Mushrooms Are The Latest Anti-Aging Hero
Is it just us or are mushrooms having a moment? First we had mushroom-inspired hair, now we have mushrooms in our skincare—it seems there’s fungus among us with no sign of letting up anytime soon. While mushrooms have long been praised for their medicinal qualities, it seems the mainstream beauty industry is just now getting the memo with product-after-product hitting shelves claiming mushroom extract (oftentimes, from the snow ear mushroom) as a main ingredient. It turns out, mushrooms are a skincare powerhouse of sorts. They’re like sponges, which allows them to soak up major moisture without getting weighed down—meaning, they can pack your skin with a serious hit of hydration. What’s more, they’re also being used as a natural way to reduce pore size, cut down on signs of aging, and soothe irritated and inflamed derma. We’ve rounded up some of the buzziest mushroom-packed bottles to hit beauty aisles. Take a look to find out what all the buzz is about.
Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Eye Serum
Both visible and invisible (those lurking just below the skin's surface) signs of aging have met their match. This lightweight eye serum works for dry, normal, and oily skin types by soothing skin, reducing puffiness, banishing dark circles, and defending against aging.
Buy: $48, nordstrom.com
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Pore Perfecting Cleansing Gel
Minimize the appearance of pores, exfoliate, and deep cleanse with this snow ear mushroom-enriched cleanser. It will gently wipe away the makeup, bacteria, and impurities on your face while working to put moisture back into derma.
Buy: $38, dermstore.com
Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream
An assortment of mushroom and adaptogenic herbs create one super hydrating moisturizing cream that also works to soothe sensitive, irritated skin. Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream earned Sephora’s new “Clean at Sephora” seal, which means it’s formulated without sulfates, parabens, and formaldehydes—in addition to steering clear of a bunch of other scary chemicals and toxins.
Buy: $58, Sephora.com
Volition Beauty Snow Mushroom Water Serum
This just-launched serum is the last skincare must-have. Just one dropper is enough to drench your skin with hydration thanks to the snow mushroom, a natural wonder that’s said to be able to hold close to 500 times its weight in water. This heavy-hitting serum also promises to reduce pore size, support skin’s natural collagen production, and filter out damage caused by free radicals. And, you guessed it, Volition’s serum also sports Sephora’s Clean seal.
Buy: $62, Sephora.com
Karuna Renewal Eye Mask
Mushroom extract works with red seaweed and Japanese angelica extracts to fight the appearance of fine lines and reduce under-eye puffiness. Reviewers laud these pre-saturated under-eye masks for refreshing tired eyes.
Buy: $36, dermstore.com