Mushrooms are excellent sources of numerous nutrients that are essential to our health. They contain many minerals, like selenium, potassium, copper, iron, and phosphorus, that are not often found in plant-derived foods. Aside from this, mushrooms also have vitamins like D, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B9.
While they deliver a pack of powerful punch when it comes to improving our health, mushrooms also contain quite a few health benefits for our skin.
Barbara Close, Naturopathica founder and esthetician who also holds a degree in therapeutic herbalism, says:
“Some of the most popular mushrooms today, such as reishi mushrooms, have been used in skincare and supplements for many years. With its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, mushrooms are linked with helping to address imbalances and restoring vitality, from compromised immunity to sensitized skin, by reducing inflammation.”
Brightens and Hydrates Skin
We need to be hydrated for our skin to glow and shine. Mushrooms promote hydration. They contain a polysaccharide that plumps our skin leaving it smooth and supple. It contains vitamin D that is beneficial for achieving healthy skin.
Moreover, Dr. Weinstein Velez, a dermatologist, and member of the Women’s Dermatologic Society say:
“Mushrooms even have a brightening agent called kojic acid which can help skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation due to sun damage. Plus, it acts like a sponge, so it can absorb and lock moisture into your skin.”
Mushrooms have natural anti-aging properties that can help prevent early signs of aging. It can help improve our skin and prevent uneven skin tone, discoloration, and age spots. Its vitamin D content promotes skin cell growth and helps repair the skin’s natural barrier thereby keeping pesky wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
On the other hand, anti-aging creams, lotions, and serums have chemical properties in it.
It’s A Complexion Calmer
Mushrooms are versatile. A formula in mushroom may be exactly what we need if we are suffering from annoying breakouts. Its vitamin D content has an anti-inflammatory effect which is beneficial when it comes to dealing with acne, sunburns, rashes, abrasions, and rosacea. It plays a vital role in the overall radiance of the skin.
How to Make a DIY Mushroom Facial Cleanser
Check out below on how to make a DIY mushroom facial cleanser in order for us to enjoy its skin skin-boosting benefits which include hydrating, anti-aging, free-radical fighting, brightening, and extracting toxins.
Gather whole organic mushrooms (Shiitake or Oyster) and cut them in half lengthwise. Clean the face and then gently wipe it with the cut side of the mushroom.
Another way is by blending the mushrooms using organic herbal tea in a food processor. Apply like a mask on the face.