What is pearl powder?
They can be found in both fresh and salt waters and are used cosmetically and medicinally. Historically, these luminescent beads have been highly valued in cultures around the world and ground up into a fine powder for use topically and orally. Pearl has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as far back as 320 A.D. The only female empress in Chinese history, Wu Zetian, used pearl for its beauty benefits. In traditional Chinese culture, skin health was revered and pearl was the top natural medicine to achieve a glowing and youthful appearance.
Chinese medicine also saw the adaptogenic abilities of pearl and used it as a mind (shen) stabilizer to calm mood and disposition. There is an increasing amount of modern science to support the validity of the ancient wisdom about pearl. Pearl powder has at least 30 trace minerals, along with a high concentration of calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, silica, and selenium all which are needed for healthy hormones, a strong immune system, and youthful skin.
Pearl also contains amino acids, including essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own and need to get from outside sources, for optimal health. Ever wonder what gives pearls their strikingly beautiful luminescence? You can thank conchiolin for that. This protein is what promotes healthy collagen production which gives your skin that glowing appearance.
Benefits of Pearl for Skin
It can be used to lighten and brighten the skin, as it is said to reduce the activation of tyrosinase and also add luminosity to the skin. It is also known to have antioxidant properties and protect the skin from free radical stress. Pearl powder has also been reported to reduce acne. It is used as an anti-inflammatory and detoxification agent, and as a relaxant. In fact, it has similar effects to keratin – a protein found in your skin and hair – to improve cell metabolism, increase circulation, and repair damaged cells.
Essential Amino Acids
Anti-inflammatory effects, skin luminosity, fight free-radicals, improve cell metabolism, increase circulation, and repair damaged cells.