The Beauty Benefits of Soy

One of my favorite drinks is soy milk. Soy is said to contain many high quality proteins, fibers, and isoflavones. The dietary intake of soy may reduce cholesterol and lower risk of heart disease. But did you know that soy has many great beauty benefits too? Yes, it has a number of positive effects on the skin and some skincare products have soy as one of their ingredients.

Soy is a member of the pea family and has been very popular in Southeastern Asia such as China and Japan. No wonder the Chinese and Japanese have both healthy body and skin. It is one of the world’s major food crops today and they can be processed into oil, milk, tofu, and soy protein. Since soy contains nutrients and proteins, many people use soy on skin as a beauty enhancer. By using soy on skin, it acts as a moisturizer to soften, smooth, and even out skin tones. It contains aglycones which promise the improvement of aging skin, and diminishing of fine lines and wrinkles. Soy also contains vitamin E which can help renew dead skin cells and promotes collagen production. Creams that contain soy are great for soothing and reversing sun damages.

One way to use soy on the skin is by making a soy mask. First by crushing the soy beans into powder form and add water to make it like a paste. Spread the paste on the face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will let the paste to absorb excess oil on your skin, leaving it smooth and toned. You can always mix in other natural ingredients such as eggs, honey, or oatmeal to make the mask for a deeper enhancement of the beauty effects. Another way is to use soy milk to wash your face.

Always be extra cautious when dealing with soy because it can cause allergic reactions similar to wheat, milk, eggs and peanuts. Always have only a moderate intake of soy because it might cause other problems if women continuously consume a large quantity. But with proper cautious and care, soy in general is a healthy ingredient for both body and skin.

4 Hydrating Ingredients for Summer

Summer is when you sweat a lot and want to take a cold shower all the time. But taking too much shower will irritate your skin because you are stripping away all the healthy oil that’s protecting your skin and making it moist. Here are four ingredients that you can use to help your skin hydrated all the time after your shower.

  • Avocado oil – It is vitamin rich, soothing and has anti-inflammatory ingredients. It has emollient and semi-occlusive properties, meaning it penetrates and softens skin’s top layer while locking in moisture. It also has fatty acids that are biologically similar to the skin’s own sebum, so they don’t clog pores.
  • Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe contains a variety of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It forms a protective layer when applied to skin, providing antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory benefits while cooling and relieving pain. Also great for after sun treatment.
  • Cocoa butter – Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans, consists of 60% saturated fats which are beneficial when used topically to create a barrier on skin to help retain moisture. It is also rich in antioxidants, containing vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Cocoa butter serves as an excellent moisturizer for dry skin.
  • Mango butter – Mango butter is derived from the seed of mango fruit and is rich in fatty acids such as omega-9, oleic and stearic. It can protect against free radicals, hydrates, softens fine lines and relieves irritation. Mango butter is especially beneficial to dry skin types.

Applying these will keep your skin hydrated and smooth all summer long.

Different Ways to Treat Sunburn

Summer is here and everyone is planning to go to the beach or had been to the beach already when the hot weather hits. We love the sun and most of us love to go tanning. We all know that we should put on sunscreen to protect our delicate skin from being burned. But, we should also know some remedies to treat our tanned or sometimes, even burned skin after being exposed to the sun for too long. Here are some natural home remedies that you could try to treat your sunburn.

  1. Aloe Vera: Aloe is great for treating sunburn and irritated skin because it has soothing properties. It eases irritation and pain associated with sunburn. Aloe gel and aloe plant itself both do an excellent job soothing and moisturizing your skin.
  2. Oatmeal: Oatmeal has soothing properties that helps soothe irritation and redness. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help reverse damages caused by sunburn. Simply fill the bath tub with water and pour 1-2 cups of oatmeal in. Soak your body for 10-15 minutes. This will help the burn heal faster and hydrates your skin.
  3. Cucumbers: Cucumber juice is great for cooling off the sunburn while hydrating your skin. It also contains crucial vitamins to speed up the healing process. Place thin slices of cucumber onto the sunburn or redness for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Coconut oil: Coconut oil can act as a sunburn reliever by applying it onto your burned skin. It will soothe the inflamed skin, reduce redness, and rehydrates the skin.

Always moisturize your skin after the burn, especially the face because it has delicate skin. Always remember to put on sun protection before going out in the hot summer weather.