The latest buzzword to hit the beauty world? Adaptogens. So what exactly are adaptogens and what do they do? Adaptogens are plants, roots, and herbs that have been used for centuries in various cultures—even ancient Chinese medicine—for their healing and stress relieving properties.
Some adaptogens, such as holy basil, can be consumed while others—like reishi mushroom and ginseng—are frequently brewed to create an immune-boosting tea (yes, please!). But in their latest renaissance, adaptogens are being used in skincare to promote youthful, healthy skin. In fact, adaptogens can help treat acne, eczema, aging, inflammation, and even more common skincare concerns.
Intrigued? You’re in the right place—we’re making it easy for you to adopt adaptogens into your beauty + skincare routine.
Adaptogenic Skincare Solutions
We’re careful about what we put in our bodies on a daily basis—so why not consider what you’re putting on your skin? The truth is, the ingredients in skincare products are absorbed through the skin and can affect our overall health. Luckily, there are several skincare solutions formulated with healing adaptogens to keep you feeling and looking beautiful.
Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is a powerful, green-hued face oil that clear congested pores, blackheads, and blemishes. Skin-clearing salicylic acid and tea tree purify skin, while hexylresorcinol and licorice—a well known adaptogen—help to brighten skin and reduce acne related discoloration.
If your skin is craving healing hydration, reach for Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream. This rich, velvety cream features a non-comedogenic moisturizing trio, a soothing adaptogen blend, and powerful pentapeptide complex nourish and comfort skin. Ashwagandha, fermented reishi, and rhodiola help to treat and protect skin from environmental stressors, fine lines, and wrinkles.
We love a refreshing face mist and this hydrating Youth to the People Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist is no exception! This ultra-fine mist instantly soothes and nourishes skin pre or post makeup with antioxidant-rich adaptogens and an activated pentapeptide. Powerful reishi and ashwagandha hydrate and protect skin, while ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid restores essential moisture for soothing comfort.
When your skin craves a little extra TLC, nothing beats an indulgent mask or treatment. Adaptogenic skincare treatments can restore skin’s vitality and youthful appearance. A fan-favorite that truly delivers is Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion. Made with (you guessed it!) adaptogenic mushrooms this nourishing treatment lotion instantly soothes skin, reduces inflammation, and calms redness.
Or opt for a healing mask, like Ren Skincare’s Evercalm™ Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask. Packed with a potent dose of adaptogenic super-herbs, this powerful mask works to instantly treat itchy, irritated skin. In minutes you’ll notice a visible reduction of redness and inflammation. Think of it as a stress-reducing super mask for your skin.
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