When it comes to skin-care, customization is key. Think of your skin like a fingerprint, no one has the same one. That’s why it’s important to look for products that work with your specific skin type. Now, Personal Cell Sciences is taking that goal one step further by using an unlikely ingredient-your own DNA.
The skin-care brand recently introduced a line of products called U-Autologous that includes Stem Cell Regenerative Firming Serum, Moisturizer and Eye Cream. To create the product a surgeon removes a quarter cup of fat from the subject and sends it to a lab. At the lab, the subjects adult stem cells are isolated from the fat tissue. The cells are then cultured until they secrete cytokines, growth factors and matrix proteins. From there, the secretions get mixed into a base of antioxidant-rich emulsion.
While that all sounds very high-tech, we can’t help but wonder if this is something that actually benefits the skin. Tests revealed very promising results with the serum in particular-15 to 85 percent of women saw an improvement in wrinkle depth and 78 percent saw an improvement in elastin and collagen products. But it’s unclear of whether it was the stem cell secretions working their magic or the additional ingredients added to it.
That’s why we asked Rancho Mirage, CA, dermatologist Wendy Roberts, MD, for her opinion. “It’s a great concept, but we really have to have evidence and studies that will show that there’s some effect in the deeper layers of skin from the stem cells. Whether the actual stem cell products topically applied can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, the dermis, or not has yet to be proven. It’s the moisturizing vehicle and other proven ingredients that’s in it that will have improve skin tone and have anti-aging effects.”
On the subject of using stem cells on the skin, La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD, says “It’s a promising new frontier and there’s a lot of hope for stem cells. But at this point there’s no support in the valid peer-reviewed literature to show safety or efficacy.”
So until there’s more evidence that it’s your stem cells that are the source of the benefits you see, it might be a good idea to hold off-a year supply of this line weighs in at $20,000 a pop. In the meantime, visit your dermatologist to come up with a plan on how you can customize your skin-care regimen.
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