Astor Gravelle (cartoonmayhem) wrote in shampooscience,
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Anti-Aging Cream Using Stem Cell Technology…er, Maybe Nott.

This is such an apt site. I love it for exposing science terms turning into advertising buzz words…which is a fancy way of saying: lying. And at $190.00 an ounce, this isn't pocket change that these guys are trying to extract from us.

Now Amatokin by Voss Laboratories is claiming to use stem cell technology in their anti-aging cream. Except on closer inspection…well, frankly, they don't. This is another bogus product that is causing the Marketing Director Gina Gay to backpedal considerably when confronted with their astonishing claims, as the advertising insert you find with the product states: "These new Stem Cell emulsions are changing everything:"

She says that there is merely confusion around whether this product actually contains stem cells, "which it does not" she admitted.

Ohh. What then? During the same conversation she says Voss Laboratories "focuses exclusively on stem cell technology." But the product Amatokin "highlights" the stem cells found in skin.

And what does Highlighting mean, since there is not medical or structural change in the body termed highlighting.
Nor are there any stem cells in any wrinkle and skin care products that use stem cells.

The product insert says that the stem cell emulsions actually rejuvenate your skin by awakening your body's own reservoir of undifferentiated Stem Cells.

But the real definition of stem cells can be quickly googled. Here is a definition of Stem Cells from MedTerms:

Definition of Stem Cell

Stem cell: One of the human body's master cells, with the ability to grow into any one of the body's more than 200 cell types.

All stem cells are unspecialized (undifferentiated) cells that are characteristically of the same family type (lineage). They retain the ability to divide throughout life and give rise to cells that can become highly specialized and take the place of cells that die or are lost.

Stem cells contribute to the body's ability to renew and repair its tissues. Unlike mature cells, which are permanently committed to their fate, stem cells can both renew themselves as well as create new cells of whatever tissue they belong to (and other tissues).

Bone marrow stem cells, for example, are the most primitive cells in the marrow. From them all the various types of blood cells are descended. Bone marrow stem-cell transfusions (or transplants) were originally given to replace various types of blood cells.

Stem cells from bone marrow can also, quite remarkably, give rise to non-marrow cells. In a 1999 report in the journal Nature, scientists from Boston led by Dr. Louis M. Kunkel reported that they gave bone marrow transplants from normal mice to dystrophic mice. Some 12 weeks later about 10% of the muscle fibers in the diseased animals were making the correct form of dystrophin, the protein that is defective in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. This work suggests that bone marrow stem cells may offer new ways of treating muscular dystrophy (and other non-blood diseases).

They are not found on the surface of the skin which is the depository of the dead skin cells that we are sloughing off. And this cream, like all skin creams is not going to penetrate much deeper than that layer of dead cells.

Once again, another skin cream manufacturer is asking the customer to buy into malarkey dressed as scientific fact.
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