Nowadays, stem-cell products are popping up more and more in dermatology offices and on makeup counters everywhere. So what’s all the hype about?
“Stem cells are extremely beneficial in the natural process of healing and regeneration,” says Jessica Weiser, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. They’re found in all living things and have the ability to turn into all different kinds of cells and help the body regenerate.
Naturally, your skin is already made of stem cells. As you age, you start to lose them, and by the time you hit 50, you’ve lost about 98 percent of them. Yikes! When you’re young, the average turnover for your skin is about 25 to 30 days. When we get older, the production slows down, [and] the turnover can take up to 60 days. When it’s exposed to the elements longer, it loses that youthful vibrant look. That’s where products come in.
While some skin-care companies do use human stem cells, they come from adults, not emrbyos—and most products on the market contain plant-based stem cells. The stem-cell skin-care products you see on the shelf don’t even contain actual stem cells, but rather the proteins and amino acids that the youthful cells secrete.
This is what your body recognizes and can use to help rejuvenate and repair cells, these are the natural body healers.
The cocktail of proteins and amino acids that are harvested from the actual stem cells themselves signal your own cells to produce more collagen and elastin and ultimately fire up the rejuvenation process. Say hello to the fountain of youth.
It’s important to note that stem-cell science is still in its infancy, and even though not all dermatologists are totally convinced that stem cells by themselves are miracle anti-agers, they do agree that these products are still packed with age-defying benefits.
I believe that these products are worth using primarily for their high concentration of antioxidants, which work to reverse UV-induced skin damage, and also for their potential to improve cell turnover and renewal.
Want to try some yourself? Here is our favorite:
TR Zell PBR (Phyto Based Rejuvenation (pbr.trzell.com): Along with plant-based stem cells, this ampoule is packed with plant stem cells ready to rejuvenate and plump up the skin.
The key to harnessing these age-defying effects is to start young. Start the stem-cell regimen sooner, and you’ll slow down your natural aging process.