Mushrooms have long been praised for their incredible health benefits, yet most of us see them as something you would eat, not put on your skin. However, in recent years it has boomed in the beauty world. Mushroom-infused skincare is becoming hugely popular and for a good reason. Here is everything you need to know about it.
Recently mushrooms have been everywhere - quite literally. From fashion to health, fungi have taken the world by storm. Understandably so: they are rich in nutritional and medicinal properties and prized for their many benefits.
Once a significant compound in traditional Chinese healing practices, fungi also emerge as key ingredients in daily skincare routines.
Certain mushrooms like reishi, chaga, lion's mane, and cordyceps are packed with antioxidants and dense in Vitamin D, making them powerful allies in reducing inflammation. Incorporated into creams and lotions, they enhance our skin's natural glow and help to protect against environmental stressors such as UV radiation and pollution. Other varieties, such as shiitake, maitake, and agaricus, contain active components so strong that, according to research, they have similar effects to antibiotics and, some argue, even cancer treatments.
With no makeup and minimal makeup looks trending, conscious skincare became a priority for most of us. Whether it's shiitake, reishi, portobello, or chaga, mushrooms offer something for everyone. Here are five of the most popular mushroom varieties that you should add to your skincare routine.
As a real anti-inflammatory powerhouse, Cordyceps has demonstrated antioxidant properties when applied externally. It bolsters the immune system's response against oxidative stress and helps to keep the skin hydrated. It is a multi-purpose ingredient that is used in many products because it does a great job in increasing overall skin health. Basically, you cannot go wrong with Cordyceps.
Shiitake mushrooms contain kojic acid, which is a gentle chemical exfoliator that can help brighten hyperpigmentation and acne scarring. Besides evening out the skin tone, it also has anti-aging properties. Kojic acid can be a great alternative to Vitamin C as it is a more stable compound and doesn't degrade as quickly when exposed to air and light. It can be found in numerous creams and serums and can be used up to twice a day, followed by sunscreen.
In Eastern Medicine, this mushroom is called the mushroom of longevity for a good reason: it is rich in antioxidants and has adaptogenic properties that help to soothe the skin and fight against stress. Reishi extract is great for reducing early signs of aging, such as small wrinkles and fine lines. It contains a compound called beta-glucan that helps the skin attract water and keep it there, so it is also very hydrating.
This beautiful-looking mushroom reduces collagen loss and repairs collagen breakdown, thus increasing the skin's flexibility and youthfulness. What is interesting is that the mushrooms themselves lack collagen content. However, the polysaccharides present in them offer advantages by stimulating collagen production within the skin. This stimulation aids in enhancing skin elasticity and reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
Similarly to other fungi, Changa is high in free radical fighting antioxidants. One of those antioxidants is superoxide diamatuse, an enzyme that is known for reducing inflammation and boosting skin health. Changa also contains a lot of melanin which helps protect the skin from sun damage, and betulinic acid, which can enhance the synthesis of collagen, smoothing the skin.
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The pod selection includes varieties such as reishi, cordyceps and shiitake which all have amazing skin supporting properties. You can create DIY face masks by mixing dried mushroom powder with honey or just consume them to increase your overall well being.
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