If you haven’t seen the infomercial on Stem Cell Therapy Antiaging Cream by Biologic, you probably don’t watch enough television. It seemed exactly the type of thing that Truth In Aging should lift the lid on. The burning question, of course, is whether there is any tangible relationship between Stem Cell Therapy’s contents and stem cells. Unfortunately, but not all surprisingly, the ingredients were nowhere to be found on the Stem Cell Therapy website and so I resorted to buying a pot for $49.95 even though my credit card has been signed in to a monthly renewal program that I shall have to get myself out of. What I do in the name of research……
To be fair, Biologic doesn’t claim that there are stem cells in its cream. But its explanation of how Stem Cell Therapy works remains puzzling. This is what it says: “the cells of the body begin to decay and regenerate at a much slower pace than it used to when we were babies” and Stem Cell Therapy “actually works to awaken those dormant skin cells so that they once again regenerate new skin cells the way they did when you were younger”.
I haven’t heard of an anti-aging cosmetic ingredient that awakens dormant cells. And, as far as I know, none of the ones in Stem Cell Therapy work that way.
Perhaps the most impressive ingredient, ergothioneine
, is near the end of an otherwise not especially impressive list. Ergothioneine is an antioxidant amino acid that occurs naturally in the body and is found in high concentrations around cells that are subjected to free radical damage. However, scientists seem to have mixed feelings about how effective it is as an antioxidant.
The most dominant active in Stem Cell Therapy (although omega-7 rich macadamia is also worthy of a shout out) is Hydrogenated lecithin
and this is one of those frenemy ingredients. Lecithin is a natural emulsifying agent and one of the most important components of cells. However, you can have too much of a good thing in this case. There are some concerns over its carcinogenic properties and its ability to penetrate the skin and it is, consequently, recommended to keep it below a 15% concentration.
Stem Cell Therapy also contains glucosamine. Typically this is made from shellfish or fermented corn. It is necessary in the body for the structure and function of the articular cartilage, as well as assisting in maintaining the elasticity and integrity of the connective tissue.
As well as vitamin C, there are a couple of seaweeds. Laminaria digitata, or Atlantic kelp, is rich in compounds that are of specific use in the cosmetic industry, such as polygalactosides, fucose polymers and ursolic acid. These are mostly moisturizing/hydrating agents. Algin is also a seaweed and protects living tissue from absorbing radiation.
All in all, its not a bad line up. It’ just that there is nothing that is really a standout. There are some less desirable ingredients such as propylene glycol and parabens. But on balance, I am tempted to give Stem Cell Therapy a try.
Water, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, dimethicone, macadamia seed oil, triethylhexanoin, cetyl ethylhexanoate, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium methyl stearyl taurate, glycerin, squalane, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose stearoxy ether, glucosamine HCI, pea extract, bambusa vulgaris leaf/stem extract, laminaria digita extract, hydrolyzed algin, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, sorbitan stearate, benhenyl alcohol, olive glycerides, PPG-12/SDM copolymer, ergothioneine, xanthan gum, propylene glycol, DMDM hydantoin, methylparaben, propylparaben.