DIY Mushroom Facemasks ‚ú®ūüćĄ Why you should rub fungi on your face

We put mushrooms in our cup for many reasons. Among them is their potent anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, as well as richness in B vitamins and potassium. These are all attributes that also help to rejuvenate and protect our skin.

 

 

It's no surprise that many expensive skincare lines have products dedicated to our favorite super-fungi. And we don't blame them - our skin absorbs just as much as our gut does!  So if you're already using mushroom powder (and cacao) in your coffee, tea or smoothies (and even if you're not), why not add it into your beauty regimen? The skin benefits are super impressive and our mixes contain no grains, no fillers, or additives.. so like, why not rub 'em on your face?  

 

 

Once you read more about our favorite skin-supporting¬†shroom staples, you'll want to make these really easy (and cheap) DIY mushroom skincare recipes for your at-home, cellular glow up. ūüôÉ

 

 

Our favorite skin-loving mushrooms 

Tremella 

Tremella mushroom has also been turning heads for its varied health benefits and skin-beautification reputation. Dating back to the Tang dynasty around 710 AD, Yang Guifei, one of China’s famed four great beauties is said to have credited tremella with maintain her youthful appearance. Unlike a lot of ancient lore, this one actually has credible confirmation from modern cosmetic chemist.

 


(Yang Guifei herself after a good mushroom face scrubbing, if I had to guess.)

 

Tremella acts similar to hyaluronic acid, the beauty industry’s chemical poster child, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. However, tremella apparently has even smaller particles so it can actually penetrate the skin more easily, and attract and bind water molecules thus improving hydration & elasticity of the skin.

 

 

Reishi 

For thousands of years, Chinese medical practioners have used reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Reishi mushroom is a star ingredient because it’s deeply hydrating and detoxifying, working against premature aging, redness, and fine lines. Reishi contains beta-glucans, a chain of antioxidant glucose molecules that are responsible for attracting water from the environment to your skin. They keep your skin deeply hydrated. 

Reishi’s hard-working hydrators help your body synthesize ceramide, which makes up the protective layer of your skin that keeps moisture in and stress out. Between sun damage and aging, your body’s natural store of ceramide depletes over time and when it does, your skin can start to look more dehydrated or wrinkled. By restoring your body’s supply of ceramides with an adaptogen like reishi, your skin becomes less reactive to stress from your environment. 

 

 

Chaga

Overflowing with antioxidant properties for your skin, Chaga helps to support whole body, but you’ll notice it in your skin first. Antioxidants are amazing because they are able to protect our cells from free radicals. Blueberries are celebrated for being a great source of anti-oxidants, but according to the National Cancer Institute, chaga is 46 times more powerful in antioxidant content in comparison to blueberries! 

 

 Chaga, along with Cacao, has the highest amount of Superoxide Diamatuse (SOD), which helps prevent and reduce oxidative stress found throughout the body. Oxidative stress is the cause of everything disease/chronic illness related, so it's nothing to sneeze at.

The SOD in the chaga repairs cells and is able to reduce damage done by free radicals. By using a skincare product with a high dose of chaga, we can help treat our external cells and repair aging skin.

 

 

Due to the presence of the Betulonic Acid, chaga is able to help our skin regenerate its cells. This regeneration is crucial for healing, particularly if you have scarring or any other type of skin wound. The Betulonic Acid also helps stimulate collagen, production which is extremely beneficial for the skin & its elasticity.

 

Cacao

Yes, we know Cacao is not a mushroom, but we love all of our children equally and our cacao mixes are technically our first-born. Plus, as we mentioned, Cacao rivals Chaga for the highest amount of SOD. This coupled with one of the highest measured antioxidant (ORAC) capacities make it a stand-out for protecting your cells from oxidation and aging. It's also rich in many important minerals like iron, selenium, copper, zinc and manganese. 

 

 

Studies show applying raw cacao offers a lot of the same benefits as eating it. The high levels of antioxidants protect and repair the skin from damage and premature aging. And as a potent anti-inflammatory, it soothes redness and blemishes, improving the skin’s complexion. 

 

DIY Mushroom Skincare ✨

Make your own mushroom mask, exfoliating scrub, and anti-aging cream at home and spread the mush love to your soon-to-be glowing skin!

Mushroom Mask

Super quick and easy mushroom mask that will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed!

 

 

Add the following to a small bowl:

Next:
  • Mix in 1¬†tbsp¬†water OR a skin-nourishing¬†oil like coconut or jojoba until fully blended and mixture is¬†damp throughout (it should be an applicable¬†paste-like consistency, not too-runny or¬†too chalky). Choose your mixing agent¬†according to your skin type. ¬†We recommend¬†water if you have large pores, oily skin, or break-out easily (unless you already know coconut or jojoba oil works for your skin!). Use an¬†oil if you want a more moisturizing mask.

Apply to skin and leave on for 15-30 minutes. Wash off with warm water, dab your face with dry wash cloth, and preen yourself on your new glow.

*Bonus plant-stuff you can throw in, if you have them at home:

+ Ashwaganda - Known as one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, Ashwaganda has been utilized since ancient times topically for many skin issues.

+ Bentonite Clay - Bentonite clay has been used since ancient times both internally and externally. We find it more gentle on your skin for purification than activated charcoal.

+ Green tea (Camellia sinensis) or Matcha - both of these add more antioxidant protection to strengthen collagen and repair free radical damage.

 

Adaptogen Anti-Aging Cream

 

This one a little more involved, but worth it.  For this, you will need to heat up unrefined shea butter, which is loaded with vitamins A, D, and E + fatty-acids, a staple for softening, soothing, and toning skin and used for all kinds of skin conditions (eczema psoriasis, acne, etc.). Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, boosting collagen.

 

 

You will need: 

First:

  • Start by placing a small heat-safe bowl in a pan of hot water, or use a double-boiler. Then pour shea butter into a heat-safe bowl and place bowl in the pan of¬†warm-to hot water until it melts enough to stir and then carefully remove from heat.

Next:

  • Add in dry¬†ingredients until completely blended (note: if you choose to add some of the bonus oils included below, be sure to mix these in before the dry ingredients).
  • Cover your mixing bowl and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Then take the bowl out of the fridge and stir or whip everything really well for a few minutes.
  • Transfer the cream into a storage¬†container (a leftover jam¬†jar, small cambro, or tupperware¬†container works well).

To apply:

  • Rub a dime-size of your new mushroom cream onto your face and neck after washing your face morning and night for an all-day and all-night moisturizing¬†cream dream.

*Bonus -stuff you can throw in, if you have them at home:

+2 tsp of Rosehip Seed oil - Rosehip seed oil helps to regenerate the skin and prevent premature aging. 

+2 tsp of Jojoba oil - Jojoba oil is much like our own skin's oil, so it is easily absorbed and leaves the skin feeling well hydrated. 

+ 2 tsp Vitamin E oil or break open a capsule - The vitamin E helps to protect the skin from free-radicals and it also acts as a natural preservative*

+20-50 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil - Carrot seed oil smooths out any skin imperfection and promotes natural cell regeneration.

 

 

Shroom Exfoliating Scrub

This is exactly the same as the face mask recipe, but with some grit. Your skin will feel super duper soft after this one! 

Add the following to a small bowl:

  • 1 tablespoon of MńĀlama Reishi Mushroom Mix¬† (or Reishi Cacao).
  • 1 tablespoon of MńĀlama Chaga Mushroom Mix (or Chaga Cacao)
  • 1 tablespoon of MńĀlama 8 Mushroom Superfood Mix (with Tremella mushroom - note: this mix also has Chaga and Reishi in it, so you can skip the first two ingredients OR keep 'em¬†in for extra skin-love).
  • 1 teaspoon of Organic Cacao¬†powder (optional if you did not use a cacao mix for previous ingredients).
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, sea salt, or coffee grinds for texturized exfoliate.

Next:

  • Mix in 1¬†tbsp of a nourishing oil like coconut, rose seed, or jojoba OR use raw honey if you want a thicker scrub (be sure to melt if it's a solid-honey) until fully blended and dry goods are thoroughly distributed.

To apply:  

  • Rub onto skin in small circles to exfoliate, avoiding getting to close to the eyes. Leave scrub on for 15 - 30 minutes and then wash off with warm water. Use¬†two-three times a week.

 

 

     

     *Bonus plant-stuff you can throw in, if you have them at home:

    + Ashwaganda - Known as one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, Ashwaganda has been utilized since ancient times topically for many skin issues.

    + Bentonite Clay - Bentonite clay has been used since ancient times both internally and externally. We find it more gentle on your skin for purification than activated charcoal.

    + Green tea (Camellia sinensis) or Matcha - both of these add more antioxidant protection to strengthen collagen and repair free radical damage.

     

     

     

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