When it comes to anti-aging, we’ll pretty much try anything once. And since the beauty industry seems to pride itself on finding bizarre ingredients and adding them to face products, our skincare regimens often read like a science experiment. Caviar serums, sea kelp masks, bee venom skin cream—the list goes on and on. You can even get your body’s own plasma injected into your face, if you feel so inclined. And then there’s plant stem cells. They’ve been buzzing in the beauty world for quite some time, but still feel a bit mysterious. Let us shed some light on the anti-ager everyone is talking about—keep reading for all of the details!
First off, the plant stem cells you find on your face cream’s ingredient list are far less controversial than the stem cells you hear about in the news. With beauty products, plant stem cells are extracted from flowers, trees and fruits that stay fresh on their own for a long time, like Swiss apples, gotu kola (the swamp plant pictured above), edelweiss, roses, and grapes.
The idea with plant stem cells is that the extracts come from plants and fruits that regenerate on their own, and that regenerative ability transfers to skin cells. Stem cell-based skincare products stimulate cell turnover, promote collagen production, and support elastin structures. The plant-derived stem cells repair damaged skin, and they also strengthen the skin’s defense system to prevent premature aging all at the cellular level. In a nutshell: they speed up skin renewal to firm skin and fight wrinkles.
Plant stem cells are active botanical ingredients—they’re anti-agers that tend to be much less irritating than many of the synthetic anti-aging ingredients. You’ll find plant stem cells in natural skincare lines, and they’re most often paired with other powerful natural age-fighting ingredients, like antioxidants and vitamins. But check the ingredients list before you buy—to really reap the benefits of plant stem cells, you should find them listed within the first five ingredients.
Flip through for some products that pass the test!
Pevonia Botanica Stem Cells Phyto-Elite Cream ($159)
Lancer Lift Serum Intense ($275)
Sonya Dakar Detox Daily Moisturizer ($95)
Intelligent Nutrients Plant Stem Cell Science Nourishing Tonic ($40)
Oskia Eye Wonder ($78)
Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream ($210)
Have you given plant stem cells a try? Share your thoughts in the comments!