1. THEY BOOST HYDRATION:
Not just nutritional, they’re also now a big ingredient in skincare. Containing polysaccharides (which are known for their moisture-drawing benefits), studies show that they’re a great, natural hydrator. They support the skin’s protective barrier, boosting the skin’s ability to keep moisture in and shut out any nasties for a resilient complexion. Many also contain kojic acid too, which remedies dark spots and discolouration over time. The best way to reap these benefits? Tiina Isohanni, vice president of research and development at skincare brand Lumene, confirms that you should look to leave-on formulas (serums and creams) to fully harness their antioxidant, balancing properties.
2. THEY ENCOURAGE CELL RENEWAL:
There are two ingredients specifically to look out for in the latest slew of skincare products. Shiitake and Reishi are both incredibly popular as they encourage cell renewal, increase skin elasticity and contain polysaccharides, which in short, promotes bouncy, springy skin. The third popular shroom Tiina recommends seeking out is Chaga from Finnish Lapland. It’s a traditional remedy that’s been used against various ailments for centuries, but it also packs a punch with antioxidants, vitamin B and magnesium – all proven to strengthen the skin and reduce sensitivity.
3. THEY BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY:
Long used in Chinese medicine, mushrooms are adaptogenic, meaning they support the body’s defences and protect it from the nasty invasion of microbes. Boosting your cell’s immunity, they work by repairing the body’s tissues to protect you against respiratory infections. This is why they’re now a common ingredient in most nutritional supplements. They’re also clinically proven to reduce high levels of cholesterol.
4. THEY PROVIDE YOU WITH A GENEROUS DOSE OF VITAMIN D:
Mushrooms are laced with vitamin D which is not only essential for bone health and nerve function, but also vital for protecting your complexion from stresses that could leave the skin vulnerable. Think pollution, stress, and sun damage. They’re a great source of iron too, which experts say helps to keep your red blood cells level while promoting healthy, strong hair.
5. THEY ARE A GREAT SOURCE OF SELENIUM:
Nutritionists are forever recommending mushrooms for their large quantities of selenium. It’s a powerful nutrient that’s loaded with antioxidants, aiding in ridding the body of free radicals. Given selenium is usually found in animal proteins, mushrooms are a good alternative for vegetarians. And just like iron, it’s proven to help stimulate hair growth and keep itchy dandruff at bay too.