Marine treasure, pearls, can go beyond just beautifying us in the form of jewellery. In its crushed form, the consumption of pearl powder benefits our well-being in more ways than one
Many of us love pearls for their lustre out that the same lustre and shine can be emulated on our skin and hair, too, merely by consuming them. Pearl powder, which is nothing but crushed pearls, is considered to be the purest and the most readily available source of calcium. Nowadays, there is renewed interest in its use, not only in skincare but also for healthcare purposes.
Nidhi Panda, Ayurveda wellness coach, Thriive Art & Soul, says, “Conchiolin is a protein in pearl that promotes healthy collagen production, which gives your skin that glowing appearance. In fact, it is like keratin – a protein found in your skin and hair – that helps improve cell metabolism, increase circulation and repair damaged cells.”
Calling pearls powder a “potent antioxidant”, Rashi Behel Mehra, beauty expert and founder, Alanna, explains how it works. “It enhances the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the strongest antioxidant enzymes in the body, and also reduces peroxidation, one of the most destructive ageing processes in the body,” she says.
Across countries and cultures, pearls powder has been used in traditional medicines and wellness rituals since centuries. “In Ayurveda, pearls powder is usually processed with rose water and lemon juice and is used in various disorders where heat plays an important of mania, psychosis and depression,” says Pandya.
While pearl powder has been used as part of Ayurvedic medicine in the Indian subcontinent, it was used by royalty in Egypt and China as a part of their beauty regimen. “Cleopatra, the last Queen of Egypt and Wu Zetian, the only woman in Chinese history to ever attain the title of empress, were famed for their use of pearl powder to attain beautiful skin and maintain its youthful appearance,” says Pooja Nagdev, aromatherapist, cosmetologist ad founder, Inatur.
She further adds, “ In Philippines, from pre-colonial times, selected youths called Binukot used pearl powder on their face to make skin look more pale and firm. “Adding to its list of benefits, Dr Saurabh Shah, dermatologist, Bhatia Hospital says, “The patients who are prescribed pearl powder are the elderly with weak bones, youngsters who want treatments of acne and middle-aged people who want to have a youthful glowing skin.”
Common benefit of pearl powder:
It promotes the regeneration of new skin cells, increases collagen levels that help smoothen and strengthen the skin, while improving its elasticity and radiance.
It is perfect for all skin types as it contains proteins, vitamins and is a rich source of amino acids. It helps in resolving skin inflammation and promotes healing.
It aids in preventing hyperpigmentation by slowing down the melanin production in the skin. Which causes freckles and dark patches. It helps avoid skin wrinkling, sagging and dullness.
It assists in absorbing oil and skin impurities, in filtering of UV rays and reducing sun damage. Its antimicrobial properties help remove blotches, acne, acne scarring, dry patches and rosacea.
It acts as a cardiac tonic and helps control high blood pressure.
It helps to relieve diarrhoea with bleeding, and such other bleeding disorders, excessive burning sensation, gastritis and certain type of fevers
It has at least 30 trace minerals, along with calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, silica ad selenium, which are needed for healthy hormones and a strong immune system.
It contains amino acids, including essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own, and needs for optimal health.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
Those who are hypercalcaemic or have high calcium levels in their body, should stay away from consuming pearl powder. Doing so can aggravate their condition. Very young kids, too, should not be fed pearl powder. Furthermore, Dr Rinky Kapoor, cosmetic dermatologist and dermato-surgeon. The Esthetic Clinics suggests those with following conditions to avoid taking pearl powder.
People who have kidney stones
People with allergic constitution
High body fluid contents.