Mushroom use in skincare: a variety of mushroom extracts and their bio-active metabolites showed a lots of promising benefits for the skin including:
- Anti‑tyrosinase (Skin Brightening): Some mushrooms have been found to reduce melanin content and inhibit tyrosinase activity (melanin production). Combined, this helps brighten skin and fade pigmentation. Some mushrooms contain kojic acid which is a natural skin lightener. This acid inhibits melanin production on the surface of the skin. This lightens the new skin cells formed after the dead ones are exfoliated.
- Anti‑hyaluronidase (Hydrating): Some mushrooms contains a polysaccharide that is great at hydrating the skin by drawing moisture to the skin, just like hyaluronic acid.
- Anti-collagenase (stimulate collagen synthesis by dermal fibroblasts)
- Anti‑elastase (skin elasticity)
- Antioxidant protection: Some mushrooms hold high antioxidant potential and can help fight free radicals which helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier.
- Anti‑inflammatory: Inflammation and excessive free radical activity contributes to a number of skin problems. Many mushrooms have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties; as a result, their use promotes healing and fights inflammation. Not only do some mushrooms hold anti-inflammatory potential, but mushrooms are high in Vitamin D, which can be healing when applied to acne. Mushroom extracts can be a great ingredient if you are struggling with skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne.
- Anti-aging: Mushrooms enhance the natural defenses of the skin. Mushrooms can help restore the skin elasticity, increase moisture content, stimulate collagen synthesis and have a skin lightening effect–combined this can make the skin look more healthy and have less signs of aging.
Oyster Mushrooms and its unique benefit
- Anti-tyrosinase (Pleurotus species are the most studied mush-room species with reported anti-tyrosinase potential)
- High concentration of the powerful anti-oxidant, l-ergothioneine
- Found to produce beta-glucan
- Reported anti-inflammatory potential on skin induced dermatitis