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Stem Cells in Skin Care

Why you would want to look like a carrot?

I don’t often disclose that I work at a Skincare company, or that I’m in the beauty industry as it generally leads to people telling me about ...

I don’t often disclose that I work at a Skincare company, or that I’m in the beauty industry as it generally leads to people telling me about “this amazing product” or “I’m doing this with my skin” or “this product I use does this” and I spend a lot of time biting my tongue and cringing.

Recently, my Mother-In-Law outed me at a charity function and over the course of the night I was bombarded with these gems…..

  • I just started using this product with carrot stem cells and my skin is glowing
  • The girl at the salon told me the product she sold me has 12 peptides and my skin feels great
  • My moisturiser doesn’t have SPF, so I mix and SPF 15 foundation and SPF 30 so at least I’m getting SPF 45 coverage right
  • I never use a moisturiser, the ones I buy from the supermarket make my skin too oily
  • I just got this Cleanser with 40% Glycolic Acid and it’s working great on my pigmentation
  • I make my own products from YouTube tutorials, I think I look great for 45
  • Oh, I use this “Cosmeceutical brand X and do micro-needling” that is giving me some amazing results
  • I only like a foaming soap like cleanser, it seems to clean my skin better then non-foaming
  • All the products from the supermarket I’ve used leave my skin red, puffy and irritated

There’s no tactful way to respond to these things in conversation, so I just smile and nod. But, I’m going to take the time over the next few weeks to write about what I wish I could’ve told these women.

Today I’ll start with the Plant Stem Cells in Skincare thing.

“I just started using this product with carrot stem cells and my skin is glowing”

*in my head* “I am not sure why you would want to look like a carrot, but yeah I guess that orange tinge could be classed as glowing”.

Eminent Australian stem cell expert Professor John Rasko describes it as “not even plausible” that a stem cell from an apple or a plant would have any benefit on a human skin, “or anywhere else for that matter.”

“Although stem cells are a sexy story, the jury is still out on their power,” says Patricia Farris, a clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at Tulane University, in New Orleans. “Even if they can jump-start the body’s own stem cells, it’s unclear whether this will ultimately improve the appearance of your skin”

Speaking with Louise Hoban, Biotechnologist and Formulator at David Deans Skincare “In my professional opinion I cannot see how plant stem cells will have any more benefit to the skin then freshly squeezed apple juice in a cream. This is because stem cells require inch perfect conditions with strict monitoring for stem cells to remain active, I cannot see how these conditions can be maintained in a cream or serum”

The last word in stem cells within skincare from internationally acclaimed plastic surgeon and skincare expert Dr Marko Lens is a great read and can be found here: http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/beauty/news-features/TMG10194757/Stem-cells-in-skincare-the-low-down.html