Mushrooms are well known for their health benefits, and over the past year, have cropped up in an assortment of powder blends and supplements.
Now, the mushroom extract is having a major moment in the beauty world, with the fungus' anti-inflammatory and deeply hydrating properties proving to be an effective ingredient in a wide range of products, but particularly in serums and moisturisers.
"The beauty industry has been embracing the trend of superfoods for quite some time now, and mushrooms certainly are one of those. Even if you don't like eating them, you sure will want them in skincare!" Wǒ founder Karen Lee-Thompson insisted. "Generally speaking, mushrooms extracts can offer excellent moisture, soothe and soften the skin, and are also a fantastic source of anti-oxidant properties."
Though many different varieties of mushrooms are incorporated into skincare formulas, reishi mushroom extract is one of the most popular, with Karen an advocate of using Tremella Fuciformis, also known as snow fungus, as an ingredient in her products, such as the Power TonIQ Anti-Blemish Essence.
"It's a unique mushroom extract that contains a polysaccharide that acts as a natural alternative to hyaluronic acid to help soften and moisturise the skin," the beauty expert continued, noting that another variety called Fomes Officinalis is used in the Power TonIQ Pore Refining Essence.
Read on for a round-up of other great products that harness the magic of mushrooms.
KORA ORGANICS' Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil
Good for combination and oily skin types, this cleansing oil removes dirt and make-up in mere seconds. In addition to silver ear mushroom, this cleanser is made with babassu, apple seed, and sunflower seed oils to nourish and plump. If it's good enough for Miranda Kerr, it's good enough for us!
Kat Burki's Lift & Fill Form Control Marine Collagen Gel
Infused with reishi mushroom, plant stem cells, and silk amino acids, this gel is suitable for all skin types, but is especially great for dry or dehydrated complexions. Also featuring botanical hyaluronic acid, it works wonders on fine lines and wrinkles when used as part of an evening skincare regime.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins' Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Weightless Moisturiser
Made with plant-derived hyaluronic acid, soothing reishi, and fermented Chaga extracts, this milky lotion absorbs quickly and delivers deep hydration. Perfect under make-up or in place of a day cream, this lotion works well for those seeking to tackle redness or dry patches too.