Fungus for your Face?

Argan oil is so over, and the new trend in skincare? Mushrooms.

Long known for its healing properties in traditional Chinese and Korean medicine, the magical properties of mushrooms continue to surface; and now those benefits are becoming evident in skin care too.

Mushrooms provide a natural overall healthy skin boost, ranging from anti-aging solutions to complexion toning and smoothing. Most importantly, they are touted for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and have even been used for anticancer purposes.

Amarte, a premiere luxury skin care line that combines Korean skin care philosophy with the power of Western dermatology, offers a number of skin care and sun protection products pioneering the use of mushrooms, specifically meshima mushroom, aka Phellinus linteus extract. Called meshima mushroom or black hoof mushroom, Phellinus linteus extract has been shown to have antioxidant effects equivalent to Vitamin C and anti-tumor properties on skin, lung, breast and prostate cancer cells. In Korean traditional medicine, this mushroom is consumed in the form of hot tea, often as an anti-tumor agent. In recent years it has been the subject of significant clinical study because of its reasonably well documented anti-cancer properties. Hispidin, a resveratrol-like compound, has recently been identified as the key antioxidant molecule in this extract. The British Journal of Cancer reported in 2008 that this extract could slow the growth of different types of cancer cells and improve the effects of anticancer drugs.

Amarte products shown above:

Amarte Aqua Veil Pure Hydration Serum, $57: This deeply hydrating formula optimizes skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. A visible magic-water veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness.

Amarte Ultra Veil, $45: This incredibly light facial sunscreen fluid delivers Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50+ protection, creating a physical photo-protective veil to shield skin exposed to sunlight. It protects and conditions skin while offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help promote positive collagen and elastin balance.

Amarte Wonder Cream, $79: A refined skin treatment used to restore and nourish precious, delicate skin. Wonder Cream revitalizes the skin with minerals and protects against external factors such as UV rays, irritation, and environmental toxins.

Aqua Cream, $93: This brightening antioxidant facial moisturizer is rich in arbutin and 1% retinol that ramps up smoothness and softness while delivering a bright glow.

Amarte Aqua Mist Toner, $67: An instant complexion boost, this hydrating spray features a brightening formula that uses botanical ActivExtracts including arbutin to clarify and soften, all while toning and hydrating even the most sensitive skin.

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