Mushrooms are gaining attention around the world, not just for their great nutrition and taste, but for their power as a beauty product as well. Cordyceps are an unusual mushroom that depend on caterpillars as their host in the wild. In horticulture, they can be cultivated in rice, and this is most likely the source of the ones you can buy.
While most people purchase this extract for its ability to fight free radicals in the body, among other amazing health benefits, it actually works incredibly well for health and beauty as well. Here's how.
Cordyceps Applied Topically
You've probably never thought of slathering on a mushroom mask, but a few recent studies have showed that applying cordyceps to your skin can have major benefits. Cordyceps is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and when applied on the skin it can help with blemishes, and even fine lines and wrinkles that are associated with inflammation.
It can also tighten and smooth skin, making it a wonderful facial treatment for a youthful and beautiful appearance.
You can make a skin tightening face mask yourself by taking ¼ cup of used coffee grounds (cooled) and a teaspoon of your cordyceps extract. Use just enough water to make a thick paste, and apply it to your face. It's important to not use fresh coffee grounds for this, even if you don't have coffee made yet—fresh coffee grounds can stain your skin.
As you scrub it off, the coffee grounds will exfoliate your skin, and the cordyceps will have absorbed into your skin and provided their amazing anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to your face. Leave the face mask on for about 20 minutes, and then rinse well.
As will all new beauty products, try a spot test on the inside of your wrist first to make sure it won't irritate your skin before applying it to your face. If your skin feels irritated, rinse it off immediately.
How Daily Cordyceps Extract Can Help
While you can apply cordyceps topically to give your skin a healthy glow, its best work is done internally. You can get a lot out of your cordyceps by simply drinking your cordyceps tea without having to apply it at all.
By just mixing your cordyceps in hot water and drinking it, the mushroom's powerful anti-oxidants will go to work from the inside. Your skin will become more hydrated, less prone to wrinkling, and your skin will be less likely to sag due to natural aging.
There's so much you can do with cordyceps, but right now relatively few products are out there that contain these valuable mushrooms. Fortunately, powdered extract is easy to include in your own home DIY beauty products.
Mushrooms are only just beginning to be researched as a topical treatment, with more being known about how they work in ancient remedies and modern ones too. You don't have to wait for science to catch up however, to enjoy the power of these mushrooms. All you need is a little extract and some ingenuity to start taking advantage of them today.