All You Need to Know About White Truffle Skincare for Anti-Aging

Turns out, the delicacy also does great things for your skin.

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When we say white truffle, you probably think of truffle fries or perhaps truffle mac and cheese—some type of yummy, special-occasion dish with that distinct truffle scent, right? We're willing to bet you don't associate it with a night cream, but perhaps you should—the specialty ingredient may be worth adding to your skincare routine.

"Mushrooms, in general, are thought to work with the skin's natural renewal processes," explains Hadley King, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. White truffles, in particular, tout unique properties that make them even more beneficial for addressing a host of different complexion (and, more specifically, age-related) concerns.

"White truffles contain a variety of bioactive compounds, including fatty acids, amino acids, vitamin C, and other antioxidants," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. So, what does that mean for your skin? Here are a few benefits of white truffles.

Top Skin Health Benefits of White Truffle

Supports the Skin Barrier

White truffles are rich in fatty acids, emollients that help support the skin barrier, says Dr. King. (As a quick reminder, the skin barrier is the outermost layer of the skin, responsible for keeping moisture locked in and irritants out.) These fatty acids seal in cracks between the cells, adds Dr. Zeichner, ultimately helping keep the skin nice and hydrated.

Packed With Antioxidants

Specifically, flavonoids, plant-based antioxidants that "act like fire extinguishers, putting out the free radical damage created from exposure to environmental factors such as UV light and pollution," says Dr. Zeichner. That free radical damage can ultimately end up causing signs of aging, including fine lines, spots, and more, which is why antioxidants are a universally fool-proof anti-aging ingredient.

Helps Fade Dark Spots

Both dermatologists we spoke with note that white truffles are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is not only a potent antioxidant, but it is also a choice brightening ingredient. It works by inhibiting an enzyme known as tyrosinase (essential in the pigment-producing process), preventing dark spots from cropping up and ultimately leaving the skin brighter and more even, says Dr. Zeichner.

Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Dr. King says that white truffle is also a choice ingredient for combating inflammation. In the skin, that means not only alleviating the visible inflammation that can show up as redness and irritation but also targeting the less visible, lower-grade inflammation that can make skin look older and generally lackluster.

Keep in Mind

Dr. King points out that there are no (known) ingredients that don't pair well with white truffle and that it plays nicely with most other skincare actives. This means it should be relatively easy to incorporate into your routine. That said, Dr. King reminds us it is important to consider the amount of white truffle in the product; the higher up on the ingredient list, the higher the concentration, and theoretically, the greater the benefits.

Keep in mind that while truffles have been studied for nutritional and medicinal benefits, there are very few studies and minimal data about their topical effects, says Dr. King. It's also worth pointing out that white truffles are extremely expensive; credit the fact that they're only harvested for a few months each year and have to be sniffed out of the ground by specially trained dogs. So, just like adding shaved truffles onto your pasta will cost you, so will white truffle-infused skincare. And while white truffles do have benefits, those benefits aren't necessarily something you can't get from other more scientifically proven ingredients, Dr. King adds.

In summary, if you'd rather save your truffle budget for delicious sauces and Italian pasta dishes, that's fine. But, if you do want to try them topically, the reported benefits are worth a shot. Fortunately, there are a few budget-friendly products out there, which are listed below.

Beauty Products Containing White Truffle

Neogen Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop

Neogen Dermalogy White Truffle Serum in Oil Drop Bottle

Neogen's white truffle formula features white truffle oil in a dual-phase product that hydrates and combats aging without ever feeling oily or greasy.

To buy: $35, amazon.com.

Savor Beauty Truffle Face Cream

Savor Beauty Truffle Face Cream Bottle

This clean face cream relies on a laundry list of other natural ingredients (white truffle being just one) that work to rebalance skin's moisture levels, making this ideal for oily, combination, and dry skin types.

To buy: $78, savorybeauty.com.

D'Alba Piedmont White Truffle Intensive Ampoule

D’Alba Piedmont White Truffle Intensive Ampoule Bottle

White truffle is combined with another luxurious anti-ager, caviar, in this equally luxurious-feeling anti-aging formula.

To buy: $39, amazon.com.

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