Asian Beauty Secret: $5 DIY Anti-Aging Serum

By Kirby Koo

The hefty price tag on most anti-aging serums can cause so much wrinkle-inducing stress to practically counter the effects of this anti-aging wonder product. But that doesn’t need to be the case. Instead, brew your own anti-aging skincare serum with this secret beauty recipe straight from Asia. The best part: it’s organic, sans preservatives and sans parabens – and as just $5, won’t break the bank! 

Anti-Aging Serum Recipe

1 dried snow fungus (around 3 inches in diameter) – available at Asian supermarkets
5 cups of mineral water
Cheesecloth or coffee filter

Don’t be scared off by “snow fungus” (a mushroom that has been cultivated for over 2000 years in Asia). In Chinese medicine, snow fungus is used to improve respiratory function, reduce high cholesterol and – yes – even beautify with its circulation stimulating properties and collagen.

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Soak the dried snow fungus in warm water for 20 minutes. (Note: it will expand in size.) After 20 minutes, squeeze out the excess water and rinse the snow fungus. Cut out the center of the snow fungus and discard. Place the remaining portion in a small pot and cover with mineral water. Bring to a boil before reducing to low heat for an hour, checking periodically. When the liquid is a serum-like consistency, let cool before straining though a cheesecloth or coffee filter into a clean jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Use under moisturizer as you would a traditional serum or soak cotton pads in the serum and place it over your face as a sheet mask for 20 minutes.

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