IM FROM is a well-known Korean skincare that that prides itself on producing natural, safe and effective products from the extraction of nature’s finest pure ingredients. They are famous for featuring natural ingredients such as rice, honey, mugwort and ginseng, and includes a high percentage of each of this as a core component in its star products. Being an avid mask collector, I have purchased two of their best-selling face masks to test out its effectiveness.
Ingredients from IM FROM Mugwort and Honey Mask
IM FROM Mugwort Mask is made with mugwort plant and other botanical extracts processed in a high concentrated gel form to preserve active ingredients for maximum benefit. The mugwort is carefully selected and harvested from Ganghwa over 3 years, repeatedly grinded into powder to allow a slow release extraction over 24 hours of the active mugwort ingredient. Traditionally, mugwort has been taken as a recovery tonic to soothe intestinal conditions and boost energy. Here, IM FROM Mugwort Mask claims to act as a calming and detoxifying agent for irritated skin, fight against environment pollution and stimulate collagen for anti-aging effect. List of ingredients for IM FROM Mugwort Mask as below:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Powder, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Methylpropanediol, Ligularia Fishceri Leaf Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Polyacrylaste, Carbomer, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA
IM FROM Honey Mask contains a extraordinary 38.7% high concentration of real Jiri Mountain honey, which is well-recognized as “medicine honey”, considered by farmers as the best honey source for wild bees for its rich scent and restorative and nourishing properties. IM FROM Honey Mask claims to restore skin elasticity and healthy flow, delivering moisture and activate skin from deep within. It also claims to effectively remove whiteheads and exfoliate gently to give a clear, supple complexion. List of ingredients for IM FROM Honey Mask as below:
Honey, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Polysorbate 20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Water, Bambusa Vulgaris Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propolis Extract, Beta-Glucan, Bee Venom, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Sophora Flavescens Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin
How To Use
Both IM FROM Mugwort and Honey Masks are wash-off mask type. Simply leave them on for 15-20 minutes after toner application and wash off with lukewarm once done.
IM FROM Mugwort mask comes in a light gel texture that is grainy and has a strong earthy, herb- like fragrance. IM FROM Honey Mask comes in a thick, gluey texture and color not unsimilar to real honey, and smells strongly like aged honey in oak. Both masks are easily spreadable with your fingers or spatula and hugs well to the face contours yet can be hard to know how much to apply because of the transparency. I find that the results are more apparent when I cover my skin entirely with a thick layer.
My vote is on IM FROM Mugwort Mask! This mask gives an immediate cooling sensation upon application, and I just LOVE the earthy herbal scent which relaxes you completely. After wash-off, my skin felt fresh, invigorated, and hydrated, with red spots and pimples appearing less patchy.
On the other hand, the results were less apparent with IM FROM Honey Mask. While the mask felt nourishing at the start, I did not really fancy the smell of this and after wash-off, lacks the expected level of clarity and hydration. And no brownie points earned since, sadly my whiteheads and acne were still apparent.
However, one point to take note is that while the Mugwort Mask is great, the herbal scent might not be “one size fits all” and might be off-putting for some. Also, both masks are kind of difficult to wash off since its in a sticky gel-form- you can say it is almost like washing off a very well-set sleeping mask, so no fun there. Would I repurchase? Maybe.