Stem Cells and the Science Behind Skin Care
One of the most common misconceptions regarding topical skin care products is that the results come from one key ingredient. In actual fact, the product as a WHOLE leads to the product’s ability to deliver its purported benefits. Our experienced physician, Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, explains how topical treatments work.
Cosmetic products consist of a range of components:
- Key ingredients can help to determine what the product’s greatest benefits may be when applied topically.
- Skin conditioning agents can improve the skin’s surface and provide a softer, smoother appearance.
- Multipurpose ingredients can provide some topical benefit, and they can also assist the fundamental components.
- The most effective cosmetic formulations will have been tested for decades, and will typically be backed by substantial research.
- There are many powerful antioxidants that can protect the skin from oxidative stress, including retinoids, retinoic acid, vitamin C, and a good sunblock like Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense. These elements can also help to build collagen, as well as tighten and rejuvenate the skin.
- Regular and longterm use may delay aging and prevent skin cancer. According to some studies, they may even delay going under the knife!
- Stem cell extracts At this time much of the research focuses on the phytoprotective properties of dietary botanicals. Stem cells are present in the top layer of the skin called the epidermis. When a stem cell divides, the daughter cell has the ability to remain a stem cell or differentiate into cells with a more specialized function, known as progenitor cells.
- The latest research suggests that certain naturallyoccurring botanicals experience antioxidant activity. Antioxidants may be able to protect stem cells of the skin from sun damage and common signs of aging.
- Peptides—The key building blocks of all living tissue—encompass a large category of topical ingredients. However, very few have been legitimized in scientific studies. Most of the substantiated agents are Hexapeptides, which have been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 30 percent.
- Carrier peptides, such as copper and palmitoyl pentapeptide, can be used to help deposit collagen.
In summary, the use of good cosmeceuticals should be part of every woman’s daily skincare routine to delay or slow down the aging process. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there can be great exploitation of this industry. Therefore, having some basic knowledge of the key ingredients will help to avoid pitfalls, such as investing in expensive products that are ineffective and disappointing.
The key ingredients to look for are retinoids, vitamin C, peptides, antioxidants, and stem cell extracts.
For more information about our skin care products and their ingredients, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim, please contact us today.