But do Korean Beauty products featuring pearl actually work and who should use them?
What began as a popular cosmetic ingredient in China hundreds of years ago spread to a wide variety of skincare products.
Pearl extract is a made from the powder of the pearls themselves. If you’re wondering why not all beauty products featuring pearl are as expensive as the rocks themselves the answer is simple – pearl products come in a range of grades and varieties. The ones in skincare products are suited to the individual price points of the products.
Pearls are made up of a variety of polysaccharides, proteins, minerals and proteins. Many of these are also beneficial for the skin. In terms of the cosmetic benefits of products containing pearls, they may offer:
Pearl extract can offer oil control benefits, preventing clogging of the pores and assisting to keep pesky pimples at bay.
The antioxidants in pearls may also assist to reduce free radicals in the skin. This plays a role in preventing skin damage and promoting cell turnover. Taurine, an amino acid solution in pearls can assist to regenerate skin skin cells, and the polyacrylic acid solution within pearls can work to nourish skin.
Pearl extracts may assist to eliminate contaminants from the skin and work as an exfoliant to clear impurities. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that can decrease the redness caused by acne and inflammation.
Pearl extract brightens skin because it contains light-reflecting crystals made of guanine and hypoxanthine.
With pearl-infused K-Beauty products exploding in popularity you’ll find pearl in everything from brightening face masks, to eye patches, creams and more.
Our K-Beauty favourites?
Lindsay All-in-One Pearl Modeling Mask – from Lindsay’s popular rubber mask collection, this build-your-own pearl brightening mask moulds itself to your face and works to infuse skin with brightening and moisturising benefits.
Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Marine Collagen Micro Cleansing Water– This fragrance-free, paraben-free cleansing water gently whisks away impurities from your skin with hydrolyzed pearl extracts, marine collagen and fermented yeast. It leaves skin feeling hydrated, brightened and toned.
Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Facial Cleansing Foam – this divine pearl-based cleansing foam is perfect to use as the second step in your double cleanse. It helps to thoroughly remove any leftover residue after your oil cleansing step.
Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Divine Pearl Cleansing Oil– This luxuriously smooth cleansing oil features Korean pearl extract, which gently massages the skin and clears pores at the deepest level, as well as removing waterproof lip and eye makeup.
"Pearl extract can offer oil control benefits, preventing clogging of the pores and assisting to keep pesky pimples at bay."- STYLE STORY
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