Soybean skin benefits? Yes, there are lots of them! This legume, which is widely popular in our region, isn’t just found in our pantries, it’s also used in many skincare products. But what is it about soybean that makes it good for the skin? We break down its skin benefits below as well as our recommendations of products that contain it.
Rich in antioxidants and brightening components
Soybeans contain genistein which carries many antioxidants and brightening components. This is often found in skincare products that help aid in skin brightening and deal with hyperpigmentation. Genistein is also rich in fatty acids and vitamin E that help repair the skin from within.
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Aside from helping deal with hyperpigmentation and redness, soybeans also possess anti-inflammatory properties that soothe swelling, redness, and irritation.
Reduce premature signs of skin ageing
We’re still prone to UVB exposure even when at home. UVB causes damage to the outermost layer of our skin and can contribute significantly to skin-ageing — or worse, cause skin cancer. Soybeans are rich in soy isoflavones that are proven to help reduce UVB-induced damage. Isoflavones are also phytoestrogen which are compounds similar to females’ natural hormone, estrogen. Incorporating isoflavones into one’s beauty routine can help mimic the effects of healthy estrogen levels like increased collagen production as well as improved skin firmness and elasticity.
For strengthening the skin barrier
Soybean oil or skincare products with soybean ingredients also help strengthen our skin barrier. This helps our skin become more protected from harmful factors from the environment that can cause skin irritation and other skin damage.
For retaining skin moisture and suppleness
Soybeans are especially recommended for those with dry and combination skin because of their skin hydrating effects. This is because the phytosterols they contain also help increase the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which traps water in the skin so it looks plump, healthy and dewy.
Soybean-infused product recommendations
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