Credit where it is due: the beauty industry is next to none when it comes to hopping on the Cool New Thing bandwagon, even when that cool thing is actually...old.Mushrooms—the skin savior du jour—have been considered a powerhouse ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine for basically ever due to their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. And now, thanks to increasing consumer demand for natural ingredients and continued research finding that mushrooms can offer preventive and healing benefits across a wide variety of skin concerns, they are dominating store shelves and social feeds, fighting for the coveted open spot in our multi-step routines. Sceptical? Try literally any of these products, spiked with various kinds of shrooms, and you will get the hype. Magic indeed.
1. Hydrating Cleansing Oil
Hero Ingredient: tremella, which is rich in hyaluronic acid.
Kora Organics Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil, Rs 3,850
2. Soothing Toner
Hero Ingredient: anti-inflammatory and moisturising reishi.
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, Rs 2,890
3. Clay mask
Hero Ingredient: Laricifomes officinalis, helps tighten pores and ideal for oil-prone skin.
Chantecaille Detox Clay Mask, Rs 6,480 approx
4. Anti-Ageing Treatment
Hero Ingredients: chaga mushroom and Vitamin A, offer antioxidant care and restore skin’s elasticity.
Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Face and Neck Cream, Rs 5,000
5. Hair conditioner
Hero Ingredients: king trumpet mushroom and baobab protein, to de-tangle and deeply moisturise your mane.
The Switch Fix Magic Shrooms Conditioner Bar, Rs 524
6. Eye cream
Hero Ingredients: revitalising snow mushroom that smoothens fine lines and de-puffs eye bags.
Eminence Organics Snow Mushroom Moisture Cloud Eye Cream, Rs 5,075