Secrets of ancient beauties may still be useful today! One such beauty was Empress Lu Zhi, who was known far and wide for her beautiful skin. When asked what her secret was, she would reply “Tremella“.
“Empress Lü Zhi (241BC-180BC), wife of Liu Bang, founding emperor of the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), set great store by Tremella fuciformis. Both in civil life and as empress, she started each day with a bowl of soup made from this edible jelly fungus.”
As I’m feeling a little more ancient with each year, a little ancient beauty secret is just what I’m looking for!
Also known as the snow fungus, Tremella fuciformis is a species of mushroom used commonly in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its medicinal properties. As a skin care ingredient, Tremella is a humectant and skin conditioning agent with extraordinary moisture retaining properties; it is able to both directly moisturize skin and draw moisture in from the surrounding environment. In addition, research shows that Tremella works effectively as a topical antioxidant and contains high levels of vitamin D important for cellular metabolism.
SYNONYMS: Mushroom Extract, Snow Fungus Extract
REFERENCES: Liu F, Ooi VEC, Chang ST. Free radical scavenging activities of mushroom polysaccharide extracts. Life Sciences 1997; 60(10): 763-773. Yukihiro O, Yasuko Y. Tremella fuciformis (Shirokikurage) polysaccharide. Frag J 2005; 33(3): 45-50.
You can find Tremella fuciformis as an ingredient in the following Apriori Beauty Products: