Soy is something we think of as the food on our plate, not something we put on our face; But just as soy has many benefits for your physical health, it also has qualities that may help you look more beautiful. The isoflavones in soy are often touted for their ability to help skin look younger, and the vitamin E in soy lipids can help skin regenerate damaged tissue. Soy beauty products may be able to help women use nature to look more beautiful.
Many skin cleansers and lotions contain soy for its moisturizing properties. Soy contains vitamin E, which is useful when applied topically as a moisturizer. The website FashioniHub.com notes that consuming the phytoestrogens in soy may help the body produce more estrogen, which can minimize wrinkles and fine lines.
Consuming soy may help make your nails stronger and less brittle. The website DailyGlow.com says that consuming soy, in the form of tofu, soy milk and tempeh, can strengthen your nails and make them less prone to breaking.
Smoother and Fuller Hair
Soy may have benefits in treating hair loss, particularly for men. According to a 2004 study led by Trent D. Lund at the University of Colorado, soy is an anti-androgen, meaning that it can neutralize the effects of excess male hormones. Excess male hormones can lead to hair loss and abnormal hair growth. Soy may also help smooth the appearance of hair, and it is used in many shampoos and conditioners.
Soy may have benefits in bio-lipid based wrinkle prevention, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Chemists Dave Compton and Joe Laszlo, from the agency's Agricultural Research Service, discovered bio-lipids in soy, referred to as ferulic soy glycerides, which could prevent wrinkles and have future uses as an ingredient in anti-aging products, shampoos and cleansers.
Soy contains natural antioxidants, which may have antiaging effects. Paula Begoun, also known as the "Cosmetics Cop," reports that the plant-based phytochemicals in soy can fight free radicals, which contribute to the aging process. Soy also stimulates collagen production and may improve skin's elasticity.
- Daily Glow: Help for Brittle, Easy-to-Break Nails
- Fashion iHub: Soy for Beauty
- "Equol is a Novel Anti-Androgen that Inhibits Prostate Growth and Hormone Feedback": Journal of Biological Reproduction; Trent D. Lund; University of Colorado; 2004
- USDA Agricultural Research Service: Soy Discoveries Lead to New Class of Cosmetics Ingredient
- Cosmetics Cop: Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary: Soy