The relationship between Tremella mushrooms and healthy skin

Whether you spend your days with the sun beating down on your face, in a cold winter area where the dry air causes your skin to stretch and soften, or you just want to give your skin a little extra support, it’s time for you to learn about the beautiful Tremella mushroom. The Tremella mushroom can be nourishing and soothing to the body in many ways, including potentially helping to promote healthy skin.* Before we go into more detail about this aspect of the mushroom, let’s first learn a little about its classification, properties and the story of Tremela.

The Tremella mushroom is a particularly interesting fungus. One reason for this is based on the fact that it has a different texture and unique form compared to many of the relatively well-known mushrooms such as reishi or chaga. Unlike these solid, woody masses, Tremella is a type of jelly fungus, which gives it a slimy, soft, squishy texture and hence a distinct appearance.(2)

The Tremella mushroom is of the Tremellales series. This order of fungus is classified based on the structure of the basidium, which is also known as the seed-bearing parts of the mushroom. The basidium in the order tremellales is organized into four chambers. Basidiocarps not only have this specific structure to identify them, but also have a jelly-like consistency, which is why mushrooms in this order are known as jelly fungi.(1) The fact that the Tremella mushroom is a jelly fungus is important for its skin benefits, which I will explain in more detail below. A variety of Tremella mushroom, Tremella fuciformis, is especially popular for skin care. Because of its pure white color, Tremella fuciformis is nicknamed “the snow fungus” or “silver ear fungus”. (2)

Another special feature of the Tremella mushroom is the way it grows. Like many types of fungus, the Tremella mushroom grows on wood, however it actually survives on the other fungus that also colonizes the same area, rather than the wood itself. This makes the Tremella mushroom a “mycoparasite”, which is why intrepid mushroom pickers who first tried to grow it were at first confused, wondering why it wouldn’t grow on a wood substrate when it seemed to do so in nature. However, once its growth needs were discovered, cultivation became possible.(2)

Tremella has been used since 200 AD. in Chinese history, and is revered and reserved mostly for royalty or the wealthy. The Tremella mushroom contains a variety of components such as vitamins (specifically vitamin D), dietary fiber, protein, triterpenoids, and polysaccharides.*(3) Tremella is also edible, and its slightly mild flavor and smooth texture can make a delicious ingredient in a delicious dessert (2)

The Tremella Mushroom and Your Skin

Tremella for your skin

Just like our bodies, the Tremella mushroom is made up of a lot of water, giving it the ability to support hydration.* One way Tremella mushrooms can promote hydration is by acting in similar ways to hyaluronic acid which is a compound in our bodies which is important for retaining water in the skin.*(4) Although hyaluronic acid does a good job of this, the Tremella mushroom is actually capable of holding five times more water than that!* (7) Due to of this similarity, Tremella has become of great interest lately.(5) However, it is also important to note that this use of Tremella is not just a recent discovery by the beauty industry. In fact, its use as a skin product dates back to ancient China, where even one of the most beautiful women of the time, Yang Guidei, used Tremella to maintain her smooth, glowing skin.* (3)

Now let’s take a deeper look at how this mushroom can help support the skin.* Tremella mushroom promotes the body’s healthy production of superoxide dismutase (SOD) which is an enzyme that can be supportive. How does this relate to skin care? SOD promotes the production and maintenance of new, healthy, youthful skin.* (3) Additionally, polysaccharides from Tremella mushrooms retain moisture in the skin, which could be beneficial in a variety of situations, including a sunny day where there is a high UV index..* This mushroom also supports the elasticity and softness of the skin.* (6) In addition, the Tremella mushroom promotes the body’s ability to cover imperfections, making your skin even clearer and more beautiful.( 5)

Tremella mushroom in Daily 10

If the Tremella mushroom sounds appealing to you, then you’re in luck. You can find Tremella at our daily tincture 10. Since the Tremella mushroom can support certain aspects of the body, such as the production of antioxidant enzymes, for example, you don’t need to apply the compounds from Tremella externally to your skin to reap the benefits.* This tincture makes the addition of Tremella mushroom in your daily skin care routine quite easy to carry out.

bibliographical references

  1. http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/wong/Bot201/Basidiomycota/Jelly_Fungi.htm
  2. https://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/jan2006.html
  3. DOI: 10.26545/ajpr.2020.b00077x
  4. doi: 10.4161/derm.21923
  5. https://sdaraskin.com/blogs/blog/ingredient-spotlight-tremella-fuciformis
  6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2015.11.014

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