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23. Snow mushrooms are an ancient hidden beauty secret

Updated: Mar 21

Known as an ancient beauty secret and used in Korean Skincare the snow mushroom dates back as far as the imperial Tang dynasty, concubine Yang Guifei (713 to 756) — one of China's famed four great beauties, is said to have credited the tremella mushroom with maintaining her youthful appearance.

Cosmetic Chemist Ginger King states that "silver ear mushrooms, yet another name for tremella fuciformis, are a popular dessert delicacy in Asia due to their ability to boost skin hydration when taken internally. Due to the gelatinous structure and high amount of polysaccharide, it has been used in skin care to provide hydration as well.”

The four main skincare benefits include:

🍄 enhance skin elasticity

🍄 intense hydration

🍄 reduce signs of inflammation

🍄 rich in vitamin D

"The particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid so it penetrates the skin more easily," says Engelman.

Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, the director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, says the fungus acts similar to that of hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid by pulling moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so finding an all-natural match for its hydrating power is pretty major, and snow mushroom is a power house for hydration.

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