From Beauty to Coffee: Are Mushroom-based products all they’re made out to be?

Mushrooms are everywhere… and I’m not talking about in lunch or dinner! Fom skincare to coffee…they’re even in matcha now! So do they live up their hype when it comes topical applications and in drinks? All signs point to yes.

First up in skincare. Tremella Fuciformis, aka the Snow Mushroom, is what is most often used because it has been shown to help intensely hydrate the skin by binding water to the skins surface (they can hold up to 500 times their weight in water). Volition’s Snow Mushroom Water Serum ($62) and Joanna Vargas’s Euphoria Face Mask ($75) are two examples of products formulated with the moisture-retaining mushroom. Reishi, tremella, shiitake, and maitake are also popular in skincare (with Eastern medicine roots) for their anti-aging, soothing, and moisturizing properties.

On the nutrition front mushrooms are a functional superfood powerhouse according to countless nutrition experts because they can provide everything from immune support to antioxidants to memory and focus. So yes, they’re great to add into your savory dishes, but they’re also amazing in powdered form sprinkled into your coffee and smoothies or mashed in with your guac. Unlike what you might think, the powders are nearly tasteless making them an easy to get a nutrition boost in your every day foods and drinks. Om Mushrooms is a leader in this space. Their website is great because it’s organized by mushroom (reishi, turkey tail, maitake…) as well as by function (weight loss, beauty, cognition…).

Another brand worth checking out is Four Sigmatic. I came across them thanks to their advertisements on a number of health-minded Podcasts and they make a number of products, like the below pictured matcha, that make drinking mushrooms easy.

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