Four Ways to Incorporate Shrooms Into Your Beauty Routine
It’s important to develop and maintain a regimen when it comes to self-care. The only issue with that is that doing the same thing each day, while effective, becomes rather monotonous. Cue the mushroom and the radical new fungus program that will get you clean and give you a fresh perspective. This one’s especially great if you’re not looking to drop a ton of cash.
Quick disclaimer: we totally acknowledge that the term “self-care” has become a catch-all phrase whose rhetoric is pretty tightly woven into a highly gendered notion of what women and femme-identifying individuals need in order to achieve mental and physical health. That said, this is a non-judgmental, relatively inexpensive and non-gender conforming self-care guide that will maybe give you some mindfulness, insight, and make your skin happy.
Drink some tea and do a steam with the queen of medicinal mushrooms
Chaga mushrooms have been used for centuries in Siberia, China and other parts of Asia as a tonic that can be ingested as tea or vaporized. Cultivated from birch trees, chaga mushrooms look like dense black masses resembling burnt charcoal. They can generally be found in well-stocked health food stores or mushroom vendors in Chinatown. First grind your chaga, then seep it in boiling water. While it’s seeping, go ahead and do a little chaga facial steam. Hold your face above the pot of seeping chaga and place a towel over your head to form a tent. This will open up your pores and slow you right down. After a few minutes, strain the tea (save the strained bits) and pour yourself a cup. Drinking chaga can take down inflammation (it has been used for decades to treat skin conditions like eczema and acne). It’s also really good for digestion, so it’s a great tea to drink habitually in order to stay regular.Shiitake the time you need
Now that your pores are wide open for the world to see, you can swoop in with a shiitake mushroom exfoliation session to really wrangle all of the junk out of your face. Shiitake mushrooms contain kojic acid, a brightening and tone-evening compound that’s present in countless pricy over-the-counter skincare products. Instead of blowing your paycheck at a department store, you can blend your shiitakes up in a blender with 1/4 cup of oats and a bit of water. The resultant super textured treatment works as a manual and also chemical exfoliant when massaged onto the face. You’ll be left with a really soft dermis, and you’ll also smell a little bit like compost, which is actually kind of nice.Snow yourself
Post exfoliation, it’s time to dabble in Tremella fuciformis (also known as snow mushrooms, silver ear mushrooms, and white jelly fungus). This mushroom is a staple of Eastern medicine because of its intense hydrating properties. You can find mythbuster type experiments on Instagram where people drop a tiny piece of dried snow mushroom in water and film it blossoming into a huge flower (to demonstrate its moisture retaining properties). Once you’ve gotten your hands on some, you’re ready to make snow mushroom face serum (there are versions of this super rad recipe all over the web). Give the mushrooms a soak, then trim the petals off. Next you want to boil the petals (for around an hour, during which time you should do whatever you want to do). After the hour, the water should be super gummy and gluey. Now all you have to do is strain out the fungus, and the remaining liquid is a super hydrating face serum. That’s it! Keep this baby in the fridge.Take care of your tête
Reishi mushrooms are another all star fungus that have been used for thousands of years in Eastern medicine to treat a gamut of issues. They’re particularly heralded for what they can do for your locks: they purportedly increase circulation to the scalp, a key factor in hair growth and strength. This makes reishi a great candidate to be combined with probably the best thing ever: scalp massages. Scalp massages are also a fantastic way to get your hair growing because it increases blood flow to the head. After soaking your dried reishi mushrooms, dump them in a blender with a carrier oil (jojoba, grapeseed, or olive oil) to create a silky Reishi goop. Massage this into your scalp using firm circular motions. So there you have it: the four-step fungi regime that allows you to self-care in a whole new way.
Images Via howstuffworks.com, chagatea.org, blisstree.com, allure.com, & reishimushroomtea.com
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