If you’re in the wellness space, you may have started to see pearl start coming up as the latest trendy superfood.
Yes, pearl. As in the kind that comes from the water and our grandmothers wear around their necks.
As I was researching solutions to hormonal acne and acne scars/hyperpigmentation, I came across several articles about pearl and was super intrigued. At first I thought it was so weird to consume pearl. As I did my research, I found that this has been done for years as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Pearl is said to promote natural collagen production in the body. This leads to a quicker cell turnover and therefore being great for anti-aging and getting rid of any scars or dark spots on the skin.
I already take a collagen supplement to make up for what my body isn’t producing anymore (read more about that here), so why not also supplement with something that will help my body produce more of its natural collagen as well?
Pearl also “contains a concentrated source of the most bio-available form of calcium” (source) and 8 essential amino acids!
Pearl Powder can help prevent the development of melanin, which causes freckles and dark patches on the skin as a normal process during aging. It can help prevent the skin from becoming old looking, wrinkled and sagging. This is partly due to its stimulation of SOD activity and partly due to other capacities and nutrients. Consistent use of pearl powder can eliminate blemishes such as colored spots and even occasional pimples (not cystic acne). Constant use can help assure that the skin will age much more slowly and that it will not be easily harmed by either time or the elements.
Pearl powder can be used in two different ways – topically and internally
You can mix some pearl powder (I like this brand and this brand) into your moisturizer or face oil at night when you’re doing your skincare routine and just apply it directly to your face. I’ve done this, and I really think it worked! Honestly I’ve been a little lazy about it but I highly recommend if you’re dealing with scarring!
You can get pearl in both a powder form (like I mentioned above) or as a pill. I’ve done both, and am currently taking it as a pill just because it’s easier! I like adding the powder into smoothies or my herbal potions / lattés in the morning. For the pill supplement, I like this one and I take 3 capsules every morning.
So does it work?
It could be placebo, but I really notice a difference when I use this! I took a break from it for a while and recently went back on it.This time in the pill supplement form and I’ve noticed my skin improving. It’s important to remember that with these eastern medicine remedies we have to have a lot of patience. Things take way longer to work because it’s all natural. But if you have the patience and wait a little bit, you’ll see results!
Would you try out pearl? Let me know!