Hello, Beautiful Friend!
If you've been with me a while you know that I take great pleasure in my responsibility to do in-depth research on products I create and provide you with.
And when I know better, I do better (as Maya Angelou says).
Over the past several years, there have been many studies and confusion on soy and its benefits topically.
As someone who's a wellness advocate, I know all too well the downside of consuming soy regularly.
But what about using soy in our skincare products?
As someone who doesn't want to advocate for the use of a product that would potentially be toxic, especially since I treat a lot of clients with skin conditions and diseases, like cancer, I took it upon myself to dive deeper to squash any confusion for you and myself.
Here's the 5 main points of what I learned in my research about soy:
1) Most studies have been done on the consumption of soy internally.
2) Soy protein is what contains the isoflavones.
3) Soybean oil has no isoflavones
4) Soy lecithin has tiny to no levels of isoflavones.
5) Many soy ingredients in skin products have no isoflavone content, therefore no hormone implications.
Also, as an esthetician, it's important for me to note that oils are occlusive agents that help trap moisture. These type of oils don't penetrate the skin in a way that would get into the blood stream and be harmful.
So, my main takeaway is that if you're considering using soy-based products topically for their myriad of skin benefits, understand what form of soy you're using.
If you're using a soy product topically, I would always advise choosing a non-gmo or organic based ingredient.
I'd love to know if you have anything to add or questions -- please drop me a note to continue the convo!
Sending you love and big hugs!
Your Beauty BFFL,
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