Stem cells basically serve as the body’s repair system, and can theoretically proliferate (divide) endlessly, thus replacing old, damaged cells with new, younger acting ones.. As we age, the number of stem cells, as well as the ‘cell renewal potential’ of the remaining stem cells in the body begins to gradually decrease. This is the reason why dark spots or post acne redness, as well as inflammation and wound healing is much faster in our teen years vs. Even as early as our 30s.
What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells begin as undifferentiated biological cells, which have the seemingly magical ability to differentiate as needed, turning themselves into specialized cells, and also replicate into more stem cells. Stem cells are indispensable for life, as they are able to reproduce any kind of cell the body needs (including the keratinocyte and fibroblast cells that produce collagen) in order to replace damaged, old and dying cells.
With advancing age, stem cell functioning begins to decrease and we become more susceptible to oxidative stress, inflammation and DNA damage. This inevitably leads to visible collagen loss which has a visible, destructive effect on Skin, Hair & Nails a/k/a ‘signs of aging’.
Can We Naturally Boost Stem Cells?
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to prevent or even reverse slowing stem cell production. Rather than undergoing expensive, invasive surgical stem cell therapy, we can naturally boost stem cells with lifestyle changes and well-researched botanicals/ingredients, both of which will go a long way towards producing younger, healthier looking skin.
Here are some natural ways to increase stem cell activity in the skin:
1. Cell Renewal with Argireline and Matrixyl
Argireline and Matrixyl are two revolutionary innovations in cosmeceutical technology that trigger stem cell regeneration and production of fibroblasts, which is followed by rapid collagen synthesis.
The naturally derived peptides Argireline and Matrixyl in Puraveda’s BioScience Peptide Complex work synergistically with other stem cell boosting botanicals to provide dermal and epidermal regeneration, repair and protection.
These peptides stimulate the growth of new collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic acid (HLA) to thicken the skin, filling in wrinkles and fine lines naturally. This skin transforming system shows results within 4 week for plumper, firmer, more resilient and radiant looking skin.
Argireline peptide – A plant-derived “Botox”, Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide) inhibits muscle contraction of the facial muscles that cause expression lines, which in turn prevents formation of new wrinkles and stimulates fibroblasts to create more collagen. Argireline also significantly hydrates the skin (especially when used along with Hyaluronic Acid) and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Matrixyl peptide – Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3) repairs and rebuilds a dysfunctional collagen-elastin network by boosting the synthesis of Collagen I, III, IV, Fibronectin, Proteins and Hyaluronic acid. Its main action is to inhibit glycation (the damaging effects of sugars on the skin) or AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products). The result is that the collagen network is rebuilt and wrinkles and fine lines are diminished.
2. Synergistic Effect with Plant Extracts, Vitamins and EFAs
Flavonoids in berries reduce inflammation and repair cellular damage. These ingredients also increase the level of Superoxide Dismutase which reduces oxidative stress and detoxes the skin.
Vitamin D, Vitamin B2 and Vitamin A revitalize and increase circulation of stem cells. These in turn produce incredible anti-aging effects. Stem cells also require adequate levels of Vitamin C to prevent oxidative damage.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) like omega fatty acids increase stem cell viability in the body. EFAs are critical components of the cell structure, and promote the proliferation and differentiation of various stem cell types, including those used in collagen synthesis. These beneficial EFAs can be found in Grapeseed oil, Sunflower seeds, Soybean oil, Olive oil, etc.
3. Have a Targeted Lifestyle
Foods high in sugar and other refined, processed carbs as well as trans and saturated fats, alcohol and smoking reduces stem cell activity and slows stem cell growth. Saying yes to a targeted stem-cell friendly diet, including berries, broccoli, ginger, mushroom, nuts and seeds, as well as anti-oxidant foods helps accelerate the development of potent stem cells. Poor lifestyle, stress, chronic inflammation, exposure to environmental toxins and inadequate exercise in contrast deplete existing stem cell reserves.
4. Protect Stem Cells from UV Radiation
Stem cells are sensitive to UV induced DNA damage. Becoming an educated user of sunscreen can protect the skin stem cells to a great level. Use a plant-sourced Vitamin C Enriched Mineral Based UV Protection Sunscreen to not only stay protected against UV rays, but also repair sun-damaged skin.