Sephora, Too Face, MAC, Kat Von D, NARS, Glossier, and The Original are all beauty brands you are likely familiar with; but did you know that the amount of money we spend on our appearance could pay for four years of college tuition?

In a study done by OnePoll, they found that the average woman spends about $313 per month on beauty products. This adds up to $3756 per year or $225,360 over the course of a lifetime, which is more than enough to pay for at least four years in most American colleges. This is likely because a lot of companies upcharge for products that are brand-name, despite the fact that they may not have any true benefits for keeping our skin and body healthy. Here’s another question, did you know that you can add mushrooms to your beauty regime?

We already know that mushrooms have been proven to boost your immune system through ages of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We also know that mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties. When applying this to beauty products there are endless possibilities but namely it can help with acne alleviation and other skin conditions like rosacea and eczema.

Because mushrooms are high in antioxidants, selenium, and vitamin D, they can also protect your skin against wrinkles and discoloration caused by environmental damage. Look at what these specific two mushrooms can do for your skin.

Shiitake mushrooms have many properties because they are exceptionally high in zinc, selenium, vitamin A, and vitamin E, but they have been getting popular in the western beauty market for their skin rejuvenation properties. Zinc is what keeps your skin healthy for new cell production and the protection of the cell membrane. It also helps ward off acne because of its role in regulating the amount of natural oil your skin produces. Lastly, one of zinc’s most popular roles is that it is a key-ingredient in sunscreen and acts as a physical block from UV light rays.

Chaga mushrooms are also great for your skin because they have the most amount of melanin naturally in the world. Melanin is important for protecting your skin against UV rays and is responsible for safe tanning. One of the Chaga mushrooms' other key characteristics is its role in the anti aging process due to its part in restoring skin elasticity. The antioxidants in chaga aide in collagen production, which is what keeps our skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free.  To learn more about the health benefits of Chaga mushrooms check out our blog post!

Okay, but what products should we be looking at?

Well here’s two that you can find on in our marketplace:

The Black Magic Alchemy Wild Harvested Chaga Mushroom Rootbeer Elixir

This elixir shot is meant to be taken once a day orally and can be taken alone or added to drinks like coffee, bubbly water, or smoothies. It can help supercharge your immune system and help with skin clarity!

The Black Magic Alchemy Fifty Shades of Chaga Soap

Made with activated charcoal, coconut, cocoa and shea butter, and chaga mushroom pieces, this soap is aimed to detoxify your skin and clear your mind.

With hundreds of thousands of beauty products in the global marketplace, why not pick ones that are natural and good for your body? Mushrooms have soooo many benefits, it’s hard to believe we don’t use them in our lives as often. So check out the products above and the others in our marketplace to help get those benefits into your body a little easier.