Mugwort is a staple ingredient in many Korean beauty products. Mugwort is used in Korean skincare products designed to soothe sensitive skin, treat dry skin and acne. The herb, mugwort, has been used for centuries in Korea. It is a healing herb. Mugwort serves as an antibacterial and antifungal. Both of which are excellent skin-protective properties. Mugwort is great for several skin types and concerns. Dermatologists recommend it for eczema, psoriasis, and aging skin. It even has the potential to treat breakouts. Including mugwort in your routine can allow you to reap many skincare benefits. Keep scrolling to learn about the history and skincare benefits of mugwort and how to use it in your skincare routine.

Mugwort in Korean History

Traditional herbal ingredients typically play a huge role in Korean history and culture. Mugwort is key to one of Korea’s oldest origin stories. The klog shares the interesting origin story involving mugwort. The klog says, “In this story a bear and a tiger wished to become human. A heavenly prince promised them that if they stayed in a mountain cave for one hundred days, with only pungent garlic and mugwort to eat, that he would grant their wish. The tiger could not wait, but the bear remained in the cave and was transformed into a beautiful woman. She later had a son who founded the first kingdom of Korea.” It is an incredible and wild story but is the foundation of traditional Korean medicine and homeopathic remedies. Mugwort is often listed on skincare products as artemisia.

According to Allure, “mugwort, or Artemisia Princeps, has a coincidental connection to Artemis, the Greek goddess of childbirth and known for protecting women and girls.” Korean women drink mugwort tea in order to regulate their menstrual cycles and ease period cramps. It is clear mugwort has many health benefits but is mainly recognized for its ability to treat and repair the skin. 

Should I use Mugwort in my skincare?

Mugwort aka, artemisia, is a powerful ingredient whose healing properties make it a great fit for sensitive, acne-prone, and dry skin types. It is full of Vitamin E and other antioxidants that protect, nourish, and hydrate the skin. These antioxidants are also excellent for aging skin. Mugwort can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Overall mugwort is great for skin!

Mugwort Benefits for Sensitive and Dry Skin

Mugwort is gentle and hydrating, making it great for sensitive and/or dry skin. Dermatologist, Rachel Nazarian, says mugwort is even a suitable treatment for eczema and psoriasis. The mugwort’s anti-inflammatory properties effectively target irritated, dry skin. While mugworts’ Vitamin E relieves redness on the skin. Vitamin E also helps to moisturize dry skin.

Mugwort Benefits for Aging Skin

Dermatologist, Ted Lain, argues the mugwort is excellent for mature skin. He says, "Mouse- and cell-based trials reveal that mugwort acts as an antioxidant, helping prevent damage caused by ultraviolet rays, as well as a collagen stimulator, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines." Mugwort plumps the skin and allows it to glow from within. 

Mugwort Benefits for Acne-Prone Skin

Mugworts’ antibacterial properties allow it to fight bacteria in the skin. Mugwort works in the pores to clear bacteria and excess oil. It naturally kills bacteria and treats breakouts.  


How to incorporate mugwort into your skincare routine?


You can begin with a mugwort face wash! 

The Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Powder Wash is a powdered enzyme cleanser that removes dead skin cells and deeply cleanses the skin with papain enzyme, sea salt, and mugwort leaf powder. It is an all-in-one exfoliant and cleanser. Due to its exfoliant properties it is best to use 1-2x a week. Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Powder Wash promotes soothed, healthy, nourished skin, whilst providing anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This bubble cleanser calms irritated skin, cleans and reduces the size of pores. The Isntree Mugwort Powder Wash is different from similar products because it does not contain baking soda. This keeps the pH level between 5.5-6.5 which is just slightly acidic, the optimal level to protect the skin barrier.


How to Use a Powder Facial Cleanser?

If you have never used a powder wash before, watch the video below on How To Use Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Powder Wash. Grab the individual packet. Next, pour the contents into your hand. Add lukewarm water to create bubbles. Then, apply bubbles to your face. Let your mask sit for 2-3 minutes. Lastly, rinse with lukewarm water.

You can include mugwort in your weekly face mask!

The Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask contains exfoliating mugwort leaf powder to gently remove pore-clogging dead skin cells and to even out rough texture. Use a gentle, non-exfoliating cleanser before applying this mugwort clay mask. Mugwort extract soothes irritation and inflammation while replenishing moisture levels. Unlike most clay masks, this one is not drying and is safe for sensitive skin. 



Follow up your mugwort cleanser and/or mask with a serum.

You can moisturize with a mugwort ampoule! In Korean Beauty, serums are referred to as ampoules. An ampoule is a supercharged serum with higher concentrations of active ingredients. The Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule is very soothing for the skin. It contains 85% capillary wormwood, a form of mugwort that is uniquely extracted drop by drop to ensure quality and efficacy. The formula also contains licorice root extract, panthenol and ceramide NP to promote a healthier complexion. The Isntree Spot Saver Mugwort Ampoule is best for those with dry, itchy, irritated, or dull and fatigued skin. To use apply 2-3 drops to the face and allow it to absorb into the skin.