Stem cell technology seems to be all the rage right now. However, while there are lots of discussions going on around it, those discussions seem to focus solely on whether it is ethical to use embryotic tissue in scientific research. It is certainly true that embryotic cells are a very exciting scientific development, not in the least because these cells have the full set of genetic instructions available in them. This means that, if science develops further, they could be used to grow new organs or limbs, for instance. But we are not there yet. Where we are, however, is that we can use stem cells in order to fight the signs of ageing, because ageing is caused by the death of cells and the body’s inability to continue to replicate them.
Understanding Stem Cells to Fight the Signs of Ageing
Every time a cell dies, some of the genetic code that is needed to create new cells is lost. Adult stem cells have been used in scientific research for several years now, and this is what has made the development of new skin care products possible. Essentially, a number of companies have created serums and creams based on stem cells. When laboratories grow adult stem cells, they create a byproduct that can be added to facial serums and creams. The suggestion is that these byproducts are sufficient to tell our cells how to replicate at the right rate and in the right way, thereby fighting the signs of ageing.
Is Stem Cell Skincare Ethical?
Jeunesse Global was one of the first companies to use stem cells in their Luminesce range of skin care products. The product, which was first launched some eight years ago, instantly became hugely popular. However, with the ethical debate on embryotic stem cells suddenly hitting the public domain, people started to wonder whether they should use this product at all. Jeunesse was very keen to inform people that none of their products contain human genetic materials or human tissue, however. Rather, they have been able to harness a blend of peptides, which are derived from enzymes and amino acids. These have been scientifically proven to make chemical reactions quicker. Rather than adding new stem cells to the skin, it causes a chemical reaction that encourages your own stem cells to reproduce healthy skin cells, in other words. Hence, the ethical debate is in no way applicable to the Jeunesse products.
Luminesce has been around for quite some time now and it continues to be a very popular product. Those who have used it have been very impressed with the results. Time and again, people note that the signs of ageing have been visibly reduced after just a short time of using the product. Of course, and this is something Jeunesse focuses on and helps with as well, the only way to achieve really dramatic results is to also focus on a healthy lifestyle. This means eating a healthy, varied diet and taking part in regular physical exercise.