What’s all the Hype About with stem cells in skincare?

If you haven’t noticed, stem cells in skincare are a really big deal right now and it’s not going away anytime soon. In an attempt to ride the wave, skincare companies have started including stem cells into their products to deliver some intense anti-aging benefits. While these products are accompanied by claims about the wonders of stem cells for your skin, how much of this hype is backed by scientific research? Do stem cells really work? Can they really make you look younger?

The reason why you’re seeing stem cells in your skin care products? Stem cells naturally have antioxidant properties and they nourish skin cells which promotes cell turnover and increases collagen production. These extracts are often rich in antioxidants and may provide growth factors to help renew and repair – it’s no wonder skin care companies are investing millions into stem cells!

Let’s break it down!

Plant Stem Cells vs Human Stem Cells: The Differences

Many companies that claim to have stem cells in their products, actually mean Botanical – or plant based ingredients. The most popular being the uttwiler spätlauber apple which are world renown for lasting longer than any apple.

But the problem is, plant stem cells are not accepted by the human body. 

Human stem cells originate from two main sources: adult body tissues and embryos. Human stem cells provide what our physical bodies need like collagen, elastin, or any human growth factors! Plant and Human stem cells simply don’t have the same biochemical processes! Plant stem cells can be used as amazing antioxidants and can also be hydrating, but the body will not accept a plant stem cell in the same way as it would accept a human stem cell.

Both plant and human stem cell types possess the ability to self-renew and replace specific cells in need of repair. Unfortunately, the reparative effects of stem cells are limited to its own species; plant stem cells cannot repair and replace human tissue!

The Real Ingredients

Stem cells in skincare usually don’t contain living plant stem cells but instead plant stem cell extracts. Stem cells can’t live for weeks just sitting on a shelf, and the molecular structure is not compatible with human skin. It can’t change the DNA molecular structure to reverse wrinkles or regenerate new cells. Because our skin does not welcome foreign cells, it could result in the cells being rejected causing a rash, infection, or some kind of incompatibility.

Should I Use Plant-Based Stem Cells?

YES! Most definitely! If there is a stem cell-based product that you really love, use it! But check the other ingredients and see where the real benefits are coming from! It may not be actual stem cells that are doing this. It may be other ingredients doing the heavy lifting.

There’s nothing wrong with using plant-based extracts. They are amazing! But don’t let a skincare company fool you into thinking it’s human-based and that it’s going to give you the same benefits!

Are Plant-Based Stem Extracts Expensive?

High quality ingredients with LESS FILLERS will come at a higher price point, anywhere from $150-400 so just remember – if you picked it up at Ross or TJMaxx for $25 you may want to pass. It’s either fake or expired!

Remember: you aren’t using actual human stem cells. You’re using botanical extracts! Be a smart consumer!

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