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• Anti-inflammatory
• Anti-aging
• Stimulates collagen production
• Increases skin elasticity

Soybeans are made into healthy veggie burgers, ground into livestock feed, and even pressed into milk. But, did you know soybean oil is a key ingredient in some cosmetics? Who knew the little green bean--also known as edamame when eaten in its natural form--could benefit your skin? Here are three reasons why you should add this oil to your daily moisturizing routine.

Beauty product manufacturers have been using the oil in their products for years. The oil reduces skin blotchiness, smoothes overall skin tone, and even reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Although you won't see dramatic results overnight, clearer skin becomes noticeable after using the oil consistently for at least 12 weeks.

The oil is rich in skin-nourishing vitamin E and absorbs easily, leaving your skin silky smooth--not greasy like petroleum-based moisturizers.

Clinical and scientific studies both show that soy works to reduce blotchiness and discoloration by evening out the appearance of pigments within the skin’s surface. Soy proteins can also work to moisturize skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Vitamin-rich soybean oil has a small molecular structure which enables it to penetrate the epidermis – the top layer of your skin. Soy can actually nestle into the cellular structure and stimulate the synthesis of collagen, elastin, and other proteins. Its properties are important for cell growth and regeneration by reversing abnormal cell formations.

Soy-based skin care products can even out skin tone and can correct pigmentation brought about by hormonal changes and damaging sun exposure. Soy is naturally rich in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and lecithin which benefit the skin when applied topically. Essential fatty acids can help moisturize the collagen below the skin surface, and lecithin is known to help maintain the elasticity of the skin, helping to smooth out fine lines and prevent premature aging.