We are Totally Doing Mushrooms

Our skin is feeling totally way out psychedelic cosmic happiness and it is all because of Eminence Organics newest power ingredients – Snow Mushroom and Reishi!

Snow Mushroom

Snow mushroom – or tremella fuciformis – is a tropical mushroom that is often found growing on hardwood logs after heavy rainfall. This gelatinous ’shroom has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and cuisine (snow fungus soup, anyone?) for its ability to provide deep and long-lasting hydration.

Today, snow mushroom is used in skin care for its impressive hydrating properties. Known as a “super-humectant,” it functions similarly to (and even rivals) hyaluronic acid, the gold standard in skin hydration. Snow mushroom’s gelatinous structure, combined with its high levels of polysaccharides, helps it draw moisture deep into the skin. While this mushroom holds 500 times its weight in water (compared to hyaluronic acid’s 1000), its small particles can penetrate the skin more easily, providing more potent hydration. 

Enhances Skin Strength & Elasticity
In addition to attracting moisture, snow mushroom excels at keeping it in place. Eminence Organics International Educator Brian Goodwin likens it to creating a rain cloud in your skin: It forms a naturally flexible film that traps in water and prevents it from escaping. This restores dry skin to its optimally hydrated state, enabling it to better carry out key functions that keep it strong, supple and elastic.

Aids In Natural Collagen Production
Snow mushroom also aids in the natural production of collagen, a structural protein that gives skin density and volume.Snow mushroom also aids in the natural production of collagen, a structural protein that gives skin density and volume. Its antioxidant properties neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals and promote healthy skin cell renewal. This helps to maintain the skin’s existing stores of collagen and delays the visible signs of aging. As a result, skin remains plump and wrinkle-free for longer.

Reishi Mushroom

Reishi mushroom is perhaps the best known adaptogen. This fan-shaped mushroom is incredibly rare and was once reserved for use by emperors and empresses. Known as the “mushroom of immortality,” it has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years for its purported effects on longevity. The reishi mushroom has a bitter, woody taste and was traditionally steeped in tea or served as an extract. Today, it is harvested on tree stumps over several months before being included in health supplements, tea and coffee blends and now, skin care. 

Reishi’s superpowers come from its more than 400 bio-active compounds that boost overall health and immunityRachel Gargiulo, certified nutrition consultant, tells Well+Good: “Reishi mushrooms are great for stimulating the immune system and liver function, producing an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.” In skin care, the “king of mushrooms” is used for its regenerative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

reishi mushroom benefits infographic

Boosts Skin Cell Turnover
Efficient skin cell turnover is one of the precursors to a healthy and youthful complexion. Through this process, dead skin cells are shed and young, healthy cells rise to the skin’s surface. However, skin cell turnover slows with age: By fifty, it can take as long as 45-90 days for your skin to fully turnover, causing it to become drier, thinner and more pigmented. Enter, reishi mushroom. With its regenerative properties, this fungus boosts skin cell turnover rate, improving the skin’s overall texture and brightness.

With its adaptogenic properties, reishi mushroom regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and minimizes inflammation.

Antioxidant & Anti-Inflammatory
This mushroom is also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Environmental stress from pollution, blue light and UV rays exposes the skin to free radicals which damage its structural proteins, trigger inflammation and cause it to age prematurely. With its adaptogenic properties, reishi mushroom regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and minimizes inflammation. Its antioxidant capacity helps shield the skin from the drying and aging effects of free radical damage, keeping the complexion young and healthy-looking for longer.

Support Skin’s Moisture Barrier
Reishi mushroom contains a high concentration of polysaccharides, beneficial sugars that are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water. By maintaining healthy hydration levels, this fungus supports the skin’s protective lipid barrier. A strong barrier is necessary for the skin to keep in essential moisture (making it soft and supple) and keep out potential irritants (which trigger inflammation and premature aging).

I am reveling in the whole collection. I can’t even pick a favorite. The eye cream is truly like a cloud. I am addicted. Let us know what your favorite is on our Instagram or Facebook!

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