We've fallen head over heels for Snow Mushroom, otherwise known as Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp which is one of our new "must have" ingredients in skincare! We'll stick with the name Snow Mushroom in this article as it's a much prettier name (and quite frankly, easier to type!). Also referred to as Silver-Eared Mushroom and grown in asia, it's sought for culinary uses and known for its ancient medicinal uses in asia, especially in ancient China. It's actually a very beautiful mushroom, almost translucent and undulating like satin ribbons!
That's all well and good, but how does this benefit our skin? Primarily: Polysaccharides! We've all heard about the hydrating hallmarks of Hyaluronic Acid. Well, Hyaluronic Acid is a Polysaccharide and is the primary reason for its ability to bind water to the skin (humectant). Snow Mushroom is also a Polysaccharide, and (drum roll please) much more hydrating, multifunctional, and moisturizing than Hyaluronic Acid! Snow Mushroom is a better hydrator than Hyaluronic Acid--and more. I'm sure this has peaked your interest!
Snow Mushroom is especially wonderful for those with very dry skin, and also can help with itchiness associated with dry skin. Considered a wonderful anti-aging ingredient, it not only plumps the skin but deeply hydrates. But, oily skin types will also enjoy the hydration as it is oil free!
While Hyaluronic Acid is a lovely humectant (and we will certainly continue using it in many of our formulas), Snow Mushroom is much more multifaceted! A few of the benefits:
- Because the molecule is smaller, it penetrates the skin even better than Hyaluronic acid. Oh, the plumping and smoothing!
- It feels fantastic on the skin
- Great for dry, itchy skin
- Completely natural
- Known for healing wounds and calming the skin
- Oil free therefore it can be good for break out prone skin also
- And the coupe de résistance: There are no known sensitivities!
What is not to love? We've started incorporating Snow Mushroom in many of our formulas. New batches of our Drench & Quench, 10% Niacinamide, Creamy Bakuchiol Serum and all of our moisturizers will have the lovely extract of Snow Mushroom in it. We just introduced our lovely serum with Snow Mushroom as the star ingredient! That's how much WE love it!