Plant Stem Cells—A Scientific Breakthrough in Anti-Aging Skin Care
Have you noticed signs of aging in your skin? Do you have more dullness, dryness, wrinkles, or sagging than you did five, ten, or fifteen years ago?
If so, you’re not alone. All of us experience the aging process, which includes thinning, age spots, loss of strength and elasticity, and increased dryness because of reduced oil production.
Most of us don’t like the idea of showing our age so we seek solutions to help slow down and conceal the signs of aging on the skin. Though we already have some key tools to use in our fight against the aging process, including natural oils that deeply moisturize, essential fatty acids that plump and firm, and nutrients that help protect from outside elements, science has zoomed in on another powerful anti-aging ally: the stem cell.
At Annmarie Gianni Skin Care, we’re excited to talk about stem cells because we’ve found the perfect source to add to our Repair Serum. They come from a clean, natural, and environmentally friendly source and have been shown to help stimulate regeneration and repair on a cellular level for a smoother, tighter, more youthful complexion.
What are Stem Cells?
You’ve probably heard about stem cells in the news. Most of the media coverage has been about embryonic stem cells because of the controversial sources for these cells the truly amazing scientific discoveries using stem cells are totally overshadowed. Embryonic stem cells have the capacity to form any type of tissue in the body and because of that, they can regenerate failing organs and they are instrumental in working with degenerative diseases.
The adult body has stem cells too but they are a lot more limited than the embryonic stem cells. Adult stem cells are specific to the type of organ that they’re helping to repair and they are limited in what they’re able to restructure in the body. That means that if you have a deep scratch on your skin, the stem cells in your skin would work to repair it but the stem cells in your brain wouldn’t be able to migrate to the skin. Adult stem cells are used to regenerate and repair the tissues in the body but they don’t have the capacity to regenerate organs the way that embryonic stem cells do (if you lose an arm you can’t grow it back, right?).
That being said, the skin is one of the primary locations where we see stem cells at work because the skin is constantly regenerating itself to protect the body from foreign substances. There are a few different types of stems cells that are specific to the integumentary system but the primary stem cell is the epidermal stem cells that are found in the deepest part of the epidermis layer of the skin.
Skin cells have a huge job to do. According to a study published in 2003, the outer layer of skin is always renewing and repairing itself “by constant proliferation of a single inner layer of rapidly dividing progeny of stem cells.” A more recent study published in 2012 found the existence of a new population of stem cells “that give rise to progenitor cells that ensure the daily maintenance of the epidermis [outer layer] and demonstrate the major contribution of epidermal stem cells during wound healing.”
What Happens to Stem Cells as We Age
Have you noticed that a baby’s skin can heal really quickly from even the deepest gashes without scarring? That’s a sign of new stem cells that are capable of complete repair. Contrast that with the last time your furry friend loved you a little too much and scratched your leg, how long did that take you heal? Did you scar?
As we age, we encounter the elements and things like sun damage, environmental pollutants, physical damage, and just general decrease in regeneration can weaken and reduce the skin’s supply of key stem cells. That means skin renewal slows down so if you have noticed that your skin doesn’t appear as dewy or young-looking and you’re not healing quite as quickly as you used to don’t worry, it’s normal.
How Plant Stem Cells Can Help
Finding help from the plant world is not new for us. All of our products already use the power of plants to help protect and restore the skin but we’re always looking for ways to make it more effective. We went looking for safe ways to encourage skin repair and regeneration and we weren’t surprised to find plant stem cells and learn about the amazing effects they can have on the skin.
A plant’s extra store of stem cells is why they are able to grow new leaves in the spring and how they continue to sprout new life and be a mature entity at the same time. Because plants cannot escape the danger around them, it has been argued that their stem cells may be even stronger than our own, capable of withstanding all types of environmental stress to continue to regenerate and restore the plant’s various systems throughout its lifetime.
But can plant stem cells really help our human stem cells? Research shows they can. It isn’t that the stem cells from plants can regenerate our own stem cells, what the plant stem cells can do however, is protect our own skin cells so they live longer and they stimulate the renerative activity in our own stem cells.
What does that mean to you? Younger looking and acting skin!
Our Unique Stem Cells from Citrus
In seeking out a source of stem cells for our Repair Serum, we wanted something that wouldn’t be irritated for the skin. That’s why when we saw the tests behind citrus stem cells, we were convinced they were the right ones for our customers. Not only are they from a non-human and non-animal source, but they have solid studies behind them.
Here are some of the results that citrus-based stem cells were able to create on the skin:
- Improvement in skin structure: In laboratory tests, citrus stem cells improved the structure of skin. A disorganized and damaged structure is like the aged springs in a mattress—stretched out, weakened, and less able to hold skin up.
- Stimulation of TGK: TGK is an essential enzyme for the outer layer of skin—the more you have, the better your skin is able to rebuild itself as it should, resulting in a smoother appearance.
- Stimulation of fibroblasts: Fibroblasts are cells in connective tissues that produce collagen and other fibers, and are responsible for forming the structural framework of skin—as we age, they decline in number, leading to sagging and wrinkles. Fibroblasts are produced by stem cells. Our citrus stem cells showed in studies to stimulate the production of fibroblasts, which helps to “shore up” skin structure, reducing sagging and wrinkles.
- Encourage cell turnover: In living organism tests, our citrus stem cells encouraged skin cell turnover, resulting in smoother, softer skin.
- Improved elasticity: Elasticity is skin’s ability to “spring back” after you smile, frown, or make other expressions. Over time, we lose that ability, which is why lines become more common as we age. Our citrus stem cells improved elasticity, helping skin to recover and appear up to 12 years younger!
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