Wellness Wednesday: Pearl-tastic Beauty

No longer reserved for classic necklaces and earrings, pearls are being utilized in a variety of interesting ways. While the notion of using this remarkable ingredient is nothing new (most things are cyclical if you think about it) it has been a popular ingredient used in health and wellness products lately.

You can find pearls on the ingredient list of powders, supplements, beauty products and more.

DSC_2625So what is it about pearls that would make us want to ingest them and spread all over our faces?

Well let’s first delve into where they come from. Pearls are formed inside oysters as some sort of defense mechanism. In a very simple explanation, when the oyster detects a foreign particle inside it’s shell it secretes the same nacre substance used to form it’s shell to cover the particle and over time this creates a pearl.

DSC_2620Pearls contain beneficial minerals including calcium, amino acids, protein and much more, all things that contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin. So it’s no wonder we think skin care and beauty when we think of all pearls have to offer.

I broke it down in MSF style with a top 5 list of benefits I found to be interesting and reason enough to consider dousing yourself with this gem of the sea.divider

Top 5 Benefits of Pearls

  1. Boosts collagen-the presence of pearl in the body boosts the production of collagen and coupled with skin lipids reduces the amount of moisture we lose through our skin.
  2. Antioxidant rich-pearls are a rich source of antioxidants, which can help eliminate free radicals and promote cell turnover.
  3. Skin renewal-polyacrylic acid present in pearls promotes blood circulation while taurine (an amino acid found in pearls) helps the regeneration of skin cells.
  4. Exfoliates-pearls contain enzymes that can aide in resurfacing or exfoliating the surface of our skin. Removing the dead skin cells and outer layer of skin helps product absorption and keeps skin looking fresh and feeling soft.
  5. Skin brightening-a natural way to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of sun spots and dark aging spots can be done with the help of an enzyme found in pearls which slows the production of the enzyme responsible for the production of excess melanin (skin pigment).divider

While applying crushed pearls to the skin has been done for centuries we can still incorporate this traditional practice into our modern day beauty routines by using products that spotlight this special ingredient.

I will report back once I’ve had some time to use the products I purchased with pearl.

I hope you are having a great first half of your week and are ready to end it with a bang! I will see you back here on Fit Friday for a savory simply fit recipe perfect for summer and a new YouTube video for MSF TV.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

<3 Megan

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