For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine has recognized the healing properties of mushrooms. Certain mushrooms, known as adaptogens, have been shown to help manage stress levels and maintain overall balance in the body when consumed.

You may have already noticed mushrooms appearing in the world of beauty and wellness, in the form of powders and supplements available worldwide. Different types of mushrooms offer various health benefits, including the ability to manage anxiety and improve focus, as well as support a healthy immune system.

Recently, mushroom-infused skincare has become a booming trend, driven by the growing interest in health, clean beauty and skincare routines. As a result, a plethora of fungi-infused products has been dominating beauty shelves.

The combination of various mushrooms in skincare may provide a range of benefits including protection from environmental damage, reduction in inflammation and improvement in skin tone.

With the endless list of mushroom species, there are some standout varieties that you’ll notice are taking over the beauty world.

Tremella

Studies have shown that the Tremella mushroom’s water retention could be more effective than hyaluronic acid, aiding in keeping the skin moisturized. Not only known for their hydrating properties, their anti-inflammatory benefits can help to reduce redness. They are also naturally rich in plant collagen that works to improve skin texture and strengthen the skin barrier.Tremella

Shitake

Vitamin B3 (also known as niacinamide) found naturally in Shitake helps to soothe irritated skin. Their  healing properties act as a natural anti-inflammatory that can soothe redness and sensitivity. Skin-loving antioxidants boosts the vitality of the skin barrier and protect from free radical damage.  Kojic acid is known as an effective skin brightening ingredient that also helps to combat hyper-pigmentation, scarring and age spots.Shitaki

Reishi

It’s thanks to powerful antioxidants found naturally in Reishi mushrooms that promote visibly healthier skin. They also boast anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness and puffiness.

Beta-glucans protect the skin’s barrier, aiding to prevent cell damage while retaining moisture.Reishi

Cordyceps

The all-rounder of mushrooms providing hydration and balance to the skin. They can be used to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, calming irritation and combating flakiness. They have been found to boost collagen, retain moisture and promote skin elasticity.Cordyceps

 

We’ve rounded up some of our absolute faves when it comes to products that are making the most out of the fabulous benefits of mushrooms.

Herbivore

Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kora Organics

Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil

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Shroom Skincare

Mycelium Glow Brightening Serum

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Origins

Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

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Grown Alchemist

Detoxing Night Cream

 

 

 

 

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By Genevieve Reynolds @gen_reynolds

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