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This past week I was able to get together with my friends and fellow students and do some treatment swaps. We have added another person to our group – an traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturist who we met in the facial class a couple of weeks ago. Treatment swap days are always great! We all get a chance to give and receive treatments, generally facials but depending on who wants what, we do Qi drop, reflexology and reiki as well. This time we has a bit of acupuncture happening too!

Along with swapping treatments, there is a great deal of chatting that happens. While we do keep in touch via regular emails, we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like in person so there is always lots to catch up on. And there is lots of shop talk! Everyone is learning different things and finding different resources so there is lots to share and lots of questions to ask. One thing that came up this time was pearl powder – something the newest addition to our group mentioned. It sounded intriguing so I had to do some more research on it and find out more about it.

As the name suggests, it is made from pearls. The pearls are ground to a fine powder. Pearl powder has been used for centuries in Asia both for beauty and health. For skin care, it is reported to help with relieving redness with conditions like rosacea and to help with slowing the aging process of the skin. It can be mixed in creams, used as a mask, or used in the powder form with your makeup. Very versatile! When taken internally, it is said to help with stomach and digestive issues. Pearl powder is full of minerals and amino acids. It is also high in calcium.

I’m looking forward to trying this out and seeing what the results are!