When it comes to skincare, beauty junkies are always on the lookout for the next It ingredient. Green tea was all the rage just a few years ago, before the more exotic Blue tansy oil became the popular kid in town. But there’s a new lesser-known ingredient quietly making waves in the beauty industry: cord lining stem cells.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are able to divide to produce more stem cells or even become specialised cells, which is why they are often referred to as mother cells. They are also responsible for the renewal and repair work in all parts of your body, including your skin. While much has been said about the use of stem cells in skincare, in reality, stem cells are hard to come by, and their use has been limited to medical therapies.
Beauty products on the market may have dabbled with plant stem cells for their hydrating and antioxidant effects. However, the technology of human and mammalian stem cells on topical skincare is virtually undiscovered. This is till Singapore-based biomedical company CellResearch Corp identified the lining of the umbilical cord as a rich source of stem cells. This source is so plentiful that the biomedical company is able to use these stem cells to develop medical applications, such as wound healing, as well as a cosmeceutical line called Calecim Professional.
This line of clinical skincare uses a patented technology to create a potent mix of proteins, growth factors and cytokines produced by cord lining stem cells as an active ingredient. These proteins can instruct skin cells to behave in a “youthful” manner.
Stem cell proteins do this by signalling our skin to boost cell regeneration and accelerate wound healing. They can also restore skin, encourage repair and epidermal cell turnover. The result: skin becomes healthier, more resilient, firmer and looks younger.
Doctors recommend that Calecim be used in the clinic after procedures to boost healing and optimise aesthetic results; as well as at-home as an anti-ageing treatment. Created by scientists, Calecim harnesses 10 years of stem cell research and technology into a skincare range that is said to work wonders in helping to lift, tighten and renew skin. It is believed to be the world’s only anti-ageing system powered by umbilical cord lining stem cells.