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Chemical Reaction: Biology at the Cosmetics Counter

By: Steve Herman
Posted: January 10, 2008, from the January 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Amatokin is among the handful of cosmetics using Polypeptide 153, utilized for stimulating stem cell growth (their chemist was interviewed in Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine).  Other commercial products with stem cell stimulating claims include RéVive’s peau magnifique and StriVectin-HS Hydro-Thermal Deep Wrinkle Serum.

In older individuals, stem cell reservoirs are aged and do not divide as quickly. The problem may be because the stem cells are getting signals telling them not to grow. Perhaps cytokines or other compounds can override those suppressor signals. Thus stem cell rejuvenation might work even for the elderly. Hair follicles also contain stem cells, and the possibility exists for applications in hair renewal.

Even the products using prebiotics, probiotics and Polypeptide 153 use other actives in their formulations. Cocktails are definitely mandatory, with high-tech actives usually combined with botanicals and antioxidants. With the boomers looking for eternal youth and a flow of technology transfer from biology class to skin serums, it looks like we’ll continue to see innovative products for an expanding market.