ASCP Skin Deep

MAY | JUNE 2016

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Page 35 of 68 33 Many estheticians who use and sell these products report seeing benefits from them, but the question of efficacy remains. It could simply be that a very good product formulation with the correct delivery system is improving the skin, but claiming that stem cells are strengthened is impossible to prove. PLANT VERSUS HUMAN STEM CELL INGREDIENTS The most recognized stem cell ingredient used in skin care products is the stem cell of the Swiss Uttwiler Spätlauber apple. 3 The efficacy of this ingredient was studied in vitro (cells in a petri dish), as well as in a small cohort of users. The study's outcome showed there was an increase in the lifespan of mesenchymal stem cells within a controlled environment, and this ingredient has been widely used and promoted. The beauty of these plant stem cell ingredients is the ability to protect the skin, but the ability to directly affect stem cells within a live human by topically applying these ingredients has not been proven. Other plant stem cells that are used in products include echinacea, edelweiss, lilac (Syringa vulgaris), gotu kola (Centella asiatica), and grape (Solar vitus). 4 THE BOTTOM LINE Harnessing the power of stem cells in a therapeutic medical treatment has the potential to cure disease and regrow organs. Studies are ongoing, and possibilities for the regenerative effects of stem cells on skin are a future possibility. As for the success of stem cells as a primary topical antiaging ingredient in your retail and treatment room services—well, the jury is still out. Some estheticians have had great results, and others feel it is not worth the expense. Use due diligence when considering a product, and weigh the cost versus benefit to your client. Remember, optimum results are dependent on proper formulation and delivery. Notes 1. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "In the Flesh: The Embedded Dangers of Untested Stem Cell Cosmetics," (December 17, 2012), accessed March 2016, www. 2. Bryn Nelson, Nature Reports, "A Superficial Success," January 15, 2009, accessed March 2016, stemcells/2009/0901/090115/full/stemcells.2008.163.html. 3. M. Morus et al., "Plant Stem Cells as Innovation in Cosmetics," Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica 71, no. 5 (Sep-Oct 2014): 701–7. 4. Pooja Kondhia,, "Fruit Stem Cell Cosmetic and Personal Care Product Range," August 18, 2011, accessed March 2016, Fruit-stem-cell-cosmetic-and-personal-care-product-range. Resource Cosmetics Business. "Stem Cell Technology—The Next Generation." June 24, 2010. Accessed March 2016. technical/article_ page/Stem_cell_technology _The_next_ generation/55280.

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