We're no strangers when it comes to wild beauty products. Snail venom, check. Probiotic bacteria, of course. Charcoal, yes, please. But when we started noticing stem cells popping up as ingredients in beauty products, we raised an eye brow.
First off, these aren't the stem cells that have caused a lot of controversy in recent years. These are (typically) stem cells extracts from plants and fruits and are believed by some to encourage cell regeneration, restoration and repair. However, some products are using human stem cell derived proteins as active ingredients. The basic idea is this: stem cell extracts up potential growth for collagen and elastin—you know, those tissues that keep us looking youthful.
Although the jury is still out on the effectiveness of stem cell-based products, one thing's for sure—this possible fountain of youth comes at a steep price tag. Due to the extraction and cultivation process of stem cell extracts, products tend to be on the higher end side.
If stem cell technology sounds like something you're ready to invest in, take a peek at a view of the products on the market that caught our eyes.
Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser, $40, at us.spacenk.com
Stem cell technology from the PhytoCellTec Alp Rose mixed with Coconut Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Rose Wax and Cocoa Butter hydrate and cleanses.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Lifting Neck Cream, $55, at juicebeauty.com
This blend of fruit stem cells are infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol rich grapeseed formula to provide antioxidant protection and firm up skin.
Stemology Cell Revive Smoothing Serum, $99, at stemologyskincare.com
Using StemCore-3, which is a combination of human stem cell derived proteins, this serum boasts plum skin and wrinkle reduction.
Get more information on stem cells and the science behind the technology, here.