It's Called Beauty Sleep for a Reason

It's Called Beauty Sleep for a Reason

In a prestige announcement, Deloitte declared Lifeline Skin Care’s parent company, International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO), to be one of 2014’s Technology Fast 500™ fastest growing companies in North America. Moreover, International Stem Cell was the only regenerative medical company to make the list.

Inclusion on the list brought this response from Andrey Semechkin, PhD, ISCO's CEO and Co-Chairman, "Being highlighted by Deloitte as one of America’s fastest growing companies both enhances our reputation and formally acknowledges our achievements over the last few years.”

Founded in 2007, ISCO has been on an amazingly fast track of discoveries and accomplishments. They created the world’s first human pluripotent stem cells using unfertilized eggs, a revolutionary and ethical way to grow new healthy cells to replace damaged ones – without destroying human embryos. In 2010, ISCO received a US Patent for this technology coined as “parthenogenetic” stem cells. Europe followed suit in 2014 and ruled for ISCO’s patent protection in the EU nations as well. Dedicated to curing Parkinson’s disease, ISCO began pre-clinical trial work in 2011 and published a seminal paper in Nature Scientific Reports describing how to grow human cells to treat Parkinson’s disease. Human trials are expected to start using ISCO’s technology as early as this month in Australia, with US trials following shortly thereafter. ISCO is indeed a on a fast track to making life-changing differences in stem-cell medicine.

Deloitte, one of the world’s largest and well respected organizations providing audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services in more than 150 countries, provides a ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies, both public and private, in the U.S. and Canada. Award winners for 2014 were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2009 to 2013. ISCO’s quoted growth rate of 448% during that time span places the company at #215 in the Fast 500 list, and at position #21 out of only 47 biotechnology companies.

While Lifeline Skin Care has undeniably become an industry leader in effective anti-aging, stem-cell skin care, our creation was really no more than an after-thought to a much bigger story. The scientists at our parent company, International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO) were hard at work developing revolutionary uses for stem-cells in the quest to cure degenerative diseases. An “aha” moment occurred when they realized how the same bio-engineering technology could be used in skin care. Lifeline products were created to make the technology available in the general marketplace, and in late 2010, the subsidiary company of Lifeline Skin Care was established. To further fund their important medical research, ISCO structured Lifeline so its profits would be an additional source of vital financial support.

Lifeline, and all of its customers, can share in the pride of helping ISCO make such a monumental difference in the world of medical breakthroughs. We will keep you informed on other exciting developments.

Who among us hasn’t been jolted awake by the alarm clock only to despair that it couldn’t possibly be morning already?  Whether that scenario is commonplace in your life or a rare occurrence has been shown to be a determining factor in whether the negative consequences of sleep deprivation will be short term or long-lasting.

Most of us accept that we will “pay” the next day for a short night of sleep.  We expect we’ll be able to function but feel a bit dull or fuzzy around the edges.  Our eyes may be puffy and we may need some extra concealer over the dark circles; but we assume we’ll “catch up” after a good night sleep and bounce back to normal.  Don’t count on it.

New clinical research shows that while we may be able to get away with an occasional night of abbreviated sleep, chronic sleep deprivation is directly linked to lasting changes to our skin.  Inadequate sleep has been conclusively correlated with reduced skin health and accelerated skin aging.  Some experts claim lack of sleep doubles the chance these issues will occur.  Changes such as:

  • Dull, dehydrated, lackluster complexion
  • Uneven pigmentation of the skin
  • Acceleration of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Worsening acne
  • Increased sensitivity to environmental pollutants and
  • Decreased ability to recover from damage caused by sun exposure

Chronic sleep deprivation has long been known to impact cognitive performance, critical thinking and serious health issues like diabetes, obesity and immune deficiency.  The new findings show its effects on skin health and aging are also long-term and much more significant than circles and short–lived puffiness.  Just how does sleep loss cause long lasting damage to skin?

  • Lack of sleep reduces skin’s ability to stay hydrated and supple.  When skin is dehydrated, it appears dull and dry and has less elasticity.
  • Chronic sleep deprivation causes the body to secrete more of the stress hormone cortisol.  Excess levels of cortisol destroy collagen, the skin’s protein responsible for keeping skin smooth and elastic.
  • Habitually high levels of stress hormones in the blood lead to inflammation within the skin.  The result of the inflammation is aging and wrinkles.
  • Routinely missing out on deep sleep means you are not getting enough “deep-wave” sleep.  Consequently, your brain doesn’t get the rest it needs to release enough human growth hormone, which is essential to normal tissue repair.

So what’s to do?  Stop looking at sleep as a luxury; treat it as an essential component to your overall well-being.  Use these proven tips for better sleep and find out what works for you.

  • Have a consistent sleep schedule with the same bedtime and waking time 7 days a week.
  • Avoid alcohol, heavy meals and caffeine four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Exercise daily.  Not only does it induce quality night time sleep, it helps to increase circulation and deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
  • Establish a relaxing nightly ritual that prepares your mind and body for sleep.
  • Ensure that your room is conducive to quality sleep.  Check on lighting, temperature, noise and bedding and adjust anything that is not beneficial to sleep.

How about the damage that has already been done?  Take comfort in your renewed commitment to adequately meeting your body’s sleep needs.  In addition, Lifeline Skin Care customers can be assured that while they are savoring their beauty sleep, their Night Recovery Moisture Complex will never sleep a wink.