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www.wvo.om7ChinesePearlsPearlswerefirstnotedinChineseliterature4000yearsago.WhenitwasfoundthatthetemperatureandsalinityinthevastwaterwaysinthesouthofChinawereidealforfarm-ingoystersandmusselscleverwatermendevelopedatechniqueforculturingpearls.Withmoderntechniquesculturedmarineoystersproduceonetotwopearlsatatimebutmusselsgrowninfreshwatercanproduceseveraldozen.Thatiswhyfreshwaterpearlsarelessexpensivethantheirsaltwatercousins.Marinepearlsarethelargerclassicwhiteorcreampearlsfromoysterswhiledependinguponthetypeofmusselfreshwaterpearlscomeinvariouspastelshadesofwhiteblackpinkpeachlavenderplumpurpleandtangerine.FinelymilledpearlpowderorzhenzhufenisapreparationofcrushedpearlsusedintraditionalChinesemedicine.AccordingtohistorystageartistsintheTangDynastybeganusingpearlpowderontheirfaceswhenputtingonmakeup.ThispracticespreadtowomeninhighsocietyincludingtheEmpressDowageroftheChingDynasty.Sheandwomenusingpearlpowderfoundthatitresultedinimprovedcomplexionsofterskinandamoreyouthfulappearance.IpeArlessenceregenerAtingnigHtcreAMAsilkyrichemollientfor-tifiedwithChineseherbsandluxuriouspurepearlpowdertorefreshandnourishtheskin.Naturalbotanicalsandantioxi-dantspromotesupplesmoothskininaneasilyabsorbedandvelvetysoysesameandavocadobase.Treatyourselflikeroyaltyandexperienceresilientsmoothandradiantskin.TheChineseEmpressWuZetianregularlyusedpurepearlcreamonherskin.Whensheascendedthethronein690ADattheageof65WuZetiansbeau-tyhadbecomelegendaryandherskinwassaidtobeasradiantasthatofayoungwoman.RCN1fl.Oz.29.95