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In medicine, there is the term “magic bullet”. It refers to the ONE pill/treatment/procedure that will singlehandedly cure a severe illness.
Once in a while something new comes along, shows promising results in the first studies, hopes get high… until time (and more research) shows, that it might be, indeed, a great addition to the existing procedures, but not the “Magic bullet” we secretly hoped for.
Sadly (shh, don´t tell my daughter) that is not the kind of magic you´ll find on this earth.
So if anyone tells you that stem cells in your cosmetics are the “magic bullet” and will replace your aging cells to make your face all shiny and new, send them off to the sunset on the back of their unicorn.
Stem Cells in your body are amazing, and they may play a huge role in medicine in the time to come.
Stem cells in plants are amazing as well.
For the plant.
See, an apple stem cell has the means to replace aging apple cells. If the conditions are right.
When put in a cream, they aren´t. Because the cell is dead, and, more important, because you are not an apple.
So are plant stem cells just a gimmick?
No. They do have antioxidant properties. They are just not the “magic bullet” of skin care.
Latest stem cell product on my vanity? The Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask
What Peter Thomas Roth claims
Cutting-edge plant biotechnology isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for truly astonishing results. With state-of-the-art, 21st century breakthrough technology, five rose plant stem cells – Rose Commiphora, Desert Rose, Damas Rose, Pale Rose and White Rose – are blended with four rose extracts – Rosa Damascena, Rosa Canina, Rose Hip Seed and Rose Water – in a cooling gel to help invigorate and improve the look of skin vitality. Helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness and sagging as it strengthens and tones the look of skin. Skin is left looking silky soft, radiant, beautiful and youthful.
Prize and size
Texture and smell
Gel like and cooling, this is very nice to put on in the summer. The scent is floral, as you would expect, a delicate and modern rose fragrance.
Application and effects
Application is easy, it is comfortable to wear and my skin feels fresh and hydrated after use. I don´t think it is tighter though, or noticeably more youthful.
- Butylene Glycol: Humectant
- Propanediol: Increases penetration of acids, Humectant
- Rosa Centifolia Leaf Cell extract: Stem cells, antioxidant
- Rosa Alba Leaf Cell extract: Stem cells, antioxidant
- Rosa Damascena Leaf Cell extract: Stem cells, antioxidant
- Rosa Canina Fruit Extract: Rich in Vitamin C, improves collagen production, lightens pigmentation
- Rosa Damascena Flower Oil: said to be toning and improves texture
- Rosa Centifolia Flower Water: Skin toning
- Commiphora Myrrha Leaf Cell Extract: Stem cells, antioxidant
- Adenium Obesum (Desert Rose) Leaf Cell Extract: Stem cells, antioxidant
- Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate: Firming, adstringent
- Glycerin: Humectant
- Allantoin: Aminoacid, soothing irritated skin
- Aloe Barbadensis Juice: Antiinflammatory, soothing
- BHT: Antixodant
- Sodium PCA: Humectant, naturally occurring in skin (drop with age), protecting skins acid mantle, antiinflammatory
- PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil: Emulsifying, should not be used on broken skin
- Trideceth-9: Surfactant
- Triethanolamine: ph adjuster, potential irritant
- Carbomer: Thickener
- Propylene Glycol: Solvent
- Ethylhexylglycerin: Preservative
- PPG-26-Buteth-26: Emulsifier
- Ethylhexyl Salicylate: absorbs UVB rays/ultraviolet
- Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone): broad spectrum SPF
- Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate): SPF
- Disodium EDTA: Binding Agent
- Potassium Sorbate: Preservative
- RED 33 (CI 17200): Colorant
I am a little at loss why they would add different kinds of sunscreen to a face mask (maybe it is to protect the ingredients from degrading?), but it does contain a lot of stem cells (aka sources of antioxidants, see intro) and humectants for hydration.
Does it live up to its claims?
But that is down to the claims. “Truly astonishing results”? “21 century breakthrough technology”? You need to provide more than a hydrating and antioxidant rich face mask if that is what you claim.
Would I repurchase?
Exaggerated claims annoy me, and I have other hydrating and antioxidant rich face masks I prefer (This one for example).
Who do I recommend it to?
If you are a fan of rose scented products, or if you have found stem cells to work wonders on your skin, then this might be a product to try.