We’re always on the look out for the latest new hero in our skincare regime, whether that be a new clay mask or a fancy electric brush. But what about the ingredients in our products? Most people will know that hyaluronic acid is a good one to look out for but the latest one you need to know about is snow mushroom.
Well, tremella fuciformis, if we’re going to be scientific. This latest buzz ingredient is anything but new though, as it’s been used in Asian skincare and medicine since forever ago. Its skincare benefits can also be seen from eating the snow mushroom (providing a skin hydration boost) so you’ll often see it as an ingredient in Asian desserts too.
But how does it work? Well it has a gelatinous makeup and high levels of polysaccharide molecules, meaning that it works in a similar way to the previous aforementioned hyaluronic acid; it draws moisture to the skin. While the former holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, snow mushroom only holds 500 times its weight (which is still pretty impressive). However, it has smaller particles which penetrate the skin more easily, meaning it’s hydrating qualities are just as potent.
Snow mushroom also has added anti-inflammatory benefits which help to soothe the skin, and it aids in collagen production for a plumper, more youthful appearance. It’s also natural, which is an added bonus for people who are trying to remove chemicals from their beauty regimes (and lives).
If you want to try this new buzz ingredient then you don’t need to go all the way to Asia to find it. You do however need to hunt high and low for products that ship to the UK unfortunately! Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Plumping Jelly Serum and Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum both contain the magical snow mushrooms, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for when this magical ingredient hits the big time.