If Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, what would Pearls be?

Pearls, perhaps to your surprise, could be one of your skin’s finest assets. The beautifying effects of pearls may go beyond skin deep. Of course, we are all familiar with the dramatic visual effects that pearl pigments or micas can have on our skin – giving us that instant, yet slightly dishonest, illusion of luminosity. But that’s not the type of pearl I’m referring to. I’m talking about the mother-of-pearl produced by oysters. Oysters secrete nacre as a means of protection against irritants such as sand that could get into its shell. It is within this nacre, that wonderful anti-aging properties can be unleashed. Containing a wealth of essential amino acids and minerals, pearl nacre may promote cell renewal and regeneration, which is vital to maintain youthful skin complexions. While the true bioactive potential of pearl nacre is yet to be scientifically quantified, pearl has been an age-old secret amongst Chinese women for thousands of years. The Empress Dowager of China during the Qing Dynasty was known to apply it topically and ingest it daily. She had a complexion sooo perfect, that she was the envy of all her subjects. Even GG’s Queen Bee, Blair Waldorf should take notes!

I must warn you though – there are pearl creams that may actually be harmful to your skin. Make sure you purchase your pearl cream from a reputable brand. Pearls that are not screened for heavy metal contamination can wreak havoc on your skin.

Reported skin benefits from pearl include: reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firming and smoothing the skin, reducing blemishes and improving overall brightness and tone. Pearl is in my secret anti-aging beauty arsenal, what’s in yours?

Some of my favorite products containing pearl include: Bliss The Youth as We Know it Serum*, My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask

Until next time, bye for now dolls!

Yours truly,

  1. *I have worked on the development of this product during my employment at Bliss. Please note that I am not compensated by the company in any way to review the product. As always, my reviews reflect only my true and honest opinions. For more information, please take a look at the full disclaimer.

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  • http://www.sinoveda.com Nuzhat Tam-Zaman

    Hi Connie,

    Pearls sure are my best friend. That was wonderful and I think you have captured the facts about pearls very nicely! Just wanted to add that Cleopatra was said to add the most precious “natural” pearls (as they were not cultured in those days) into vinegar,( where they would of course turn into Ca-acetates, same as in our Pearlium) and drink it. This was her secret to her unparallel beauty.

    Good job!

  • http://foundherselfinphotographs.blogspot.com Gemma

    Wow at the above comment on Cleopatra, I need me some magic pearl juice! xx

  • http://www.mommymodernista.com.hk Olivia

    Hi Connie,

    I love this article! And, I’m using the My Beauty Diary Mask in Berry Yogurt and the Cherry Blossom one, but now I know which one I should get next!

    Keep up the good work, love the site!

    Love, O.

  • http://www.thebeautynerd.com Connie

    Thanks so much for all your comments! Yes, pearls should really be applied topically and taken internally. Not only is it good for your skin, when taken internally, but it is rich in calcium as well. Check out these calcium supplements derived from pearls @ http://www.sinoveda.com.

    Re: My Beauty Diary Mask – wow, I have recently discovered these masks and am amazed at how my skin feels afterwards! I am totally hooked!

  • Yun TAM

    Hi Connie,

    A very well written article. The point about potential heavy metal contamination is real and our environment is not getting cleaner. One should also point out Pearl contains more than 90% of calcium carbonate and other minerals which are not soluble. This is why Cleopatra mixed pearl with vinegar. Vinegar has the ability to turn calcium and other elements in Pearl into their respective absorbable forms, thus maximizing the effects of Pearl. Whoever taught her to consume pearl this way was quite smart.