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What are the skin stem cells and what do they do?
Skin stem cells are special cells that have multilayered function of feeding new cells into the skin. In the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin), stem cells add new cells called “keratinocytes.” These cells migrate to the skin’s surface and provide the body’s protective barrier. Stem cells also form hair follicles, hair, sweat glands, fat and indirectly skin color tones, collagen, and elastin tissue. As you can see, the skin’s stem cells have many important functions.
Why do skin stem cells slow down?
Skin stem cells wait for marching orders (signals) from other cells in the overall local environment. These signals direct them to divide, differentiate and replace old cells in both the epidermis and dermis. While the skin’s stem cells remain abundant as we age, they become less active. They are less responsive to signals and fail to correctly read the conditions in the skin. As a result, they produce fewer new cells to maintain the skin’s younger looking appearance.
This puts the skin in a bind. Instead of being replenished by stem cells at a normal frequency, the skin slowly thins and has less of the matrix components that provide elasticity and plumpness. These changes are observed as wrinkles, sagging and lack of luster.
How does Renewt work?
Renewt is a skin care line that contains a patent – pending new ingredient called Asymmtate. This ingredient helps stimulate a person’s own skin stem cells to more efficiently read the signals from the surrounding skin and encourages skin stem cells to produce more normal numbers of new skin cells – like they did earlier in life. In turn, these new skin cells will produce collagen, elastin and all the other matrix substances that help give the skin a healthier, younger, look.
An ancient technique has found its place in the modern world of healing. Massage cupping is a modified version of the common practice of cupping therapy, used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and the results that this simple treatment produces are impressive. Through suction and negative pressure, massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue; drain excess fluids and toxins; loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue; and bring blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.
A Cup of History
Cupping developed over time from the original use, by various indigenous peoples, of hollow animal horns to drain toxins out of snakebites and skin lesions. Horns evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by glass. Therapeutic applications evolved with the refinement of the cup itself, and with the cultures that employed cupping as a health-care technique.