MAD FOR MUSH­ROOMS

These mag­i­cal, mys­ti­cal, and de­li­cious fungi are hav­ing a mo­ment. Whether you eat them as an in­gre­di­ent or ap­ply prod­ucts in­fused with their nu­tri­ents, mush­rooms are a healthy ad­di­tion to your beauty rou­tine.

Allrecipes - - Mixer - By Jo­lene Hart

Mush­rooms are hot both as in­gre­di­ents and in­spi­ra­tion for beauty prod­ucts in 2018. And with good rea­son: Many have the power to soothe and strengthen skin, not to men­tion im­mune-boost­ing prop­er­ties that help you glow all win­ter long.

Some 2,000 va­ri­eties of mush­rooms ex­ist, rang­ing from those you weed out of your lawn to wild-for­aged white truf­fles that com­mand thou­sands of dol­lars per pound. But only about 25 va­ri­eties are com­monly eaten.

Edi­ble mush­rooms—with names like chanterelle, maitake, shi­itake, enoki, reishi, crem­ini, and por­to­bello—con­tain key beauty nu­tri­ents, one rea­son you’ll see them listed not just on menus but also among the in­gre­di­ents on skin-care prod­ucts and beauty sup­ple­ments. Some mush­rooms are rich in vi­ta­min D, which reg­u­lates the skin’s an­timi­cro­bial de­fenses, is es­sen­tial for en­ergy and im­mu­nity, and is sel­dom found in non-an­i­mal-based foods. These func­tional fungi are also good sources of the min­eral se­le­nium, which sup­ports skin elas­tic­ity.

In ad­di­tion, mush­rooms have a range of anti-in­flam­ma­tory, an­tiox­i­dant phy­to­chem­i­cals that have been shown to help detox­ify the body and de­fend against viruses and bac­te­ria. Their pre­bi­otic oligosac­cha­rides help feed and main­tain a healthy mi­cro­biome (aka gut), an­other es­sen­tial for a ra­di­ant com­plex­ion and strong im­mune sys­tem.

Mush­room shades are also trend­ing in beauty prod­ucts (soft greys, beiges, whites, browns, pinks, and grey/beige hy­brids called “greiges”) and hair color (“mush­room brown”) this fall.

On the palate, edi­ble mush­rooms of­fer even more magic, like in the Hun­gar­ian Mush­room Soup on page 59. Their earthy, umami fla­vors help you cre­ate mas­ter­pieces in the kitchen while giv­ing your skin a win, too.

Jo­lene Hart is a cer­ti­fied health coach, a for­mer beauty ed­i­tor, and the au­thor of the

Eat Pretty books. You can find more of her in­sights on nour­ish­ing beauty from the in­side out at jolene­hart.com.

AveenoH&M Nail Pol­ish in Mush­room $6 from hm.com Eye­shadow in Mush­room$20 at ur­ban­de­cay.com Pos­i­tively Age­lessFirm­ing Body Lo­tion with shi­itake mush­room com­plex $8 at wal­greens.com Mega-Mush­room Skin Re­lief Mi­cel­lar Cleanser$33 at ori­gins.comMACEye­shadow in Sh­room$17 at mac­cos­met­ics.comClin­iqueRed­ness So­lu­tions In­stant Re­lief Min­eralPressed Pow­der with skin-calm­ing mush­room ex­tract $35 at clin­ique.comDr. An­drew Weil for Ori­ginsUr­ban De­cay

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