Fungus facts: Explore the surprising skincare benefits of mushroom extract
Did you know that even though we get our mushrooms in the veggie section of the supermarket, they are actually in the same superregnum as animals, meaning they are not plants, but organisms? These popular edible organisms contain highly nutritious values, plus unique health benefits, so it’s no surprise that fungi is foraging its way into more than just our lunch salads. The benefits of mushroom extract are plentiful, as it has a number of properties that make it an ideal ingredient in skin care.
Mushrooms possess anti-aging properties. The extract can condition, tone and rejuvenate skin, boosting radiance and brightening skin tone. Kojic acid, produced by several species of fungi, contains lightening properties, and is used for lightening dark spots. As well, a polysaccharide in mushrooms is beneficial in hydrating and plumping skin better than hyaluronic acid, a sugar compound naturally found in high concentrations in the skin, and a popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare.
Mushrooms are naturally high in Vitamin D, which is known to stimulate collagen production, boost elasticity, enhance radiance and calm acne flare ups.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of mushrooms work to protect, heal and soothe, which makes it an ideal ingredient in many products.
We’ve rounded up our favourite products so you can start experiencing the benefits of mushroom extract.