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Whether you’re ingesting mushroom complexes or applying them through your skincare, mushrooms are now becoming a normalised ingredient to support a healthy, balanced internal and external environment.
Rooted in Chinese culture, Mushrooms have been used in skincare and supplements for thousands of years–associated with correcting imbalances and restoring vitality. They have adaptogenic functions, meaning they help restore homeostasis to the body by targeting the body’s stress response via the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.
Through supplementation, mushrooms support adaptive immunity. When applied topically, they can assist in inhibiting the ageing process, thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This doesn’t just apply to skin that’s maturing, of course. Stressed skin often suffers from the same reclining moisture and vitality levels that maturing skin does, and where mushrooms benefit is through the resistance of environmental stressors to return the skin to its natural equilibrium.
As new research arises of the link between stress and the skin everyday, chemists and formulators are finding new ingredients to offset the effects that stress can cause internally and topically.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, Ashwagandha, an adaptogen (a herb that strengthens the immune system by reducing stress inside out) is one of the most effective regenerative ingredients and similarly, a sustainable one as the entire herb can be used. It’s well-known in the wellness industry already as an antidote to the natural ageing process and skin stress due to its alkaloids and lactones which give it its anti-stress properties.
As far as skincare ingredients go, it’s been newly added for its ability to encourage natural oil production, relaxing fatigued skin. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory which works well with topical actives like retinoids and BHAs that target acne.
Find Ashwagandha in Odacite’s newest release Créme de la Nuit with Vitamin C and Ashwagandha, The Beauty Chef’s Inner Boost Adaptogen, or Josh Rosebrook’s latest release Active Infusion Oil with Vitamin C and Retinol.
A miracle ingredient for both healthy skin and hair.
Apple Fruit Extract is derived from the fruit, leaves, stems, roots or flowers of Pyrus malus apples. Rich in vitamins A & C, iron and potassium to aid the skin, Apple Extract is known to have ‘skin lifting’ properties and regulates the skin’s moisture balance. For the scalp, minerals like magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium help lower the chance of hair loss and shedding by keeping hair follicles nourished.