Education, Wellness / Self-Care

Can Pearl-infused Skincare actually improve Skin elasticity?

Gemstones make the world and skin better.

words by: Natasha Marsh
May 26, 2022

The skincare industry loves to infuse products with semi-precious metals like gold or silver. And while most gemstones can be used for the ears, necks and body, you can slather just anything on your face. However, if you are going in that direction, we suggest using pearl-infused products. Used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, pearls have tons of benefits that nourish and hydrate the skin and face. Ahead, we break down this under the radar gemstone.


What are the benefits of pearl-infused skincare?

Extracted from the inside of oyster and mussel shells, pearls have a very high concentration of amino acids, trace minerals, and calcium that work to improve the overall health of the skin. Used as a topical product, pearl-infused skincare products can help with acne scaring and filling in fine lines. In addition, it can stimulate the skin to produce collagen and encourage cell turnover—leaving skin fresh, bright, and rejuvenated.


Due to the high levels of amino acid, pearls help boost collagen with its cell repairing and skin barrier-strengthening properties. Not to mention, it’s packed with magnesium and calcium to hydrate the skin, balance oil production, and improve cell turnover.


With just a couple of uses, infusing pearls can improve the skin’s overall appearance of redness and inflammation by buffing away dead skin cells and buildup—revealing more radiant, healthy skin. Lastly, it targets pigmentation concerns, like hyperpigmentation.


Okay, so can everyone use this technique and get the benefits?

Short answer: Yes. Pearl-infused skincare can be used on all skin types and tones and will benefit in very different ways. For oily or acne-prone skin, pearl is used to balance sebum production (the very thing that creates acne) and reduce breakouts. If used on dull or dry skin, it works wonders for removing dead cell buildup, improving hydration, and creating an overall more luminous complexion.


Doctors often suggest staying clear of it if you have a calcium allergy as pearl has a high content of calcium and using it could potentially trigger a reaction. However, if you don’t have an allergy, it could be a great asset in your routine. One that is calming, refreshing and hydrating.


So how do I use it to get the benefits?

It’s important first to know your skin type and the specific needs you’d like pearl to tackle. Once you know that, you can plan your skincare routine accordingly. If you have redness appearing on your skin, you can use a pearl-infused mask weekly or a daily moisturizer to soothe skin and leave it looking and feeling bright. Dull skin can benefit from a gentle exfoliant by removing buildup and revealing luminous skin.


It’s also possible to make your own pearl-infused skincare product. Simply add pearl powder to your existing products (face masks, moisturizers, and serums), but avoid mixing it with acids—they will dissolve the pearls.


Two easy ways to improve skin elasticity is to remember to wear sunscreen daily and add hyaluronic acid to your routine.


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