Ingredient Highlight: Apple Stem Cells 

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Aging is a natural process and not something you always have much control over. Sure, you can eat right, use sunscreen, and exercise, but what more can you do to keep your skin looking younger for longer? The answer: apple stem cells (and hemp stem cells). 

These are two types of plant stem cells. Their superpower is that the cells self-renew continuously and have a higher regeneration potential (compared to animal or human stem cells). The benefits speak for themselves when the right plant stem cells are extracted and added to skincare products.

Do you want to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging? Here’s how a proverbial apple a day keeps age away.

What Are Apple Stem Cells? 

Apple stem cells are plant stem cells extracted from the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple variety. Uttwiler Spätlauber apples were first cultivated in Switzerland in the 18th century. 

Nowadays, these apple trees are rare, endangered, and only found in a small rural Swiss area. As such, researchers have developed novel technology to breed the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple stem cells in a lab. 

But what makes these apple stem cells so unique? 

These apples are rich in metabolites, long-living cells, proteins, phytonutrients, and other epigenetic factors. Thus, they stay fresher and can be stored for longer without shriveling. Scientists can harness all these beneficial factors that increase the apples’ longevity to help you.

What Role Do Apple Stem Cells Play in Anti-Aging? 

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Stem cells never age. Because of this, they have become a key ingredient in skincare

In recent decades, researchers have spent a lot of time studying the effect of plant stem cells and how these cells can help human cells repair and rejuvenate themselves. 

To understand how apple stem cells prevent our skin from aging, let’s briefly look at human stem cells. 

As you age, your skin becomes thinner. Scientifically, it’s a complex process involving the epidermis and dermis layers, and various internal and external factors like physiological disorders and UV radiation influence this process. 

In essence, the epidermal stem cells decrease, and the production of new cells slows down significantly. The number of dying and damaged cells eventually outnumber the healthy cells, resulting in aging skin. Visual aging signs include wrinkling, thinning, and loss of elasticity (like an old apple). 

Plant stem cells, like apple stem cells, are undifferentiated cells — they can become any kind of cell depending on what the plant needs to grow or repair. However, human stem cells can only become what they are meant to be and have a limited number of divisions for renewing and regenerating.

Extracted plant stem cells are highly concentrated and thus more potent. Because these cells never age, they help reverse the skin’s aging and regeneration process.

Top 3 Benefits of Apple Stem Cells for Your Skin

1. The Anti-Aging Effect 

Mibelle Biochemistry is the pioneer for plant stem cell production for the cosmetic and skincare industry. The company conducted initial studies into the anti-aging effect of apple stem cells. 

The 2008 study found that apple stem cells can help reverse the aging process of fibroblast cells, the active skin replacement cells found in the human dermis. 

The same study also asked participants to use a skincare cream with two percent of the active apple stem cell ingredient for four weeks. Wrinkles around their eyes were reduced by eight percent by week two and 15 percent by week four, thus confirming the effectiveness of apple stem cells in decreasing the appearance of crow’s feet. 

2. Protects Skin from Free Radicals 

Free radicals from UVA rays, pollution, smoking, and our diets cause oxidative stress, damaging your cell membranes, DNA, and proteins. They also contribute to your skin becoming dehydrated, which quickens the aging process. 

Apple stem cells are rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, such as flavonoids, vitamins like vitamin C, peptides, phenolic acids, triterpenes, and carotenoids. All of these help boost the skin’s collagen production and neutralize the damage done by free radicals. 

3. Activates Skin Stem Cell Regeneration 

Researchers from the 2008 study also applied apple stem cells to the stem cells of a human umbilical cord. At a concentration of 0.1 percent, the stem cells of the umbilical cord increased by 80 percent. 

The scientists also exposed umbilical cord stem cells to UV light, and more than 50 percent of the cells died. However, only a few cells died when the scientists exposed human stem cells grown in an apple stem cell culture to UV light. 

This indicates how effective apple stem cells are in helping to activate the regeneration properties of skin stem cells. 

Youthful Apple and Hemp Stem Cells

You can enjoy youthful-looking skin with apple stem cells’ regenerating and anti-aging properties. 

Try FRESH PICK – Hemp Apple Stem Cell Anti-Aging Cream, our CBD age-fighting cream. You benefit from the best qualities of apple stem cells (longevity and regeneration) and hemp stem cells (counteracting free radicals and shooting distressed skin) to give your skin what it needs —- naturally and ethically.