Ingredient Spotlight: Shiitake Mushroom
Mushroom lover or not, you’re going to want to add mushrooms into your life after reading this article, specifically Shiitake mushrooms! Pronounced ‘She-takki,’ these small mushrooms pack a powerful nutrient punch!
Don’t worry, we won’t make you add them as a pizza topping if you really aren’t a fan, but you’ll be able to reap the skin-loving benefits without them having to come anywhere near your mouth!
Shiitake mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and are a symbol of youth and longevity. They are revered for their incredible health benefits, but when used externally on the skin also provide phenomenal skin benefits.
What are Shiitake mushrooms?
Many people overlook these rather bland fungi and, instead, go after the foods known to be high in antioxidants from blueberries to chia seeds, but it may surprise you that the humble mushroom is absolutely bursting in nutrients that rival the best superfoods any day!
Shiitake mushrooms have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, manganese, zinc, and selenium. As like other members of the mushroom family, Shiitake is also an excellent source of vitamin D, fiber and phytonutrients.
How can they benefit my skin?
Shiitake mushrooms are such a popular choice in many skin care formulations today due to their rich concentrations of Kojic acid. Kojic acid is a natural hydroquinone substitute and will help to brighten the skin, fade dark spots, and lighten areas of hyperpigmentation. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of hydroquinone but without the potentially irritating side-effects.
Anti-inflammatory properties help to protect against and soothe inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema. Selenium and vitamin D work together to protect the skin against environmental aggressors that may contribute to flare-ups.
Antioxidant benefits also make shiitake an anti-aging dream and may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Regular use of this mighty mushroom on your skin will result in more youthful, radiant skin with a beautiful, even texture.
Where can I find it?
Find shiitake mushroom extract in our Rose Glow Brilliance Protection Soufflé along with another very special and powerful mushroom called Lingzhi.
Like Shiitake, Lingzhi has fantastic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, but while shiitake is known for its brightening properties, Lingzhi is especially well-known for its ability to soothe inflamed, red skin and may even decrease the risk of allergic reaction in individuals with sensitive skin.
Together, these powerful mushroom extracts provide your skin with everything it needs to look and feel its best!
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about how amazing these little fungi are for your skin, maybe you will not hesitate to add them to your next pizza order as well!