Perks at a glance: Chaga mushrooms contains antioxidants that may protect the skin from environmental stressors. Some scientists believe that mushrooms may act as an antiseptic, and may support tissue regeneration, and a visibly balanced skin tone, properties that visibly improve skin health.
This Northern European fungus, which literally translates into the word mushroom in Russian, was traditionally harvested for the treatment and prevention of disease.
It is rich in minerals and acts as a potent antiviral and antibacterial agent to fight a wide variety of infections. In topical use, it has broad and widely-studied applications.
Its high concentration of antioxidants (ranking higher than more well-known fruits such as açai berries, blueberries, and pomegranates) also means it might protect the skin against oxidative stress. Mushrooms neutralize free radicals that can cause damage and possibly lead to wrinkles.
One interesting theory behind Chaga’s many beneficial components is that its natural defense mechanism to a cold, harsh environment means it helps protect itself against UV sun exposure and other pathogens.