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Mushrooms; whether roasted, fried or sautéed, have long been a staple on our dinner plates, but our favourite fungi are now being dubbed this summer's hero skincare ingredient.
Whoever claimed that the simple mushroom wasn't a fun-gi was wrong as the fungus boast healing properties which can reduce redness, inflammation and irritation while helping you glow from the inside and out.
They also have sky-high levels of antioxidants, which help combat free radical damage caused by exposure to sun and pollution. You can't get mush(room) better than that.
Aside from they're healing properties, shiitake mushrooms also contain kojic acid, which is known for its lightening and brightening abilities, according to Fragrance Direct beauty experts.
The most recognisable mushroom out of the fungus family is also packed with anti-inflammatories, and anti-oxidants, which help calm your skin against conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea.
Meanwhile, the Trellmella mushroom, also known as the snow mushroom, is often compared to hyaluronic acid for its incredible ability to keep the skin hydrated.
According to The Beauty Gypsy, it also helps lighten hyper-pigmentation, age spots, and old acne scars by inhibiting melanin production.
Reishi mushrooms are another anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-carrying fungi, but it's the beta-glucans they carry that penetrate through multiple layers of skin to help calm dryness and itchiness.
They also contain polysaccharides, a carbohydrate which boosts skin's natural ability to retain water.
This type of mushroom is often found in moisturisers such as Youth To The People's 'Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream' and the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins' 'Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser', which also includes Chaga and Cordyceps mushrooms.
With over 150,000 species of mushroom in the world, there's plenty of options to help elevate your skincare regime with the fungus, so don't be afraid to forage the internet for your next beauty product.
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