Ingredient Spotlight: How Apple Stem Cells Work to Slow Signs of Ageing

Apple stem cells refer to the specialised cells found in the stem tissue of apple trees (specifically the Malus domestica species) that possess unique regenerative and longevity properties. These cells are obtained through a process called plant cell culture technology, which involves extracting and culturing the stem cells in a laboratory setting.

The primary characteristic of apple stem cells is their ability to regenerate and renew themselves. It’s no wonder, then, that skincare formulators have been keen to study the unique ingredient and its impact on the skin.

Apple stem cells and the skin

A recent in vivo study made available by Hindawi reveals that apple stem cells can have an anti-inflammatory and repairing effect on the skin. The study, which was published in 2022 and conducted on animals, concluded that the topical application of the ingredient “could improve the repair phase in the epidermis and dermis layer with skin barrier functions increment after UVB-induced damage.”

The impact UVB exposure can have on the skin is well-understood. As stated in an article published on PubMed, “UVB can cause direct damage to DNA and reach the epidermis.” UVB exposure often presents as photodamage and photoageing on the skin. In its place, sunburns, wrinkles, pigmentation and a leathery appearance can appear. Apple stem cells therefore have the capacity to slow such signs of ageing from appearing, or appearing with the same intensity.

Ingredient use in Australian skincare

One such Australian brand making the most of apple stem cells in its products is Ultraderm. Founder Pauline Valle cites the ingredient for its ability to “visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles associated with the ageing process,” as well as “assist with evening out skin tone and maintaining skin condition.”

A number of Ultraderm skincare products feature apple stem cells as a hero ingredient. What makes the ingredient so unique, Pauline says, is their “combination of properties”. The ingredient’s capabilities, it appears, are various.

“[Apple stem cells] have an ability to continually regenerate themselves, which assists in [creating] a rejuvenation effect on the skin. They contain a high concentration of active compounds which promote skin cell vitality. They support the skin’s natural repair function, protect against environmental aggressors, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

One benefit of working with the ingredient is its suitability to pair with a range of product formulas, Pauline notes. “It is particularly beneficial for users with age-related skin concerns such as lines, wrinkles, devitalised as well as environmentally-stressed skin. Apple stem cells are a generally well-tolerated ingredient for most skin types, making it suitable for a wide range of individuals.”

Tackling skin moisture levels

Ultraderm’s signature Active Regenerating Cream has recently been reformulated to combine apple stem cells with another unique ingredient called FeminageTM. Feminage works to inhibit glycation, which can be exacerbated in menopause.

“We integrated Feminage to enhance the formula by offering supplementary skin conditioning, resilience maintenance and strengthening properties,” Pauline says. The ingredient is said to assist in maintaining skin resilience, firmness and elasticity during estrogen decline.

Ultraderm’s new-look Active Regenerating Cream

For Pauline, utilising unique ingredients like apple stem cells in Ultraderm products comes with priotising those that are seen to be “efficacious, skin compatible, and that deliver real results to the skin.” 

“We are committed to using high quality ingredients from reputable suppliers. We conduct thorough quality control measures throughout the manufacturing process,” Pauline adds.

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