Here’s how to reduce redness with the medicinal properties of mushrooms

The majority of us have mushrooms in our fridge, ready to be mixed into staple recipes like stir-fry, but did you know the medicinal properties of mushrooms can have major effects on the skin? Dr. Andrew Weil definitely knew.

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Collection

We’ve been wanting to try the Dr. Weil For Origins collection since we first heard of it straight from the queen of skin, Lisa Eldridge. (But our love for Origins runs pretty deep.)

The main ingredient in their Mega-Mushroom collection is ganoderma lucidum, commonly referred as reishi mushroom. To break it down as simply as possible, plants have phytochemicals¬†that can act as antioxidants.¬†(‘Phyto’ comes from the Greek word meaning plant.) The main active ingredients in reishi are phytochemicals known as beta-glucan and triterpenes. There’s a few studies out there on beta-glucan and its (good) effects on the immune system, while triterpenes have a hand in reducing inflammation (not directly, but as precursors). If you’re having active and angry breakouts, anything from the collection will be soothing and will reduce redness quite drastically, while boosting hydration.

Out of the multi-piece collection, if you could only pick one or two, we highly recommend you go for either the Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion ($42) and/or the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Face Cream ($83). Both products would be excellent additions to your anti-dehydration, anti-redness routine!

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