For centuries, humans have been searching for, and experimenting with, interesting beauty concoctions to help us look our best. There’s always a new product or ingredient in the spotlight, many of which may seem like somewhat strange substances to put on your face. (Hey, whatever works though, right?)
Right now, snow mushroom is having a major beauty moment. Also known as tremella fuciformis, this buzzworthy beauty substance isn’t actually new at all. This fungus has not only been used in Chinese cuisine for centuries, it was also a go-to product of famous eighth-century beauty and concubine Yang Guifei. Here’s why snow mushroom is noteworthy and why you might consider using it.
It Provides Stellar Hydration
Snow mushroom has been compared to hyaluronic acid, a popular beauty ingredient that’s best known for improving the skin’s ability to retain moisture. The snow fungus contains an enzyme that does just that — except it actually does a better job than its chemical counterpart. The mushroom also penetrates the skin easier because its particles are smaller than those in hyaluronic acid. Add in the fact that mushrooms are all natural — a major plus these days as many people make the switch to chemical-free products — and you’ve got one in-demand ingredient on your hands (er, face).
It Enhances Skin Elasticity
Because snow fungus provides extra hydration to the skin, it helps keep wrinkles at bay. By encouraging your skin to retain as much moisture as possible, it ends up smoothing the skin’s surface and making you look younger. This increased elasticity is likely what makes snow mushroom so popular right now. Hydration is great, but the anti-aging effect of the ingredient is what will give it staying power in the beauty business — and in savvy people’s medicine cabinets.
It Reduces Inflammation
For those with more sensitive skin, snow mushroom is really a life-saver. Because it naturally breaks down harmful free radicals in the skin and reduces inflammation, it can improve your overall complexion. It also doesn’t typically cause skin reactions, making it more mild than some of the harsher chemicals often found in traditional beauty products.
It Lightens and Brightens Skin
One study highlighted snow mushroom as a substance that can inhibit melanin, meaning that snow mushroom could be used to lighten or brighten skin. (This can be particularly useful if you have acne scars or darker patches on your face). While other ingredients, like vitamin C, are also known to have the same effect, the research showed that snow mushroom may be more effective.
It Potentially Heals Wounds
Finally, snow mushroom has the power to stimulate cell growth, which allows the substance to help with wound healing. Because it also has a high vitamin D quotient, another factor that aids in alleviating skin abrasions, the mushroom would be super useful for subduing stubborn blemishes, or ones you might have popped or picked at. Using this super beauty ingredient may help smooth and soothe the irritation and help it go away faster.
Clearly, the beauty benefits of snow mushroom are plentiful and the ingredient has a pretty strong track record as being a go-to for skin problems, from wrinkles to acne, for literally thousands of years. Try it out and see for yourself how this awesome fungus can improve your complexion.