Could medicinal mushrooms be the fountain of youth?
Updated: Jun 15
Much as it pains us to admit it, we live in a world where appearance and age are valued above almost all else. Many of us spend thousands of dollars each year trying to look younger. But it’s not all about age, is it? It’s the features of youthful skin that everyone wants. The brightness. The smoothness. The uniformity.
Well, we’re about to let you in on a little secret.
Medicinal mushrooms just might let you dive right into that fountain of youth. Here are a few ways they can help your skin.
Reishi for skin vitality
This red, fan-shaped adaptogen is known as the mushroom of immortality. Reishi mushrooms grow in hot, humid climates in Asia. Considered a strong immunostimulant, they are often used alongside conventional cancer treatments in many Asian countries.
Reishi mushrooms are also great for supporting your biggest organ — your skin. Here’s how Reishi can help your skin look great.
Reishi’s adaptogenic properties mean it can work with your body to support processes (like hydration or reducing inflammation) that are already happening. And this can have specific benefits when it comes to your skin. That bright, smooth look you’re going for? It’s all about supporting hydration and getting inflammation under control.
Another one of the feathers in Reishi’s cap is that it supports the liver. And the liver’s mission is to filter your blood and detoxify it. If your liver is living its best life, your entire body will benefit — including your skin. Boosting your liver health can mean that your skin becomes clearer, making Reishi a win-win for anyone trying to keep their skin in great nick.
Finally, Reishi mushrooms have been found to regulate cortisol. You’ve probably heard of this one — it’s the stress hormone. Of course, getting a handle on stress can benefit us in a bunch of ways. One of the big ones for glowing skin is that regulating your cortisol levels can mean that you get longer, higher quality sleep. And a decent kip can give your skin cells more opportunity for renewal, as well as eliminate under-eye circles.
Shiitake for skin brightening
Shiitake mushrooms are among the most well-known fungi in the world. Super popular for cooking, they’re found in thousands of dishes. They’re also chock-full of B Vitamins, folate, niacin and even minerals like copper, zinc and selenium, not to mention dietary fibre.
Of course, having a variety of vitamins and minerals in your diet is great for your overall health. But there are some specific ways that Shiitake mushrooms can help your skin look great.
Did you know that Shiitake mushrooms contain kojic acid? Kojic acid is great for pigmentation. It can help to naturally brighten the skin, lighten dark spots and even out hyperpigmentation.
Shiitake mushrooms are also packed with Vitamin D. And when Vitamin D teams up with selenium, it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This can help with skin conditions like acne and rosacea, and protect your skin from environmental nasties.
Finally, mushrooms (and shiitake in particular) are strong antioxidants. By making sure you consume lots of antioxidants, you give yourself the best chance of holding onto that youthful glow for as long as possible.
Want to grow your own? Learn how, using a mushroom kit!
Maximise the benefits of medicinal mushrooms
As mentioned, Shiitake mushrooms are delicious. Reishi mushrooms, on the other hand, taste terrible. They’re extremely bitter, so steer clear of them in your next stir fry.
This is where powdered mushrooms come in.
Touchwood Mushrooms offers all-natural, West Australian grown medicinal mushroom powders.
Our medicinal mushroom products contain 100% fruit body. This means that they’re full of all of the goodness of the actual mushroom, not filled out with mycelium (mushroom roots) or grain.
Our powders can be sprinkled on food or drinks, of course. And if you want to turbo-charge your skincare regime, pop ¼ teaspoon in your facial moisturiser. After a few weeks, your skin could look brighter, clearer and more even.