If you’ve ever noticed mushrooms on the ingredient list of your favorite skin care products, don’t be alarmed — mushrooms have been used in skin care for thousands of years, and they harness powerful anti-aging, brightening and hydrating benefits. Read on to learn more about this multi-talented ingredient.
Why, we hear you ask? “Mushrooms are some of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients available for the skin,” she explains. Believe it or not, used topically, mushrooms are an antioxidant, anti-collagenase, anti-elastase, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial and are considered to have skin-brightening and hydrating properties.
Types of Mushrooms
As Dr. Kim points out, there are tens of thousands of mushroom varieties out there, but when it comes to skin care, you only need to take note of a few.
Many believe reishi mushrooms are the oldest mushrooms in herbal medicine. “In traditional Chinese medicine it is known as Ling Zhi, which is translated as the ‘mushroom of immortality,’” Dr. Kim tells The Klog. Known for its moisturizing, detoxifying, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, “It is full of polysaccharides, which helps boost the skin’s ability to retain water.”
Cordyceps are often referred to as caterpillar fungus. Containing “powerful concentrations of anti-aging compounds,” they are touted for their ability to “reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, eliminate dead skin cells, rejuvenate the skin and rebalance blemishes.”
Mushrooms In Skin Care Products
“One of the most important things to note when it comes to product formulation is that mushrooms, like any active ingredient, need to work synergistically with other ingredients within the formula,” Dr. Kim explains.
In other words, it needs to be paired with ingredients that don’t cancel out their benefits. “This is what makes a formula effective and balanced for the skin, which is why it is vital for the formulator to truly understand the nature of the active ingredients within a formulation – their quality, dosage, and overall effects,” Dr. Kim concludes.
Below are a few of The Klog’s favorite mushroom-infused products:
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