Snow mushroom, or Tremella fuciformis, is deliciously tasty all while being great for the skin, and it is the latest trend in skin care to be on the lookout for. Snow mushroom is as the name suggests a fungus, and is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine and skincare products. Recently, Asian skin care routines and products have become all the rage also in Western countries with Korean beauty products at the forefront, and the latest trend seems to be incorporating snow mushroom as an active ingredient in skin care products.
The biggest benefit of snow mushroom is that it works as a skin hydration booster, and that is why it is such a popular dessert choice, and have been so for centuries. Snow mushroom was mentioned as one of the main beauty tips of one of China's four great beauties, Yang Guifei, who was a concubine during the Tang dynasty in the early 700's, so it is safe to say it has some backup in terms of functionality.
As reported by Allure, snow mushroom is a sweet delicacy in Chinese cuisine, and the fungus has also been used in skin care products as an active ingredient to provide hydration and help to maintain a youthful looking skin. Snow mushroom contains a high amount of the substance polysaccharide, which helps to hydrate the skin both when ingested and applied exteriorly.
The dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, Dendy Engelman, says about the snow mushroom that it has similar abilities to the in skin care products already commonly used hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a common active ingredient that will be found in skin care products that focus on hydrating the skin as it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. The main difference between hyaluronic acid and snow mushroom is that snow mushroom is completely natural and that it is made of smaller particles which means it can penetrate the skin more easily when applied in a cream or serum for example.
With any new trends in skin care, it is important to consult a dermatologist beforehand. As brilliant as snow mushroom sounds, not everything works on every skin type.