You might only associate truffles with upscale restaurants where foie gras is served, but that’s not the only place and time truffles will do you good. We bet you didn’t know that truffle is a superstar ingredient in skin care products. Let us introduce you to white truffle, a true powerhouse skin care ingredient.
Aside from being true delicacies, truffles are also known for their medicinal properties; not only are they strong antioxidants, but they are also immunomodulators, controlling the immune function to stay active at the perfect level. Despite being loved as a luxury for the palate, white truffles are not as well known in the skin care world. Yet they carry immense skin care benefits that should not be ignored. Here’s why the white truffle is so special.
They’re the rarest and most expensive truffle
White truffles have a price tag that swings between $6,000 to $10,000 per pound each year. They are mostly found in the Alba region of northern Italy (which is why they’re sometimes called Alba truffles). While black truffles can be cultivated and even mass produced, white truffles are still found only in the wild.
They grow a few inches underneath the soil in symbiosis with certain species of hardwood trees and are only in season from late October through December. Specially trained dogs are used to sniff out white truffles, but global warming has made fewer and fewer white truffles available each year, making them a true rarity.
They’re great at anti-aging
As fungi, they are naturally high in minerals and vitamins that aid with the skin’s natural renewal process and soothe inflamed skin. They’re also packed with essential fatty acids that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which makes your skin not only hydrated but also soft and smooth to the touch.
They help with hyperpigmentation
White truffles stand out with their high vitamin C content, which makes them effective in brightening and getting rid of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. They’re also high in vitamin B3, or Niacin, which is essential in repairing damaged skin, Vitamin B6, which prevents dry and irritated skin, and Vitamin B12, which is known to prevent hyperpigmentation.
White truffles also have more minerals and amino acids that benefit the skin than black truffles, which makes white truffles a winner when it comes to repairing damaged skin.
Products you should try:
An easy way to try this new ingredient is with a light serum, such as the Neogen White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop. It’s a hydrating serum with white truffle oil drops dispersed throughout the formula for fast absorption. Or you can try a stick formula, like the Neogen White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick for quick treatment and wrinkle care on-the-go.
If you want to nourish dry skin and repair skin damage, it might be time to reach for the diamond of the kitchen.