To those of you familiar with natto, or fermented soybeans, you already know that soybeans are a staple ingredient in Japanese cuisine. The health benefits of the plant extend beyond its culinary use, and have proven to improve the condition of both hair and skin. In J-beauty products, soybeans can take on different forms each with its own unique set of benefits.
Glycerine Soja is a naturally moisturizing ingredient found in Sana’s Soy Face Cleanser. Derived from the amino acids found in soybeans, Glycerine Soja is a great source of Vitamin E, which is known for helping the skin retain its youthful smoothness.
Soy isoflavones, which are found in foods such as tofu, miso, and soy sauce are used in skincare as a catalyst for increasing collagen, which in turn toughens the elasticity of the epidermis. The ingredient, also known for brightening the skin and decreasing redness, is versatile and can be found in the form of a cream, lotion, milk and mask.
Natural ingredients improve your skincare routine by cutting out the unnecessary chemicals that may not work for all skin types. Furthermore, because our skin has proven to absorb particular ingredients, not knowing what exactly is in the products you use every day can be concerning. The soybean skincare regime, much like its dietary benefits, is simple yet effective.