Did you know we share up to 50% of our DNA with mushrooms? That may sound crazy, but its true. This makes our bodies very perceptive to the medicinal effects of mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries in Asian and beyond.
Our prehistoric ancestors ate a wide range of mushrooms for treatment of infections, diseases and cancer. Modern mushroom research has hit an all time high. Clinical research is showing our ancestors were wise to use medicinal mushrooms.
If mushrooms are great for our bodies, what can they do for our skin? Mushrooms are made up of polyphenols, which are very potent antioxidants. They also contain both triterpenes and polysaccharides, which reduce inflammation and hydrate skin. All these compounds work together to strengthen skin’s immune system and reduce signs of aging.
A major study of the use of mushrooms in skincare found:
Natural ingredients for skin care are becoming popular due to their protective and defensive role against generation of free radicals and reduced production of oxidative enzymes associated with inflammation and inflammatory disease.
Shiitake and Reishi mushrooms are adaptogens that can reduce sensitivity in skin while nourishing it. They contain gentle, ancient and effective anti-aging compounds. We love this blend and studies show the potency of these mushrooms used together. Both mushrooms contain bioactive metabolites that show promising benefits for all skin types.
Mushrooms are widely used in traditional medicine, often known in Asia as the “elixir of life” or “the mushroom of immortality”. They help skin by reducing stress and providing a major vitamin boost. Its no wonder this skincare ingredient has been trending for years!
Best of all, mushrooms are grown and harvested in a sustainable way. They require very little land space and are beneficial to their environment. Picking them in no way inhibits the health of future fungi.