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.
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.
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.
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance found in connective tissue and in the synovial fluid of joints. It is a component of glycosamininoglycans GAGs, a mucopolysaccharide. You may be familiar with GAGs if you take glucosamine condroitin plus GAG supplements for your joints. It is most abundant in connective tissue in the dermis of skin.
In my opinion, it should either be used as a standalone product, along with your daily moisturizer, or be one of the first 3 ingredients in that moisturizer. If it is at the bottom of the ingredient list it is not going to be as efficient.
I have been using Hylauronic Acid for almost to 2 decades in every skin treatment that I perform for the hydrating and healing benefits. In the last seven years, I have been using it as an add on treatment with Ultrasound to make it penetrate further into the dermis.
Two products with Hyaluronic Acid that I carry in my clinic are: