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You've most likely heard of stem cells and the innovative research being done with them within the health care industry, but have you heard of plant stem cells?
According to Medical New Today, "stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types." They are normally sourced from the umbilical cords from newborn babies, or from adult tissues. According to the same source, scientists are interested in stem cells because many have the capacity to serve any function once they're instructed to specialize. In order words, stem cells can become any cell type, when properly instructed to. This allows them to be powerful enough to regenerate damaged tissues under the right conditions.
Plant stem cells, essentially do the same thing, but in plants. But according to an article published in Future Science OA, the difference with plant stem cells are that "the regenerative efforts made by the plants are not only for tissue repair from damage, but also for the development of a new plant." To give you a visual, if you cut the branch off a tree, a new bud/branch will grow. Have you ever tried cutting off your arm? Spoiler alert: your arm doesn't grow back... This powerful renewing power can be applied in anti-aging products, hence why the cosmetic industry is so intrigued by the new ingredient. When added to cosmetics plant stem cells can help repair and replace damaged skin cells, making your skin look younger, helping to combat sun damage, reducing inflammation and minimizing wrinkles.
How are Stem Cell Derived?
The plant stem cells used in skincare products are cultured in labs, so that scientists have more control of the kind of anti-aging substance that the plant creates. And it also saves them from having to worry about chemicals or toxins getting into the plants.
What Plants Are Used?
There are a number of different plants used for the stem cells in beauty products. A mountain flower called Edelweiss, is known as a stem cell powerhouse since it has leontopodic acids and other ingredients that are responsible for younger-looking skin. It's used in many big brand skincare products, and when mixed with other plant stem cells, can be even more powerful and beneficial. Coneflower, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and Pennywort, known for it’s collagen-boosting power, are also a few other plants used for their stem cells.
Swiss apples, although almost extinct and very rare, is considered the fountain of youth in the fruit world. It's stem cells are harvested to repair any skin damage from aging. Because it's so rare, products containing any Swiss apple stem cells are extremely expensive.
Some companies use stem cells from the roots of Argan, which is a tree found in Morocco. Most of us are familiar with Argan oil. This oil comes from the same tree. Stem cell from the Argan tree can stimulate human skin stem cells. Another plant called Gotu Kola has been known to increase collagen when used on the face.
Raspberry stem cells are great for locking in hydration and moisturizing dry skin. While other popular plants used for their stem cells include grape seed, algae and lilac, to name a few. More and more plant derivatives are being discovered and tested everyday.
Get Ready To Shell a Little More Cash
Due to the new technology involved in extracting and manufacturing plant stem cells, be prepared to pay a little extra for products that include the potent ingredient. Youthful-looking skin isn't cheap but is it worth the price tag?
There have been studies that have shown the ingredients' effectiveness, but since the technology is still so new, long terms studies, though ongoing, have yet to be completed. Nonetheless initial studies have shown that when properly extracted and combined, there can be extremely positive results.
Aloe and Bloom was founded by two American dermatologists, who have made skin their life long work. They've formulated a line of skin care products that expertly use plant stem cells to rejuvenate your skin. They've also tested their products extensively to perfect the combinations needed to quench thirsty skin and leave mature skin looking firm. Give them a try and see what stem cells can do for you.