Don’t be fooled, not all ingredients aid in helping your skin. From starting a skin care blog, backed up by Research + Science, i have learned about a few ingredients that have shown little scientific support, and/or are just trendy. The list will be updated as i learn more, but feel free to provide me with feed back. This page aims to provide information about skin care ingredients to the general public, with no knowledge on how to read a scientific journal. Most scientific journals are not accessible to the public, but since i am a student of science, i have access to them provided by my university! As such, i will provide a summary of the findings of each article, and link them in-text. Additionally, most online articles recommended will be a simple and easy read!
Look out for these stars for interesting reads (not necessarily scientific journal articles, but still good information)!
Evidence for this ingredient are only anecdotal, used by marketing strategies to ‘con’ the public. Pearl effects has been generalised to the public due to ancient Chinese tales. Previously in history, it was believed that the women of Asia crushed FRESH water pearls to retain their youth, and to brighten their skin. Organisations and marketing companies have taken this ancient claim, and have tried to reclaim it in contemporary society.
In drug store products (and some high end), the ingredient you will most likely see is Hydrolyzed Pearls, rather than Natural Pearl Powder. Natural Pearl Powder and Hydrolyzed Pearls are two separate ingredients.
There are limited studies that show the effects of pearl powder in skin care ingredients to brighten & lighten the skin ( Tong, Gu, Zhu & Zhao, 1988). However, even generalising this claim into modern day skincare is skeptical. This study found results of whitening and brightening, but findings were not significant ( laymen terms: the study needs to be improved). In regards to Hydrolyzed Pearls (scientifically derived from pearl), individuals would believe that Hydrolyzed Pearls and Natural Pearl Powder are the same thing. If the claims for Natural Pearl Powder are limited, then Hydrolyzed Pearls are non existent. Simply put, there has not been any research done on Hydrolyzed Pearls in regards to skincare.