Plant Stem Cells: Harnessing the Science of Nature to Protect Your Skin

High on a mountaintop
Here at Peak Scents we live in the shadow of a mountain, the San Francisco Peaks, in the high desert of Northern Arizona. It is a beautiful place, yet it proves to be a very unforgiving climate for our skin. At Peak Scents we wanted to create skin products that would not only protect, but also rejuvenate our complexions, so we can keep looking as young as we feel.

Stem cells hard at work
Skin stem cells regenerate, renew and repair the skin. They are like a benevolent army, rebuilding epidermis every month. They also protect us from UV-induced radiation. Unfortunately, our skin cells get tired and wear out as we age and with prolonged exposure to the sun.[i]

Plant stem cells to the rescue
Plants have evolved specialized mechanisms of stem cell reproduction in order to survive rooted in one environment. They continually adapt and grow new leaves and flowers. Plant stem cells are totipotent, meaning they can develop into any kind of cell and make a whole new plant.

Acai and Alpine Roses
Plant stem cells contain the same benefits as the plants from which they were derived. So scientists went looking for plants that could adapt and thrive in harsh environments, and found two champions adapting and thriving in very different extremes—a tropical palm tree and an alpine rose.

The acai palm is native to Central and South America and grows in flood plains along rivers. Acai has won acclaim for its densely nutritious berries; however, the plant’s stems also contain potent antioxidants. Rooted in a place with intense UV exposure, constant flooding and extreme tropical temperatures, acai developed secondary metabolites to be able to survive in its environment. The most important secondary metabolite acai produces in its cell walls is Ferulic Acid, which acts as a free radical scavenger and antioxidant.[ii]

The alpine rose (Rhododendron ferrugineum), can live for over 100 years in the high altitude, exposed areas of the Swiss Alps and still produce beautiful, bell-shaped pink flowers. Naturally these plant stem cells protect from environmental factors and aging to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.[iii]

Our products with plant power
At Peak Scents we harnessed the power of plant stem cells from rose and acai in our Rose Phyto3 products to help you protect and renew your skin. The plant stem cell technology allows us to resist the deterioration of aging and UV exposure, like a fierce flower on a mountaintop blooms no matter what the weather brings.

[i] http://www.the-dermatologist.com/content/stem-cell-technology-and-skin

 

[ii] http://activeconceptsllc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Technical-Data-Sheet7.pdf

 

[iii] https://mibellebiochemistry.com/products/phytocelltec-alp-rose/

* Photo courtesy of Kate Waters


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