DIY Pearl Masks: 3 Steps to Skin Like an Empress

Do you want radiant skin? Then, add pearl powder to your skincare routine to nab that elusive glow. Pearl powder has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine to lighten and brighten skin. Even the ancients added pearl powder to their masks and serums.

In 624 AD, the Chinese Empress Wu Zetian also discovered the powers of pearl powder first-hand. According to acupuncturist Evelyn Clarke, the empress used pearl powder to maintain her flawless complexion well into her 60s.

“She took pearl powder daily as a medicine and applied [the powder] to her skin,” Clarke says. “When she ascended the throne at 65 years old, her beauty had become legendary, and her skin was said to be as radiant as a young woman.”

Today, however, pearl powder is no longer reserved for royalty. You can also add it to your skincare routine.

Learn more about pearl powder below, or skip to Clarke’s homemade pearl mask recipe.

Pearl Powder: The Science

So, what are the benefits of pearl powder?

First, pearls contain potent minerals that keep skin healthy and radiant. For instance, the powder contains trace minerals, calcium, and amino acids, improving skin tone and speeding skin cell turnover, says Healthline.

According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Blog 5erenity², pearl powder is used to calm inflammation, purify, and lighten the skin.

Western science also recognizes the benefits of pearl powder. For instance, in 2019, Healthline reported that pearl powder “can help the body create antioxidants and fend off free radicals.”

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Pearl powder also boosts collagen production to keep skin looking smooth, firm, and young.

Pearl Powder: The Research

According to Clarke, pearl powder may also calm redness, improve skin texture, and minimize the appearance of pores. In addition, pearl powder contains over 30 immunity-enhancing trace minerals and proteins, including silica, conchiolin, selenium, copper and iron. Together, these nutrients strengthen, hydrate, and brighten the skin.

Other research suggests pearl powder also improves mental health. For example, pearl powder contains magnesium, which increases the body’s GABA levels to fight depression, anxiety, and insomnia, says Healthline.

Pearl-Enriched Skin Care

So, why not add pearl powder to your health and beauty routine? All you need is some pearl powder, pearl cream, and a pearl mask. See the product recommendations below, and follow the links to learn more.

1. Pearl Powder

Moon Juice Beauty Food: Pearl 10:1 Concentrated Extract, $48

Moon Juice Beauty Food pearl powder for masks and smoothies
Moon Juice Beauty Food Pearl 10:1 Concentrated Extract

Improve your skin and health with Moon Juice’s Beauty Food health supplement. This powder contains pearl extract and minerals to smooth wrinkles, improve elasticity, brighten skin, and strengthen your hair and nails.

So, add a scoop to your smoothies or mix a half teaspoon into your nighttime moisturizer. Another idea? Combine a pearl mask with a peach mask to double your glow.

2. Pearl Mask

Now, add a pearl powder mask to your skincare routine. You can buy a luminizing pearl mask or make a DIY pearl powder mask at home. You can also apply a banana mask after your pearl mask to double the radiance.

Klavuu’s White Pearlsation Enriched Divine Pearl Serum Mask, $9, $36

Klavuu’s White Pearlsation Mask

Klavuu’s White Pearlsation mask is a K-Beauty fan favorite. The White Pearlsation line includes a mask, serum, moisturizer, and color-correcting primer that leave skin silky and fresh. These products contain seaweed, pearl extract, and antioxidants to nourish, brighten, and hydrate your skin.

See here for a step-by-step guide to using Klavuu’s White Pearlsation line.

Evelyn Clarke’s DIY Pearl Powder Mask: 3-Step Recipe

You can also try Evelyn Clarke’s homemade pearl powder mask to enhance your results. Just gather the items below to begin.

DIY Pearl Mask: Ingredients

  • 1-2 teaspoons of pearl powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of water, milk, or egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1-3 drops of your favorite essential oils (e.g., carrot seed, Argan, lemon, sandalwood, tamanu, amyris)


  • First, combine all ingredients to make a paste.
  • Next, apply the mixture to clean skin for 20 minutes.
  • Then, rinse and follow with serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

3. Pearl Cream

DNA Repair Cream With Crushed Pearl, $97 (Was $125)

Dr. Jennifer Bradley: DNA repair cream with crushed pearl to boost radiance and fight aging
DNA Cream With Crushed Pearl by Dr. Jennifer Bradley

Next, apply Jennifer Bradley’s DNA repair cream, which acts like a moisturizer but feels silky like a serum. This cream uses telomeres technology and contains over 30 minerals that hydrate, repair, and restore skin’s youthful appearance.

Also, see the cheaper options below.

Wonderskin Purevoc All Day Glow Eye Cream, $27.63

Wonderskin Purevoc Cream

This pearl cream brightens skin and lightens under-eye circles to make you glow again. For instance, Purevoc contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, and other nutrients that boost radiance, blur imperfections, and lock in moisture. Apply the cream morning and night, and you’ll see results in two to four weeks.

Final Thoughts

So, add pearl powder to your health and beauty routine to get a dewy glow. Apply a pearl mask, a pearl serum and moisturizer, and then sip a pearl powder smoothie. Use the mask at least once per week for best results. You’ll see results in about two to four weeks with regular use.

Now, you’ll feel like an empress with your silky skin.

Cover photo credit: JAlcaraz / Getty Images via Canva

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