Asian beauty is the gift that keeps on giving. Every month the Western world discovers something and believes it’s totally groundbreaking, only to find out that in East Asia they’ve been using it for centuries! Incomes Pearl Powder, a favorite among Chinese Empresses dating back to the 7th Century – for years Chinese women have even been taking pearl powder supplements during pregnancy to boost their child’s skin complexion, crazy right?! The powder is a substance taken from freshwater pearls, and can be taken as a supplement, ($38), made into a face mask or used as a finishing powder to set your makeup. But whether you’re ingesting it or applying it to your face, its powers go beyond the complexion; it’s even known to boost your mood and diminish hormonal acne breakouts.
Why Pearl Powder Is The BOMB!
The factors that give pearls their stunning shine is actually down to a composition of high calcium content (30 to 80%), amino acids, and 30 trace minerals, and when ingested, can help to give your skin the same luminous shine. These good for your body and skin elements improve more than your skin, Chinese herbalists even recommend taking the supplement whenever you’re feeling weak, especially for women during menstruation. Moon Juice’s beauty supplement, Beauty Dust, is even packed with pearl powder and has become a popular A-lister supplement, touted for calming and boosting your mood.
When applied topically, pearl powder helps to even out and brighten skin tone, while it also improves the epidermal layer’s ability to retain its natural oils and moisture. Pearl powder can also prevent hyperpigmentation by suppressing the amount of melanin your skin produces (what causes dark spots). This makes it the perfect facial or supplement to take if you’re always in the sun, as it can help reverse the damage by the sun and as it stimulates your collagen production. It’s even known to reduce the appearance of pores, skin inflammation and redness, so it’s ideal for acne-prone skin. The powder also has antimicrobial properties that will combat any acne scarring or dry patches, while promoting the regeneration of new skin cells.
DIY Pearl Powder Facial
This mask is quick and easy and will seriously brighten up your skin. Start by mixing 2 grams of pearl powder with a beaten egg white (if the eggs are small use 2), then add a tablespoon of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey (honey acts as an antibacterial, helping your skin rid itself of impurities). Apply it to your face and wash it off 20 minutes later with warm water. We use this Pearl Powder, $13, from Amazon.
If you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty with a DIY, you can even mix pearl powder with your setting powder (or into your moisturizer), and it will be absorbed into your skin during the day, boosting radiance as the day goes on.