Are mushrooms used in skincare products? And do they work?

by Pamela


I love mushrooms, and make them part of my diet. Given how good they are for one’s health, I’m wondering if skincare products with mushrooms might also be a good idea.

I’ve come across mushroom-based creams and lotions, but I’m not sure whether that’s just a marketing gimmick, or whether mushrooms contain compounds that are actually good for the skin.

Can you help with my question?



And yes, mushrooms have been used for skincare for centuries due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.

They contain compounds such as beta-glucans and ergothioneine which are known to boost the skin's immunity and reduce inflammation.

One of the most popular mushroom-based skincare ingredients is the extract of the shiitake mushroom, which is rich in antioxidants and has been found to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Another popular ingredient is the extract of the tremella mushroom, which is known for its hydrating properties and is commonly used in moisturizers and serums.

Mushrooms can also be used in the form of masks and peels as they contain enzymes that help to gently exfoliate the skin. They can also be used to soothe irritated skin, reduce redness and improve the overall skin tone.

In addition to their topical uses, mushrooms can also be consumed as part of a diet to support healthy skin. Consuming mushrooms can help to boost collagen production, which can help to keep skin looking youthful and plump.

It's important to note that not all mushrooms have the same properties and not all mushroom extracts are created equal, so it's important to check the ingredient list and to look for products that have been formulated with clinically-proven mushroom extracts.

Additionally, It's always best to do a patch test first before applying any new skincare product on the face to avoid any allergic reactions.

If you can’t find anything in your local stores, you can order mushroom-based skincare products on Amazon.

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