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mikayla
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Traditional Beauty: Pearl Powder
This is a method I learned from my mom. Her co-worker introduced her to this homemade pearl powder mask which helps maintain and achieve youthful, beautiful skin. In order to test, if it's true I did some research and actually tested it on myself, but before I share the recipe, here's what you need to know about pearl powder.
Pearl powder is a ancient delicacy made from freshwater pearls (not the faux pearls necklace). In Chinese history, Empress Wu Zetian was famed for her use of pearl powder to maintain and achieve youthful, beautiful skin.

How does it work?

Pearl powder contains calcium, protein, high source of amino acid that helps ease skin inflammation, promotes healing, and enhances skin elasticity. In addition, it aids in absorbing oil and skin impurities and helps prevent skin discoloration by slowing down the melanin production in the skin. Currently, it's mainly used for acne care (scarring and rosacea) and to increase collagen (skin elasticity) level.

How to use?

There are several methods to use it. In the past, it was incorporated in one's beauty diet but I will pass on that. Instead, we are going to use it topically.

1. Use it as a mask

For anti-aging: Make paste by adding pearl powder to yogurt, milk or honey. Apply the mixture on the face for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.
To heal acne: Mix a portion of pearl powder to a beaten egg white, two drops of lemon juice and a quarter of a teaspoon of raw honey. Apply on face for 20 minutes and rinse with water.

2. Mix it with your mineral foundation

This ingredient helps with oil control and I like the idea that it evens out my skin ton and add some radiance. If you do not use foundation, you can use a brush and lightly buff it on your skin as a translucent powder to minimize the appearance of pores.
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I've seen a lot of pre-made masks with pearl powder. Probably not as good as the real thing, but rather than buying it online first you could try those cheaper alternatives to see if you like it :)
So if I use it alone as a translucent powder would it make my face look too pale?
Is this effective for anti-aging? I've been getting lots of wrinkles around my eyes and my friend has been telling me that non-stop -_-