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How Adaptogens Work to Soothe Skin

By Kaleigh Fasanella, she/her

Mushrooms are having a major moment, there’s no denying that. But did you know Youth To The People formulates skincare with mushrooms (and herbs) from a class called adaptogens, and adaptogens have been used in TCM and Eastern medicine for thousands of years. The reason is simple: adaptogens contain powerful soothing properties that not only calm the skin on contact, but also help the dermis become more resilient and less reactive over time. 

Allow a pro to elaborate. 

Adaptogens refer to a group of plant-based herbs that actually ‘adapt’ to what the body needs in an effort to reduce stress on the system,” explains Dr. Marisa Garshick, MD, board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. “When ingested, they are thought to help combat fatigue and boost energy, but they can also be incorporated into a skincare routine to improve the appearance of the skin.” In addition to their potent anti-inflammatory properties, Dr. Garshick says adaptogens also contain both antioxidant and antibacterial benefits, which means they can help protect the skin from both acne-causing bacteria and free radical damage in the environment. 

One adaptation Dr. Garshick specifically calls out for its superior qualities in skincare is ashwagandha, which you’ll find in a few of YTTP’s products including the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist. As Dr. Garshick explains: “Ashwagandha is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties, but also acts as a skin protectant.”  In other words, this is how it helps to soothe and protect the skin simultaneously, in turn making it stronger, more resilient, and less stressed-out over time. 

Suffice it to say, if you struggle with sensitive skin that’s easily irritated and prone to redness, definitely consider adding adaptogens to your daily routine. Not only will they aid in calming your complexion immediately, but they’ll also make your skin—wait for it—more adaptable the longer you use them. 

Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People