Ingredient 101: Mugwort


Over the past couple of years, mugwort has become an ingredient that has risen in popularity in Korean skincare products. To help you better understand what mugwort is and what it can do for your skin, I’ve put together this post and suggested some of the best products for you to try that contain mugwort.

What is Mugwort?

Mugwort is a plant that has long been used in traditional medicine, particularly due to its calming properties.

For skincare purposes, mugwort is especially suited to dry and sensitive skin types, although everyone can get great benefits from it.

Benefits of mugwort

How Does Mugwort Help Skin?

There are a number of mugwort skincare benefits:


One of the key benefits of mugwort is its ability to calm the skin. Like cica, it has brilliant soothing properties, which help to relieve red and itchy skin. Using mugwort can help to calm damaged skin and provide relief for skin issues.


Mugwort has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it an excellent ingredient to add into your routine if you experience acne or spots. It helps to soothe and clear the skin, with the added bonus of regulating sebum production.


Mugwort helps to stimulate skin renewal, brighten skin tone and improve the skin barrier, thus offering anti-ageing results.

By strengthening the skin barrier, mugwort also offers protection against damage from pollution, which can also speed up signs of ageing on the skin.

Korean Skincare Products With Mugwort In

Graymelin Mugwort Heating Pack

Graymelin Mugwort Heating Pack

Containing 10,000ppm Mugwort Extract to nourish and soothe irritated skin, the mask develops a warming sensation that can open up pores and remove impurities from within.

I’m from Mugwort Mask

A wash off mask that soothes skin, refines texture and hydrates, containing 2.1% mugwort leaf powder.

I’m from Mugwort Essence

The essence contains 100% mugwort extract. It helps to treat skin issues and refine texture, leaving clear and smooth skin.

Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule

An ampoule that uses mugwort extract to calm skin and provide nourishment. The added ingredient of kava kava helps to boost the soothing and skin barrier improving effects of the product.


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