It’s no secret that our lifestyles have been drastically altered for almost a year now due to COVID-19 and the need to quarantine. People are spending more time indoors, especially during the winter months, and that alone can cause alterations in the radiance of your skin. Homes with dry heat can sap skin of moisture and lack of Vitamin D from the sun can disrupt your skin’s ability to repair and rebuild.
In addition to environmental factors, many people have between showering and washing their face less frequently because—simply put—they’re seeing fewer people and going fewer places (*pajama life is real*). Many of us are also experiencing heightened stress levels, which can cause skin dullness, breakouts, and in some cases eczema flare-ups.
“Stress drives neurologic and endocrine responses to perceived threats, and prolonged activation of these responses results in abnormalities of the immune system, increased free radicals and subsequent DNA damage, all of which contribute to skin quality deterioration,” says Robert Anolik, a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC.
Enter the secret power ingredient that just might get your skin more radiant than it was before quarantine.
While mushrooms have been used by dermatologists for years in peels and topical creams, we’re now beginning to see mushrooms as a key ingredient in mainstream skincare products, especially as consumer interest in plant-based skincare spikes. Small, but mighty, these antioxidant-rich fungi pack a lot of punch, providing multiple benefits for your skin.
Protects skin from environmental damage & aggressors
Mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants, which protect your skin by fighting the production of free radicals that can damage healthy skin cells.
Prevents visible aging & fine lines
As we age and also experience periods of high stress, collagen—a key factor in what keeps skin looking supple and plump—breaks down. Many mushrooms are anti-collagenase, which means they can slow and prevent the degradation of collagen.
Increases skin’s luminosity
Mushrooms hydrate the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and dry red patches. They also provide a more even-toned and brighter complexion.
The products are formulated to allow the pine mushrooms to work in tandem with Cicer Seed Extract and Chrysanthemum Leaf Extract to moisturize, calm, protect, and enhance cell renewal for skin that looks glowy. The two products are also built to work to address the skin concerns of a variety of skin types.
If you’re looking to try mushrooms in your skin care to battle the effects of stay at home orders, try starting with one or two skincare items. The ingredient is gentle enough to use daily and can often produce visible results in a short amount of time. Quarantine skin, be gone!