If you thought pearls are just for accessorizing or gift-giving, you were mistaken.
Pearl powders – sterilized pearls ground to a fine powder similar to corn starch – not only contains a range of amino acids and trace minerals but is said to have powerful health properties that promote healthy, beautiful skin and can even help clean and strengthen teeth. We tell you more about what is in pearl powder and how you can add it to your daily life.
What Is in Pearl Powder?
Some of the amino acids and trace elements contained in pearl powder include:
Pearl powder also contains alkaline phosphatase, which is an enzyme usually found in a person’s blood that helps to break down proteins. It is especially the presence of this enzyme that makes pearl powder great for skin treatments.
Six Ways to Use Pearl Powder You Probably Didn’t Know About
So, are you looking to use pearl powder but don’t know how? Here are six tips on how to incorporate it into your beauty and health routine.
1. Skin Cleansing
To enhance your face wash’s exfoliation properties and help remove dirt, mix a little bit of pearl powder into your face wash. First, remove makeup as usual. Then squeeze a small amount of face wash into your palm, add a pea-sized amount of pearl powder, mix in your hand and apply as usual to your face. Massage for a while before you rinse it off.
2. Teeth Whitening
Because of the pearl powder’s exfoliation properties, it can also help whiten teeth. Add some pearl powder on top of the toothpaste on your toothbrush before you brush.
3. As a Loose Makeup Powder
If loose powder is a staple in your makeup pouch, consider using pearl powder instead. Apply in the same way as you would with makeup powder – with a soft brush or sponge – it will leave less fine lines on your face and aid in lightening your complexion.
4. Make Your Own Beauty Mask
Pearl powder can be mixed with a variety of other household items to create your own beauty mask at home. For tender skin, mash half a ripe banana with five grams of pearl powder. Mix thoroughly, apply to the skin, and rinse off after 20 minutes. To moisturize and lighten, juice the inside of a cucumber and mix with five grams of pearl powder. Soak a sheet of gauze in the mixture and apply it to the face, adding the remaining cucumber juice every few minutes. Remove the gauze and wash off after 20 minutes. To relieve acne, mix five grams of pearl powder with fresh aloe vera juice and apply it to the face for 20 minutes. Aloe vera gel can also be used instead of juice.
5. Oral Ingestion*
Add pearl powder to your tea or favorite juice and drink it as a calcium supplement. Not only can it help to balance the body’s PH, but the trace elements may also assist in better sleep, improving concentration and eyesight.
6. Wound Healing and Skin-Soothing*
Not only does it beautify and fortify, but pearl powder can also help with wound healing and muscle growth. If you have a skin irritation or wound, it could help to sprinkle some pearl powder on the wound, which can help to stop bleeding and prevent scars.
*Important note: Always ensure you purchase food-grade pearl powder from a reputable source. Consult your doctor before you ingest it or use it as a treatment for a medical condition, as different medical conditions and constitutions could have contra-indications with pearl powder.