Tuesday, 26 January 2021

I'm From Mugwort Essence

It's been years since I started my skincare journey but essences were never a part of it. Mostly because my skin was oily earlier, so I did not feel the need for using one and also because I didn't get on board with Korean skincare. Trust me when I say that I kick myself mentally every time for living under a rock for so long! Why, oh why didn't I explore Korean skincare before?
 
And then in 2019 Smriti made me use the Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream which I fell deeply in love with (more about it on another day), and I delved into the world of K-beauty. While I haven't tried a lot of products yet, there can be no doubt that 2020 was the year I discovered the joy and value of essences. There are two products which are responsible for my fangirl moment - the Cosrx Snail Mucin essence and the I'm From Mugwort Essence. Both these products made it to my 2020 skincare favourites which you can check out here, in case you missed it.

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Let's talk about the I'm From Mugwort Essence today!

So, what is Mugwort? 

It is a herb, quite popular in Korean skincare & somewhat similar to tea tree, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is known to have calming properties, effectively soothing breakouts, irritated & problematic skin. Besides, mugwort is also anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal (when it's not fermented) which makes it well suited for troubled skin. 

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This amber essence is a lightly fermented 100% mugwort extract (Artemisia Princeps)  - with 1,2 Hexanediol as preservative. This was my first time using a product with such a minimal ingredient list
It's packaged in a glass bottle, minimal but elegant, with a screw-on plastic cap.

The essence is slightly watery with a pleasant slip to it. It spreads nicely and absorbs quickly (doesn't feel heavy or tacky). It has a woody herbal scent and I have grown to like the mild fragrance which doesn't linger on application. 


My Experience

For reference, I have combination skin and get breakouts very often which in turn leaves me with quite a few skin concerns - inflammation, redness, hyperpigmentation.

This essence works quite well in calming down any irritation I get - from hormonal breakouts or dehydration or if I ever go overboard with skincare (though the instance of that happening has reduced). There is a noticeable difference in the inflammation I get these days versus what I used to get during my earlier years. It wasn't an instantly visible result for me, but with consistent use, it helps to reduce the redness on my skin and it provides light hydration which is always welcome. What it did provide instantly though is a feeling of comfort. 

It has been a part of both my morning & evening routine for 4 months. I pour an adequate amount into my palms and gently pat it into my skin. On some days, I like doing a 2-3 layers of it (it never feels heavy), usually in the evening. Since it is light weight & fast absorbing, it layers well with other products too.  

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My first bottle is nearly emptied and I already have a backup. My skin just drinks up this essence happily and I look forward to using it every day. I've also got my hands on their Mugwort mask & cream since I liked the essence so much. 

I really can't find much fault with this essence. Expect that I went through the bottle pretty quickly - 4 months (maybe because the essence itself is thin or perhaps because I have been using it twice a day?). I was hoping it would last 6 months at least. Let's see...I'll keep a tab on how long the 2nd bottle lasts just to be sure.

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Price : 40$ for 160 ml
             Available in India at BeautyBarn- 2790INR

While mugwort is suitable for all skin types, this essence will especially be beneficial for skin which is irritated, sensitive and is prone to inflammation, acne, breakouts and redness. It is a gentle, soothing no fuss product. The light hydration it provides +  the antioxidants, minerals and vitamins Mugwort has also aid in to keeping the skin healthy. It's not the cheapest essence and I'm From is a bit difficult to get hold of in India, but I think it is absolutely worth it. I wish I had this a few years back when my breakouts were at their worst. 

xoxo,
Swati