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Though ‘shrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for a multitude of reasons, mushroom-infused skincare has only recently hit it big stateside. That could be in response to an increased demand for more natural cosmetics and cosmeceuticals—or to the fact that there’s actual science to back up the skin perks of certain fungi.
“Mushrooms can offer a whole variety of benefits for the skin,” says Dr. Nava Greenfield, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group. Studies have suggested they can act as a wound healing agent, an antioxidant, and an anti-inflammatory as well, per Dr. Greenfield.
When it comes to perking skin up and making it look like you turned back the clock, mushrooms and mushroom-derived extracts tend to work on your complexion in two key ways: by hydrating and brightening.
Beta-glucans (found in mushrooms) have skin hydrating properties that support the skin barrier function and could improve redness and irritation, says Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist at Union Derm, adding that some variants may be able to improve uneven pigmentation in the skin (i.e. skin lightening/brightening), although more trials and studies are needed to confirm this.
Ready to level up your beauty routine with functional fungi? You’ve come to the right place. Consider this your mushroom-infused skincare product short list.
Whether you’re looking to splurge or save, you can let mushrooms work their magic from head to toe. Products were chosen based on our experts’ recommendations, and I've also flagged some top-rated favorites and new launches, too.
As with anything new you’re looking to add to a skincare regimen, you should always patch test a product first to and talk to your dermatologist.
Danielle Blundell is a New York City-based lifestyle writer and editor who has written on topics ranging from home to health for a variety of publications including Rachael Ray Every Day, Redbook, Family Circle, This Old House, Elle Decor, Esquire, Domino, and Apartment Therapy. She's a graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism and has appeared as an on-air expert on Today, The Doctors, The Celebrity Page, and other local news programs. Website: https://danielleblundell.myportfolio.com/
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