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Snow Mushroom Might Be a Better Hydrator Than Hyaluronic Acid

Got dry skin? This derm-approved ingredient can help with that.

Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, suggests that the snow mushroom’s ability to pull moisture to the skin is similar to that of hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid. The snow mushroom can hold moisture more effectively than hyaluronic acid as its particles are smaller and can penetrate the skin more easily. However, Dr. Engelman is cautious about hailing it as a magic mushroom for moisture and would like to see more targeted studies on its skin-care properties. Board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, notes that mushrooms, in general, are rich in fatty acids and have anti-inflammatory properties that help stabilize the skin barrier, along with vitamins A, C, and D. Mushrooms are also a source of kojic acid, which is effective for treating dark spots and hyperpigmentation. As a result, mushrooms are becoming more popular in skincare products due to their numerous benefits.

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