The fungus of sub-mortality, as the Chinese call the Ganoderma mushroom, among other things, is rather sweet in terms of taste, it has a neutralizing effect, quenches the Qi (Chinese for “life energy”) and also nourishes the blood.
The fungus described by traditional Chinese medicine as mentally calming has a revitalizing and anti-inflammatory cosmetic effect. It gives the skin lasting moisture and prevents moisture loss. Ganoderma also promotes cell regeneration, increases skin elasticity and strengthens the skin barrier.
The skin-lightening and antioxidant effect distinguishes the fungus in particular. It inhibits lipofuscin: a proteinaceous and cholesterol-containing brownish mixture of lipo- and argentophilic pigments, which – depending on age and metabolism – accumulates in epithelial cells and cells of mesenchymal origin. The causes of age spots (hyperpigmentation) are manifold. In addition to the activation of the tyrosinase by UV light, which sets in motion the pigment-forming protective mechanism of the skin, endogenous radicals are involved, for example, by local inflammatory processes or drugs. Photosensitizing substances from food, herbal extracts and teas as well as cosmetics are further triggers. Pigmentations do not always consist only of melanin, but, as in the case of the age spots, they may also contain deposited, endogenous metabolites that are formed by the oxidation of proteins and lipids (lipofuscin).
In addition, its ingredients increase the moisture of the skin. But it is not only in cosmetics that the fungus grown in Asia is used: it is also said to have therapeutic benefits.
The Ganoderma fungus consists largely of triterpenes (including ergosterol), polysaccharides (glucan, ganoderan) and organic acids.