Impact of Stem Cells: Stem Cells Part 2
Stem cells from some plants are clinically proven to slow the rate of aging of human skin. It slows the skin’s apparent age by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. More importantly it increases the actual vitality and longevity of your body’s largest organ, your skin.
Your skin replaces itself every 27 days using its own system of stem cells. Unfortunately, your skin’s stem cells tend to age and die, resulting in fewer of them doing the work of creating new skin. Thus, you get the appearance of wrinkles and other obvious evidences of age. This results from the reduction in your stem cells’ capacity for self-renewal.
The breakthrough news is that externally applied stem cells from certain plants have displayed the following results in epidermal stem cell cultures:
· Delaying the rate of aging. This not only slows the rate of cell aging, but your skin’s stem cells survive longer because they do not need to replicate as often.
· To prove they’re effective, cell cultures were created from young epidermal stem cells as well as old epidermal stem cells. When an extract containing plant stem cells was applied to these cultures, the epidermis that grew was composed of all epidermal layers and was indistinguishable as to whether it was grown from the young or the old epidermal stem cells, showing that application of the plant stem cell extract was just as effective on old stem cells as it was on young stem cells to build full epidermal skin tissue.
· Protection against oxidative stress which damages your skin.
Why Do Cells Age?
Cells age, according to Harman’s “Free Radical Theory of Aging,” due to oxidative damage. If you can apply a substance to the skin that protects against this oxidation, you reduce the need for cellular repair, and that will reduce the need for cell replication, further enhancing its anti-aging effectiveness. Stem cells from certain plants have this antioxidant capacity.
Products containing stem cells in their marketing can mention the visible results of anti-aging that they can produce, but this is limited to “visibly improves or reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles” type claims. Stem cell extract technology in cosmetics and personal care products has been around for 10 years, but regulatory restrictions prevent discussions of its anti-aging benefits in marketing, which has limited its market acceptance and commercial appeal.
While I can explain to you here in this blog how stem cells work, under government regulations, marketing of finished cosmetic and personal care products cannot refer to the physiological impact that the extract has on the cells at the basal layer. So, what you read in this blog is the amazing science behind the use of stem cell extracts. You won’t find it in marketing material because unfortunately, the story can’t be told there.
In the next blog, we will explain the effects of stem cells on the hair and scalp. Stay tuned!