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Plant Stem Cell Research Explained

By October 2, 2017 No Comments

Plant Stem Cell Research explained

In recent years, new developments and research in the areas of skin care have really exploded, with everyone looking for the next big thing in anti-aging, UV protection and long-lasting hydration.

Although your skin constantly renews itself throughout your lifetime, as you age, the naturally occurring stem cells in your body start to regenerate more slowly. If there was a way to revitalize those cells, doctors believed you could slow aging significantly.

An Apple a Day

In 2008, a new breakthrough was discovered when scientists started experimenting with extracts from a Swiss apple, bred to have a longer shelf life and heal itself. Researchers learned that the apple extracts caused significant reduction in patients’ crow’s feet when applied topically.

Skin care companies quickly jumped on the bandwagon, adding certain plant extracts to their products to reduce some of the signs of aging. But scientists went back for another bite of the apple, digging deeper for the reason the apple was self-healing.

Their discovery was about to change the course of skin care history.

The Secret’s in the Stem (Cells)

What the researchers discovered was that plants have something called totipotent stem cells. In many ways similar to the controversial embryonic stem cells doctors were studying, these plant stem cells could be stimulated to adapt into specialized cells and assist the plant in repairing damage. But the totipotent cells could, from one cell, replace existing cells, or grow an entirely new plant, all from one cell.

Plus, unlike embryonic stem cells, there were no moral or ethical questions, because nothing had to die to produce the totipotent stem cells – not even plants. The stem cells are cultured in labs, grown solely for research.

Suddenly, the ability to replace, instead of simply repairing, damaged skin cells was becoming a possibility thanks to plant stem cell technology.

Extracting the Difference

Furthermore, the stem cells themselves are not used in the skin care products developed with their help. Because the stem cells are grown in a lab, isolated from contaminants like pesticides and pollution, the scientists can develop purer quality and quantity stem cells.

The naturally occurring botanicals in grape seeds, lilac and Swiss Apple have now been proven to protect skin stem cells from UV-induced oxidative stress, inhibit inflammation, neutralize free radicals and reverse the effects of photoaging. By harnessing extracts and metabolites secreted by these plant stem cells, the natural stem cells in our skin are rejuvenated, helping to slow, if not reverse the aging process.

What does that mean for you?

All of our products at LAFACE Labs utilize the latest in plant stem cell extract technology – two of our key ingredients are Vitis Vinifera (or Grape Seed Extract) and Malus domestica (Apple stem cell extract). Plus we’ve developed a unique formulation of other plant extracts and botanicals, we use no harsh chemicals and we tolerate no animal testing. We simply deliver the best skin care possible, with all natural ingredients you can trust.

Don’t settle for something less. Make LAFACE skin care products part of your routine today.

Lisa Alexander

Author Lisa Alexander

From a fifth generation agricultural family long engrained in the history of California, Ms. Alexander is an expert in green design, organic products, sustainable businesses and day-to-day green living. She is a Dame of Malta and a member of the Society of California Pioneers. Ms. Alexander resides in San Francisco and is actively involved in numerous charity and community causes including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Fight Against Breast Cancer, Cancer Care Services, the UCLA Foundation, Pets Unlimited, the Guardsman of San Francisco and The Parks Trust to name a few. A visionary in fashion design, Lisa Alexander took her years of experience in the couture fashion industry and launched several different fashion lines in the US. She also founded (in resepect to her agricultural roots) “Mo Betta Pickles“, a pickle company sold to William Sonoma. An international adventurer, Lisa has climbed Kilimanjaro, sailed with the America’s Cup team on the sailboat Defiance, and modeled for Givenchy and Valentino in Europe and New York. She spent five years living in London, Switzerland and India and the combination of these experiences gives an international perspective to her sense of fashion, style and market opportunity.

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