Believe it or not, fungus should be your new “it” skincare ingredient. With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, mushrooms can help boost your overall health and reduce skin inflammation. Specifically, fungi contain high concentrations of two antioxidants, ergothioneine and glutathione, that prevent cell breakdown and delay wrinkle formation. \nAdaptogens are herbs and extracts, whose natural properties restore balance in the body by adapting to the body’s needs. As adaptogens, mushrooms mitigate skin’s response to stress through identifying which areas of the skin are out of balance, working to accurately distribute active ingredients to help the skin stay hydrated and nourished. \nThere are over 10,000 known types of mushrooms, each of which boasts unique properties and health benefits. For instance, the chaga mushroom grows on birch trees in some of the harshest climates in the world, giving it potent antiviral and restorative properties. In addition to functioning as a protective agent, chaga is packed with melanin — a compound that determines skin’s color and shields the skin from harmful UV rays. LaBruna Skin Care’s Sensitive Skin Mask with arnica, borage, and chaga mushroom might be the ideal product for you if you are ready to enter the world of 2020 skincare with “Mushroom” as its headliner. Nina’s mask soothes irritated skin and carefully restores radiance thanks to chaga as one of its principal ingredients. \nHistorically, shiitake has been one of the most widely-used ingredients in the world of cooking. In 2020, shiitake mushroom is also a front-runner in the world of skincare. The mushroom is a dense source of kojic acid, which lightens hyperpigmentation of all kinds, from acne to sun damage. Beyond that, shiitake is packed with selenium, providing robust anti-inflammatory effects that guard the skin against environmental damage and alleviate conditions like eczema and rosacea. By this point, if you are as mesmerized by this magical fungus as I am, then certainly try LaBruna Skin Care’s Brightening Face Mask. Incorporating shiitake into its ingredient list helps the mask ensure that it is plentiful in kojic acid. As such, the mask brightens skin and reduces pigmentation when used 2-3 times per week. \nAdding mushroom to your skin care routine is quite straightforward given that mushroom powder may be included in a variety of products ranging from serums to face masks. Go ahead, see the extraordinary benefits for yourself!