Stem cells are the cells in your skin (including your scalp) that renew themselves constantly, keeping skin looking younger and hair healthy. New beauty products are using plant stem cells to support and rejuvenate skin and hair.
Cel is one beauty line that is finding new ways to use plant stem cells to help hair and skin. Cel’s stem cell face mask boosts cell activity to brighten your skin while also helping to moisturize and tighten skin. The stem cell face masks also help to protect the outside layers of your skin from environmental damage.
What are plant stem cells, and why do they work?
Stem cells are continuously renewing the epidermis (outer layer of skin), and the activity of healthy skin cells is what keeps skin looking young.
When the production of stem cells slow down due to age, or injury such as sun damage, our skin starts to reflect the lack of rejuvenation. Unlike most cells, stem cells are not specialized and can develop into many different kinds of cells. They serve to repair and replace other cells and continue to multiply almost endlessly.
Using plant stem cells in beauty products can help mimic the turnover of your own stem cells, creating faster cell turnover.
These cells also serve as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, reducing skin discoloration and damage from free radicals.
Properties in stem cells can also act to protect your skin from UV damage, so it is a good booster to sunscreens.
Not all plant stem cells are created the same, and different plants offer different advantages in the care of your skin and hair. Some stem cells, such as those from olive oil, have antibacterial properties that help skin prone to acne breakouts. Other stem cells, such as those from lilacs, promote healing, helping to reduce blemishes faster.
Active plant cells increase the lifespan of hair follicles to help reduce thinning.
Healthier hair follicles mean healthier hair, and stem cells can increase the rate at which hair grows. Cel’s stem cell shampoo strengthens the hair shaft to help guard against breakage while the stem cells promote the rapid turnover of cells to promote new growth.
Do plant cells work?
Research shows that beauty products using plant stem cells work faster than other anti-aging products and that they have a protective effect on hair follicles. The most significant benefit may be their continued renewal effect, stimulating the stem cells in our skin to renew faster.
The epidermis sloughs off cells continuously, meaning it needs constant cell replacement. Stem cells derived from plants are proving to be effective in helping the cellular turnover of our skin.
Because stem cells are adaptable, plant stem cells develop to whatever environment they are in, meaning they can replace stem cells on human skin.
Using plant stem cells is a natural, eco-friendly way to fight the battle with the elements that seek to age skin or damage hair follicles. The resource is easily renewable and replaces chemicals that can damage our skin or hair over time with constant use.
It is interesting to note that, unlike human stem cells, plant stem cells never undergo an aging process.
Instead, they contain hormones that allow them to produce new cells continually. Plant stem cells are sensitive to DNA damage, and once they sense DNA damage, they trigger immediate death in those cells. The process of killing off damaged cells has promising potential in anti-aging technology.
The meristem of the plant is where undifferentiated stem cells are found, and this is the part of the plant most often harvested for stem cells in beauty products. As scientists continue to explore the potential benefits of stem cells from various plants, the beauty industry will be able to create even more customized solutions for skin and hair.
The use of plant stem cells in beauty products such as Cel is new but shows promising results.