When you hear the word soybeans, images such as tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, soybean paste, miso soup or even soy candles may come to mind.
But did you ever think about soybeans in your skin care?
The well documented research of the skin care benefits of soybeans has lead to an explosion with the cosmetic industry using this ingredient in their products.
The use of soybeans in natural skin care products is becoming increasingly popular. Soybean extracts, soybean oil, and soybean protein are commonly used as key regenerating and anti-aging ingredients to provide moisture retention, hydration and collagen repair for the skin. Other skin benefits includes evening skin tone and reducing blotchiness.
Some brands claim their soy derived products can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help protect the skin from environmental stresses. Claims can be over-hyped and it is important as a consumer to be extra vigilant when selecting the right soy skin care product.
Soybeans in skin care products are often used as a replacement for animal fat and petroleum and mineral oils as the soy bean oil can smooth you skin and nourish it as well.
As for the hair care benefits of soy, products that incorporate soy extract into its shampoo and conditioner help boost hair’s radiance, reduce breakage and it is believed to even prevent hair loss. Manufacturers prefer using soybeans in hair care products over other ingredients because the soy protein gives your hair shine and luster. (John Masters Organics and Burts Bees has a good range of natural organic hair products derived from soy).
You will also find the soybean protein in many other personal care items like hair dyes, shower gels, and various makeup products.
Trisha Calvo, executive editor of Shape magazine, says soy continues to be one of the most popular natural anti-aging ingredients. “Everyone is different regarding what works and what doesn’t,” Calvo says. “We always recommend to try it and be patient. Plastic surgery might work overnight, but no beauty product will do that.”
The presence of a component called genistein has increased the use of soy extract in anti-aging products. Other components present in soya stimulate the collagen production in your skin which in turn increases the elasticity of your skin. Facts provide that soybean curd were used earlier to cure skin infections as the isoflavones replaced the collagen into the skin, lost due to accident or physical damage.
There may be lots of soy-based skin care products, but the best way to getting the soy nutrition for your skin is eating it. It’s absolutely delicious! Just thinking about the wonderful tofu dishes at Chinese restaurants is making my mouth water. With the countless variety of soybeans derived foods and beverages to choose from, you can incorporate soybeans into your daily diet as stew, soups, curried, soybean milk, tofu, with vegetables, dips and also in salads. The protein and vitamin B2 in soybeans will help to metabolize amino acids, which in return rejuvenate the skin and leave it soft and glowing. Moreover the essential fatty acids in soybeans, moisturize your skin naturally.
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