Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract

A fungi extract. The mushroom contains various proteins, fiber, and humectant and antioxidant polysaccharides - which help to restore the water and collagen content in the skin.
Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract


Tremella fuciformis is an edible mushroom, also known as snow fungus, snow ear, or silver ear fungus. It is a parasitic mushroom that grows on wet, rotten wood and that consumes other species of mushrooms. It is considered to be a delicacy in China due to its gelatinous consistency and is eaten in dessert soups, puddings, and various savory dishes.

The mushroom is full of various proteins, fiber, and polysaccharides. These polysaccharides in particular are responsible for its gelatinous consistency and ability to retain water, which are characteristics especially sought after in skincare.

Tremella fuciformis sporocarp extract shows some promising activities, helping the skin to retain water and collagen. In particular, the polysaccharide-rich extract helped to ameliorate the effects of sun-induced skin damage, restore water and collagen content, and had skin-protecting properties stemming from the antioxidant activity of the extract.

The structure of Tremella fuciformis polysaccharides is also important – they are made up of mannose and glucuronic acid (which gives them superior water-retaining properties).


Wu, Y. et al. (2018). Structure, bioactivities and applications of the polysaccharides from Tremella fuciformis mushroom: A review. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.
Wen, L. et al. (2016). Effect of polysaccharides from Tremella fuciformis on UV-induced photoaging. Journal of Functional Foods, 20, 400–410.