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An Exploration of Tremella Mushroom Skin Care

Foraging for answers on how this tiny fungus can help our skin – plus the best product for a bright, plump complexion

Written by: 100% PURE ®
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Needless to say, the skin care world is vast, and there’s always an ingredient or product vying for the spotlight. And right now, tremella mushrooms are having a moment.

Mushrooms can do wonders for the skin. They offer antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and even brightening benefits. But let’s get into why tremella has recently taken center stage.

All About Tremella Mushroom

Fungi and mushrooms – tremella included – have basically been around since the dawn of time.

Also known as Tremella fuciformis, snow mushroom, or silver ear, tremella and its uses have been documented as early as the 8th century in traditional Chinese medicine. In ancient Chinese medicine, it was often associated with Lung and Stomach meridians.

Apart from possessing a highly nutritious profile of vitamin D, minerals, and dietary fiber, tremella is also theorized to possess anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. And interestingly, tremella was said to be the tried-and-true beauty secret of Yang Guifei, who was regarded as the most beautiful woman of her time.

Tremella mushroom has been seen throughout numerous accounts of Eastern medicine, and modern science has begun to back up its use.

2 Big Benefits of Tremella Mushroom for Skin

Now let’s talk about what tremella can do for you in today’s skin care world!

#1: Hydration
For starters, tremella is incredibly hydrating. You might not expect a mushroom to hold a lot of moisture, but tremella is a lot like a sponge. Not only does it hold a gelatinous texture, but it’s also rich in polysaccharides and long chains of sugar. As it turns out, these compounds are exceptionally good at retaining water, and they can do wonders for reinforcing the skin barrier.

Sound familiar? Some skin care enthusiasts might compare tremella to the ever-popular hyaluronic acid, which is famous for holding 1,000 times its weight in water and its ability to penetrate skin for thorough hydration. Is tremella the new hyaluronic acid? Not quite, but the comparison speaks volumes of its hydrating abilities.

#2: Antioxidants
Tremella is also known to possess anti-aging benefits. Tremella has an exceptionally unique power against free radicals, which are known to cause signs of aging in the skin. When we talk about fighting free radicals, we mostly talk about antioxidants and how they neutralize them. Tremella, on the other hand, works differently.

While tremella certainly possesses antioxidants, it appears that there’s more going on that makes it so youth-promoting. It’s still not fully understood how, but it’s theorized that tremella may block aging pathways in the skin while protecting it against free radicals.

With these properties, tremella has the power to plump and nourish the skin while preventing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s no wonder why it has made such a name in skin care!

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Products Made with Tremella Mushroom

Our industry is currently experiencing a boom in ‘shroom beauty, so you’re going to start seeing tremella in more and more skin care products.

And because tremella is becoming such a trendy ingredient, it’s important to be a little choosy when selecting products that contain it. The best products containing tremella are going to list tremella as one of the first ingredients on their list, which indicates a high concentration.

We especially recommend choosing products that’ll let tremella’s hydrating properties shine, like face serums. Speaking of a super serum, one of our newest, already fan-favorite formulas feature Tremella Extract and other all-star anti-aging ingredients. Let’s find out more!

100% PURE Mushroom Peptide Serum

Featured Fungi: Shiitake

What happens when peptides join skincare forces with mushrooms? You get a ‘shroom boom anti-aging powerhouse with mush-room for youth-promoting benefits and more!

It’s precisely why we curated our Mushroom Peptide Serum with collagen peptides and Tremella Extract to direct skin cells to hold their horses on the signs of aging and to encourage layers of skin to act younger for plumper, rejuvenated-looking skin.

While most peptides in skin care are not vegan, we’ve made all our peptide products completely plant-based, made from quinoa, which firms skin and reduces dark spots for an even, brighter complexion. With 11 different skin beneficial, medicinal mushrooms (yes, you read that right!), and hydrating hyaluronic acid, this super ‘shroom formula is our most nourishing and popular serums yet.

Behold: The antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, skin brightening, and moisturizing effects of tremella mushrooms have officially been revealed to you, and hopefully, to the world. Now that we’ve covered tremella mushroom’s many benefits for your skin, you can easily incorporate this clean ingredient in your beauty routine (hint, our serum) without the need to go foraging forests or beauty aisles on a hunt for fungi.

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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