There’s a new buzz ingredient doing the rounds in the beauty world right now and we think you’ll be surprised when you hear what it is.
Yes, that fabulous fungus that goes so well on your pizza and stuffed in peppers could actually be working wonders for your skin – who knew the humble mushroom could be so versatile?
While research has always been rife that mushrooms can boost your immune system – they’ve been used in the Far East to treat allergies, arthritis, bronchitis and even cancer of the lungs for centuries - skin experts have now started to realise the benefits of putting them in their beauty products and it’s totally changing the game.
Mushrooms are packed with Vitamin D and niacin which help soothe sunburn, minimise pore and alleviate the effects of rosacea, while boasting healing properties that can reduce redness, inflammation and irritation while helping you glow from the inside out. What’s more, they’re also packed with high levels of antioxidants which help combat free radical damage caused by exposure to the sun and pollution. Who’d have thought it?
Ones to watch are kombucha mushrooms which improve the skin tone and reduce lines and wrinkles, infused in a number of great anti-ageing creams. Shitake mushroom-infused products are also worth looking out for, too, due to the fact they are rich in proteins, lipids, vitamins and amino acids. Reishi mushrooms are the ones that are good for anti-inflammatory action thanks to their high anti-oxidant level.
We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favourite mushroom-laded beauty products if you’d like to get in on the action, which we highly recommend that you do. Just a little food for thought…
Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Moisturiser, Dhs460 at net-a-porter.com
REN Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, Dhs145
Starskin Antiageing Liftaway Mud Face Sheet Mask, Dhs40
Dennis Gross Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel, Dhs75
Natura Bissé Intense Retinol Fluid, Dhs440