Hair and skincare products containing bioactive ingredients and above average benefits are growing in popularity with today’s consumers.
The subject of much controversy, fear and patents, stem cells are emerging as a clinically-proven, results-driven agent in the personal care industry. Plant stem cells have started to appear in hair and skincare products, includingHoneyskin’s latest offering, Tea Tree and Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner.
Hayflick's aging theory states that stem cells have a limited capacity to replicate. As this limit approaches, the stem cells age and die. If we can slow that rate and keep the stem cells functioning longer, it effectively slows the aging process.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can replicate to become identical copies of themselves or differentiate to become specific cells of certain organs and tissues. The epidermis (your skin) is an organ that has a 27-day renewal process. So, keeping the vitality of the stem cells of the epidermis means that skin can renew and revitalize its appearance every 27 days. This is also an important part of the repair process if skin is damaged. As stem cells age, they become fewer in number and less active, resulting in hair loss, fine lines and wrinkles.
Since the stem cells are found in the basal layer of the epidermis, it is important that the product formulas ensure delivery to that exact layer. Fortunately, only small amounts of plant stem cell extracts are necessary to reach the basal cell layer.