The first extract in our arsenal is the Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract. We know, a bit of a mouthful… This extract, however, doesn’t come from just any old apple tree. The apple itself is more commonly known as the Swiss Apple and comes from a very rare tree called Uttwiler Spätlauber that is native to the Swiss Alps. The tree is so rare, in fact, that the extract isn’t even from the apple itself because the tree is endangered and protected.
As the name implies, the extract is instead made from a cell culture of the Swiss apple. Using the cell cultures allows for a steady supply of these cells without driving the Uttwiler Spätlauber tree to extinction. Learn what Malus Domestica Cell Culture can do for your skin!
Increases Longevity of Skin Stem Cells
This extract has been shown to prolong the life of our skin’s stem cells. Stem cells only make up about 2-7% of our skin cells but are responsible for the constant renewal of our skin through the creation of new cells.
All of the cells in our body go through a life cycle much shorter than our own and at the end of the cell’s life cycle, it dies and is replaced by new cells. As we age, the ability of our stem cells to produce new cells becomes less efficient and eventually stops. As less and less new cells are created, the aged and dying cells begin to outnumber them, this leads to a decline in the skin’s appearance. By prolonging the life of our skin’s stem cells, we can put off the onset of visibly aged skin, giving us younger-looking skin for a longer time.
Protects Against UV Radiation
The second-largest contributor to aging skin is caused by environmental factors like air pollutants and too much sun exposure. The sun’s damaging UV radiation can cause free radicals to form on our skin. These free radicals are known to prematurely age the skin, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. This extract has a high antioxidant content which can be effective in removing and neutralizing harmful free radicals from the skin.
A recent study proved the extract’s ability to protect the cells from UV damage. They tested its effectiveness by placing two groups of cells under intense UV light. The first group was an untreated group of cells and showed a loss of about 50% of the cells after the UV exposure. The second group of cells was treated with the apple extract and only showed the loss of a few cells after an equal dose of UV radiation.
Maintains Skin Strength and Elasticity
Although this extract has been shown to increase the longevity of our stem cells, they only make up a very small percentage of our skin cells. Luckily, it also increases the productivity and longevity of cells called fibroblasts, which make up the majority of our skin cells. These cells are responsible for making proteins like collagen and elastin that maintain the shape and appearance of our skin, as well as, play a major role in the wound healing process.
As we age, our body naturally begins to lose these proteins faster and produce less of them. This weakens the skin's structure and causes it to sag and develop a crepey appearance. The apple extract has been shown to not only reduce the effects that aging has on these cells but even reverse them to some degree!
Reduces Wrinkles and Fine Lines
The combination of this extract’s antioxidants, as well as, its ability to restore the function of both our stem cells and fibroblast cells makes it a triple threat for fending off wrinkles and fine lines!
While the antioxidants remove free radicals that can cause the skin to prematurely age, the increased presence and function of both cell types will lead to more of the skin proteins collagen and elastin. This will keep the skin from sagging, increase the skin’s density, and give the skin an overall younger appearance.
Malus Domestica Cell Culture Extract Topical Benefits:
- UV protection
- Reduce wrinkles
- Reduce fine lines
- Increase skin elasticity
- Tighten skin
- Increase skin density
- Improve wound healing