Study of functional cosmetics based on stem cell technology

  • Sung Hyun Choi
  • Jisoo Yun
  • Sang Mo KwonEmail author
Review Article Regenerative Medicine


Considering the steady increase in life expectancy slowing or reversing the deleterious effects of aging has garnered considerable interest. Accordingly, functional cosmetics based on stem cell technology (Stem cell cosmetics), which combine the anti-aging concept with high technology, is an emerging trend in the cosmetics industry. Stem cells possess self-renewal properties and the potency to differentiate. Therefore, stem cells are the most important cells in the skin, as they are the source for continuous regeneration of the epidermis. Stem cell cosmetics are developed based on stem cell technology, which involves using extracts or culture media of stem cells. However, cosmetics containing stem cells or their extracts have not been released into the market due to legal, ethical, and safety concerns. Meanwhile, plant stem cells, which circumvent these problems, are highly regarded in the cosmetics industry for improving culture technology. The European Union prohibits the use of cells, tissues, or products of human origin in cosmetics, whereas the Korea Food and Drug Association has allowed the use of sources originating from stem cell media in cosmetics since 2009. The global cosmetics market is worth more than 242 billion dollars; however, cosmetic companies across the world that are developing and launching stem cell cosmetics based on stem cell activators, culture extracts, and culture media are much more focused on the Korean cosmetic market.

Key Words

Stem Cell Cosmetics Anti-aging Stem cell culture extracts Stem cell activator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Vascular Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, Department of PhysiologyPusan National University School of MedicineYangsanKorea
  2. 2.Convergence Stem Cell Research CenterPusan National University School of MedicineYangsanKorea

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