Pearl Powder Power
Pearl Powder has been used by civilizations throughout history for its beauty, longevity and health properties. In China, the medical books of the Ming dynasty proclaimed it could be used to stimulate new skin growth and healing, release toxins and remove sun damage and age spots. It was highly valued by emperors and empresses for both its medicinal and cosmetic purposes. They used it topically in face masks as well as internally to nourish the skin, strengthen bones and organs, promote calmness and increase longevity and intelligence. In Ayurvedic medicine, it was traditionally used to increase general strength and health as well as for its anti-aging, adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is even documented that Cleopatra used pearl powder both internally and externally as part of her beauty regimen.
Modern day science can now confirm what the ancients knew innately, pearl powder has some serious superpowers.
Skin and Bone Regeneration
When it comes to skin and bone health, this oceanic adaptogen’s list of benefits is rather impressive. This is due to the fact that pearls contain a substance called nacre which is able to cause the regeneration of fibroblasts and osteoblasts, which are essential to the formation of new skin, collagen and bone tissue.
Fibroblasts are “builder stem cells” and stimulate rapid wound healing as well as the formulation of new skin cells and collagen cells, keeping skin youthful by increasing suppleness, tightening the skin and reducing sagging, wrinkles and sun damage.
Osteoblasts are the stem cells responsible for new bone formation and regrowth. During a 1992 study by the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France, researchers studied the osteogenic properties of nacre by placing nacre chips on a layer of human osteoblasts. They found that the osteoblasts that were near the nacre chips proliferated and then attached themselves to the chips. Even more incredible, the osteoblasts formed a complete sequence of new bone in the presence of nacre.
Supports the Liver and Skin
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, pearl is used to support the liver meridian. The liver rules the quality of skin and a clean liver is key in maintaining youthful skin. The liver is also the seat of anger. When the liver becomes toxic and stagnant it creates excess heat, which can cause skin redness and irritation as well as feelings of of irritability and anger. Pearl cools and calms the liver which results in clearer skin, reduced skin redness, an improved circulatory system (which feeds the skin), as well as more pleasant feelings.
Pearl powder is thought to increase lifespan by stimulating the production of various antioxidants and biochemicals that have a connection to increased longevity and overall health and wellness. In particular, its ability to boost antioxidant levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione, which are two of the most potent antioxidants in the body. SOD is an especially powerful antioxidant which aids in DNA protection and repair and helps to reverse many diseases. It combines with other nutrients to discourage a process called peroxidation, one of the most damaging types of aging in the body. It also aids in preventing the development of melanin, which is what creates freckles and other skin discolorations.
Many people find pearl powder to have a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body. This is because it elevates GABA levels in the brain and body. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter that is often deficient in people with chronic stress and anxiety. It also stimulates various receptors in the body related to serotonin production which is very helpful for mood support.
Rich in Nutrients
Pearl powder’s nutritional profile doesn’t disappoint. It’s the richest source of calcium on the planet (up to 80% by weight) and is absorbed twice as efficiently as conventional calcium supplements. It’s also abundant in trace minerals, which along with its calcium, are highly biocompatible with the body and stimulate new bone growth, increase mineralization and increase overall bone density.
Pearl powder is a complete protein, supplying all eight essential amino acids and providing a total of 20 amino acids. It also contains a complex protein called conchiolin which is what gives pearls their luminescent sheen. Conchiolin promotes healthy collagen production and has similar effects to keratin, which is one of the proteins found in skin and hair that is able to improve hydration, speed up cell metabolism, increase circulation and repair damaged cells. Conchiolin beautifies the skin by toning it and inhibiting melanin production for a more even skin tone.
• Applied directly to the skin, pearl powder minimizes pores and repairs damage.
• Reduces sagging, fine lines, wrinkles
• Reduces skin discoloration such as freckles, age spots and melasma.
• Moisturizes, nourishes and softens the skin.
• Reduces redness
• Improves elasticity
• Improves skin texture
• It makes an excellent exfoliator. Unlike other exfoliators, which can be abrasive and damage the skin, pearl powder has an extremely fine grain and can gently yet effectively remove dead skin cells for more glowing and radiant skin.
Agent Tips holi (water):
After cleansing your skin, add 3-5 pumps of h o l i ( w a t e r ) pearl and rose hyaluronic toner to the palm of your hand and gently pat your face, neck and décolleté to restore your skin’s brilliance. This hydrating serum uses pearl powder, along with organic plant extracts, precious minerals, and natural acid to instantly plump the skin, diminish the appearance of pores, stimulate collagen production, and gently remove expired cells, reviving the complexion and revealing an ageless, dewy glow. For unparalleled results, pair it with h o l i ( c ).
Agent Tips holi (youth):
Created to be used both internally and externally, h o l i ( y o u t h ) is an adaptogenic fusion of herbs and earth medicines that balance hormones, calms the mind, and minimizes inflammation. This blend harnesses the magic of the sea with a trio of spirulina, marine collagen, and pearl to harmonize the brain, while holy basil eases stress and regulates cortisol. Add 1 tablespoon to hot water, tea, a smoothie, or juice. You can also use this product as a face mask by mixing it with water. Just leave it on for 10 minutes to achieve a radiant glow.
***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA. WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST
By Jaclyn Sloan