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Reishi Mushroom Extract

Reishi Mushroom Extract

What is Reishi Mushroom Extract?

Reishi mushroom extract comes from the Reishi mushroom, also known by its scientific name Ganoderma lucidum. This mushroom has been used in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries, primarily in China and Japan, due to its perceived health benefits.

How does this ingredient work in skincare?

Reishi mushroom extract is celebrated in skincare for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating qualities. Its antioxidants combat skin damage caused by free radicals, reducing signs of aging, while its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe redness and puffiness, making it beneficial for conditions like acne or rosacea. Additionally, it aids in hydration and strengthens the skin barrier, enhancing skin resilience and overall health.

How does this ingredient compare to others?

While it’s hard to compare plant extracts, since there are so many of them out there, mushrooms in general are more geared towards barrier support, hydration, soothing, and sometimes brightening.

Potential benefits of this ingredient for the skin

Reishi mushroom extract is increasingly popular in skincare products due to its potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating properties. Here’s how it can benefit the skin when used in skincare formulations:

  • Antioxidant Protection: Reishi mushrooms contain compounds known as polysaccharides and triterpenes, which have strong antioxidant properties. These antioxidants help combat skin damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to premature aging, fine lines, and a decrease in skin elasticity.
  • Anti-inflammatory Effects: The anti-inflammatory properties of Reishi mushroom extract can help reduce skin inflammation, redness, and puffiness. This makes it beneficial for conditions like acne, rosacea, and other inflammatory skin issues.
  • Hydration: Some components in Reishi mushrooms can help improve the skin's ability to retain water, leading to better hydration and a plumper, more youthful appearance.
  • Skin Barrier Enhancement: Reishi can help strengthen the skin barrier, which protects against environmental pollutants and pathogens. A stronger barrier can result in healthier and more resilient skin.
  • Soothing Sensitivity: Due to its soothing effects, Reishi mushroom extract is also great for calming sensitive skin and reducing the occurrence of irritations.

Products we use this ingredient in

Mushroom B5 Toning Cocktail


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  • Yin, Zhuming et al. “Preventive and Therapeutic Effect of Ganoderma (Lingzhi) on Skin Diseases and Care.” Advances in experimental medicine and biology vol. 1182 (2019): 311-321. doi:10.1007/978-981-32-9421-9_14