allergens, and it is also fungal acne safe. It contains Licorice Root Extract which helps fight acne & brighten the skin, as well as Panthenol & Centella Asiatica Extracts which promote wound healing.


On the moisture side, it also contains highly moisturizing ingredients like Chamomile Flower Extract, Panthenol, Glycerin and Butylene Glycol.


FRAGRANCE & TEXTURE
The product is brown in colour and has a nice, natural scent. Its actually not as pungent as I expected, and it smells quite nice.


It has a gel texture with grains in it (ground mugwort), and the grains come in various sizes.


Upon application, it feels quite cooling and refreshing, and throughout the entire time I have it on, I always feel lime my face feels quite cool and refreshed.


HOW TO USE

Cleanser - Toner - Wash-off mask - Essence - Serum - Moisturizer

I usually use this mask at night. After cleansing and toning my skin, I follow with this mask for 10 minutes. After it has absorbed, I wash off the bits on my face and rinse it off with warm water.

Aside from using it as a wash-off mask, you can actually also use it as a soothing ingredient. For those with sensitive skin, you can mix the cleanser with the Mugwort Mask. Cleansing with the mixture will deliver the effects of cleansing and soothing both at once.


MY REVIEW & VERDICT
Not gonna lie, when I first used this mask I did get some breakouts. It wasn't anything bad but it was a bit of a mini-purge. I wanted to see if it would happen again when I used it next, and after using it again a few days later, I didn't break out anymore.

After that, I realized that every time I used it, my skin felt really refreshed, and I think it's because of the cooling sensation. I can also notice that my skin is soothed, and some parts that are red (like from plucking my moustache/around my nose area are not red anymore.

I had a very bad breakout on my moustache area a few weeks back, and this really helped soothe that. It really does wonders with red bumps and breakout areas, helping it heal faster.


Compared to the sheet mask which has 91.45% mugwort essence, I feel like both are soothing and calming. However, I prefer the sheet mask in terms of hydrating and smoothening. After using the sheet mask, I can feel that my skin is really plump and moisturized. While I feel like my skin is also moisturized after the wash-off mask, it's not as much as the sheet mask.

In terms of soothing and calming I think the wash-off mask is better, and I think its because of the pure 2.1% mugwort. As I mentioned I had a very bad breakout on my upper lip area. This gel mask really helped soothe the area, and every time after I used it, that area was just calmer and the redness was reduced a lot. With the sheet mask, although it's is calming (like how I observed it on my cheeks), it wasn't as helpful in my active breakout area (upper lip area)


WILL I REPURCHASE
Yes! I think this mask is a great S.O.S mask and I would definitely keep it on hand for when I need SOS care or need to calm my skin.


And that's it for this post! Thanks for dropping by my blog, see ya next time!






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