From moisturizers to mascara, apple stem cell technology is becoming quite prevalent across the cosmetic industry. But does this new beauty trend have proven benefits, or is it just a glorified fad?
Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that are able to morph into specialized cell types. In addition, they have the ability to renew themselves. Stem cells are important to the human body because they allow the body to renew and repair itself. While the most commonly researched stem cells are found in embryos and different adult tissues, cosmetic companies are now delving into the use of apple stem cells for anti-aging treatments.
Stylelist.com investigated the claims of over-the-counter products made with apple stem cells. While initial studies and clinical pictures of subjects using creams containing apple stem cells show promising results, more trials should be done before praising their results. Some critics fear that the use of stem cells may promote the cloning of pre-cancerous cells, creating skin cancer in its recipients.
Although the fear of increasing cancer risks is real, it is also important to avoid other cancer risk factors such as sun exposure, use of tanning beds, and a family history of skin cancer.
Just as with any seemingly miraculous roadway to the fountain of youth, it is important to recognize that apple stem cell usage may be too good to be true. To date, there are very few proven alternatives to reduce and prevent the signs of aging. Retin-A cream and Sculptra™ injections are currently used to stimulate collagen production, while Botox®, Juvederm®, and other fillers are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. All of the above are FDA approved for said purposes and
have undergone rigorous clinical trials.