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12 Mushroom Skin Care Products That Work Like Magic

Mushrooms soothe, soften and provide mega moisture — some even have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
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Beauty has been going green in more ways than one. In addition to more vegan, cruelty-free products, we're seeing ones that are packed with superfoods plus fruits and vegetables. Similar to food and wellness trends, there are certain buzzy ingredients that seem to be everywhere. Watermelon is one of the hottest ingredients for summer, with the juicy fruit showing up in everything from masks to serums. Pomegranate, avocado and almost every leafy green have enjoyed their time in the spotlight. Now it's the divisive mushroom that's popping up in skin care launches, making it a perfect candidate for the next It ingredient.

Whether you love eating them or fall into the camp of people who find mushrooms too earthy to eat, you'll like them in beauty routines, promise. When it comes to skin care, mushrooms can be pretty magical — which is why they've been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. According to Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa, it's the variety of mushrooms to choose from that makes them interesting. "There is no one hero mushroom," she says. "Different varieties have different properties." Hamdan suggests looking for a product that has a blend of at least three different mushrooms to get the most benefits.

In general, mushrooms are popular in skin care because they soothe, soften and provide mega moisture. Some, like reishi, are "super antioxidants," Hamdan says. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection, says that tremella fuciformis, aka snow fungus, has the ability to retain moisture in skin even more than hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been proven to accelerate wound healing.

In addition to knowing whether a product has oyster, enoki, chaga, portobello mushrooms or another variety, Hamdan says it's helpful to know the extraction method of the mushroom as well as what part of the mushroom is used because products that typically use the whole mushroom are best. In terms of specific products, Vargas says mushrooms are mostly found in serums, masks and moisturizers.

There's no need to go foraging beauty aisles on a hunt for fungi. We've gone ahead and rounded up the best mushroom skin care products so you can see for yourself just how good 'shrooms are.

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Fun fact: Snow mushrooms can hold nearly 500 times their weight in water, which makes them a very good ingredient to have in a moisturizer. What's more, the ingredient can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fight free radical damage and improve skin texture. The serum is packed with other nourishing extracts, including watermelon, apple and lentil, which all work together to plump and brighten skin.

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Looking for something that's packed with mushrooms? This is one great option considering it's loaded with 60 percent chaga mushroom extract that helps brighten and moisturize skin. The serum has a rich brown color thanks to the mushroom extract that has been cooled instead of heated to preserve its nutrients. It may look like pureed mushrooms, but it has a refreshing soft floral scent. Use a pea-size amount of the pressed serum all over your face and neck after cleaning and toning for nourishment without the heaviness.

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When this is described as a mega mushroom serum, it's no exaggeration. The soothing serum is powered by reishi mushroom, fermented chaga and sea buckthorn. The product is brilliant for those with sensitive skin because it helps combat redness and boost resilience. Fans will be happy to know that Origins has an entire Mega-Mushroom line featuring masks and creams.

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Vitamin C is a notoriously difficult ingredient because of the way it degrades so quickly. The vitamin-packed cream contains 15 percent STAY C, a stable form of vitamin C. It's combined with reishi mushrooms that help increase absorption. The formula softens and brightens without leaving behind a heavy residue. FYI: It's suitable for sensitive skin.

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