4 Reasons Why Mushrooms Are A Skincare Secret Weapon
Bring on the shrooms y'all.
Calling all mushroom lovers: Now there's another reason to love your favorite fungus. This popular culinary ingredient has made its way from the kitchen to your medicine cabinet thanks to its myriad of skin-loving properties. "Mushrooms contain natural vitamins, moisturizers, and antioxidants that promote skin health and also help prevent aging," says Dr. Mara Weinstein Velez, dermatologist and member of the Women's Dermatologic Society of why they're becoming the latest "it" ingredient. Don't believe what's sprinkled on top of your truffle fries can improve your skin? Here are four ways a mushroom-infused product boosts your complexion:
It's A Complexion Calmer
Whether you're dealing with annoying breakouts or your face tends to look flushed 24/7, a formula with mushrooms may be exactly what you need. "Vitamin D, which is commonly found in mushrooms is anti-inflammatory," explains Dr. Weinstein Velez. "This is beneficial for acne, rosacea, and the overall radiance of your skin."
It Fights Premature Aging
Another thing mushroom's Vitamin D levels are good for? Keeping pesky wrinkles and fine lines at bay. This is because Vitamin D promotes skin cell growth and helps repair the skin's natural barrier.
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It Protects Against Skin Damage
Between the sun, environmental pollutants and bacteria, there's a lot that can wreak havoc on our skin. Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants —a secret weapon that prevents this external damage from accelerating our skin's aging process.
It Brightens and Hydrates
Say goodbye to dull, dehydrated skin: "Mushrooms even have a brightening agent called kojic acid which can help skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation due to sun damage," says Dr. Weinstein Velez. Plus, it acts like a sponge, so it can absorb and lock moisture into your skin.