Japanese pearl powder comes from Akoya saltwater oysters. Akoyas are rare because they are sensitive to water quality and do not survive in polluted environments. In contrast, freshwater pearls are more abundant, because they come from easier-to-breed mussels rather than oysters.
Pure Akoya pearl powder is among the safest cosmetics. It is made by fine-powdering the hand-polished nacre, without hydrolyzing, nano-sizing or any chemical processing. The average size of the powder is 2-3 microns in diameter, as fine as top-quality cosmetic powders.
Japanese Akoyas produce a pearl nacre with superior luster, iridescence and overall quality, a fact well-known to all gemologists.
Japanese Akoyas account for less than 2% of the world market, with production coming from one of three ecologically sensitive seaside bays in Japan: Ago Bay in Mie prefecture, Omura Bay in Nagasaki prefecture, and Uwajima Bay in Southern Shikoku island.
Benefits for Skin
Akoya pearl powder's benefits come from its abundance of calcium, magnesium, and iron, plus conchiolin, a remarkable protein composed of 17 skin-loving amino acids.
Conchiolin hydrates the skin, rebuilds collagen and increases skin’s barrier action for retaining moisture. It also tones skin and inhibits melanin production.
Plus, Akoya pearl powder is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
Below is a brief list of pearl powder benefits for skin:
- Collagen Boost: Enhances skin's collagen production.
- Cell Repair: Aids in repairing damaged skin cells.
- Tone Improvement: Lightens skin tone and diminishes blemishes.
- Age-Defying: Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
- Oil Control: Manages oil and shine effectively.
- Pore Minimizer: Leads to smoother skin by reducing pore size.
How to Use
Akoya pearl powder is versatile. You can also use as a facial mask, or apply it with a brush as a subtle highlighter or translucent mineral setting/finish powder. It also mixes well with almost all powders, oils, creams, lotions and other cosmetics.
1. Apply as Facial Mask
You can mix Akoya pearl powder into your favorite recipe. Below is a sample:
- Take 2 grams of pearl powder.
- Add 2 tsp of wheat powder or rice bran powder (if you like gluten-free).
- Add 3 tsp of water, milk or soy milk.
- Add honey, or moisturizing oil as you prefer.
- Mix well. Apply to face for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
2. Apply as Highlighter
Enhance your favorite features. Akoya pearl powder, though it looks white, is not just white-colored powder. It has soft hues which shift subtly from direct to side views.
- Apply a small amount of powder with a highlighter brush or a Q-tip.
- Go slow and keep layering till you get the effect you like.
3. Apply as Setting/Finish Powder
Match the tint of your makeup, blur fine lines, and control oil and shine. Akoya pearl powder is super-fine (2-3 microns), which gives you the ability to apply it translucent.
- Brush on a small amount over foundation as a setting powder
- Apply over makeup as a finishing powder
4. Mix with Cleanser, Moisturizer, Sunscreen, or Cosmetics
- Take one scoop of pearl powder (about 0.1 grams)
- Place onto your palm
- Add your favorite moisturizer, cream or cosmetic
- Mix well and apply to face, neck, hands, and body
If using with soap or cleanser, wash and rinse as usual.