Here at Morethanglam we are always on the lookout for the latest in health food trends. We love finding the newest superfood powder to add to our morning smoothies, but we’re even more excited when these superfoods are not only good for our internal health but for our skin too! Of course, when our inner health is boosted, our skin always follows. We love medicinal mushrooms for their immune-boosting, energizing, and healing benefits, but we’ve just found out they can actually improve our skin too.
Here’s how medicinal mushrooms can improve your skin and how you can incorporate medicinal mushrooms into your daily routine. Not sure what medicinal mushrooms are? This is your ultimate beginner’s guide to medicinal mushrooms.
How do medicinal mushrooms affect the skin?
Mushrooms are adaptogens, which are herbal, natural medicines that help the body adapt to stress. They also exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. So anytime you’re stressed out and then you freak out about your skin reacting to the stress, taking an adaptogen can help relieve the effects of stress on the skin. A popular adaptogen is ashwagandha — which is great to take in times of stress.
When it comes to skincare, medicinal mushrooms help fight inflammation in the body, including the skin, and they help hydrate the skin. Medicinal mushrooms can also relieve redness and irritation in the skin.
Different medicinal mushrooms will have different effects on the skin, so here is your go-to guide to medicinal mushrooms for skin.
What you need to know about hormones
To every woman out there, listen up. Hormones dictate literally everything for us. When it comes to anything related to skin and beauty, we better discuss hormones first and foremost. Medicinal mushrooms help rebalance our hormones, so the reason these medicinal mushrooms may help improve our skin can be traced back to their hormone balancing properties. In particular, medicinal mushrooms reduce stress and decrease inflammation—which, duh, helps the skin.
When you hear reishi—think anti-inflammatory. Reishi is one of the medicinal mushrooms that is great for combatting the spread of inflammation. As a result, reishi helps relieve redness and irritation. In times of stress, reishi is a great adaptogen to relieve the effects of stress too. Try this reishi lotion, developed by Dr. Andrew Weil and Origins to help soothe skin and boost visible resilience and hydration.
Of all medicinal mushrooms, Chaga is most potent in antioxidants. Chaga helps stimulate the lymph, which includes the skin. When applied on the skin, chaga calms and soothes redness and irritation, firms the skin, and helps boost elasticity.
Aside from sounding beautiful, snow mushroom (also called silver ear mushroom) is the ultimate hydration boost for skin. You know the ultra-hydrating ingredient hyaluronic acid? Well, go ahead and replace that with snow mushroom. Snow mushroom holds 500 times its weight in water. This snow mushroom serum helps deliver hydration into the skin for a fresh, dewy glow that minimizes the appearance of pores.
How do you use mushrooms in your beauty routine?
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate