Mushroom Is the Ground-Breaking Skin Care Ingredient Your Routine Is Missing

As it turns out, the fungi has a slew of skin health benefits.

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mushroom-based skin products on plate
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To brighten and calm your complexion in one fell swoop, go foraging for mushrooms. While all kinds are nutrient-rich, new research shows that the chaga variety, found mainly on birch trees, is extra-magical at nourishing skin. They have calming properties, so they're especially effective in treating breakouts, contact dermatitis, rosacea, and eczema, says Birmingham, Alabama, dermatologist Corey L. Hartman. However, their benefits are universal: They reduce the look of discoloration and spots, and also have betulinic acid to help maintain collagen.

Top Picks

As for other types to search for? Reishi mushrooms, excellent free-radical fighters, can be found in Eminence Organic Skin Care Birch Water Purifying Essence ($49, The snow variety delivers good moisture; try Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide24 Moisturizer ($29, Shiitakes have high levels of kojic acid to brighten, says NYC dermatologist Marie Hayag. Consider Plant People Restore Botanical Face Mask ($60, Ahead, learn more about what makes the fungus such a phenom—and where to find it.

The Super Smoother

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion
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A layer of this treatment lotion infuses skin with extra-potent fermented chaga. Morning and evening, shake it, then sweep it across your face with a cotton pad before moisturizing.

Shop Now: Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, $38,

The Nightcap

House of Grō After Dark Anti-Aging Night Serum
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

This serum is packed with chaga that's hand- harvested in Maine, plus CBD to maximize anti-inflammatory effects while your skin's in regeneration mode.

Shop Now: House of Grō After Dark Anti-Aging Night Serum, $135,

The Wrinkler Smoother

Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream
Courtesy of Ulta

A smart option for fighting fine lines without irritation, this cream from Kiehl's plumps cells with hyaluronic acid as the fungi help even out skin tone.

Shop Now: Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream, $68,

The Glow Booster

Frwrd Mushroom Super Serum
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For extra radiance, try this serum packed with aloe, chaga, and two other types of 'shrooms to tamp down discoloration.

Shop Now: Frwrd Mushroom Super Serum, $56,

The Mega Moisturizer

Dr. Dennis Gross B3 Adaptive SuperFoods Stress Repair Face Cream
Courtesy of Dermstore

Chaga, niacinamide, and superfoods like Kakadu plum make this reparative cream a one-stop shop for rehabbing dry, dull skin.

Shop Now: Dr. Dennis Gross B3 Adaptive SuperFoods Stress Repair Face Cream, $72,

Prop styling by Nidia Cueva; product styling by Laura Kinsey Dolph

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