Written By Jennifer Raskin / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Ever hear of using plant stem cells in skincare? Many elaborate formulas enthuse about the use of them, but what are they? And do they work?
As the name implies, they come from plants. The reason skincare brands are working them into their formulas is because botanicals are nourishing to the skin, plus another intriguing reason.
Since plants can’t get up and run away when conditions aren’t so stellar, they have special mechanisms to handle those environmental stressors. Some plants thrive in the most peculiar of situations which made science turn to plant stem cells as a potentially viable source for anti-aging.
How Plant Stem Cells Work For Skin Care
Just like different plants have different functions and nutrients, different plant stem cells are said to possess different characteristics themselves. The idea behind adding them to skincare products is that they break open and release mega-concentrations of antioxidants and other skin-influencing compounds to improve skin.
Lilac Stem Cell Extract And Grape Seed Extract For Skin Care
Lilac stem cell extract has been shown to be highly anti-inflammatory and bodes well for repairing oxidative damage while grape seed extract is said to guard skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. While much is still being learned, this new type of ingredient shows promise in promoting natural collagen production in the skin.
Plant Stem Cells And Youthful Appearance
Since skin cells have a short lifecycle, they tend to turnover once a month. Then there’s free radicals, the sun, pollution, and perhaps your penchant for sugary treats that can all contribute to accelerated skin aging. By using plant stem cells, you could potentially give your skin the chance to blossom back into a youthful appearance.
Plant Stem Cells’ Effectiveness
Skincare companies boast plant stem cells as a miraculous ingredient. There are studies that have compelling results though more studies are needed to be conclusive.
Another important consideration is that these plant stem cells must be alive to function as such. Once they are processed into creams and lotions, they’ve long been dead and aren’t providing the effects they should.
Plant stem cells also respond during certain environmental conditions. So while they do have potential down the road to really make a difference, the plant stem cells in today’s products just aren’t there yet.
It’s also important to note that no skincare product with light and air-sensitive ingredients can provide much benefit when packaged in a jar. Every time you twist open the lid, the ingredients lose their effectiveness.
The promise for the look of eternal youth through plant stem cells will likely happen in the future. For now, the research continues and our eyes and ears stay open in anticipation of new and exciting developments!
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Jennifer Raskin is a freelance writer, wife and mom that loves cold weather despite her location in Florida, cooking, reading, watching ‘80s movies, weight-lifting, and wine tasting.