Traditional Chinese Medicine - Pearl Powder
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pearl powder is cold in nature and reduces heat in the body. It reduces excess heat in the liver and hence calms the mind and nervous system. In relation to this effect, it is sometimes used for insomnia. It also detoxifies the body and promotes skin healing and anti-inflammatory.
Pearl powder is rich in amino acids, peptides, minerals and antioxidants and is a rich source of calcium too.
Benefits of Pearl Powder for Skin
Pearl powder has been used for centuries for its whitening effects. Recent studies found pearl powder to be a good antioxidant, increasing levels of SOD(superoxide dismutase) that gets rid of free radicals in our skin with anti-aging effects and reduces pigmentation spots. Research has shown that pearl powder inhibits the production of melanin, which is why it is commonly used in TCM beauty Singapore to whiten skin and reduce pigmentation. In TCM Singapore recommend, pearl powder is even taken orally to increase the efficacy of skin whitening.
Pearl powder clears heat and toxins, clears phlegm and it has good efficacy in extracting oil and dirt from the skin. It increases the metabolism of the skin enhancing skin regeneration and controls oil production and absorbs oil. When applied topically it also calms the skin and reduces redness. In Chinese TCM Singapore, pearl powder is also taken orally to reduce heat and toxins for acne prone skin.
Get rid of Blackheads
Pearl powder has a deep cleansing ability that is able to cleanse blackheads and dead skin cells, minimising pores as well.
4. Stimulates collagen production
Pearl Powder contains signal proteins that stimulate the regeneration of collagen giving plump glowing skin when used over the long term. It is rich in amino acids and contains more than 30 trace minerals to support health. It has to be taken orally for these benefits to be seen.
How to use Pearl Powder:
1) in DIY Face Masks - simple mask recipe below
2) taken orally as a supplement- pearl powder are available in capsule or powder form, just sprinkle on oats or drink with warm water.
3) as finishing powder to set your makeup - many finishing powders actually contain pearl powder as it gives a luminescence glow finish.
Below is a simple DIY face mask using just 2 ingredients : Pearl powder & Honey. Honey is suitable for dry skin as it's moisturizing. If you have oily skin, you can replace the honey with egg white or milk or yogurt.
Pearl Honey Face Mask
Suitable for: Dry/Combination Skin types/ Acne Prone skin
- Pearl Powder 30g ; 珍珠粉30克
- Honey 1 tsp ; 蜂蜜 1 茶匙
- In a bowl, mix the pearl powder and honey and slowly mix to form a paste. Use immediately. 在面膜碗里加入材料，搅拌均匀即成。
- Wash off with warm water after 10-15mins. 过10-15分钟，用温水冲洗净.