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Cordyceps in cosmetics

 

Caterpillar fungus or 5 benefits of cordyceps for the skin

The caterpillar fungus belongs to the vital mushrooms, but its story goes beyond them in terms of interest. It is a remarkable parasitic fungus whose effects on human health are innumerable. Its cosmetic benefits for the skin could be even more attractive not only for ladies. When used externally, it helps keep the skin healthy, youthful and radiant. Why is it and how does cordyceps work in the ingredients of cosmetics?

 

Caterpillar fungus or 5 benefits of cordyceps for the skin

The caterpillar fungus belongs to the vital mushrooms, but its story goes beyond them in terms of interest. It is a remarkable parasitic fungus whose effects on human health are innumerable. Its cosmetic benefits for the skin could be even more attractive not only for ladies. When used externally, it helps keep the skin healthy, youthful and radiant. Why is it and how does cordyceps work in the ingredients of cosmetics?

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What is cordyceps?

This expensive and rare fungus is basically a parasite. It grows in the mountainous areas of Tibet, China, Vietnam and Japan on insects, especially moths and arthropods, hence its name: caterpillar fungus. It even resembles a caterpillar in appearance.

There are many types of cordyceps, but you will find cultivated cordyceps sinensisin the INCI (ingredients) of cosmetics. In the past, the fungus was harvested directly in nature, but for its popularity, grow houses were gradually established so that the supply would cover the demand. Today, thanks to the cultivation of cordyceps, it is available not only in the form of beneficial food supplements, but also exceptionally as a caring ingredient in the recipe of natural cosmetics. What are the benefits for human health?

In Chinese culture, in traditional Chinese medicine and in folk medicine, cordyceps is considered a healing fungus. Caterpillar fungus was collected and dried as a remedy to revitalize the body or even to treat some more serious diseases. It can fight fatigue, reduce stress, increase performance and affect the use of oxygen in the body. It has potential in the treatment of cancer, also in the total regeneration of the body. It supports immunity and, according to some sources, even improves libido. However, that is not all – with the growing popularity of pure natural cosmetics, the popularity of rare ingredients from the world of nature, which have a beneficial effect on the skin, is also increasing. This also includes cordyceps – the fungus is prized for its antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects.

Ingredient of cosmetics: CORDYCEPS

Ingredient type: hydration, antioxidant, protection, moisturizer
Benefits: protects and moisturizes the skin, keeps it soft, supple and hydrated
Frequency of use: products containing Cordyceps can be used twice a day or as recommended for specific products
Works well: with other mushrooms and plants
Do not use with: Cordyceps is safe even in combination with other substances

Active substances of cordyceps

Which substances of cordyceps are responsible for its effects on the skin? For example, cordycepin is important, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The potential of this substance lies in the prevention of skin aging. However, the caterpillar fungus is also rich in polysaccharides, which are extremely important for the skin renewal process. They play a role in hydrating dry and aging skin. Polysaccharides can not only repair the skin, they even strengthen its protective barrier and strengthen the skin's ability to retain moisture.
There are also so many important fatty acids: palmitic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid and stearic acid. Fatty acids affect the vitality of the skin, soften dry areas, soothe irritation and reduce water loss in the epidermis. They have an antimicrobial effect – they protect the skin from the overgrowth of inappropriate bacteria and damage to the skin microbiota. The active substances also include D-mannitol (cordycepic acid), a sugar alcohol that acts as a humectant. However, the ingredients for hydration, firmness and elasticity of the skin include other substances as well: proteins, peptides and essential amino acids. Thanks to these substances, the mushroom extract can help keep the skin firm, hydrated and radiant.

Cordyceps and the fight against acne

The skin is extremely sensitive and in fact, the largest organ of the human body. If you suffer from acne, cordyceps can help as an adaptogen. Everything simply manifests itself on the skin: stress, diet, hormonal imbalance, inappropriate care, smoking, diseases of internal organs. It is the adaptogens that can affect the condition of the skin. In this case, the fungus promotes skin renewal both by internal use (detoxication and regulation of hormonal balance) and by its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects when administered externally – for example, in the form of a cream, serum or other preparation. It soothes inflammation, soothes redness and fights against the growth of bacteria – it keeps the skin's microbiome in balance.

Nature as beauty care

Cordyceps. Overall, caterpillar fungus extract can help restore the skin and maintain its fresh, clear and youthful appearance. Whatever type your skin is, you always need to take care of it gently and with love first – the combination of the right care and rare natural ingredients can work wonders. One such ingredient may be cordyceps. A promising ingredient in natural cosmetics.

Sources:
https://laloirelle.com/blogs/wellness/cordyceps-benefits-for-skin
https://cordyceps.info/jak-cordyceps-pomaha-na-akne
https://cosmetics.specialchem.com/inci/cordyceps-sinensis-extract
https://incibeauty.com/en/ingredients/4835-cordyceps-sinensis-extract

 

What is cordyceps?

This expensive and rare fungus is basically a parasite. It grows in the mountainous areas of Tibet, China, Vietnam and Japan on insects, especially moths and arthropods, hence its name: caterpillar fungus. It even resembles a caterpillar in appearance.

There are many types of cordyceps, but you will find cultivated cordyceps sinensisin the INCI (ingredients) of cosmetics. In the past, the fungus was harvested directly in nature, but for its popularity, grow houses were gradually established so that the supply would cover the demand. Today, thanks to the cultivation of cordyceps, it is available not only in the form of beneficial food supplements, but also exceptionally as a caring ingredient in the recipe of natural cosmetics. What are the benefits for human health?

In Chinese culture, in traditional Chinese medicine and in folk medicine, cordyceps is considered a healing fungus. Caterpillar fungus was collected and dried as a remedy to revitalize the body or even to treat some more serious diseases. It can fight fatigue, reduce stress, increase performance and affect the use of oxygen in the body. It has potential in the treatment of cancer, also in the total regeneration of the body. It supports immunity and, according to some sources, even improves libido. However, that is not all – with the growing popularity of pure natural cosmetics, the popularity of rare ingredients from the world of nature, which have a beneficial effect on the skin, is also increasing. This also includes cordyceps – the fungus is prized for its antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects.

Ingredient of cosmetics: CORDYCEPS

Ingredient type: hydration, antioxidant, protection, moisturizer
Benefits: protects and moisturizes the skin, keeps it soft, supple and hydrated
Frequency of use: products containing Cordyceps can be used twice a day or as recommended for specific products
Works well: with other mushrooms and plants
Do not use with: Cordyceps is safe even in combination with other substances

Active substances of cordyceps

Which substances of cordyceps are responsible for its effects on the skin? For example, cordycepin is important, which has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The potential of this substance lies in the prevention of skin aging. However, the caterpillar fungus is also rich in polysaccharides, which are extremely important for the skin renewal process. They play a role in hydrating dry and aging skin. Polysaccharides can not only repair the skin, they even strengthen its protective barrier and strengthen the skin's ability to retain moisture.
There are also so many important fatty acids: palmitic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid and stearic acid. Fatty acids affect the vitality of the skin, soften dry areas, soothe irritation and reduce water loss in the epidermis. They have an antimicrobial effect – they protect the skin from the overgrowth of inappropriate bacteria and damage to the skin microbiota. The active substances also include D-mannitol (cordycepic acid), a sugar alcohol that acts as a humectant. However, the ingredients for hydration, firmness and elasticity of the skin include other substances as well: proteins, peptides and essential amino acids. Thanks to these substances, the mushroom extract can help keep the skin firm, hydrated and radiant.

Cordyceps and the fight against acne

The skin is extremely sensitive and in fact, the largest organ of the human body. If you suffer from acne, cordyceps can help as an adaptogen. Everything simply manifests itself on the skin: stress, diet, hormonal imbalance, inappropriate care, smoking, diseases of internal organs. It is the adaptogens that can affect the condition of the skin. In this case, the fungus promotes skin renewal both by internal use (detoxication and regulation of hormonal balance) and by its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects when administered externally – for example, in the form of a cream, serum or other preparation. It soothes inflammation, soothes redness and fights against the growth of bacteria – it keeps the skin's microbiome in balance.

Nature as beauty care

Cordyceps. Overall, caterpillar fungus extract can help restore the skin and maintain its fresh, clear and youthful appearance. Whatever type your skin is, you always need to take care of it gently and with love first – the combination of the right care and rare natural ingredients can work wonders. One such ingredient may be cordyceps. A promising ingredient in natural cosmetics.

Sources:
https://laloirelle.com/blogs/wellness/cordyceps-benefits-for-skin
https://cordyceps.info/jak-cordyceps-pomaha-na-akne
https://cosmetics.specialchem.com/inci/cordyceps-sinensis-extract
https://incibeauty.com/en/ingredients/4835-cordyceps-sinensis-extract

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