Stem cells are a hot topic in the beauty world these days and provide seemingly remarkable benefits, including instant skin regeneration, repair of damaged skin and protection against inflammation. Unsurprisingly, many skincare companies have jumped on the stem cell bandwagon and are now offering products that contain stem cells from a variety of sources, from common fruits like apples to exotic plants like edelweiss mountain flowers. Over the years, stem cells have become an important area of research. By definition, stem cells are cells that have the capacity to become any cell type in the body, which means they can replace lost or damaged cells. Many scientists believe that stem cells have the potential to help advance the field of medicine and improve people’s lives. So it would seem reasonable to believe that stem cells in skincare products would be beneficial for us, right?
Well, this isn’t entirely true. The stem cells that are contained in skincare products are derived from plants not humans. These stem cells are retrieved from the stem of the plant and undergo an extraction process, which when completed leaves the plant cells dead. Dead plant cells in a skincare product wouldn’t do us very much good. Also, it would be impossible for cosmetic skincare products to contain living plant stem cells or any cells for that matter because cells require a very specific environment and certain conditions in order to survive outside of its origin.
Although plant stem cells themselves don’t appear to provide any direct benefits, the extracts from these cells do. Plant extracts can provide a variety of skin-health benefits including oxidation protection, prevention of collagen breakdown, and wound healing. So the next time you come across products that contain a variety of exotic plant stem cells, don’t be misled. Remember that simple plant extracts are what you really need and will help you achieve the healthy skin you desire.