We’d all be lying if we said we weren’t secretly (or not so secretly) looking for the fountain of youth, but even if we aren’t trying to recapture our teenage years, we’d definitely all love to look a little younger.
When you search for anti-aging skin care, you of course come across popular chemical peels and harsh ingredients that promise to make you look younger, but at a price: many of the ingredients in today’s skin care products can be toxic to our skin and bodies.
If you’re looking for a safer, gentler way to take care of your skin and turn back the hands of time, pearl powder might just be the solution you need.
We’ll talk about what pearl powder is and how you can use it to get better, healthier (read: more youthful) looking skin.
What is Pearl Powder?
Pearl powder is made by harvesting freshwater or saltwater pearls and boiling them to remove bacteria. The pearls are then ground into a fine powder that can easily be added to skin care products.
Pearl powder is used in many skin care products, but it has been around for centuries. Ancient Chinese cultures used pearl powder not only for skin benefit, but also for overall health and wellness.
Pearl powder, as you would imagine, has a slight sheen, which makes it a wonderful ingredient in both pressed and loose powders. Many users love the ethereal glow that can be achieved from using pearl powder on their skin.
Skin Benefits of Pearl Powder
So just what does pearl powder do for your skin? We’ll explore some of the most popular reasons you might consider using pearl powder for your skin, along with how you can use it.
Supports Production of Melanin
Your skin makes melanin, which is its natural defense against the sun, and also what gives your skin its color. It’s why you look sunkissed when you’ve sat in the sun just long enough to get a little bit of color, but not long enough to burn.
It goes without saying, exposing your skin to sun without using protective clothing or sunscreen leads to skin damage. Pearl powder helps you get a sunkissed look sans sunbathing, by helping stimulate your skin’s natural melanin production.
Helps Skin Restoration
Your skin restores and repairs itself over time -- this is why scars eventually fade, and irritation eventually dissipates. Although your skin can handle restoration on its own, we aren’t usually as patient as the process may take.
Pearl powder can help boost your skin’s reparative properties, by triggering the production of fibroblasts which assist with healing. Using pearl powder can help give your skin life support and restore a more youthful, even skin tone.
Many users incorporate pearl powder into their skin care routines to help their skin detoxify from environmental stressors and harsh product ingredients. The high magnesium content of pearl powder helps encourage the removal of toxins in the skin.
Incorporating pearl powder products along with other natural skin detoxing tools, like facial rollers, can help your skin rid itself of chemical build up and restore natural glow.
By now you’ve heard your skin needs antioxidants, but you might not be sure why. Your skin needs antioxidants to fight off free radical damage. Still confused?
Here’s what you need to know about free radicals and antioxidants:
- Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that are in search of an extra electron to help them become balanced.
- When a free radical finds a balanced molecule, it steals its electron and damages the cell where the electron lives.
- This damage, called free radical damage or oxidative damage, is responsible for premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, skin sagging, and loss of collagen.
- Antioxidants protect your skin cells from free radicals by donating one of their electrons so the skin cell is never harmed.
Although pearl powder is not a source of antioxidants itself, it does help boost two of your body’s own natural antioxidant enzymes: superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione.
Increases Skin’s Moisture
Most of us deal with dehydrated skin from time to time. Oily skin can be an indication of dehydration. When your skin becomes dry, your sebaceous glands may begin working overtime to compensate, producing more sebum (your skin’s natural oil) than necessary.
When this happens, your skin will feel oily, even though the real source of your problem is dehydration.
Pearl powder helps increase your skin’s natural moisture levels because it contains high levels of calcium. Calcium helps your skin regulate natural oil production and can also encourage more efficient cell turnover. New skin cells means newer, healthier, more hydrated skin.
How To Use Pearl Powder
Pearl powder is normally available in topical products like face masks and creams, and also as oral supplements. You can use both at the same time to increase the benefit you get from pearl powder.
WTHN’s Daily Glow supplement contains pearl powder to help support collagen production and skin healing.
At WTHN, we believe your body is capable of healing itself. We support your body’s ability to its job well by offering natural, herbal remedies and homeopathic care solutions that can keep you healthy and encourage your skin’s natural radiance.