Last week my wife, Kendhal, and I finally went to a new Chinese restaurant we’d been dying to try.
Now, this place has been getting rave reviews, so I knew our food would be amazing…
But I certainly didn’t expect to learn an amazing skincare secret over dinner too!
You see, as soon as we walked in, Kendhal noticed something…unusual.
“John, look at the hostess,” she whispered. “Her face looks like a porcelain doll’s.”
Kendhal was right. This woman clearly wasn’t a teenager — in fact, her hair was full of silvery-grey streaks.
But her complexion looked so smooth and pristine…it was practically ageless.
So naturally, I had to ask how she did it.
I know it was forward of me, but luckily, our hostess — Rose — was happy to share her secret:
She simply uses a mask made from white jelly mushrooms once a week.
Now, I’ve heard of a lot of unusual beauty tricks over the years, but I’d had NEVER heard this one before.
So later that night, I did a bit of research…and it turned out that Rose was really onto something!
The mushroom is actually called “Tremella fuciformis,” and is famous in China for its anti-aging properties and beauty-enhancing benefits.
And get this: it was famously used by one of the most beautiful women in Chinese history, Yang Guifei.
She was a princess known far and wide for her everlasting youth and stunning complexion.
In fact, her beauty was so enchanting, the emperor at the time allowed his dynasty to collapse just to have her.
So that’s one POWERFUL mushroom!
You see, Tremella’s beautifying effects come from its uncanny ability to retain moisture.
Believe it or not, these mushrooms can hold up to 500 times its own weight in water…which means intense hydration for your skin.
Best of all, I found a great DIY recipe for a weekly Tremella face mask, so you can give your skin a boost of moisture at home.
(Plus, Tremella mushrooms are practically odorless…so no need to worry about any “earthy” smells on your skin!)
Ready to give it a try? Here’s how it’s done:
Tremella Super Saturating Mask
- 1 dried/dehydrated Tremella (may be called ‘white fungus’ or ‘snow fungus’ on packaging)
- Stovetop & medium sized cooking pot with lid
Kitchen tongs or a slotted spoon
- Small empty skincare container (like a dropper bottle or pump)
- Small funnel
STEP 1: Put the Tremella and 5-6 cups of water into your pot, cover, bring to a boil, and let boil for 30 minutes.
STEP 2: Remove pan from heat. There will be a hard orange-yellow core in the center of the mushroom. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, pick up the mushroom and rinse it under cool water until it’s cool enough to touch. Then cut the rough core out, and throw it away.
STEP 3: Put the rest of the Tremella back into the pot and boil on high for another 5 minutes.
Then, turn heat to low, place the lid back on, and let simmer for another 1 hour (sort of like you’re cooking rice).
STEP 4: After the time has passed, check your concoction: The cooking liquid in the pot should be thick and slightly sticky.
If it doesn’t appear ready, just add 1 cup of water and simmer (covered) on low for another 25 minutes.
This whole process can take anywhere from an an hour-and-a-half to two hours, until it’s reached the desired consistency.
STEP 5: Once it’s ready, turn the heat off but leave the lid on, and let sit for several hours until it’s room temperature. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools.
Step 6: Once the mixture is completely cool, squeeze the excess liquid out of the mushroom — you’ll be surprised how much serum they hold. Just pick up the mushroom in your hands and squeeze hard. It could get a little messy, but your hands will feel SILKY afterward!
STEP 7: Once you’ve extracted all the liquid from the mushroom, place the funnel over your empty container and spoon the mixture in until it’s full.
Now you’re ready to go!
To use it, apply a generous layer over your whole face and neck, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
Then rinse thoroughly with cool water.
This mask is a great way to give aging skin a tighter appearance, while helping your complexion feel extra healthy and hydrated…and you only need to use it once a week!
WHERE CAN I GET TREMELLA MUSHROOMS?
Even though Tremella grows naturally in the tropics, dehydrated Tremella can be found at health food stores or Asian supermarkets.
And don’t panic if you don’t see it labeled by its scientific name…
Tremella is also often called snow fungus, white fungus, and white jelly mushroom because of its spongy appearance.
So try this hyper-hydrating mask and let me know what you think in the comments section.
Kendhal already made a batch and loved its effects…
Plus, she says this natural moisture-booster pairs perfectly with her daily skincare products — so it’s an easy addition to any beauty regimen.
And I’d love to hear about the hydrating this unique (and very easy-to-make) mushroom mask has on your complexion.
Your Beverly Hills MD,
Dr. John Layke