Move over CBD bath bombs, we have yet another new innovation hitting the health and beauty industry. This is the rise of stem cell beauty products. Independent beauty product makers such as Cel MD and others have been touting the benefits of plant stem cells in everything from shampoos to face masks. We’ve seen a bold turnover to organic and natural care solutions in recent years. However, this new fad might leave many users at least puzzled.
Stem Cell Basics
In both plants and animals, stem cells may be seen as the basic building blocks of all living organisms. Properly, cells are the building blocks, but a stem cell is special because it’s a prototype cell. It’s a biological “blank canvas” which hasn’t been specialized into any type of cell yet. These stem cells dwell at the heart of every biological system. They allow the body to quickly adapt them into whatever kind of stem cell is needed to repair and preserve the body in good condition.
So in a manner of speaking, if you lose some blood, your body converts stem cells into blood cells to replace it. Break a bone, and your body will mend by filling in stem cells repurposed as bone cells to fill in the fracture. Without stem cells, our wounds would not heal, our bodies would not regenerate, and we also wouldn’t grow. Stem cells are constantly being produced to build our bodies as we mature.
But as we age, natural stem cell production falls off, and the result is that our bodies deteriorate as they are unable to repair the damage. Medical science has long used stem cell therapy to treat various ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease or visual impairment. In those cases, stem cells respond by forming new brain or eye cells. It’s like the biological “duct tape” nature uses to hold everything together.
Why Plant Stem Cells Are Better
Plants also produce stem cells, and they’re used for exactly the same purpose. They produce new tissue while the plant is growing, and serve to regenerate over cracks, fractures, and punctures as the plant endures everyday wear and tear. As it turns out, plant stem cells can be used in humans, even though the sources aren’t the same. There are enough molecular similarities in animal and plant cell structure that an undifferentiated stem cell can be used from a plant to go to work for our bodies.
If this sounds strange, remember that our bodies already depend on plants in many ways to survive. Plants put oxygen in the air which we need to breathe and provide all the essential vitamins, nutrients, and calories for our diet. Antioxidants, terpenes, peptides, proteins, alkaloids, sugars, and essential oils are just a few of the things produced by plants that we find useful for the human body too, in health, nutrition, and beauty.
So how are they even better? Plant stem cells are easy to harvest and are environmentally sustainable. In fact, cultivating more plants is good for the environment already. Meanwhile, gaining stem cells from other sources involves things like fertilized embryos or bone marrow transplants. These can be painful, expensive, or ethically questionable, requiring a willing donor at considerable inconvenience.
But plant stem cells are naturally available. Considering that they’re part of any plant, we’ve already been consuming them for years.
In cosmetics, plant stem cells have regenerative properties, helping the body naturally repair damage and replenish the skin’s youthful appearance. Plant stem cell cosmetics, like human stem cell therapy, provide our bodies with resources to replace tissue and heal blemishes. Together with other natural botanical effects, they’re being hailed as a breakthrough in cosmetic science.