BEAUTY & WELLNESS – Stem Cell Beauty Products

By: Jennifer Palaez


STEM CELL BASED BEAUTY PRODUCTS

The latest high-tech skin care ingredient, stem cells, have been taking the beauty scene by storm. From plant-based stem cell extracts to human-derived stem cells, there has been much research and interest in this exciting and growing sector in the quest for everlasting radiance and youthful skin. So what exactly are stem cells and why have they become so buzzworthy? All multicellular organisms including plants and humans have stem cells which are found throughout our bodies and play an essential role in tissue renewal. What makes stem cells incredibly unique is their potential to transform into any kind of cell type within the body. They also have the power to regenerate and multiply which is what makes them most intriguing. Medical researchers have long studied the ability of stem cells to treat numerous chronic diseases and now their promising potential is also being applied in the world of skin care to see if they can indeed deliver similar powerful results. Triple board-certified anti-aging specialist, Dr. Suzel Vazquez adds, “The future of skin care is in stem cells and their growth factors. Growth factors are capable of transforming the aging skin by increasing collagen, dermal thickness and elasticity thereby improving its appearance.”

 

What’s interesting to understand however, is that there are no actual stem cells in any of these beauty products, rather the proteins and growth factors that the stem cells produce which in turn which play a role in the growth of new cells and the production of collagen and elastin. Skin care products can be differentiated by their sources – botanically sourced stem cells and human-derived stem cells. In the case of plant stem cell products, the theory is that through application of these stem-cell extracts the skin’s own stem cells will be encouraged to trigger their anti-aging effects. Human-derived stem cells operate at a more cellular level and are a bit more challenging to summarize since each company has their own unique proprietary formulations of growth factors and means of sourcing and cultivating the stem cells.

 

In addition to topical applications, stem cell treatments have been appearing in many dermatology practices. While Stem Cell Therapy has become increasingly popular for some medical conditions, in cosmetics and skincare, stem cells are not injected into the body. Rather, the stem cells already in our skin are stimulated by growth factors derived from our own platelets, to initiate repair and essential nutrient delivery. One such innovative treatment which utilizes these growth factors is the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or ‘Facial Stem Cell Regeneration’ treatment. Dr. Julie Russak, founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic and NeoCell Chief Medical Ambassador explains, “By harvesting our own platelets, we can microneedle or inject this cocktail into the skin and area of concern to naturally boost collagen, stimulate fibroblasts and repair our cells, strengthening the “scaffold” of our skin.” russakdermatology.com

 

From global healthcare companies like Merz Pharma Group, who own Neocutis, to cutting-edge biotech companies like International Stem Cell Corporation, the parent company of Lifeline, to beauty brands like Orlane and Eve Lom, stem cells have been successfully incorporated into their product lines as an ingredient that has significant potential and offers a new realm of possibilities for skin care. With emerging inventive technologies and continued investment in research and understanding of the benefits and power of these remarkable cells, these brands showcase the latest and greatest products, the forerunners and innovators in the skin care world.

 

PLANT STEM CELLS

  • Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Youth Reset utilizes 21 essential amino acids extracted from Pale Iris stem cells to restore the skin’s natural mechanisms. $250, orlane.com

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  • HydroPeptide Hydrostem + 6 Stem Cell Antioxidant Serum is a rejuvenating complex of six plant-based stem cells and peptides that repair age damage and promote firmness. $160, hydropeptide.com HydroStem +6

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  • Intelligent Nutrients Plant Stem Cell Skin Science Renewal Complex Eye Gel harnesses the power of plant stem cell antioxidants from Edelweiss, Coneflower, and Pennywort formulated at the highest potency. $52, intelligentnutrients.com IN RENEWAL COMPLEX EYE GEL

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  • Joanna Vargas Eden Instant Lift Mask features stem cell extract from the rare Green Swiss Apple to encourage cell turnover. $75 (5 sheets), joannavargas.com Eden Instant Lift Mask

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  • EVE LOM Flawless Radiance Primer utilizes the powers of Berryflux Vita, a powerful antioxidant derived from Raspberry Stem Cells to stimulate and retain the skin’s suppleness and tone. $50 spacenk.com EVE LOM_Primer_lid on

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  • Kaplan MD Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate redefines and firms facial contours with their plant stem cell complex from the Swiss Apple, Gamay Grape, and Alp Rose. $170, kaplanmd.com KMD cellar rejuvenating 900 x 1200

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  • Pevonia Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Intensive Body Corrector features a unique anti-aging blend of Argan and Comfrey Stem Cells to de-age and contour the body. $95, pevonia.com StemCells Body Corrector

 

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  • Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream contains Apple Stem Cell Extract to help preserve healthy skin cells. $78, neostrata.com

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  • Retrouve Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer is a luxurious elixir formulated with Apple Stem Cells to moisturize, nourish, and enhance skin. $PRICE? retrouve.com Retrouve Moisturizer

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HUMAN STEM CELLS

  • Lifeline Skin Care Daily Defense Complex uses Human Growth Factors extracted from advanced non-embryonic stem cells to increase cellular growth and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. $160, lifelineskincare.com Lifeline

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  • Neocutis Bio Serum Intensive Treatment features an innovative formula that targets, supports and protects healthy collagen levels to fight the visible signs of premature aging with its high concentration of Processed Skin Cell Proteins and Human Growth Factors. $235, neocutis.com Neocutis

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  • Stemology Cell Revive Collagen Complete features their proprietary stem cell based peptide complex, StemCore-3 which uses both human and plant stem cell technologies for superior anti-aging efficacy. $150, stemologyskincare.comSONY DSC

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  • Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Stemfactor Serum contains over 150 different skin Growth Factors derived from adult stem cells that improve all aspects of skin aging and skin damage. $140, dermstore.com StemFactor_30mL

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  • SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum’s effective blend of patented Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media formulated from Growth Factors, Cytokines, and Matrix Proteins trigger the skin’s repair mechanisms. $281, skinmedica.com tns-essential-serum_1

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Alpha Blu Skin Care Perfect Skin Kit combats aging with a formula that includes Cytokines and Epidermal Growth Factors. $100.00, alphabluskincare.com AlphaBlueMainBottles_lgCLICK HERE TO SEE PRODUCT

  • Nurse Jamie EGF Stem Cell Complex combines Epidermal Growth Factor, plant stem cells and peptides to provide intense hydration and repair for renewed and rejuvenated skin. $125, nursejamie.com NurseJamie

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