From algae to CBD to tumeric, the beauty industry is always on the hunt for the next big natural, plant-based ingredient that will transform our skincare routines. The hottest trend for this year? Mushrooms.
Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for their many health benefits, from immune support to increased energy, experts are now discovering that mushrooms also have powerful external effects. A 2016 study found that mushrooms helped combat ageing, reduced inflammation and corrected hyperpigmentation. A 2017 study discovered they contain high amounts of two antioxidants that can help fight ageing.
There are many different varieties of mushrooms, all with different benefits. Reishi mushrooms work to improve barrier function, soothe inflammation and provide anti-wrinkle benefits. Shiitake mushrooms are great for evening out skin tone and fading dark spots.
The beauty industry’s favourite mushroom of the moment is the tremella mushroom, also known as the snow mushroom. Tremella can retain up to 500 times its weight in water, making it a highly effective hydrator perfect for plumping and hydrating dry midlife skin.
Here are some of the new products utilising this powerhouse ingredient.
Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater + Tremella Creamy Jelly Cleanser, £22
This gentle, soothing cleanser from Herbivore is perfect for dry, sensitive skin. The tremella mushroom works to hydrate and plump your skin, while the rose hydrosol soothes and diminishes redness. Lastly, squalance replenishes hydration levels so that your skin is clean and refreshed with being stripped of any moisture.
Humanrace Humidifying Cream, $48
Pharell’s skincare brand Humanrace was launched at the end of last year. Snow mushrooms are the hero ingredient alongside squalane in this moisturiser. Inspired by the hyper-hydrated feeling that skin has in tropical climates, the cream delivers essential hydration to leave your complexion feeling and looking nourished.
Inkey List Snow Mushroom, £9.99
This moisturiser from Inkey List is so popular it is sold out absolutely everywhere. If you do manage to get your hands on it, the multi-tasking face lotion will work to deeply hydrate your skin while providing soothing anti-inflammatory properties and promoting collagen production.
Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum, £52
One of the first-ever fully crowd-sourced beauty brands, Volition Beauty develops skincare concepts submitted and voted on by their community. One of its best sellers, the Snow Mushroom Water Serum, delivers moisture while reducing the visibility of pores. Watermelon and apple extracts full of vitamin A and C work to diminish fine lines, while lentil extracts smooth and firm.
Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum, £69
Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum is Drunk Elephant’s follow up to the fan favourite Protini Cream. Combining lactic acid and high-strength signal peptides, the serum works to firm, brighten and retexturise your skin. Meanwhile snow mushroom in the formula keeps your complexion moisturised and soothed.