Today, I want to share a powerful skincare ingredient: mugwort (also commonly listed as artemisia in skincare products). If you keep up with the skincare trends, Gingseng and Centella Asiatica had a huge wave in the skincare industry for the past few years. While mugwort has been a familiar ingredient, I’m happy to see that it’s finally begun to make an appearance in the US market as well.
I also recently did a giveaway for some of my favorite mugwort products. Be sure to follow me on IG for more chances for you to win great skincare products!
Now, What is Mugwort?
Simply put, mugwort is a plant mainly used as herb. We call it “쑥” (pronounced as ssook) in Korean. In traditional Korean medicine, mugwort is known to help with eczema and itching. Additionally, it’s known to contain powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, as well as relieving muscle pain. Fun fact: Romans historically planted mugwort for marching soldiers to put in their shoes to relieve aching feet.
How is Mugwort Used Today?
There are three ways I’ve seen mugwort used today.
- Rice cakes. This is the most common way. In Korean, it’s called ssook-ttuk (쑥떡). This is one of my favorite snacks that my mom often makes at home but actually (sorry mom), my grandma in Korea always has the BEST recipe!
- V-Steam. The “V” stands for vagina steaming. What the heck, right This is a traditional method to regulate the menstrual cycle, fight infections, alleviate hemorrhoids, promote circulation, and even clear up hormonal acne. You can usually find V-Steams in Korean saunas/spas but nowadays, you can find them in American spas as well. Simply put, the v-steam involves boiled water with the mugwort herbs. All you have to do is sink your “bottom half” in a tub filled with mugwort water. It’s known to be especially helpful for women after going through pregnancy.
- Finally, skincare. More brands have been including mugwort in their skincare products. As someone with eczema, I find mugwort products to be most effective for those with sensitive, irritated skin like myself. My favorite to use so far has been the Missha Artemisia Treatment Essence, the Isntree Real Mugwort Clay Mask, and the I’m From Mugwort Mask. You can find more artemisia products on Yesstyle.
Here’s a quick tip I’d like to share! This is perfect if you’re on a budget or you’re waiting for your mugwort skincare product to arrive in the mail.
- Go to your local Korean grocery store and buy some mugwort. It’s often used for cooking so you should be able to find them in the produce section!
- Boil the mugwort into a pot of water for about 20 minutes
- Let it cool down a little bit
- Move the mugwort water into a big glass bowl
- Save this water (try to use within 2-3 days after boiling) and use it as the last part of your cleansing routine in place of water. Here’s my Gentle Cleansing Routine video where I used green tea water to finish off my routine- it’s the same concept for mugwort water as well.
If you’ve never tried mugwort, I challenge you to give it a try! If you need any recommendations, you can always “slide into my DM’s” on Instagram. You know where you can find me!
As always, thank you for reading 🙂