Move over, pretentious diamond facials
Recently, I read a blurb about a spa in New York offering facials featuring a diamond-based microdermabrasion, with each treatment accompanied by an exorbitant price tag. I thought this fad of using jewels for skin care was new, until I recently learned about the benefits of pearl powder for skin.
Interestingly, pearl powder has been used both internally and externally in China for thousands of years. The only female empress of China, famed for her impeccable complexion, used pearl powder as a skin care preparation and cosmetic. Today, many skin care creams and masks in Asia feature pearl powder.
At first, I balked at the mere thought of slathering my face with pearl powder, due to the assumed price tag of this treatment. Using pearl powder may sound luxurious, however, but it is a relatively economical option as far as effective and natural beauty remedies go. I have been blown away by the results of using pearl powder as a skincare treatment and natural cosmetic. The pearls that are unsuitable for jewelry due to imperfections are carefully ground into a superfine powder, with a constancy resembling cornstarch, to use in cosmetics and beauty creams.
Where can I find pearl powder for skin?
I played eenie-meenie-minie-moe when picking out a brand of pearl powder for the first time, but ended up with a product with which I’m happy. I made sure it said “100% pure pearl powder” on the package and also picked a package that had the label written in English rather than Chinese, so I could read it.
I got these Pearl Powder capsules, which are convenient for both using it topically and internally, as I explain below. I emptied the capsules and put them in an empty glass jar, as shown in the pictures.
3 ways to use pearl powder for skin health
1. Make a pearl powder mask
The first time I tried this divine treatment, I couldn’t believe how effectively it calmed the redness in my skin! It leaves your face silky, matte, soft and soothed.
Directions: Empty one capsule of pearl powder into a bowl and add water of rose water, a few drops at a time, until you have a thick liquid that you can apply to your face with fingers. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing. I use only one capsule of this pearl powder per mask, so one bottle contains enough for 100 masks.
2. Use pearl powder as a finishing powder
Do you use a pressed powder to mattify your skin or set your makeup? Ditch the compact and switch to pearl powder! It sounds crazy, but pearl powder could be considered “mineral makeup” because pearls are minerals. Pearl powder makes an ideal face powder that diffuses imperfections and adds a shine-free luminosity.
I have a fair skin tone and it doesn’t leave any noticeable color, probably because the pearl powder is so fine. I believe it would work equally well on darker skin tones, too.
Directions: To use pearl powder as a face powder, I empty a capsule of the pearl powder onto a saucer, dip in a fluffy makeup brush, and very lightly brush it over my face. As an added bonus, you’ll reap the skin care benefits of pearl powder by using it this way. You can even apply it before bed, and it helps soothe skin and absorb excess oil during the night.
3. Supplement with pearl powder
100% pure, high quality pearl powder may be taken internally to support skin health. I have not yet tried taking pearl powder internally, primarily because I’m already juggling a smorgasbord of supplements, but the unique benefits of supplementing with pearl powder intrigue me! According to acupuncturist Patricia Pilot, these are the benefits of pearl powder supplementation:
- Pearl powder contains an antioxidant that boosts the efficacy of superoxide dismutase, one of the strongest antioxidant enzymes in the body
- Pearl powder contains signal proteins that stimulate the regeneration of collagen
- Pearl powder contains a concentrated source of the most bio-available form of calcium
- Pearl powder is rich in amino acids and more than 30 trace minerals to support health (source)
Have you used pearl powder before? Would you be up to taking it internally?