The use of stem cells in anti-aging treatments is still in its infancy due to controversy over human stem cell research. However, apple stem cell technology is becoming quite prevalent recently across the cosmetic industry. These aren’t your regular Granny Smith apple stem cells, either. Researchers have begun cultivating from a very rare Swiss apple tree that was cultivated over 300 hundred years ago for the long storage life of the fruit. But does this innovative beauty trend have proven benefits, or is it just a glorified fad?
Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells that have an ability to become various types of cells. In addition, they have the capability to renew themselves. Stem cells are imperative to the human body since they allow the body to renew and repair itself. While commonly researched stem cells are found in embryos and adult tissue, cosmetic companies are now examining the use of apple stem cells for anti-aging treatments.
Stylelist.com investigated the claims of over-the-counter products made with apple stem cells. While initial studies and clinical pictures of the effects of apple stem cells show a promising outcome, more studies should be done before celebrating their results. Some critics fear that the use of stem cells may advance the cloning of pre-cancerous cells, creating skin cancer in its users.
Although speculation over increasing cancer risks is justifiable, it is also essential to consider other cancer risk factors such as sun exposure, use of tanning beds, and a family history of skin cancer when examining these products.
Just as with any seemingly extraordinary roadway to the fountain of youth, it is imperative to recognize that apple stem cell usage may be too good to be true. To date, there are very few proven alternatives to reduce and prevent the signs of aging. Botox® and dermal fillers are currently used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while Chemical peels and Lasers are used to stimulate the skin’s collagen production. All of the above have undergone rigorous clinical trials and are FDA approved for cosmetic purposes.