Introducing Tremella, the beauty secret of ancient royals.
Mushrooms are the rising stars of the integrative health sphere. They are suddenly everywhere, from lion’s mane, the new alternative to coffee, to cordyceps and reishi making their way up the list of adaptogenic supplements. It's now time to add a new mushroom to your skincare vocabulary - Tremella fuciformis. Also known as snow fungus or snow mushroom, this intriguing white gelatinous flower is not just a pretty face.
Its use dates back to 200 AD. Revered by ancient Chinese royalty, especially by Concubine Yang Gui Fei, one of the four fabled great beauties of ancient China, who credited her youthful appearance to this mushroom, it is now a staple in Asian medicine and often added to traditional Chinese soups.
Tremella consists of beta glucans, a type of polysaccharide which allows it to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an all natural hydrating powerhouse, similar to the likes of hyaluronic acid. What’s more, it has smaller molecules than hyaluronic acid and hence is able to penetrate the skin more easily.
The lesser known effects of Tremella, include that it is rich in Vitamin D, which is essential in skin cell growth and repair, and also packed with antioxidant properties, which helps reduce damage from free radicals. A study in 2018 showed that Tremella is able to reduce apoptosis or death of fibroblasts, our little tiny worker cells that play a major role in collagen synthesis and wound healing. Thus, by supporting these fibroblasts, Tremella can help maintain the integrity and elasticity of our skin, hence reducing wrinkles.
Add Tremella to your daily routine and you can say sayonara to dull, dry winter skin!