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Skincare With Mushrooms: No Longer a Fungi Fad

September 6, 2023

Are mushrooms good for skincare?

Yes. While the use of mushrooms might seem like a recent trend, they have been used in Eastern medicine for ages. Mushrooms contain antioxidants, polysaccharides, and fatty acids that improve skin health in many ways. Hence, incorporating them into your skincare routine can be a beneficial way to improve your skin health. “For example, they can help hydrate the skin, boost collagen synthesis, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the skin’s natural defenses against environmental stressors,” says Cameron Rokhsar, MD, a New York-based board-certified dermatologist.

A study published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms found that certain fungal extracts exhibit significant protection against collagen degradation by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for collagen breakdown. Also, most extracts showed a significant photoprotective effect with a sun protection factor of up to 25. This means you can level up your skincare routine with additional protection against the sun during your time out on the beach and during the hot summer months.

The presence of antioxidants within mushrooms shields your skin from environmental damage and free radicals, which prevents premature aging and helps your skin stay young.

The use of mushrooms in skincare

Due to the numerous health benefits observed with the daily consumption of mushrooms, they are even used in the form of extracts, powders, or infused oils in various skincare products, such as creams, serums, and masks. These formulations aim to harness the beneficial properties of mushrooms to nourish and revitalize the skin.

“Incorporating mushrooms into skincare can help brighten dull skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots and sun damage, restore skin elasticity, increase moisture content, stimulate collagen synthesis, and have an overall anti-aging effect,” says Dr. Rokhsar.

Today, water-soluble mushroom extracts are actively used in cosmetics. The benefits depend on the type of mushroom being used and include the following properties:

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