Mushrooms Are Having a Major Beauty Moment. Here’s How to Use Them
In the world of beauty products, it seems like there’s a trendy new ingredient every damn day. First it was matcha, then collagen, then CBD. Today, it’s mushrooms. But much like matcha, mushrooms have been used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries—before there was even a record of it (not kidding).
We're not talking about wolfing down a quattro funghi pizza and waiting for your skin to glow. These mushrooms are special (but not *so* special that they’ll cause any mind-altering funny business) and have adaptogenic properties that, when ingested, purportedly boost brain function and energy while helping to suppress anxiety and depression, according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
When applied topically via skin-care products, explains dermatologist Dr. Patricia Farris, the antioxidants in mushrooms can help improve moisture retention, shrink pores and give us that glow we love so much. Look for ingredients like ashwagandha, reishi, chaga, lion’s mane and snow mushrooms to reap the mind/body benefits. (Or let us do the hard work for you, and shop our product picks below.)
Vivo Per Lei Snow Mushroom Night Cream
Snow mushroom extract has high water retention and works as a humectant, drawing in water and locking it into the skin for a plumper, smoother complexion by morning.
Perricone MD Travel Booster Whole Foods Supplements
No one needs to get sick before, during or after vacation. It’s just not right. This supplement boasts a blend ten organic mushrooms, vitamin C, zinc and green tea extract to support your immune system naturally.
Goop G.Day Ginger + Ashwagandha Energy Body Wash
Need a morning pick-me-up? This body wash features ginger and ashwagandha to clear your mind, leave your skin refreshed and awaken your senses, even pre-a.m. latte.
Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Vegan Collagen Protection
Hydrate skin from the inside out with this nourishing mushroom and collagen powder. The star ingredient? Silver Ear Mushroom, which holds 500 times its weight in water and is rich in vitamin D.
Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream
If you have dry skin, this moisturizer features adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms that hydrate and calm the skin when faced with daily stressors like UV rays and pollution.
Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Plumping Jelly Serum
Along with hyaluronic acid, silver ear mushroom and reishi help enhance skin elasticity and reduce the signs of inflammation. The gel texture sinks deep into skin, visibly plumping to fade fine lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skin-Care Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel
Formulated with snow ear mushroom, this non-stripping cleanser removes everything including makeup, impurities and bacteria.
Murad Age Reform Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA+++
Yes, you need to protect your skin from everyday sun exposure, but we love that this SPF also includes mushroom peptides to help fight visible signs of aging from previous sun damage.
Dr. Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Soothing Treatment Lotion
Your moisturizer doesn’t have to be heavy to have major hydration benefits. This one is on the watery side, but it’s proven to boost moisture levels by 71 percent.