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The magical powers of soybean oil

The magical powers of soybean oil

A favourite with vegetarians and vegans, thanks to its high protein content and praised for its health-boosting properties by those in the know, soya is now a staple part of our diet. What you may not know is that soya, and particularly soybean oil, is an anti-ageing superhero. Soya comes in the form of seeds and, like sunflower seeds, is refined to produce an oil. Which means soybean oil can be used on its own or incorporated into skincare creams. Here are 2 ways in which soybean oil can help your skin.

1. Get flawless skin
Soybean oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6. This powerful cocktail is the perfect skin-pampering tool. It's found in body oils, massage oils, after-suns and nourishing lip balms. In other words, it's everywhere! Kiss goodbye to tight, cracked dry skin. And say hello to a rosy, smooth, supple, glowing complexion.

2. Fight signs of ageing
Exposure to UV rays, pollution, smoking and an unhealthy lifestyle lead to the production of free radicals, which greatly accelerate the skin-ageing process. Wrinkles increase and deepen, our faces lose volume and our facial contours begin to lack definition. Present in a host of beauty products (listed as glycine soja oil), soybean oil is the perfect preemptive strike against the harmful effects of free radicals. Its age-busting components include vitamins (A, B, E and K) and minerals with antioxidant properties. And if that's not enough, we mustn't forget soybean oil's isoflavones, part of the flavonoid family. These are plant hormones similar in structure to oestrogen, meaning they play a key role in maintaining the elasticity of our skin. Soybean oil, therefore, protects and stimulates collagen and elastin production, making our skin more supple and flexible. A beneficial option if you're a follower of the slow beauty trend.

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