Multicellular organisms (plants, fruits, animals, humans) have stem cells. They are found throughout our bodies, where they can play an essential role in tissue renewal.
Stem cells just below the surface of the skin can help with restorative functions, such as cellular regeneration, and may ultimately enhance the capacity to repair aging skin. The real beauty of stem cells, however, is that they have the amazing ability to develop into many different types of cells.
Where skincare is concerned, the theory is that by applying a product that contains stem-cell extracts derived from plants or fruits, you may encourage the growth of your skin’s own stem cells and possibly trigger their anti-aging effects.
The stem cells in beauty products are obtained primarily from plants and fruits that can stay fresh for a long time, like Swiss apples, edelweiss, roses, date palms, and gotu kola (a swamp plant). Extracts of these stem cells—not the live cells themselves—are added to skin-care products.
If a product is labeled as a stem-cell cream or serum, you may see some of the stem cell’s key substances, such as ferulic acid, ellagic acid, and quercetin, listed on the ingredient panel. To yield the most potent, stable extract, the fruits and the plants that are the source of the stem cells must be cultivated in a controlled environment, without any contaminants. This unique and precise extraction technology can drive the cost of these products to $100 and upward.
Research suggests that stem cells can promote the production of collagen, the skin’s firming protein. Stem cell research is here to stay with its miracle-like effects.