Apple stem cell creams are all the rage right now and are popping up all over the place, often advertised as some sort of miracle cure that can achieve all of your goals.
But are they the real deal or another cosmetics industry hoax?
And if they do work, how, and how best can we make use of them?
Here we take a deep dive into stem cells, their applications for skincare and cosmetics and the results of real academic studies, so by the end of this article, you should be able to tell for yourself whether you can get real anti-wrinkle results for an apple stem cell serum.
There’s only one place to start:
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are special cells that are naturally present in the body. While they are able to divide and multiply like our other cells, they also have the unique ability to change into other cells, replacing specialised cells in the body such as red blood cells that have become aged, damaged or lost.
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While stem cells have the ability to divide over and over again, they do begin to lose effectiveness over time and as we get older, our new stem cells become less efficient at replacing damaged cells in the body.
Donated stem cells have become a popular and successful treatment in recent years, with new stem cells being introduced to patients in order to replace their aged stem cells, stimulating growth, repair and more healthy, natural functions.
They can be used to replace blood cells in patients with blood disorders, to generate new skin for burn victims, and many more applications that scientists and researchers are only just beginning to uncover.
They can even stimulate natural repair processes, speeding up recovery from injuries and reducing pain.
It is clear that stem cells hold a lot of promise for medicine in the future, and you can expect more and more discoveries to be found regarding their powerful results.
But what about the cosmetics and skincare industry? Can stem cells really make you look younger?
Do Stem Cells Work for Anti-Ageing?
Epidermal stem cells are present under our skin and are required to repair and create new skin, but over time their number and efficiency drastically reduce. Replacing these with new stem cells has been shown to rejuvenate skin cells and make them appear younger, having a visible result on wrinkles.
But how does this work?
The epidermal skin cells only last for a specific amount of cell divisions, and over time the amount of damaged or dying cells outnumbers the number of healthy cells, leading to a visible decline in the skin’s health and youthful appearance.
New stem cells can be introduced intravenously, which will then continue to multiply and transform into epidermal skin cells. These new cells are more effective and proactive at regenerating our skin that our existing ones which quickly regenerates and brings new life and hydration to your aged skin, reversing the effects of time!
Looking at it like that, it’s easy to see why stem cells can have an incredible result on aged skin, but if that’s the case why not use human cells?
Let’s take a look:
Why do we use Plant Stem Cells for Skincare?
Plant stem cells differ slightly from our own in that a single plant stem cell holds the ability to generate a new plant in its entirety.
There is a new scientific technique that involves harvesting the callus of a plant, which is the clear mass of cells that gather to heal the damage when a plant is damaged or cut, essentially the plant equivalent to scar tissue.
This callus contains blank stem cells that haven’t yet been programmed to become a specific plant cell - meaning they are extremely versatile and full of potential.
This, of course, opened an entirely new direction of research - what if these plant cells could be applied to human skin and used to reverse the effects of ageing?
What is the Swiss Apple Stem Cell?
The Uttwiler Spatlauber apple is a Swiss variant of apple that was cultivated back in the 18th Century to last as long as possible, a very common target with selective fruit breeding back before the invention of the refrigerator, often even prioritised over size and taste, our main markers of success today.
Swiss researchers investigated these apples in recent years and discovered that their stem cells were much longer lasting than those of any other known plant, which was what resulted in the apples remaining fresh for months longer than those from other trees.
This find made the apple the perfect candidate for testing plant stem cells on humans!
Studies began very quickly afterwards into the results of these stem cells on human skin.
The effectiveness of Apple Stem Cell Technology
Soon after this discovery, scientists at Mibelle Biochemistry studied the result of applying plant stem cells from a Uttwiler Spatlauber apple to stem cells from a human umbilical cord. The study showed that the apple stem cells, at a concentration of only 0.1%, were able to rapidly increase the quantity of human umbilical stem cells by 80%.
A similar test took place during the same study which involved attempting to grow umbilical cord cells while they were being exposed to a UV light. When attempted under normal circumstances, over 50% of the human stem cells were killed by the ultraviolet light. When the cells were grown in a special culture containing the apple stem cells, they only dwindled by a tiny, barely noticeable amount.
After several experiments with similarly encouraging results, stem cells from the apple plant were tested on humans as an anti-wrinkle cream.
This test took place over four weeks and resulted in visible improvements and removal of wrinkles in every single participant!
What does all this mean in simple terms?
The plant stem cell extract from the Uttwiler Spatlauber apple tree, which is also patented as PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica, has been shown to:
- Stimulate human stem cell growth and division
- Defend human stem cells against damage or death from UV light
- Combat age-encouraged alterations in human cells.
- Reduce the depth of crows feet and remove wrinkles from close to 100% of test subjects.
It is also worth noting that a combination of red seaweed extract, hyaluronic acid, and a tea extract high in antioxidants can all greatly compliment the effects of the apple stem cell extract to create a powerful anti-wrinkle cream that can help encourage brighter, younger looking skin.
Whereas in the past choosing an anti-ageing serum tended to involve either choosing something natural or something that worked, the onward march of progress has shown us that in reality, no manmade or synthetic ingredient has yet matched the power of nature, allowing us to rest easy knowing we are using something natural, healthy, and effective.
Can Plant Stem Cells Help with Haircare?
Reading all this information about apple stem cell serums improving skincare, it can be tempting to wonder what other benefits we could get from them. Something that has begun to appear from a variety of cosmetics companies is a range of Swiss apple stem cell hair regrowth formulas. It seems that many are suggesting that apple stem cells can have the same effect on hair follicles that they do on our skin, allowing them to grow healthy and lush hair for longer and therefore combating hair loss from ageing.
While studies have suggested that apple stem cells absolutely can “increase the lifespan of isolated human hair follicles”, these tests are far less numerous and far less unanimous than those touting the benefits of apple stem cells on the skin, so we would advise caution for the moment. You can of course, rest assured that we will keep up to date on any related tests, and if it turns out apple stem cells can be used to create a natural, beneficial and effective hair regrowth formula, we will be there with one of the best products as soon as there is more numerous reliable evidence of this.
While stem cells are a major part of hair growth and can be used to reverse hair loss, the most effective way to currently do this remains a hair transplant which involves surgically removing a portion of the scalp and transplanting the stem cells and hair follicles directly.
Apple Stem Cell Side Effects
While tests are ongoing and anything can cause side effects in rare enough cases, there have not been any significant side effects discovered when using a natural plant stem cell ageing serum as of yet. It is likely that, due to the natural gentle ingredients involved, even if you are one of the very rare people who won’t benefit from using an apple stem cell serum, the chances of any negative effects are extremely small.
Stem Cell Serum Benefits
Here at Luminositie, we will never use any man-made chemical or ingredient in any of our gentle, kind cosmetic products. We put a lot of time and effort into making sure that all of our formulations are kind both to you and the planet.
We have been following the research developments around stem cells in skincare closely and have used our knowledge to make a low cost but highly effective apple stem cell anti-ageing serum. Our pricing may be a fraction of other stem cell products on the market, but our combination of high-quality Swiss apple stem cells and other scientifically backed ingredients such as red seaweed and Pueraria Mirifica makes it the best stem cell anti ageing cream on the market without a doubt.
We will also keep an eye on studies and experiments around the world and their results, updating and improving our plant stem cell products whenever discoveries are made, so keep an eye on this blog for more updates!