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Does Simengdi Bio Gold Pearl cream really work?

Jodoll asks…My mother bought me Simengdi Bio-Gold pearl Cream from China, telling me its what everyone uses and its really popular over there. In Canadian dollars, she bought one jar for 30 bucks. That is pretty expensive for creams, especially in China! Do you know if this cream really works?

The Left Brain replies:

According the information I could track down on this product, Simengdi Bio-Gold is indeed very popular, in fact one source described it as “the most famous skin care brand” in China. Here’s what the website says about Bio-Gold Pearl cream.

Bio-Gold: Beauty Science or BS?

  • It effectively lightens and/or removes spots, reduces wrinkles and moisturizes skin.
  • It is rich in BioGold (what ever that is), Pearl amino acids, and Ganoderma which has been described as the King of Herbs and the Gods Herb in the East.
  • Today, scientists have proof that Ganoderma can provide relief for acne, fine lines, age spots and the sun damaged skin.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this cream is a decent moisturizer that can moisturize skin and even help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But when I read the claim that scientists have “proof” that Ganoderma is good for acne, etc., I became suspicious, so I did some more digging.

Ganoderma (from the Latin for “shining skin”) is actually a type of mushroom not an herb. And while it does have some interesting medicinal properties when ingested I could not find any reports on Pubmed indicating it has benefit to the skin what so ever. The closest reference I could find did prove that Ganoderma has antibacterial properties, which at first glance gave me hope that it could be effective against acne. However, according to the study, it is only against gram negative bacteria where as the bacteria that causes acne (p. acnes) is gram positive.

The Beauty Brains bottom line

Does this cream work? Sure, it looks like a good moisturizer. But I can’t find evidence that it provides any benefit that would make it worth more than a regular, much less expensive, skin cream.

What do you think? Have you know anyone who’s used this product? Leave a comment and share your thoughts with the rest of the Beauty Brains community.

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  • karmapolice January 17, 2014, 4:02 am

    it really works especially due to the pearl powder and gold particles-it really toned my skin which was the effect i was interested in the first place

    • Bv October 19, 2015, 10:23 pm

      Does it work on dark spot and sun damage ? the seller claim it very work!!
      Especially lightening the skin.

  • Christine April 21, 2017, 10:53 am

    I’m used to using good quality creams (R&F) & tried La Mer so I thought it was neat that it’s made of “infant” freshwater pearls and other herbs etc. So far, been using it 1M and skin is very hydrated and glowing (I live in a dry area). I’m happy with it for the cost.

  • Rose April 30, 2017, 9:15 pm

    Hi –
    Can anyone tell me how much is it and which website can I buy from? Because I found some websites sell them really expensive but some are so cheap!
    Thanks for your help

  • Nora May 26, 2017, 6:43 pm

    I have dry skin, I have tried all kind of creams and still have dry itching skin specially around the forehead, I recently went to China and stopped at the pearl factory and bought the cream at a very low price to try out, now I can’t live without it, my face feels soft and the dryness and itching has gone away

  • Bronwyn July 17, 2017, 6:41 am

    I recently went to China and bought both the night and day cream at the pearl factory. I have only been using it for a few weeks but already i see an improvement in my skin, it is more hydrated, smoother and my lines are softened. I will be sending for more.

  • Doug Lee July 29, 2017, 11:27 pm

    My wife and I bought the cream during our tour in China. I don’t know about the claim of removing spots or wrinkle but it certainly is an excellent moisturizing cream superior to other moisturizers from Revlon and Nutrametic I have used (from my wife’s collection). We live in Canberra, Australia. The climate here in winter is very cold and very dry.
    The effect of using the cream is very noticeable within a couple of weeks. My soles used to crack and wear holes in bed sheets. They are now soft and supple from the use of the pearl cream twice a day.

  • Genie Miller September 2, 2017, 11:40 am

    I have used Simengdi gold pearls for 3 months and I am absolutely thrilled with how my skin looks, definitely smoother, softer, brown spots are gone. Best product I have ever used!!

  • Glenn anderson May 14, 2018, 7:53 pm

    I haveused the cream on some persistent dry areas on my arms caused by the sun.
    most remedies I tried never healed the area dryness returned next day.
    brought this cream on a china trip magic healed the dry area no flakimg or raised skin since using it.
    also brought relief from itchey skin