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Glycine Soja Seed Extract

Also-called-like-this: Soybean Extract


When you hear the word Soy, you probably associate it with soy sauce or tofu, not skincare. But as it turns out, the soybean has a bunch of useful active components and soybean extract is an interesting cosmetic ingredient with a wide range of possible effects. 

Its main active components are antioxidant phenolic acids and flavonoids as well as small and large soy proteins. The large proteins give soybean extract nice skin smoothing and softening properties, while the small proteins (soybean trypsin inhibitor (STI) and Bowman-Birk inhibitor (BBI)) are thought to inhibit skin pigmentation and delay hair regrowth.   

Regarding skin pigmentation, the soybean extract works by hindering melanosome transfer, meaning it blocks the melanin pigment from traveling up to the surface of the skin and becoming visible there. This is useful for most pigmentation situations but, if you have melasma, soy is not for you as melasma is estrogen-mediated and soy is a well-known phytoestrogen

The most famous and bioactive flavonoids in soybeans are the isoflavones called genistein and diadzein that have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Genistein is also proven to inhibit UV induced redness in human skin. These isoflavones are also the ones that make soy a phytoestrogen, meaning they have a (weak) estrogenic effect. Topical estrogen is known to decrease skin thinning and collagen loss and soy might be able to do the same, especially during and after menopause when natural estrogen levels run low.  

There is also some promising, but as yet not in-vivo (done on real people), research that soybean extract can stimulate both elastin and collagen synthesis and thus lead to healthier, younger-looking skin. 

Overall, soybean extract is a promising and multi-functional active, a nice addition to most ingredient lists.

Show me some proof

  • Waqas, Muhammad Khurram, et al. "Dermatological and cosmeceutical benefits of Glycine max (soybean) and its active components." Acta Pol Pharm 72.1 (2015): 3-11.
  • Baumann, LESLIE S. "Cosmeceutical critique: soy and its isoflavones." Skin & Allergy News 32 (2001): 17.
  • Zhao, Renbin, et al. "Extracts from Glycine max (soybean) induce elastin synthesis and inhibit elastase activity." Experimental dermatology 18.10 (2009): 883-886.

Products with Glycine Soja Seed Extract

Blithe Vital Treatment Pulp Essence - 8 Nourishing Beans Revoderm Intense Hydration Serum Solskin Vita C Niacin Cream Solskin Vita C Niacin Serum V Magic Nuit Hydrating Pre-Serum dr. denese Hydroshield Ultra Moisturizing Face Serum Deviant Essential Hydration Serum EVOLVh Supercurl Defining Cream Esfolio Multi Grain Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ Abib Mild Acidic Water Cleanser Aveeno Positively Radiant Gel Moisturizer Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial KEREN BARTOV Bright White Advanced Neutrogena Visibly Even Oil Free Moisturizer Neutrogena Visibly Renew Tone Perfecting Serum-in-lotion cicabiafine Nourishing Body Gel Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisurizer Broad Spectrum Spf 15 Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Moisturizing Night Cream Aveeno Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Face Moisturizer Spf 30 Avon Fresh Apple & Honeysuckle Scented Spritz Bangn Body Hydrating Facial Cleanser Cara Skin Care Hydracalm Soothing Serum Ceramedx Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser Daisy Sky Advanced A Renewing Serum Dr. Althea Ultra Gentle Cleansing Water Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day Tone Up Sun Screen Spf 50+ Pa+++ Fation NoSCalm Repair Cleansing Water Holy Snails Lucky Shark HydroPeptide Makeup Melt Botanical Cleansing Balm Matsuyama Hadauru Moisturizing Infusion Balancing Skin Lotion Matsuyama Hadauru Moisturizing Infusion Moist Rich Nature Republic AHA Good Skin Cleansing Water Olga Lorencin Skin Care Weightless Moisturizer Rilastil D-Clar Depigmenting Concentrate Drops Rilastil D-Clar Depigmenting Concentrate In Drops SANA Soy Milk Moisture Toner SNP Black Pearl Renew Black Ampoule Mask Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner Typology 9-ingredient Face Soothing Serum Whamisa Hair Scalp Tonic Organic Seeds meebak Cica Cleansing Water Pads Alpha Omega Serum Lineas De Expresión Innata Skin Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery Facial Mist Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream Aveeno Positively Radiant Maxglow No-Mess Sleep Mask Daiso Skin Lotion Equate Beauty Naturally Beaming Broad Spectrum Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen, Spf 15 Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged Hair Styling Foam Huda Beauty Silk Balm Hydrating And Nourishing Lip Balm Le Mieux Collagen Peptide Serum