Changing The Face Of Ageing With Botanical Stem Cells
As the news is announced that clinical trails have begun to test injecting foetal stem cells into babies still in the womb has been announced, We thought it was good time to look at the role of Botanical stem cells in health and rejuvenation.
The incorporation of stem cells into skincare products is what professionals regard as one of the most exciting cosmeceutical revolution that has accured in over a decade. It is worth noting that botanical stem cell products do not actually contain stem cells from plants, instead the active ingredients are peptides and growth factors extracted from those cells grown in a culture. The development of using botanical stem cells in creams and serums began back in 2008, using an apple stem cell concoction to increase cell turnover and increase resisitance to UV light. Many stem cells have since been discovered to effectively stimulate collagen synthesis and create a protective effect on skin. Here, we explore three of the most widely used botanical stem cell extracts found in serums and creams following the discovery of apple stem cell extracts:
Gotu Kola (centella asiatica)
Gotu Kola is a small herbaceous plant extract found in the wetlands of Asia. It is widely used as a medicinal herb throughout India, Indonesia and Africa to treat varicose ulcers, eczema and psoriasis. The extracts from this wonder plant have been found to increase healing powers in the skin, protect against sun damage by stimulating proteins in the skin that regulate melanin synthesising enzymes and regulate stress-induced premature ageing.
Hibiscus is a flowering plant that is native to subtropical and tropical regions around the world. It is widely used in South East Asia and is most well known in medicine for anti-hypersensitive properties. Studies have indicated that hibiscus extract has the ability to induce cell death in melanoma (cancerous) cells. It also has very high antioxidant contents and anti-inflammaytory properties.
Grape seeds are extremely rich in polyphenols, secondary plant extracts, which are well known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activities. These beneficial biological properties have made grape seed an attractive active ingredient for cosmetic and skincare products. When used in skincare products Grape Seed extract can help increase cell viability and significantly reduce sunburn risks.
Evidence suggests that grape seed, hibiscus and Gotu Kola stem cell extracts can play important roles in maintaining skin health. From healing properties to photoprotection, botanical stem cells offer a safe and effective alternative for anyone who is uncomfortable with the idea of applying animal or human stem cell products. The potent organic and naturally sourced ingredients mean that exposure to potentially harmful parabens can be avoided.
Many consider botanical stem cell technology is certainly one of the mani directions for future skincare development and if you would like to find out how you can incorporate them into your routine and pick up some stem cell rich creams and serums then visit one of our skin specialists at your nearest clinic. You can book a free skincare consultation by calling us on 0800 24 25 145 or visit our website.