Soy Based Products
Soybeans are used in facial cream, neck cream, body creams, foot creams and hand creams. The soy proteins help to condition and protect skin making it an effective natural anti-oxidant and conditioning agent. Soy-based skin care products have a natural UV ray blocker, and they help keep damaging pollutants from entering skin pores – all great qualities that help reverse the effects of sun damage, dryness and other environmental factors that can cause pre-mature aging of the skin.
The proteins from soybeans are extracted using a method involving water and heat which allows the protein to separate from the bean. Soy beans in skincare products appear as Glycine Soja protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed soy protein extract, Glycine Soja peptide and soy amino acids. Soy proteins make up the majority of soybean ingredients found in skin care products.
Benefits of Soy:
Soybeans are a natural antioxidant. Soy-based products might be gentle on the skin, but they can pack a punch when it comes to delivering results. Surprisingly, this simple ingredient is effective for creating a brighter and more even-toned complexion. Topical soy has been even shown to lighten skin discoloration due to Melasma and sun damage. It does this by inhibiting skin’s over-production of melanin skin pigment. In fact, soy-based products are a viable option for those looking for an alternative to prescription-strength ingredients like retinoids and hydroquinone (typically prescribed to lighten or treat dark patches and Melasma).
Clinical studies have shown that soy-based ingredients do effectively reduce pigmentation. Not only that, clinical and scientific studies show that soy proteins can also work to moisturize skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Overall, soy is an appealing alternative ingredient for those who want an all-natural, simple beauty routine without compromising effectiveness, quality, or price.
Beta Carotene Based Products
Red, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are packed with beta carotene, a nutrient that delivers amazing benefits to the skin. That’s because the body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healing wounds, protecting against sun damage, and promoting cell turnover (think anti-aging).
Topical forms of beta carotene are also good for the skin. The antioxidant properties of beta carotene have the ability to increase cell turn-over and regeneration in the outer layers of the skin, making it effective for ingredient for repairing damaged skin. Products created with beta-carotene can restore suppleness to the skin while adding a “glowing” pigment that seemingly evens out the skin tone.
If that’s not enough, beta-carotene’s corrective properties are used in skin creams to help heal minor wounds, prevent scarring, reduce skin irritation and calm itchy skin.
Beta carotene is fast becoming a new ‘go-to’ ingredient for healthy skin – not only does it help your skin from within, topical treatments deliver promising results too.