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What Are the Benefits of Reishi Mushroom for Skin?

By Manna Zelealem

If you’ve been following Youth To The People for some time, you probably know we’re big fans of adaptogens—but this didn’t start with us; adaptogens have been used in Eastern medicine and Ayurveda for around 5,000 years. They’re mushrooms, herbs, or plants that, when added to your skincare routine or your favorite recipes, protect your body and complexion by fighting stress and allowing your body to adapt to a changing or stressful environment. 

For thousands of years, Chinese and Japanese medical practitioners have used reishi mushroom (which is scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum) for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Reishi mushroom is a star ingredient because it’s deeply hydrating and detoxifying, while 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 irritated, wrinkled, or dehydrated. By restoring your body’s supply of ceramides with an adaptogen like reishi, your skin becomes less reactive to stress from your environment. 

Youth To The People’s Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Mist and Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream are powered by a unique blend of ashwagandha, Rhodiola, and reishi, which work together to soothe signs of stress, exhaustion, irritation, and dehydration in your skin. When consumed as an edible supplement, reishi even boosts your immune system. 

Think of reishi as your ultra-hydrating, do-it-all adaptogen. And remember: The more hydrated your skin is, the less likely it is to react to stress from your environment.


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