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From Los Angeles to Miami, Vancouver to Charlottetown, so called health gurus have us guzzling soy in our lattes, munching on edamame and devouring tofu. Purported to relieve symptoms of perimenopause, build stronger bones and protect us against heart disease, the health claims attributed to soy are many. Yet if you listen to the other side, we should consume soy only in moderation due to its estrogenic effects which link it to breast cancer and thyroid disease amongst other negative side effects.

Exercising moderation is key. Choose high quality - organic or non-GMO (not genetically modifed soy) where possible. Also opt for fermented soy as found in tempeh, natto or miso. These sources do not block the absorption of key nutrients which occurs with non-fermented varieties such as soy milk and tofu.  

Soy and skin

Recent studies have shown that topically applied soy has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on skin. Isoflavones, are a plant compounds found in soy that deliver benefits in two important ways:

Boost collagen production to help increase the skin’s supporting network. The result is an increase in skin thickness and elasticity.
Inhibit matrix metallo-proteinases (MMPs), enzymes that break down the network of protein that make up the skin's support layer.
Antioxidant effect to fight free radicals associated with skin damage

What is exciting is that topically applied soy does not seem to exert any hormonal effects.

How can you incorporate soy into your skin care regimen?

Soy formulations are available as skin creams. Two that you may want to consider:
[Link Removed] with  natural soy rich in isoflavones plus other botanical extracts. It helps to improve skin elasticity and firmness while also moisturizing with vitamin E and glycerine. It's especially effective in women where dry skin may be an issue.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skincare and wellness issues in women. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

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