What You Need to Know About Plant Stem Cells

February 15, 2016
By: Jackie Burns Brisman | skincare.com by L'Oréal
What You Need to Know About Plant Stem Cells

Turn over any skin care product and begin to read the label. Can you pronounce half of the ingredients? Probably not. For those of us who prefer a more natural approach to skin care, it’s time to turn to plants.

Plant Stem Cells in Skin Care

Plants are incredibly resilient, evolving over time in order to shield themselves from the damage caused by oxidation—the main cause of skin aging in humans.  While plant stem cells can be extracted from stems, berries, and roots, the cells are most often extracted from the leaves when the highest levels of antioxidants are found. Some powerful plant stem cells used in skin care include:

Criste Marine (Crithmum Maritimum) From the coastline of North Brittany, France, criste marine is known for its skin-renewing properties. Its able to thrive in a salty, sun-drenched environment by creating new cell tissue and plant structure in damaged areas.

Sea Holly (Eryngium Maritimum) Also found on the shores of France in South Brittany, sea holly is known for its firming abilities. Packed with polyphenols and flavonoid chemistry, sea holly stem cells stimulate collagen and elastin.

Edelweiss (Leontopodium Alpinum) Known for its incredibly protective qualities, edelweiss is found in the high alpine mountains of Italy. High in leontopodic acids, these plant stem cells are high in antioxidants and renovate damage. 

Drops of Youth

Interested in harnessing the power of plant stem cells to improve and restore your own skin?  These plant stem cells, some of the most powerful renewal cells in nature, have been effectively—and sustainably—extracted by The Body Shop and bottled in the brand’s Drops of Youth Youth Essence Lotion. The gel-to-water formula works to restore moisture and tighten the appearance of pores, leaving skin looking smoother, plumper, and more radiant. Massage in a few drops morning and night and watch how the power of plants is all you need to reduce the signs of aging

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Essence Lotion, $24 

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