The stem cell is critical to health. These undifferentiated cells are considered ‘blank’ because they have the ability to differentiate into any other cell. Just as in humans, plant also have stem cells. One interesting thing about plant stem cells is that in addition to being able to turn into any other cell, they also have the ability to give rise to a whole new plant. Plant stem cells have been extracted and used for skin care products from a wide variety of plants including lilacs, grapes and apples, to name a few. The main function of these ingredients is not to produce new epidermal stem cells, but to protect the existing cells from potential DNA mutations, damage and the resultant skin degeneration. Most provide potent antioxidant and MMPi activity, while they all have additional benefits.
At PCA SKIN®, we are excited to be offering lilac stem cells in our newly reformulated C-Quench® Antioxidant Serum. In addition to the protective and cell repair activity, verboscocides (the active component of the lilac stem cell extract) has also shown collagenase inhibition, brightening action and strong calming action. This is an excellent addition to the already powerhouse antioxidant formula in C-Quench® Antioxidant Serum.
We are also now using stem cells from red grapes in our updated Rejuvenating Serum. The ancillary benefits of this plant stem cells is its proven ability to protect epidermal stem cells from UV-induced stress and damage. Paired with epidermal growth factor, the cell protection and proliferation is powerful.
Enjoy these two updated formulas, and contact us at 877.PCASKIN [722.7546] any time with questions or comments.