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Another Look at Plant Stem Cells

By: Silvia Hickman
Posted: August 25, 2014, from the October 2014 issue of GCI Magazine.

Editor's note: This is the edited version of an article that originally ran in the May 2014 issue of Skin Inc. magazine. All rights reserved.

Although people are living longer lives, it’s clear that most are not happy with the effects of aging. Aging is inevitable and, even though clients can’t stop the clock, they can slow down the signs of aging by eating the right foods, exercising and taking care of the body’s largest organ—the skin.

With aging, skin becomes thinner and dryer, age spots and wrinkles appear, elasticity is lost as collagen production declines, and skin’s overall appearance is more dull—lacking youthful vibrancy. And although there are many tools available to help the fight against aging, science has recently zeroed in on an incredibly powerful anti-aging ally: plant stem cells.

According to the research report Global Cosmeceuticals Market Outlook 2016 from business consultancy company RNCOS, plant stem cell technology is expected to propel the global cosmeceutical market forward at a rate of 7.7% through 2016.

Driving Force

Why is there so much interest in plant stem cell technology? The answer may lie in the simple fact that it removes the ethical dilemma plaguing the scientific community. Plant stem cells allow the opportunity to harness the power of stem cells without the controversy that surrounds human stem cell harvesting.