Can your beauty products actually turn back the clock and undo the ravages of time on your body? Not exactly in the strictest sense.
The problem with the way we look at beauty products is in the way we treat aging. We talk about “anti-aging” as if the right formula will make you 21 forever. Instead, we should look at beauty products as “aging-friendly.” They’re actually designed to take aging into account and keep up maintenance with the body’s healthy, natural processes.
There’s a division of philosophies between “aging gracefully” and “fighting it every step of the way.” If you’re determined to battle aging at all costs, the treatments can get pretty weird. When we’re getting into snake venom and electricity, we have to wonder if we’re doing more harm than good.
Timothy Caulfield, Professor & Research Director at the University of Alberta and author of the book Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?, has observed that “it’s hard for people to come to terms with their own mortality.” Yes, but resisting the body’s natural processes, including aging, is a self-defeating mission. Instead, the “age gracefully” path gets better results.
Stem Cell Therapies
Part of the body’s natural process is to generate new cells, move them into a place where they’re needed and get rid of old cells that are becoming useless. We do this all our lives, but as we age, the metabolic clock slows down. At this point, it could use a boost.
Stem cells are cells that can rebuild themselves into other kinds of cells, and also self-renew to produce more of the same type of cell. Your body produces these from three sources: bone marrow, adipose tissue, and blood. You can also harvest stem cells from an umbilical cord, but it’s not likely that we all have one of those lying around.
By providing more stem cells to your body, you can provide more of the structural building blocks that your body uses to repair the damage. Thus, stem cell haircare products, stem cell beauty cremes, and stem cell skincare products all work to replenish these basic body building blocks.
Most of these products are made with plant stem cells, which may seem counter-intuitive because they’re not the same thing as our body’s stem cells.
But they are “close enough” in function to provide the body with a foundation to work with. In the meantime, plants also provide a host of therapeutic benefits, such as antioxidants, terpenes, peptides, proteins, alkaloids, sugars, and essential oils. We were always using plant stem cells whenever we used plants, we just didn’t know why they worked before.
Life Is Rough On The Body
When we talk about stem cells repairing damage, you have to wonder whether it’s possible to avoid that damage in the first place? That’s not exactly easy.
Radiation is an example of an unavoidable damaging factor. We get exposed to the sun’s radiation every time we step outside. Even indoors, we are exposed to low amounts of cosmic radiation unless we’re spending all day sitting in a lead vault. The effects of radiation break down our skin and hair cells, whether we’re aware of the process or not.
A host of other environmental factors contribute to body tissue damage. Air pollution, hard water, not enough sleep, consuming too much sugar, not staying hydrated, exposure to extreme temperatures, or even just plain stress are some of the factors that damage us.
Since we’re made of the same organic matter as everything around us, it’s unavoidable that we’re going to take a few dings and dents eventually.
The Zen of Aging
Every living thing in the universe will age. We can fight against it and work against our body’s natural processes, doing more damage, or we can synergize and harmonize with our nature. When we think of “anti-aging” beauty regimens, we should think in terms of helping our bodies do what they want to do naturally.
Humans have been around for a few million years by now, and we evolved to deal with the world around us on our own terms.
By working with the body’s natural regenerative processes, it turns out that we had the means of “anti-aging” all along. We just didn’t think of it that way before.