Very few know that mushrooms are the storehouse of various essential nutrients that are very beneficial for both internal and external health, especially your skin. This popular culinary ingredient has now made its way from our kitchens into the skincare space and now you’re in on the secret. The versatile plant contains natural vitamins with healing properties for many skin issues including acne.
For general health, edible mushrooms are a low-calorie source of fiber and unsaturated fatty acids and are rich in nutrients like Vitamin B and minerals such as selenium, potassium, and copper.
Check out 7 proven benefits of mushrooms for skin…
#1. Boosts collagen production
Certain types of mushrooms contain amino acids that help boost collagen production. In addition to overall health benefits such as increasing muscle mass, preventing bone loss, and relieving joint pain, an increase in collagen production provides skin benefits such as reducing wrinkles and dry skin. It also assists in the process of healing wounds and preventing scars.
#2. Balances pH levels
When it comes to skincare, a balanced ph level is important as it supports the skin in forming a healthy skin barrier, also known as the acid mantle. According to Town & Country Magazine, the acid mantle “is a thin film on the skin’s surface composed of lipids from the oil glands mixed with amino acids from sweat. Along with the microbiome, it’s part of the delicate matrix that creates a healthy skin barrier.” Clearly, leveraging mushrooms offers more skin benefits than many realize.
Mushrooms come packed with moisturizing properties that hydrate and provide a plumping effect to your skin, leaving the skin feeling smooth and supple. This means that with consistent intake/use, mushrooms can aid in restoring moisture to your skin, thus, averting the effects of dryness. In addition to hydration, mushrooms are also known to brighten dull skin, hereby bringing a much-needed glow.
This plant also contains antioxidants that slow down the aging process and reduce age-related wrinkles and fine lines. Who would have thought that the humble fungus that goes well with our pizza and soups could actually work wonders on our skin?
What’s more, mushrooms also possess nutrients that help restore vitality and in addressing imbalances in sensitive skin by reducing inflammation. Interesting right? This previously underrated fungus is seriously changing the game and the skincare industry is catching up quickly.
#6. Improves skin health
Whether you are dealing with annoying breakouts or your face tends to look wrinkled, eating mushrooms or using any formula which contains it may be exactly what you need. Experts state that Vitamin D, which is commonly found in mushrooms is anti-inflammatory, making it beneficial for acne, rosacea, and the overall radiance of your skin.
#7. Mushrooms protect the skin
Between the sun, environmental pollutants, and bacteria, there’s a lot that can wreak havoc on our skin. Mushrooms are packed with antioxidants —a secret weapon that prevents this external damage from accelerating our skin’s aging process.
Note: Mushrooms come in different types, hence, you must be cautious about which ones you consume as some are toxic in nature. The best mushrooms to eat are the cultivated white button type from grocery stores. So don’t go picking just any mushroom you see growing on the farm or on the roadside.
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