Mushrooms have long been in the ranks of superfoods alongside goji berries and broccoli for its exceptional nutritional benefits like potassium, vitamins, antioxidants, and iron. And while it’s highly nourishing for the body, mushrooms – sometimes labelled Tremella fuciformis in the terms of a scientific dictionary – is becoming increasingly popular as a highly effective miracle ingredient present in skincare products.
The supercharged antioxidants contained in mushrooms fights ageing at an extreme level by recharging and strengthening the cells to prevent them from breaking down. The medicinal properties of mushrooms also stops inflammation and act as a humectant that offers water-retention qualities to keep the skin looking plump from moisture. So, why not leverage on the undeniable strength of a natural ingredient as opposed to synthetic ones in pursuit of perfect skin?
Here are six skincare products that have mushroom as a hero ingredient:
Menard Embellir Refresh Massage (RM790)
Powered by red and black reishi extract, the luxurious cream comes with a two-in-one function – it can be used as a rich therapeutic massage cream that encourages the flow of blood for a healthier looking complexion, and a cleansing cream that effectively melts away makeup, leaving the skin soft and hydrated thanks to its Moisture Layer Emulsion technology.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion (RM170)
This powerful yet lightweight treatment lotion filled with antioxidants from mushrooms has long been one of Origins’ best-selling star product that does wonders in aiding sensitive and reactive skin. Leaving the skin supple, refreshed and hydrated, the lotion boosts the skin’s resilience, reduces redness, calms and comforts the skin.
Obtainable via Origins stores in Malaysia.
Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum (RM189)
Loaded with 60% tundra chaga mushroom extract, this serum and moisturiser hybrid is carefully cold-pressed to retain the goodness of the mushroom and blended with fermented oils, like olive and argan, to safeguard the skin from pollution and harshness, repairing it progressively.
Available at Sephora stores nationwide or online.
Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel (RM160)
As its name suggests, this high impact gel can be used for multiple skincare emergencies like roughness, breakouts, scarring, visible pores and dehydration. Containing trehalose, a moisturising ingredient found in shiitake mushrooms, the gel replenishes and restores the skin’s optimum moisture levels for a dewy radiance.
On retail at Shiseido counters throughout Malaysia.
REN Skincare EVERCALM™ Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask (RM179)
The EVERCALM™ line by REN is created specifically for sensitive skin and while soothing the skin with its active complex containing white mushroom extract (a natural painkiller), the mask helps to banish skin sensitivity and break the skin’s stress cycle. As a result, it alleviates skin discomfort due to sensitivity and begins the recovery process.
Exclusive to KENSapothecary stores or online.
Sephora Collection Ginseng Therapy Mask (RM32)
Quick and convenient to pop on as a skin pick me up, these sheet masks are infused with natural ginseng root extract and mushroom extract amongst other ingredients to revitalise dull complexions for a brighter, more supple and firmer appearance.
Find it at Sephora stores across the country or online.
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