When it comes to the world of skincare, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the latest super ingredients, but one that really should be on your radar is mushrooms. That’s right, not just good for stuffing with cheese or adding to a bolognese, mushrooms have been heralded as the latest super ingredient that your skin needs.
YOU’s beauty director Edwina Ings-Chambers is a firm believer in mushrooms as a magic ingredient and varieties of funghi have been cropping up on the ingredients list of various new beauty and skincare products of late, including a certain skin lotion that sells a bottle every eight seconds.
The Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience collection by Origins was created in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading botanist, physician and integrative health expert who has studied the healing properties of mushrooms. Asia has long turned to the humble mushroom for its ability to improve health, maintain vitality, preserve a youthful appearance and counteract the symptoms of chronic stress.
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Speaking to GLAMOUR, Dr. Andrew Weil explained: ‘Research results demonstrate that a variety of these traditional mushrooms possess anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune-enhancing properties… Additionally, studies on several unique mushroom species show promising anti-inflammatory effects, and the topical use of anti-inflammatory mushrooms may help protect skin against damage from environmental stressors.’
His collaboration with Origins culminated in a collection of beauty products, including a soothing face mask, face wash and serum, but its the soothing treatment lotion that has earned itself a cult status. Selling one every 8 seconds globally, the lotion has quickly become the brand’s number one global bestseller.
Formulated to rapidly absorb into skin and designed to be used straight after cleansing to prep skin for the next stage of skincare (whether that’s a serum or a moisturiser), the lotion contains a quartet of super mushrooms, including Reishi (known in Asia as the mushroom of immortality), fermented Chaga (an anti-irritant), skin-calming Coprinus and Cordyceps, known for its powerful anti-fatigue properties.
The £32 powerhouse of a lotion also contains other superfood ingredients like Sea Buckthorn, known for its skin healing and anti-ageing benefits. All this combined creates a lightweight, watery lotion that not only feels super refreshing on the skin, it helps to visibly reduce redness while rebalancing, soothing and calming skin and boosting hydration levels. All this leaves skin feeling soft, supple and healthy.
The reviews say it all. One happy customer wrote: ‘I love this lotion – it really calms my skin when I have flare ups and definitely brings the redness down. I have quite dry and reactive skin and I really notice the difference when I stop using it. It’s very gentle when my skin is feeling dry and tight.’
While another described it as a ‘Divine toner which is perfect for my sensitive/combination/oily skin. My skin is noticeably hydrated and calmed after sweeping this over it. I love the natural scent too.’
We’ll never look at mushrooms in the same way again.