In the quest to be forever young, like Hollywood’s stars, skincare experts have come up with the most cutting-edge anti-aging technology for your skin – stem-cells! Stem cell science in anti-aging skin care products is one of the strongest emerging trends and the number of technologies available to manufacturers is fast expanding.
Stem cells are biological cells that are able to stay dormant until triggered to reproduce into new tissue. Found in human embryos and in adult tissue, they can form into any cell type, and help repair organs and skin in the case of injury or other cause of damage.
So is it any surprise that their potential is also being trumpeted in the world of skin care? Cosmetic science has often taken inspiration from hard-core medical breakthroughs, and stem cells appear to possess the ideal skill set to throw the switch on a veritable fountain of youth.
While skin stem cells have found use in treating diseases, stem cells technology in skin care products have been largely based on hype rather than science, but in some cases like RG-CELL, it truly works magic.
The concept of topically applying stem cells, through cream, serum, mask, or facial procedure, with a promise to “replenish dying cells and regenerate dying tissues” has shown no real scientific evidence that it works.
If you’re unfamiliar with the practice, you may question the validity of using live stem cells in anti-aging products when it’s already an enormous and time consuming challenge to use them in actual organ regenerating procedures.
Firstly, stem cells are highly unstable. They have little to no shelf life. Secondly, they will not enter the deep layers of the skin without an effective skin delivery system. And thirdly, stem cells need specific nutrition via a blood supply in the tissue to survive and function – if they were layered onto intact skin the stem cells would just die.
It should be made abundantly clear that, no stem cell skin care products contain actual stem cells. Stem cell based products contain growth factors, along with enzymes and other nutrients, which help the cells grow. Other products don’t contain any stem cell-related material at all.
Two Applications for Stem Cells in Age Management, Skin Care Technology
[frame src=”https://rg-cell.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/stem-cell-skin-care.jpg” width=”250″ height=”188″ alt=”Stem Cell Skin Care” align=”right”]There are 2 ways in which stem cell technology is being used. Firstly, companies are creating products with specialized peptides and enzymes or plant growth factors which, when applied topically on the surface, help protect the human skin from damage and deterioration. Products claiming to contain plant stem cells don’t contain human cytokines (or cell messengers), and in fact are really just ground up plant bits. In short, plant stem cell technology cannot effectively impact human stem cells. It can be useful as excellent antioxidants, but marketing has made the benefits bigger than reality.
Secondly, and bearing more scientific evidence, is an alternative application of skin care anti-aging products. These products utilize human stem cell technology, and your skin is the most active participant, NOT plant or apple stem cells. Using ingredients that promote the repair and rejuvenation of your skin by stimulating the activity of your own stem cells in the skin has proven to be safer, more ethical and far more scientifically proven than applying stem cells in a jar. This technology implies a superior product designed specifically to regenerate and rejuvenate your own skin cells.
These products contain epidermal growth factors (EGF) obtained by genetic engineering technology (microbial recombinant) totally identical to natural EGF, known as a “BEAUTY FACTOR”, boosts and regulates stem cell proliferation. When applied to the skin, stimulate collagen production, improve elasticity, firm sagging skin, improve tone and so much more.
Skin Delivery System
[frame src=”https://rg-cell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/nano-encapsulation.jpg” width=”250″ height=”190″ alt=”Skin Delivery System” align=”right”]EGF is a large molecule so it cannot penetrate the skin. In fact, it is too big to fit in between the spaces in cells of our skin. There is also speculation around the length of time, that it can remain stable in a formulation. Clinical studies and research are practically non-existent. Therefore, “buyer beware”: If you opt for using a product that contains EGF consider whether or not the mechanism of action employed to deliver the ingredient to the dermal layers, will actually work.
Only special technology, can deliver EGF into the skin deeper layers. One of the biggest advances is the use of a patented nano-particulate lipid bi-layer delivery system that allows the products to be delivered deep into the skin where the stem cells live.
RG-Cell uses a unique patented nano-encapsulation technology as its delivery system. This improves the permeation and penetration efficiency of the active ingredients. Owing to this fact, RG-CELL can make valid claims about the efficiency in it is delivery of EGF where it is needed the most. This technology also stabilizes the EGF thereby prolonging it’s shelf life in the actual product.
Thus we can see that there are already many choices in skin care products with specialized peptides and enzymes or EGF’s which, when applied topically stimulate the skin’s own stem cells. But, only one uses the most advanced technology to deliver nutrients into the skin. Expect many more good choices to be developed in the years to come!