Stem cells are found in all multicellular organisms. Plant regeneration at the cellular and tissue level is a unique process – the stem cells in plants can stimulate and regenerate plants after injury. They can reproduce through self-renewal and also have the ability to generate differentiated cells. These unique properties of plant cells have recently been of interest and focus in developing new cosmetics. There are meaningful changes in human skin while using topical cosmetics derived from plant stem cells.
Biocosmetics: Evolution of natural skin care
Plants’ stem cells have the source of the organism’s growth. This is the reason why they’re a part of today’s biocosmetics. Besides, beauty creations today need to go further. Because of the fact that consumers nowadays are looking for something that’s safe, the natural beauty movement greatly affects the industry. Consumers become more and more conscious of the ingredients, as much as 44% of them agree that natural ingredients are safer than their mainstream synthetic counterparts.
After the breakout of Covid-19, people started to think about the relationship between science and nature even more. At the Mintel’s Big Conversation in 2020, scientists agreed that, if we want to preserve a sustainable planet, we will need to transform the global food and drink industry over the next 10 years. Science and technology evolve over the years and help to make the food and drink industry more sustainable. However, modern consumers are skeptical of science. They avoid everything that is synthetic and seek more natural solutions.
Nature itself can provide some answers, but only with a helping hand from humans. We need to conserve the future of the ingredients we have by using bi-products and exploring diversity in “new naturals” that we don’t normally use for food or materials.
Science is expected to give us new resources in future. This means not only replicating natural ingredients, even organs, in labs and using science to improve yields, but also allowing humans to use energy in more innovative ways and farm in new inhospitable or urban locations.
Skin engineering: Hi-tech beauty
Skin or tissue engineering is a biomedical engineering discipline that has advanced greatly over the last 30 years. It uses a combination of cells, engineering, materials methods and biochemical factors to restore, maintain, improve, or replace different types of biological tissues.
The biological processes of our body slow down as we age, and our skin is not an exception. Over time, the skin loses its smoothness and silkiness. Signs of aging, such as diminishing elasticity, wrinkles and the structure of the microrelief that becomes anisotropic, make the dermis lose density. Fibroblasts lose part of their functionality by reducing their capacity to proliferate and collagen and elastin fibers become scarce and disordered. The consequence of this is that the extracellular matrix becomes disorganized and unstable, which is why your youthful appearance suffers.
Science and nature: Two worlds, one goal
According to the latest research, natural ingredients are a far more preferable way to treat skin. People now eat and live the same way and they are focusing on ingredients in each aspect of their life. The usage of natural ingredients in facial skincare is pretty high (64% of women), but yet only 15% of them buy only natural/organic facial skincare products. When it comes to mix of regular and natural/organic brands, the percentage is slightly higher (34%), which shows us that the inclusion of natural ingredients is what matters more than organic certification.
Nowadays, consumers pay more attention to what a product contains rather than what’s excluded, and because of that, the usage of free-from products is now lower.
Orange stem cells: Magical, yet only natural
Orange stem cells can organize, restore and redensify the inner structure of the skin to make it look younger. These plant stem cells are the main part of Citrustem. Orange, as a widely-consumed good in the food industry, is a sustainable and ecological source and absolutely traceable over the whole year.
In vitro tests show that Citrustem increases the synthesis of key genes which improve extracellular matrix structure: collagen VI, elastin and ADAMTS2. It also boosts the proliferation of fibroblasts and thus keeps the dermal integrity on a high level.
After using Citrustem for only 2 months, the dermis looks more organized and the skin looks younger. It contributes to the global anti-aging effect, the skin is firmer, softer, wrinkles are less visible and overall appearance is renewed so that skin has the elasticity that it used to have 12 years ago.