With the high ultraviolet (UV) rays, air pollution, and changes in climate that we expose our skin to every day, the environment can be rough on our skin’s vitality and it can even speed up the aging process. Of course, we’ve all heard this before, but new research has found that as harmful as the environment can be, it also plays a role in reversing these negative effects.
More and more is being demanded of natural anti-aging skin care treatments as science advances and environmental concerns make their way to the forefront. Alongside a natural skin treatment that battles wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and sagging skin, consumers are now looking for natural skin treatments that are environmentally friendly in their formulations. Plant stem cell technology is proving to be the answer to all of these demands.
But how does plant stem cell technology work to meet these demands? According to award-winning cosmeceutical chemist Sam Dhatt, “Stem cells in plants are referred to as meristematic, or undifferentiated cells. These chameleon-like cells, carrying the DNA gene expression of the plant, can morph, or differentiate, into other cell types to help the plant regenerate. This ability makes them invaluable in a number of medical and cosmetic applications.”
To gather these undifferentiated plant stem cells, a small incision is made in the plant’s stem or leaf that effects a defensive reaction, resulting in the formation of callus tissue. This tissue contains undifferentiated cells that are used in stem cell research and natural skin treatments. It is the experience of being wounded that causes plant stem cells to erase their role definitions and neutralize in order to heal the incision. The extraction of the callus tissue does not harm the host plant, and through this method, plant stem cells can be extracted and cultivated in a lab to make these cells 1,000-times more potent.
The use of plant stem cells is relatively new for the anti-aging skin care market and among the newest discoveries in this field is the potency of the Alpine rose in natural skin treatments.
Not long ago, Mibelle Biochemistry launched a plant stem cell active extracted from the Alpine rose, a natural skin treatment that the company touted for its ability to fight against multiple environmental stress factors. To protect your body from toxins and harmful conditions in your environment, your skin cells must be able to renew and repair your skin. However, certain factors can impair your skin’s ability to protect against these environmental stressors, meaning your skin becomes fragile and more vulnerable to premature aging. Plant stem cells from Alpine rose have been proven to come to the rescue.
Here’s a breakdown of how Alpine rose plant stem cell extract can resist damage caused by environmental stress when used as a natural skin treatment:
• UV Radiation: UV radiation is known for breaking down both collagen and elastin in the skin, resulting in wrinkles and sagging and for overstimulating skin pigments, resulting in an uneven skin tone. Because the Alpine rose grows at an altitude of up to 3,200 meters, its plant stem cells are able to defend the skin against UV radiation.
• Climate Changes: Skin tends to fare best in humid conditions, because it naturally draws in moisture from the air; while in cooler, dry climates, moisture can be drawn out of the skin. Known to prosper in cold, dry climates, Alpine rose plant stem cells can protect the skin’s natural moisture level, keeping it soft and supple.
• Air Pollution: According to recent research, air pollution (including dust and chemical pollutants) is known to inhibit the skin’s ability to build and repair itself. The Alpine rose plant stem cell extract works to revive skin cells, boosting their ability to better repair the skin.