Love 'em or hate 'em, mushrooms are having a major beauty moment.
Once a vegetable aisle staple and every picky eater's worst nightmare, mushrooms have risen from the damp forest floor to now become the beauty industry's latest 'it' product. Natural beauty has soared in popularity over the past year making the humble fungus one of the most respected and sought after ingredient.
Promising smaller pores, hydration and younger skin, mushroom-based products are dominating both the organic and high street beauty aisles. From collage-boosting face masks to foundation and powders, mushrooms are listed in just about every beauty product on the market right now.
With thousands of different species, the fungi family has a lot to offer when it comes to health and beauty benefits such as age defence, hydration, barrier repair, antioxidants, pollution protection - to name but a few. Certain mushrooms like Reishi and Maitake are also adaptogenic meaning they support your body's natural defences while also doing wonders for your skin. However, knowing how to pick the correct mushroom-based product for your skin can make skin care shopping seem like a new and confusing forage.
So we've foraged the beauty aisles for you, below are the best mushroom based beauty products your face needs to meet.
Origins recently re-launched and upgraded their ten-year-old Super-Charged Mushroom line in collaboration with mushroom expert Dr Wells. This face mask is designed to reduce redness, blotchiness and signs of reactivity.
Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask, €48.50, Dr Andrew Weil for Origins
Combined with REN's exclusive active complex and white mushroom extract, this mask will help protect against skin discomfort, combat over-sensitivity all whilst calming and hydrating the skin.
Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, €40, REN
This sheet mask uses a variety of mushroom extracts including Inotous Obliquus and Ganoderma Lucidum which together firms and sculpts the skin to restore a youthful look.
Close-Up Firming Face Mask, €9.50, Starskin
Charlotte Tilbury highlighted the skin buffing benefits of mushroom extract in her foundation back in 2016. Since then, the foundation has gone on to become a cult favourite amongst beauty fans everywhere.
Magic Foundation, €40, Charlotte Tilbury
In 2015 the mushroom market was estimated at $35.08 billion but according to recent reports, it appears that this beauty trend shows no signs of slowing down as the shroom boom is estimated to reach over $59.48 billion by 2021.