Stem Cell Skin Serums Review
Did you know that all "skin stem cell serums" don't contain any skin stem cells? Or even any stem cells? All you get is a drop of apple juice! Stem cell skin serums are a fraud. Most victims of this scam will buy based on what it says in the ads and on the labels: "Skin stem cell serum". Stem cell technology is new and exciting and the average Joe and Jane aren't biotechnologists so when faced with the label "Skin Stem Cells" and an astronomical price tag, their due diligence will usually not go further than googling the term "Stem cell skin serum" and will at best end up with a sneaky advertorial like in the the "femail" section of the Daily Mail, pretending to be "fair and balanced" but make no mistake - such articles are expensive.
Skin stem cell serums contain no skin stem cells
What does the manufacturers of those "Skin Stem Cell" serums mean with the term "Skin stem cell serum"? All that is meant is that they sell a serum intended for use on the skin, made of apple juice. An apple contains some apple stem cells, and when you juice it, you've technically made "apple stem cell serum". This is the apple it's allegedly made of, the Uttwiler spätlauber (they mention "cell cultures" of that apple too):
The sales pitch used is that someone noticed that those apples stay fresh remarkably long. Followed by how they only use organically grown apples from Swiss mountain meadows, yadda, yadda.
Stem cell serums don't contain apple stem cells
Most of the "stem cell" peddlers are reluctant to give a full list of ingredients, instead trying to make you think there are apple stem cells in their product, which there are not because those cells can't be easily isolated and even harder stored in a cosmetic product full of chemicals, stored at room temperature. If you ever find an ingredients list, you will notice that they won't claim to contain actual apple stem cells either, but are "based on" or "conditioned by" those stem cells. This to avoid getting into trouble, because it is totally impossible to keep living plant cells alive in a toxic (for them) broth at room temperature. We did find the occasional sociopathic/clueless vendor giving a very strong vibe of "stemcelliness", but mostly they are wise enough not to incriminate themselves.
Serums are not from Uttwiler spätlauber apples
It gets even worse. Not only are there no human skin stem cells in those serums, not only are there no apple stem cells to be found in them either, but the potions aren't even prepared with the "magical apple" Uttwiler spätlauber. In the ads, all that is mentioned is Malus domestica, which is latin for "apple tree":
Sometimes they add "(Swiss Apple)". But that only means that they bought a couple of barrels of apple sauce from a Swiss farmer, if they bothered with that at all because it is impossible to prove from which country a few drops of apple juice in a mixture of 30 other chemicals came from.
Experts: "Apple stem cells can't benefit the skin"
RG-Cell: Expensive snake oil
What do the real experts without a horse in the race say about the claims that a small bottle costing $99,- "made with apple extract" can rejuvenate the skin? Professor Liam Dolan, the Sheradian Professor of Botany at Oxford University, who specialises in studying plant cells says he thinks it's nonsense. "I don't see how plant stem cells could interact with human stem cells in this way", he says. Source. Note that in reality, those "serums" don't even contain actual apple stem cells. Of course a stem cell of an apple can never rejuvenate the skin. All it can do is grow apple skin. That's what stem cells do. Tiger bone stem cells grow tiger bone, rhinoceros horn stem cells grow rhinoceros horn and apple stem cells grow apple seeds or apple skin, etc.
Daniel Schmid, research director of Mibelle Biochemistry, the company behind "PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica", admits that there is no evidence that his product does anything good for the skin either: "The anti-ageing benefit for the skin after topical application could not be confirmed in a clinical trial." Source
So what we have is an extremely expensive product, containing cheap ingredients, having no science whatsoever behind it to justify its existence, riding on deceptive "stem cell" hype. Buyer beware. If you want to do something good for your skin, use topically applied vitamins, combined perhaps with dermarolling with the shortest needles. Vitamins are by definition essential for the body. Most people have a deficiency due to a bad diet and depleted agrobusiness soils. But you can't patent vitamins.. Please understand that a patent does not mean that apple stem cells improve the skin or that the product of the patentee does something useful. The patent is not related to any of that. It's for an extraction method. The goal is to be able to fence with a patent, to be able to imply: "This serum is patented so it must be something unique that really works". But a patent for an extraction method does not support any of the promises and claims.
"Stem cell" bandwagon riders - more of the same
Since the "Swiss apple" concept has been monopolized already, copycats have sprung up, offering all kinds of "stem cell extracts" of palm trees and whathaveyou. Anyone with the slightest understanding of biochemistry knows that additional ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid will lyse (kill) any type of living cell floating in it. And that dead stem cells don't work. And that a stem cell from a plant can't do anything for the human body anyway. We like to remain honest and had to tell this customer that stem cell skin serums are nonsense and that we would never sell them:
Having spent a small fortune, faced with the fact that there were no stem cells whatsoever in the small bottle, this customer expressed the hope that the allegedly comprised "caviar extract" would "activate the body's own skin stem cells". "With all due respect, that's nonsense", I said.
Nothing personal, Adam - this is directed against the claims of the potion peddlers, not you.
Skin stem cell serums are fake, a fraud, a hoax
If you still believe in these skin serum apple stem cell claims, do your wallet a favor and buy some apples, mush them and apply the result to your face. You'd literally have a millionfold stronger concentration and it would perhaps actually contain some intact, living apple stem cells. Not that they would do anything for your skin but that's not because you did not use the mythical, magical, unobtainable "Uttwiler spätlauber", conveniently (for the scammers) impossible to buy in a store because it's such a low quality apple that it's only useful to make apple juice with (Source: "Qualität: Mostapfel" in the first image). Because "the ideal juice apple tastes terrible", according to this Swiss source.