High tech skin care can often arrive with high prices, but these cutting edge products can work wonders to protect your skin, nurture it, and in some cases, help reduce or strongly prevent the signs of aging. At a recent Beauty Media expo, I had a chance to chat with the representative from LifeLine Skin Care. Their products feature a patent-pending, proprietary stem cell technology (using non-embryonic stem cells).
Last Summer we reviewed LifeLine’s Defensive Day Serum with SPF 15 ($160.00 per 1 fl. oz.) in an upscale sun care article. It can help “rescue” your skin more ways than one. The oxygen free pump keeps the product from contamination, and even the metallic silver outer box with light blue accents, looks elegant and expensive. At $160 it is expensive, but it is also high tech skincare that helps prevent the signs of aging, and encourages younger looking skin, with Vitamins A, E, B and D, plus antioxidants and a minimal SPF 15.
There’s also a Recovery Night Moisture Serum ($190 1 fl. oz) featuring the same great cocktail of goodies, including the non-embryonic stem cells (HSC-X.) and Vitamins B and E, plus a powerful collection of antioxidants.
Before I take this review any further with this review, you should know that LifeLine stem cell serums use “nanotechnology” – a high-tech way to create microscopic molecules that help the product penetrate the outer layer of skin (rather than just sit on top of it. The stem cells LifeLine uses, just to be clear, are human in origin but not fabricated from a human fetus. Without going into too much tech-speak, the company uses eggs donated from women at some of the IVF clinics in California (the Advice Sisters didn’t get additional information about how the women are compensated, but we are assuming that they are,or donate voluntarily). The eggs are somehow “tricked” into thinking they’ve been fertilized (there is no sperm involved and they do not create a fetus). Then, the bio=engineered stem cells produced are used in LifeLine skin care.
Some may still be squeamish about this, but many more will simply consider the benefits. And, when you’re paying this much money for a product, you want to know why these ingredients may work to help your skin. It is a challenge to impart do this without again, getting too technical but here are the basic functions of the key ingredients in these products:
Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that is proven to stimulate the production of collagen. It also reduces UV-induced cell/DNA damage and is proven to help minimize fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.
Vitamin E in skin care is thought to have multiple benefits as an antioxidant that is thought to fight off free radicals that cause the signs of aging. Some examples of free radicals are smoke, pollutants and sun exposure.
Vitamin B is good for dry skin or aids in reducing the look of age spots and helps to even out skin tone. It has some acne-fighting properties, too.
The non-embryonic stem cell extracts that were developed and patented by International Stem Cell Corporation help stimulate collagen and elastin production and provide epidermal, keratinocyte and fibroblast growth factors to firm and smooth skin.
Hylauronic acid is a super-hydrator that helps skin retain moisture with the ability to attract and retain water up to 1000 times its weight. It also helps to reduce the look of dark circles. ,
Matrixyl 3000 is a powerful anti-wrinkle ingredients because of its ability to “remodel” skin, minimize wrinkles and improve tone and elasticity.
Very new and exciting, is the LifeLine Eye Firming Complex 0.5 fl. oz. $97.00. The HSC-X stem cell complex also helps to firm and tighten the skin around the delicate eye area and help reduce lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and the proven, high powered, high tech ingredient Matrixyl 3000 all work in concert to replenish moisture and supply nutrients to the eye area. A what makes this eye serum particularly interesting is the addition of Matrixyl 3000. Matrixyl is an anti-wrinkle peptide popular in today’s anti-aging wrinkle creams, but I’ve been told, it doesn’t usually mix well with some of the better eye cream ingredients. Since it is such a powerful anti-aging ingredient, the fact that LifeLine has figure out how to use it in an eye serum, is great news. The product is non greasy and absorbs quickly, with no odor or mess. Apply a small amount right above the cheekbone and below the brow area, morning and evening. See if it doesn’t make a big difference in your eye area!
In all fairness, I’m almost never able to try something long enough to see real results, because these take time I can’t offer to a single product or line, and still write the advicesisters’ columns. However, non-embryonic human stem cells could be the next best thing to our hope for youth in a bottle. While the cost of using a collection of these products is high, the ingredients are a powerful draw. If your budget can stand the strain, or you’re trying to avoid more costly and potentially painful skin treatments down the road, these products could really be a good investment. Check them out, and get a lot more information at www.lifelineskincare.com and through select physicians offices and luxury spas.