There’s a new buzz word in the beauty industry, and it has to do with stem cells. For those who are worried about wrinkles, fine lines, crows feet and all the other external signs of aging, there’s a new remedy! Serums, creams and lotions containing stem cells.
What is a Stem Cell?
- Essentially a “blank cell”
- A stem cell is capable of becoming another more differentiated cell type in the body, such as a skin cell, a muscle cell, or a nerve cell
How does a Stem Cell work to reduce wrinkles?
- A stem cell can be used to replace or even heal damaged tissues and cells in the body
- A stem cell can serve as a built-in repair system for the human body, replenishing other cells as long as a person is still alive
Stem Cells have been showing up in many different eye serums recently, so we did some research to find out just when and where stem cells started making their rounds into skin care. In fact, we found out that all skin companies use the same ingredient, Swiss apple stem cells, in their emulsions.
This mind blowing research was originally intended to help burn victims heal, and while that research still continues, more and more luxury creams are utilizing this research to heal wrinkles.
How did Stem Cells transition to the skin care?
- Amatokin was the first product manufacturer to use this ingredient mix, which was said to be started at Voss Laboratories
- Amatokin was well received and way ahead of the curve as far as skin treatments
- Years later, many companies have followed their lead
Many of the anti-aging serums that use stem cell technology use the stem cells of Swiss apples. More information will come later as this is certainly one segment of the skin care market that is worth watching.
Products that contain Stem Cells include:
- Biologic Stem Cell Therapy for Deep Wrinkles by BioLogic
- Lancôme ‘Absolue Precious Cells’ Advanced Regenerating & Reconstructing Cream
The verdict is still out as to whether or not stem cell based creams work, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of stem cells in creams and serums. So what makes these creams so controversial? Much of the controversy comes down to the type of stem cells being harvested and where the stem cells are being harvested from. The public seems more responsive to using adult skin cells than to embryonic cells. And the stem cells that are harvested from plants vs. actual human skin are also more accepted.
The reality is that your skin naturally regenerates itself in a very slow process, and that process is prolonged as you age. Your skin cells can only divide a certain number of times before they are lost. Therefore, as you grow older your skin regenerates itself less and less, and wrinkles are formed. By applying new regenerative cells the amount of cells available to regenerate is increased dramatically and your skin actually programs these cells. This process rapidly speeds the healing process of wrinkles and allows for much faster regeneration and as a result your skin can do so more often, keeping wrinkles away.