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Hot Ugly Beauty Ingredient

We already know a few creative uses for ’shrooms. We won’t mention those: what happens at Burning Man stays at Burning Man. However, let’s discuss our recent discovery of mushrooms’ role as a secret ingredient in a number of beauty products. We shouldn’t be surprised, since mushrooms are high in vitamin D and antioxidants. That’s made them key in products that reduce redness, prevent the effects of aging, and promote smooth skin, like Clinique’s Redness Solutions Makeup, and in Smashbox’s Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer, which contains ultra-moisturizing Chinese mushroom extract. And by the way, we’re not just talking about fancy truffles — many treatments, like Aveeno’s Positively Ageless Night Cream and Murad’s Age-Diffusing Serum, use garden-variety mushrooms like the shiitake, which is known to exfoliate, increase elasticity, reduce inflammation, and fade sun spots and acne scars. Mushrooms may not be pretty, but they’re sure helping us look that way.

_ Stuff Boston