Five Best with plant stem cells April 2013

This article has been updated: See our Five Best with Plant Stem Cells 2015

Unless you’ve been living in a box, you can’t have failed to see apple stem cells cropping up in anti-aging serums. Is there anything to them? Well, British scientists found that plant stem cells were much more sensitive to DNA damage than other cells. And once they sense damage, they trigger death of these cells. According to Wikipedia, “plant stem cells never undergo aging process but immortally give rise to new specialized and unspecialized cells, and they have the potential to grow into any organ, tissue, or cell in the body.” The key question for me is how plant and human cells could possibly interact. From the reading I have done, they seem to have more in common than one might think. For example, one gene that is conserved between plants and animals has a central role in deciding whether a cell continues to divide or differentiates (source). So without more ado, here are the Five Best with plant stem cells.

  • BioEffect EGF Serum

    BioEffect EGF Serum ($110). Bioeffect is made in Iceland and is based mostly on one single active, a growth factor that is derived from barley. Martha Stewart is a fan. The pared back formula has the barley-derived active, glycerin and sodium hyaluronate and that’s about it. A serum that is up there with ReLuma and E’shee.
  • Avitalin Vitality Phytocell Complex

    Avitalin Vitality Phytocell Complex ($54). Avitalin makes nutrient-rich formulas that utilize advanced anti-aging technology and that contain no harmful chemicals. And all that for a decent price point. This silky whipped moisturizer has two types of plant-derived stem cells, embryonic phyto stem cell extract from young buds and shoots, and apple stem cells. There’s also antioxidant green tea and acai berry.
  • Prana Active Vitamin Lift Serum

    Prana Active Vitamin Lift Serum ($75 in the shop). Although Prana’s serum has apple stem cell, this ingredient du jour should not blind us to the other cutting-edge ingredients here. One in particular is homeostatine, an active combination of two natural ingredients (from enteromorpha compressa, an algae, and gum from a South American tree called caesalpinia spinosa) that us supposed to prevent and decrease wrinkles by restoring the balance of the extra-cellular matrix. Rather impressive and still fairly rare in cosmetics, so check it out.
  • Skinfinite Peptide Repair Serum

    Skinfinite Peptide Repair Serum ($69). Peptides and free-radical scavengers round out the apple stem cell extract in this well-priced serum. The most dominant peptide in the formula is derived from rice and is a moisture-binding peptide. The other is rH‐Oligopeptide‐1. Standouts among the non-peptides are spin trap and thioctic (R‐lipoic) acid, which helps to recycle other antioxidants, contains free radicals and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer

    Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer ($65 in the shop). Juice Beauty’s stem cell complex is taken from apple and grape buds, lemon bark, and apple, grape and lemon juices. It has even found its way into its new CC Cream. In this moisturizer, they are not mere tokens, but feature near the top of an ingredients list that is packed full of useful ingredients, many of which are organic. Aging skin will also appreciate the essential fatty acids from evening primrose, linseed (flax) and borage.