What are they?
Don’t be confused – we are not talking about the stem cells, from humans or animals, used in the field of medicine.
Nor are we talking about live cells that are put in skin care products.
We are talking about cells that are taken from different parts of plants, either the leaf, shoot, stem or root. The cells are then cultured in a laboratory. It is the extracts from the end product that are used, not live stem cells.
Since the plant does not have to be harvested or destroyed there is no issue with sustainability.
Why are they better?
The end product is much purer because it is free of contaminates such as pesticides, fungi, heavy metals and other pollutants. Also, it is much more potent then in the raw state and has a higher dose of active ingredients.
Think of it as the difference between vitamins from food and in supplement form. In the supplement form you know exactly how much you are getting, useful if you are trying to address a problem which requires you to know the exact dose. You can’t rely on a portion of food to be so precisely quantified.
What is the role of stem cells in skin care products?
- They are used for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin-lightening and anti-aging properties (I will explain further in the next blog).
- These are some of the properties that combat skin aging from UV exposure, pollution etc. by helping to protect and develop healthier new cells – remember your skin renews itself every 35 days!
In my opinion – if you want to take your skin care regime to the next level, or you need to address a skin disease, you should be introducing products that contain extracts from stem cells.