Skin Care

By Yelena Moroz

You order edamame. You ask for soy milk in your latte. You’ve even tried cooking with tofu. So why not give soy skin care a try?

This ancient legume goes back to 2853 BC, when Emperor Sheng-Nung of China named soy as one of the five sacred plants (soybeans, rice, wheat, barley, and millet). Thousands of years later, soy still manages to impress with its healthy characteristics. For one, soy is a rich source of protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and isoflavones.

Scientists all over the world laud soybeans. A recent study in Taiwan shows that soy isoflavone extract has anti-photoaging effects, working effectively to reducing sun damage on the skin. In Brazil, research proves that six consecutive months of products with isoflavone-rich soy extract can significantly increase the number of collagen fibers. And at home, the researchers at the Johnson and Johnson Skin Research Center demonstrated that soybean extracts encourage elastin activity and protect elastic fibers from going flaccid. Clearly, continuous use of products with soybean extract can minimize the appearance of saggy skin.

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser for face and eyes is the go-to product for your nightly rituals. You can feel this gentle crème-gel formula wiping away daily residue and pollution without stripping essential nutrients from the skin, leaving only the lingering cucumber-rose scent. Since it is so gentle, you’ll be able to remove stubborn make up too, without irritating the delicate eye area. Talk about time management!

Available at http://www.fresh.com

Aveeno Positively Radiant Triple Boosting Serum’s light formula contains concentrated total soy complex. The serum dries quickly, leaving skin supple and glowing (if you look closely, this product actually contains miniscule amounts of shimmer). It works by balancing skin tone and brightening your complexion. Plus, Aveeno’s soy serum is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that prevent future sun damage. The final touch is when the aromatic fragrance boosts your mood as much as your skin tone.

Available at CVS and Duane Reade drugstores.

We call Borba Orbital Eye Rejuvenator (Soy Silk Fiber Eye Treatment) our small, but powerful secret weapon and the answer to younger looking skin around the eyes. Clinical studies show that 53% of those who use this eye treatment saw improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It works by locking in moisture and boosting collagen to smooth skin. The skin brighteners in this cream minimize dark circles. For best results, chill the Orbital Eye Rejuvenator in the fridge and gently massage onto the eye area.

Available at http://www.borba.com and http://www.drugstore.com

Bar soap is back. The lather from Kiss my Face Shea Soy Facial Cleansing Bar will make you think of bubble baths and fairies. This soap gently cleanses with calming ingredients like organic soy oil, shea butter and aloe. It works great on sensitive skin and anyone with fragrance allergies. Bonus point for finding a chic soap holder that transforms your washing basin…ahem… sink into a bathroom from the Anthropologie catalogue.

Now that you have a clean face, don’t forget the rest of the body. Pick up Pangea Organics Bar Soap (Canadian Pine with White Sage), made with organic soybean oil, moisturizing extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Soybean oil is actually a protein-rich emollient that will keep your skin in tip-top-shape. Canadian pine works as an antiseptic, which makes it a perfect choice if you tend to nick legs during shaving. Just when you think it can’t get any better, the packaging sprouts a flowering Amaranth. All you have to do is soak the box for one minute and plant in 1-inch-deep soil.

Kiss My Face is available at Whole Foods stores and http://www.kissmyface.com. Pangea Organics is available at http://www.pangeaorganics.com.

Craving dessert before bed? Save some calories with the guilt-free Éminence Organic Skin Care Blueberry Soy Night Recover Cream that smells just like a blueberry muffin! The formula works best on mature skin in need of hydration as it penetrates with blueberry juice, soy isoflavones, shea butter and grape seed oil. For most age-defying results, use the Blueberry Soy Repair Masque once a week.

Available at eminenceorganics.com

Originally published October 2009
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