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“Tests for transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and evaluations of the skin surface hydration of test subjects showed that pearl powder has a satisfactory moisturizing effect on skin and that P-mu has a distinctly stronger moisturizing effect than P-w. The three pearl powder products can also significantly reduce the activation of tyrosinase and free radicals.” Source Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2010 Mar-Apr;61(2):133-45.

Pearl powder is a finely milled powder made from freshwater pearls or saltwater pearls. The powder contains a number of amino acids and several minerals. It is featured in many asian beauty products to brighten the skin and minimize pore size.

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