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Plant Stem Cells: The Next Generation in Skin Care Technology

By: Sam Dhatt
Posted: November 12, 2012

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Then, a 2006 study released by Karl Grammer, PhD, founder and scientific director of the Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Urban Ethology at the University of Vienna, Austria, added a new twist, pointing to the importance of skin tone—defined as consistent distribution of pigmentation—as a trait that mattered at least as much as wrinkles in determining a woman’s perceived age and relative attractiveness. These findings have ignited consumers’ awareness, expanded their expectations, and resulted in a flurry of new lightening, brightening and whitening products to arrest and reverse hyperpigmentation.

Besides achieving smoothly textured and evenly pigmented skin, a third requirement of today’s skin care consumer is the need for the facial contour and silhouette to be kept taut and sleek, firmly supported by a robust collagen and elastin infrastructure.

These three issues—wrinkles, skin tone and firmness—have led to the recent explosion of research resulting in the Botox revolution and other injectables, laser treatments, microdermabrasion and myriad other in-office medical procedures. In addition, a growing number of eco-minded consumers now also demand the smallest possible carbon footprint for products and services they purchase, including environmental sustainability in the formulation of skin care products.

Plant stem cells may help your brand and its products to meet and surpass consumers’ expectations in all of these areas at the same time. Today’s new generation of plant stem cell products offers beauty brands the ability to stay current, viable and profitable in a swiftly changing industry.

A Detailed Explanation

How exactly does stem cell technology work? Stem cells in plants are referred to as meristematic, or undifferentiated cells. These chameleonlike cells, carrying the entire DNA gene expression of the plant, can morph, or differentiate, into other cell types to help the plant regenerate. This ability makes them invaluable in any number of medical and cosmetic applications.