Plant stem cells in skin care are among the latest breakthroughs, with encouraging potential to help address common concerns associated with aging skin. Plant stem cells are a very exciting development in skin care and unlike human stem cells, there is no ethical or legal argument against using them in cosmetics.
Plant stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are found in the meristems of plants. They are able to divide in order to produce more stem cells, and can also become specialized cells. After injury, these stem cells help to stimulate and regenerate tissue to repair damage in a plant.
1. How Stem Cells Are Cultivated
Plant stem cells are usually made in labs where they’re held in controlled conditions without interference from pesticides, pollution or other environmental concerns. This ensures the extracted stem cells are as pure as can be.
2. How Plant Stem Cells Work
Plant stem cells are not the actual living stem cells, but rather what is found inside them (a.k.a. the extracts). The plant stem cells in skincare products aren’t technically alive, but that doesn’t mean they’re not helpful. In fact, they help offer the many positive visible effects of antioxidants, such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and temporary redness. Overall, plant stem cells can potentially help produce a healthier-looking complexion.
3. Which Plants Are Used
A large variety of plants are used in extracting plant stem cells. Apples, tomatoes, flowers like lilacs, berries, algae, grape seeds and ginger are among the vegetation that provide plant stem cells. Many of them usually have different benefits. For example, ginger stem cell extracts have exhibited a sort of “mattifying effect” that helps pores look smaller. The stem cell extracts from a rare Swiss apple called the Uttwiler Spätlauber have been shown effective against the appearance of eye wrinkles.
4. How are Plant Stem Cells Used in Skin Care Products
In skin care products, an extract of the plant stem cells is used, rather than the actual cells, as the cells would be dead by the time they hit the skin and have no effect. In order for them to be effective, these extracts need to be in a formula that is water soluble and has a low pH, since the extracts are naturally acidic.
Benefits of Using Plant Stem Cells for Skin Care
The use of plant stem cells in skin care was originally studied in Switzerland, using the stem cells from Swiss apples. Findings show that plant stem cell extracts may be effective in fighting the signs of aging. It is important to note, however, that the benefits of plant stem cells come from the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are found in the extracts – not because plant stem cells are regenerative. Even if active plant stem cells were directly applied to the skin, they would not be able to repair and regenerate human skin as they would plants. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are still great for protecting against damaging free radicals and preventing fine lines and wrinkles.