APR 2017

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[ 56 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 peptides and other benefi cial ingredients are often added. The Swiss apple stem cell used in G.M. Collin's products is a liposomal preparation to ensure stability and ease of penetration, which we combine with other antiaging ingredients. What are common misconceptions or controversies surrounding stem cells? Nicoll: There have been numerous misconstrued messages about stem cells, their sources and their effi cacy. One of the most prevalent is that all stem cells are related to, or derived from, a fetus or embryo. This is completely false. Embryonic or fi broblast stem cells are in fact associated with the fi rst 72 hours of conception, and during this time the cell itself has not taken full shape or form. Once the cells have passed the 72-hour mark, they have been assigned their role in the human anatomy and are no longer embryonic. It's important to us at Stemulation—and other conscientious manufacturers—that the stem cells sourced for cell proliferation in our products are ethically derived. That means we do not endanger human life, or utilize cells that could become human life. It should also be noted that scientifi c research has validated that adult stem cells—derived from the bone marrow of donors—have the greatest impact when it comes to healing. All of these processes are acutely monitored for health and safety. Dr. Jurist: A big misconception is that these products contain live stem cells. It's simply impossible to formulate a topical product with living cells. Rather, all stem cell products— regardless of the source of those cells— contain derivatives of stem cells that can be maintained in a formula. In addition, many product lines claim the inclusion of stem cells, but unless they employ specifi c sources, select technologies and deep research to prove ingredients' benefi ts, the formulations may simply not work. That's why mainstream skepticism has been founded— and keeps growing. What's on the horizon for the fi eld of stem cells? Dr. Jurist: The implications in the skincare industry—dermatology especially—regarding epigenetics as it relates to skin cancer applications look very promising. Of course, skin care that utilizes epigenetics will continue to focus on antiaging formulations, but it will also lead to products that address other common skin conditions and diseases. Nicoll: One exciting opportunity is burn healing with stem cell cultured media. It's very close to my heart; I am passionate about supporting research in this area. We need to help fi rst responders protect and heal burn patients, and bring relief to those with topical wounds that cause physical as well as emotional damage. Asquith: Presently some plant stem cells are being studied for use in cancer treatments to regenerate the skin—in time, who knows, these studies may even lead to the fountain of youth! u SAIAN Botanical Stem Cell Sleeping Mask Shira Esthetics Shir-Organic Pure Apple Stem Cell Night Cream Stemulation Facial Serum SpaRitual Handprint Hand Serum Stemology Cell Revive Serum Complete spotlight STEM CELL PRODUCTS "Grape and lilac stem cells are said to have antioxidant, anti-infl ammatory and wound healing capabilities." TOP: © GETTY IMAGES

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