You may have heard about using plant stem cells for skin care. There’s a good reason for that.
We’re not claiming that plant stem cells are going to regrow your human skin cells. Or make you look like you’re in your twenties.But they do have the potential to do some good things for your face.
There’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding around plant stem cells and we’re here to clear it up.
After all, we’re big fans of plant stem cells and they’re in some of our products.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem cells, both animal and plant, are undifferentiated cells (sort of like blank slates) that have the ability to rapidly divide and become different types of tissue.
There are high tech medical procedures and research that use stem cells to help heal joint and organ problems and fight certain diseases. Those stem cells are usually the person’s own cells that are specially processed for a specific purpose. Each person’s stem cells are unique to them.
That's not what we’re doing with stem cells in our skin care. We’re using stem cells from specific types of plants (no animal cells in SunWindSnow) and we’re not trying to make skin cells grow. Or at least not directly.
Plant Stem Cells are Full of the Good Stuff
First of all, plant stem cells that are used in skin care are no longer alive. In fact, they are purposely broken open to release their valuable contents, also known as plant cell extracts. It turns out that plant stem cells are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as nourishing skin building blocks like peptides, and amino acids.
Why Plant Stem Cells Are Good For Your Skin
All of those compounds mean a lot of good things for your face.
“These are the building blocks for cell rejuvenation (peptides and amino acids), so over the past few years, there have been a variety of both animal- and plant-based stem cells in skin care products,” explains Dr. Michelle Green a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “Stem cells naturally have antioxidant properties and they nourish skin cells which promotes cell turnover and increases collagen production.”
This could result in fewer lines and wrinkles, improved skin texture and tone, and younger, better-looking skin, Dr. Green says.*
Even without the potential of plant stem cells to fight against wrinkles and fine lines, there is the huge benefit of powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. These work to protect your skin from environmental damage (such as UV rays from the sun, air pollution, blue light, and more). Anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce the damage from inflammation to the skin as a whole and cells in particular.
Plant Stem Cells + Vitamin C = Love
At SunWindSnow, we only use plant stem cells. Surprise! Just like the plants they come from, different plant stem cell extracts have different properties. We like orange stem cells because they are super sustainable, encourage collagen production, improve skin structure and are loaded with the beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities that we get from vitamin C.
This means that orange stem cell (extract) can help your skin fight free radical damage from the sun and other environmental stressors, and encourage fine line and wrinkle fighting collagen production. Orange stem cells help your complexion be noticeably brighter and more luminous.
Combine orange stem cells with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid and you multiply the benefits. (SunWindSnow’s DewDrops contain a generous helping of orange stem cell extract, Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.)
Another really helpful plant stem cell extract is Globularia cordifolia (an alpine daisy). Globularia is an exciting new and sustainable extract that we use in SnowDrops. It’s a tough little plant that thrives in a high, cold environment. With daily use globularia stem cells reduce micro-inflammations and redness, evens out the your complexion and enhances your face’s translucency and radiance. It has been clinically studied and found to improve the appearance of dull skin by 67% and reduce inflammation by 23%.**
At SunWindSnow, we strive to combine the best of nature, traditional herbal knowledge, and modern technology. Plant stem cells are a great example of nature’s bounty enhanced by a bit of modern technology.
And they give a noticeable boost to your skin’s health and beauty.
**Claire-Marie Grizaud, Frédéric de Baene, Magella Drouet, Marion Thibault and Philippe Mondon,
Plant Cell Culture Technology: An Innovative And Sustainable Technology For The Production Of Cosmetic Active Ingredients: Two Case Studies, SEDERMA, Le Perray-en-Yvelines, France.
*Chertoff, Jane. Stem Cells in Skin Care, What They Do and How they Work. August 2018.