Epidermal stem cells are responsible for creating new skin cells that are lost through the natural shedding process. However, they are slow to divide, and when fewer cells are there, skin begins to look aged.
Recently, skincare formulators have been turning to apple stem cells, obtained from the rare Swiss uttwiler spatlauber apple tree. These apples are revered for their ability to last months without spoiling, so scientists have theorized that if the apple’s stem cells are combined with epidermal stem cells, they will prolong the life of existing stem cells so there will be more viable cells.
Apple stem cells are believed to regenerate damaged adult stem cells, protecting them from environmental aggressors to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture. They may also protect skin from UV aging and help stimulate antioxidants and skin healing, but more research is needed to definitively determine if they act in the same manner as human stem cells.
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