Unveiling the Beauty Secret: Tremella Mushroom's Edge Over Hyaluronic Acid

Are you ready to discover a beauty secret that has been cherished in Eastern cultures for thousands of years? This potent ingredient is none other than the Tremella mushroom, also known as the snow mushroom. At Shikohin, we've embraced this natural wonder and incorporated it into our Enlightening Night Serum and the 5 Mushroom Moisturizer.


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The Historical Perspective

Originating from the serene mountains of China and the temperate forests of Japan, the Tremella mushroom or "shiro kikurage" has been a part of traditional Asian skincare for centuries. Imperial consorts of the Tang dynasty used this humble fungus to maintain their radiant skin and timeless beauty. However, the benefits of this potent ingredient extend beyond the realm of vanity.

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners employed the Tremella mushroom for its health-boosting properties, particularly its ability to improve brain function and support the immune system. Today, the modern world is waking up to this ancient beauty secret, highlighting the deep connection between health and beauty.

Timeline diagram illustrating the evolution of Tremella mushroom's use in skincare from its ancient roots in the Asia to modern-day innovations in 2023, highlighting key milestones such as its scientific exploration, popularity in Asia, and Western adoption.

The Tremella Mushroom: Nature's Ultra-Hydrating Agent

Our ancestors knew what they were doing when they used Tremella mushrooms, or "shiro kikurage, for their skin-nourishing properties. These beauty mushrooms are loaded with natural polysaccharides, helping them retain nearly 500 times their weight in water. When applied to the skin, these mushrooms create a light protective film, providing your skin with the moisture it needs.

What's more, scientific evidence points to Tremella extract as having hydrating properties that are 15% more effective than the widely used Hyaluronic Acid.

Graphic highlighting the benefits of snow mushroom: 'Naturally Origin', 'Highly Hydrating', and 'Rich in Antioxidants'
Graphic outlining characteristics of hyaluronic acid: 'Synthetically Produced', 'Retains Moisture', and 'Common in Skincare’

Hyaluronic Acid vs. Tremella Mushroom

Hyaluronic Acid, often synthesized for use in beauty products, has been revered for its ability to enhance skin texture, elasticity, and softness. But it might not be the superior hydration agent we once thought it to be.

Tremella mushroom extract shares Hyaluronic Acid's ability to hold up to 500 times its weight in water, creating a flexible hydration film on the skin. Yet, the molecular composition of the snow mushroom extract gives it an edge. Its longer chain structure—made up of 1,3-mannose sugar monomer along with numerous short branches of xylose and glucuronic acid—enables it to create a stronger, more flexible hydration film.

This means snow mushroom extract is more robust, easier to dissolve in water, and more resilient to changes in pH, temperature, and salt content. It's an ingredient that's not only powerful but also versatile, making it an ideal component in skincare formulations.

Unveiling the Science Behind Snow Mushroom: A Compilation of Studies

Multiple clinical studies conducted by Applechem, a renowned innovator in the cosmetic science industry, as well as research published in the reputable scientific journal, the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, support the effectiveness of the Tremella mushroom as a potent skin-hydrating agent.

Pre-Hydration Study: Boosting Long-Term Hydration

Hydration is a fundamental component of healthy skin. Unfortunately, factors such as aging and environmental stressors often compromise the skin barrier, resulting in dry, damaged skin. One pivotal study conducted by Applechem, the Pre-Hydration Study, aimed to examine this issue further.

This four-week clinical study measured the stratum corneum’s (skin's primary barrier) hydration state over time. The findings revealed that Snow Mushroom is an extremely potent water-retention active. It provides cumulative, long-lasting hydration replenishment to damaged skin, restoring its natural vitality and resilience against environmental stressors.

Line graph from clinical studies comparing conductance hydration level of skin with snow mushroom vs hyaluronic acid. The data shows that snow mushroom is more effective at increasing the skin’s hydration level over time.

Over the course of four weeks, the study showed that the hydration level of skin treated with Snow Mushroom extract increased 2.6 times. These findings testify to the profound hydration capabilities of Snow Mushroom. They highlight its ability not only to deliver instant hydration but also to enhance the skin's capacity to retain this hydration over an extended period.

Incorporating Snow Mushroom into your skincare routine can help restore and maintain the skin's natural hydration, contributing to a resilient and radiant complexion. Our Enlightening Night Serum and the 5 Mushroom Moisturizer, infused with Snow Mushroom extract, promises such benefits.

Skin Conductance Study: Amplifying Skin's Water-Retention Capacity

Healthy, radiant skin is the outcome of adequate hydration. The stratum corneum's ability to absorb and retain water plays a crucial role in maintaining this hydration balance. Recognizing this, Applechem's Skin Conductance Study aimed to gauge the stratum corneum’s capacity for water retention over time.

Line graph from clinical studies comparing conductance (moisture in skin) of snow mushroom vs hyaluronic acid. The data shows that snow mushroom is more effective at increasing the skin’s  ability to absorb and retain water over time.

This four-week study established that treatment with Snow Mushroom significantly improved the stratum corneum's water-retention ability. Simply put, Snow Mushroom boosts your skin’s ability to remain healthy, strong, and supple over time.

The Skin Conductance Study further validates the potency of Snow Mushroom as a hydration-enhancing ingredient. By improving the skin's natural water-retention mechanisms, it maintains skin hydration levels, contributing to a more resilient and youthful-looking complexion. The use of Snow Mushroom-infused products, like our Enlightening Night Serum and 5 Mushroom Moisturizer, can substantially enhance your skin's hydration status, keeping it nourished and supple.

Desorption Rate Study: Strengthening the Skin's Barrier Function

The strength of the skin's primary barrier, the stratum corneum, is a critical factor in maintaining skin health. This barrier keeps essential nutrients in and harmful elements out, while also preventing the evaporation of water, leading to skin dehydration. Applechem's Desorption Rate Study aimed to evaluate this aspect of the skin barrier.

Line graph from clinical studies comparing the desorption rate of snow mushroom vs hyaluronic acid. The data shows that snow mushroom is more effective at lowering the desorption rate than hyluaronic acid

The study found that Snow Mushroom significantly lowered the desorption rate (ate at which water is lost from the skin), indicating a stronger, healthier skin barrier. This reinforced barrier function reduces water loss, preserving skin hydration and promoting a more resilient skin profile.

Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) Comparison Study: Strengthening Biological Defense

One of the critical elements of skin health and vitality lies in its ability to resist oxidative stress. Oxidative stress refers to the imbalance between the production of harmful free radicals and the body's ability to counteract their harmful effects through neutralization with antioxidants. A robust antioxidant system is vital in shielding the skin from damaging environmental pollutants and maintaining its youthful appearance.

The Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) Comparison Study conducted by Applechem delved into this crucial aspect of skin health. This in-vitro study was carried out to measure the level of antioxidant production post-treatment with a 0.1% Snow Mushroom solution. The solution was added to fibroblast and keratinocyte skin cell cultures and then cultivated for 24 hours.

Bar graph illustrating the increase in Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) enzyme activity after treatment with a 0.1% Snow Mushroom solution. The graph demonstrates a significant rise in SOD activity compared to the control group, indicating enhanced biological defense against oxidative stress

The results were illuminating. The study showed a clear improvement in SOD enzyme activity post-treatment. These enzymes are part of the body's natural defense against free radicals, acting as 'scavengers' to neutralize these harmful molecules and protect cells from oxidative damage.

In essence, Snow Mushroom naturally boosts your body's biological defense against oxidative stress. Rather than directly affecting a chemical change in free radical molecules, it helps combat damaging environmental pollutants by stimulating the enzymatic production of super oxide dismutase.

Tremella Polysaccharides and UV Protection

Groundbreaking studies conducted by the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology (Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol) have unveiled the power of Tremella polysaccharides in protecting the skin against ultraviolet (UV) rays, one of the most harmful environmental stressors for skin.

These rays, particularly UVB, can cause significant photodamage to the skin, leading to premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. They deplete the skin's moisture and collagen levels, crucial elements for maintaining the skin's elasticity, plumpness, and youthful appearance.

Studies conducted as part of this research found that after the application of Tremella polysaccharides, there was a marked improvement in both moisture content and collagen levels in the skin, even when exposed to UV rays. This is a promising discovery, as it implies that Tremella polysaccharides can effectively safeguard the skin against UV-induced photodamage, preserving the skin's health and youthfulness.

Furthermore, histopathological studies revealed that the oral intake of Tremella polysaccharides stimulates the regeneration of endogenous collagen, and maintains the ratio of type I to type III collagen. This helps to protect the structural integrity of the skin from damage inflicted by UV rays, providing another layer of defense.

Tremella Polysaccharides and Wound Healing

The incredible properties of Tremella polysaccharides go beyond moisturizing and UV-protection. They also show significant potential in promoting wound healing, a critical aspect of skin recovery following injuries.

In a recent study, Tremella polysaccharides demonstrated their ability to expedite the wound healing process. This is a significant finding, as faster wound healing reduces the risk of infection and scar formation, leading to better cosmetic outcomes.

The underlying mechanisms are thought to involve the stimulation of collagen production, angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels), and the migration of essential cells to the wound site. These processes are fundamental to skin regeneration and recovery post-injury.

This finding could revolutionize the skincare industry, presenting Tremella polysaccharides as potential ingredients in wound healing products. They could be used in a range of treatments, from minor cuts and burns to post-surgical wound care.

With these insights, it's clear that the Tremella mushroom, particularly in the form of Tremella polysaccharides, offers multifaceted benefits for our skin, ranging from hydration to UV protection and wound healing. Through the comprehensive scientific research conducted by institutions like Applechem and the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, the potency of this unique mushroom continues to be revealed, promising exciting prospects for the skincare industry.

Unlocking the Benefits of Mushroom Skincare

The Snow Mushroom, with its unparalleled hydrating properties and robust molecular structure, is making a bold statement in the skincare world as a formidable contender to Hyaluronic Acid. It's a fascinating blend of the ancient wisdom of natural skincare and cutting-edge scientific research.

Investing in skincare products containing snow mushroom extracts, like our Enlightening Night Serum and 5 Mushroom Moisturizer, is a step towards achieving naturally radiant and well-hydrated skin.

Snow Mushroom Skincare: A Journey Further

The incredible hydrating benefits of Snow Mushroom extend beyond just hydration. Eager to learn more about how this miraculous ingredient benefits your skin and how to integrate it into your daily skincare routine? Check out our comprehensive blog post here. We delve into how Snow Mushroom can enhance your skincare routine.

A picture of 5 Mushroom Moisturizer getting used on an asians lady face to show the consistency of the  moisturizer
A picture of a bottle of 5 Mushroom Moisturizer and Enlightening Night Serum placed together in a bath tub.

Unleash the Power of Snow Mushroom

Try our Enlightening Night Serum and the 5 Mushroom Moisturizer now, and unlock the secret to radiant and well-hydrated skin. Remember, great skin doesn't happen overnight but every night. Elevate your skincare routine with the natural potency of Snow Mushroom and notice the transformative difference.

Join the Shikohin community on Instagram @shikohin.rituals and share your journey with Snow Mushroom skincare!

The skincare realm is leaning towards more natural, potent ingredients, and the Snow Mushroom is leading the revolution. Are you ready to be part of this skincare revolution?


Shikohin 5 Mushroom Moisturizer

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[1] Applechem, Inc. (2023). Pre-Hydration Study of Snow Mushroom.

[2] Applechem, Inc. (2023). Skin Conductance Study of Snow Mushroom.

[3] Applechem, Inc. (2023). Desorption Rate Study of Snow Mushroom.

[4] Applechem, Inc. (2023). In-vitro Study of Snow Mushroom.

[5] Ma, Xia, et al. “A Review on the Production, Structure, Bioactivities and Applications of Tremella Polysaccharides.” International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2021,

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