The beauty of plants
Find out how your skin could benefit from the latest discovery in skincare
While celebrities have been testing the merits of sheep placenta facials in pursuit of youth (er, we’ve been reading up on the increasing popularity of plant stem cells as an anti-ageing ingredient in skincare. Plant oils, extracts and antioxidants are regularly used in anti-ageing potions, but skincare scientists have been taking a closer look under the microscope at plant stem cells.Taken from the growing buds of a plant, stem cells contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In the human body, stem cells are involved in the repair and maintenance of tissue – the outer layer of our skin is in a constant cycle of repair and renew. Plant stem cells have a similar capacity to self-renew, which is why scientists are harnessing their powers to support our human stem cells’ regeneration process – say hello to a youthful complexion!
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Plant stem cells are a more concentrated source of nutrients than that found in other plant extracts. This means they’re needed in relatively low quantities in skincare, as their efficacy is so powerful, says Noella Gabriel, director of product and treatment development for Elemis. ‘They are highly concentrated; up to 1,000 times stronger than in some standard plant extracts, delivering powerful and highly effective results,’ says Gabriel. ‘Plant stem cells help protect the plant from external factors, and are believed to replicate the same defensive activity on the skin,’ she says.So they’re effective… but which signs of ageing can stem cells target? ‘In our clinical trials, plant stem cells have shown they have lifting and firming properties. When applied to the skin they helped reduce the depth of jowls, lines on the cheeks and contours on the chin says Gabriel.Promising to stimulate the enzymes responsible for protecting the outer layer of the skin, strengthen connective tissue, encourage cell turnover, iron out wrinkles and improve skin elasticity, we’re ready to give plant stem cells a go. Here’s our pick of the best products.
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