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We all wish we could rewind the clock and have the dewy skin we had in our youth. Dark spots, fine lines, dry patches and wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but can also make us look older than we are. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to fight them — including a common fungus that probably grows in your backyard! Mushrooms (yes, mushrooms!) contain potent anti-agers that, when applied topically, can reverse years. Here are three to try.
Erase spots with shiitake mushrooms
Kojic acid in this mushroom variety inhibits the enzymes that overproduce skin pigment, fading existing spots and preventing new ones from forming.
Find it in: Reviva Labs Kojic Acid Brightening Créme
Nix wrinkles with reishi mushrooms
Thanks to its beta-glucans, sugar molecules that stimulate collagen production, this “super fungus” helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Moisturize with snow mushrooms
Small, water-retaining particles in snow mushrooms can hold 500 times their weight in moisture-they then penetrate skin deeply for ultra hydration.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.