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Edible, hallucinogenic or poisonous, mushrooms are enjoying first class treatment in beauty these days. Marvin Hausman, M.D., the CEO of Total Nutraceutical Solutions, explains that mushrooms are rich in vitamin D and antioxidants. Shiitake mushrooms, in particular, are known for their ability to reduce inflammation and increase elasticity of the skin, which makes them a key ingredient in numerous products for red blotchy skin. They also help exfoliate and provide an excellent source of kojic acid – a natural skin lightener that helps fade sun spots and heal acne. In addition, ‘shrooms provide an excellent resource for anti-aging and hair products.
From shiitake to the treasured truffle, fungi plays a leading role in the products below.
Health guru, Dr. Andrew Weil, has partnered with Origins to create Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum ($66). Formulated to reduce irritation and redness, the serum’s key ingredients are pleurotus mushroom, sea buckthorn and spike moss. It has a slippery consistency and a slightly bitter scent that fades upon application. Not recommended for oily skin.
AVEENO AGELESS BEAUTY
Rejuvenate skin with Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Night Cream with Natural Shiitake Complex ($20). This mushroom-infused cream works in harmony with your skin’s own chemistry to help accelerate the nightly renewal process. Clinically proven to replenish surface cells, it makes your skin look fresher.
MIRACLES FROM MURAD
Reduce the appearance of medium to deep wrinkles with Murad Age-Diffusing Serum ($27). In only 10 minutes, it helps firm skin and begins to inhibit collagen breakdown. Shiitake mushroom extract firms and conditions the skin. People who use it say their skin looks smoother and tighter.
Pores will appear tighter and your skin younger with Masque*ology Pore Minimizing Masque With Mushroom Extract ($24).Each unique mesh face mask is treated with a special gel that’s packed with nutrients to minimize the appearance of pores and enhance your overall complexion.
Tame frizzy, wild and coarse hair with Tela Beauty Organics ‘Reduce’ Sensational Styling Smoother ($28). This blend of wheat, organic horsetail, wolfberry and reishi mushroom penetrates follicles, creating the smooth, sleek, silky, shiny hair you’ve always dreamed of. It also helps protect hair color from fading.
If you suffer from facial redness, try Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup with Probiotic Technology ($26). Lightweight and gentle, it immediately camouflages redness via color-correcting principles and a multi-pronged approach including magnolia bark to prevent the spread of visible redness and mushroom extract to minimize future flare-ups. Available in 6 shades.
For dry and very dry skin, Yves Saint Laurent ‘Temps Majeur Suprême’ Set ($185) is especially rich and deeply nourishing to regenerate skin with long-lasting nutrition. Formulated with ganoderma spores, the essence of the mushroom of eternal youth, this decadently smooth treatment erases visible signs of aging while improving the skin’s surface quality. The set’s components include Eye Crème and Suprême Crème.
A IS FOR ALTERNA
Strengthen hair with the intensive reparative treatment found in Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging White Truffle Hair Elixir ($25). This unique, nutritionally supercharged treatment increases softness and shine while repairing and strengthening your tresses. It’s a daily vitamin boost that your hair will love, especially after a chemical process or time in the sun.
ONE OF THE BEST
Stress can take a toll on your skin’s appearance, making it appear dry, dull and wrinkled. La Prairie Anti-Aging Stress Cream ($195) fights back with an herbal blend enhanced with a natural mushroom complex and ultra-active plant extracts to boost natural synthesis of collagen and elastin. Improves skin’s hydration and moisture content.
IT’S A SMASH
Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer ($32) is an ultra-concentrated pore and line primer that works to erase fine lines and other complexion imperfections to give you a flawless finish. This advanced formula helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and features Chinese mushroom extract for moisture.