July 15, 2013

mushroom power – from east to west

mushroom variety

As a kid of the 90’s the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word ‘mushroom’ is the life-giving mushroom in Super Mario Bros. Turns out, it’s not far off the mark.

The anti-aging properties of mushrooms have long been valued in China, Korea and Japan, but are now attracting more interest from the West as a stressful lifestyle, depleting ozone layer and increased pollution have made premature aging a hot topic in the beauty industry.

Ancient Egyptians believed mushrooms were the plant of immortality and were so protective of this “life giving” source that it was decreed no commoner could ever touch them. Fast forward to today, we’ve learned that mushrooms help prevent cell breakdown, increase skin elasticity, exfoliate and brighten the skin, fade sunspots and acne scars and provide overall immune-boosting benefits.

The green beauty industry is constantly harvesting the power of natural food, but from my research I haven’t found any mention of a line that’s using it*.  If you know of one that I’ve missed please let me know otherwise I’ve got my ear to the ground for you!

*Origins developed a mushroom based skin-care line (Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief), but I have a serious issue with it. Hidden at the end of their “powered by nature” ingredient list are harmful chemicals such as Polysorbate-20 and BHT.

  • Margie

    Very interesting article on mushrooms, As always it’s good to read the entire ingredient list on any skin care product label ( with a magnifying glass if necessary 🙂 )