Skin Care Ingredients – Stem Cells (in skin care products).

cellsSmallhorizWhat 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.

Call me to get more information on the best products for you to use  at home.

Skin Care Ingredients – Hyaluronic Acid

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.

  • A healthy connective tissue gives the skin its firmness, suppleness and turgor; as skin ages GAGs decrease.
  • As a humectant, it has an excellent water binding capability (1,000 times its own weight), hydrating and helping the skin retain moisture. When skin is well hydrated, wrinkles are reduced and become less prominent.
  • It also contributes to the elasticity or suppleness of the skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid enables manufacturers to use fewer emollients and lubricants therefore producing a product that is greaseless, easy to absorb and non comedogenic (does not create blackheads).
  • It has excellent healing properties as well as an antioxidant property, so protects the skin from the aging effects of sun exposure and other oxidative stress.

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.

In the clinic:

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.

At home:

OsmosisNewCroppedTwo products with Hyaluronic Acid that I carry in my clinic are:Ageless

  • IMAGEAgeless Pure Hyaluronic Filler is used daily as an adjunct to daily moisturizers. One drop is all you need for the face, neck and décolleté.
  • OSMOSISQuench plus is a moisturizer that contains both Hyaluronic acid and GAGs. A beautiful moisturizer, that hydrates and evens the skin tone. It has a very delicate scent of white grapefruit and bergamot.

 

 

 

If you want to learn more about this ingredient come in for a treatment!