Plant Ingredient Spotlight : Broccoli

Plant Ingredient Spotlight : Broccoli

Broccoli, or Brassica Oleracea Italica is a cruciferous vegetable that you may find in your skincare product such as the Glow Boosting 2 in 1 Moisturiser + Serum  & The Super Veg Facial Oil  Belonging to the same family as cabbage, kale, and bok choy.

 

When used regularly, this ingredient helps to rejuvenate and nourish the skin and keep it hydrated. The natural elements found in this product help to regulate sebum production and control oiliness, leaving the skin soft, smooth and clear of all wrinkles. In addition, these plant extracts help to repair skin damage caused by the sun and environmental irritants.

There are so many benefits from the inside out and the outside in also. 

Broccoli contains high levels of antioxidant vitamins A and C which help to fight disease and improve overall health.

Sulforaphane is a sulfur-rich compound that we can find in abundance in Broccoli, and has anti-carcinogenic (cancer fighting) effects. Additionally, studies have shown that Sulforaphane can also protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. 

UV radiation can cause oxidative stress to our skin, damaging the elastic fibres that keep our skin firm. For example, this can make wrinkles and fine-lines more prominent, and cause hyperpigmentation – or dark spots. 

What does the science say?

Sulforaphane found in broccoli induces production of protective enzymes for the skin, and can help repair damaged skin cells. To illustrate, studies have shown that when Brassica Olarecea extract was applied on the skin daily during the 3 days before UV exposure, cell damage declined by 37% on average. 

Furthermore, Sulforaphane is also a potent antioxidant, and works wonders in preventing and putting a stop to free radical damage. Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals combine with oxygen. As a result, the free radicals are greater than the body’s ability to detoxify them. In response to that, your body will secrete enzymes that can break down the collagen and elastic fibres in your skin. 

Research has shown that the Sulforaphane in broccoli can help to stimulate the body’s natural antioxidant defense mechanisms.To help them to  fight against these free radicals on their own. 

Fresh Looking Skin 

All of these health benefits come from the way broccoli helps to keep skin smooth and fresh looking. The high vitamin C content keeps the skin looking vibrant and prevents it from cracking. The beta-carotene works in tandem with vitamin C to stimulate the growth of healthy skin cells so that the skin stays smooth and wrinkle free. And, the vitamin A helps prevent the formation of wrinkles.

Helps with Breakouts

Broccoli possesses strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activity. 

Boosting Collagen 

Collagen is the protein in your body that gives your skin structure, and encourages the renewal of your skin cells. Many factors can go into loss of collagen production, and collagen damage to your skin. For example, some of these include the natural loss of collagen that comes with age, or environmental factors such as UV exposure from the sun. 

Hence, using products that contain ingredients that can help to stimulate collagen production can give your skin a more firm, plump, youthful look. To illustrate, research has shown that the application of Brassilica Oleracea extract was effective in accelerating the wound closure process by stimulating production of collagen. 

These are only some of the many benefits of broccoli for our skin. While the extract may protect the skin, it also used for its high levels of omega oil to hydrate the skin and hair, leaving it with a healthy glow. 

So are we all off to steam a bunch of broccoli and slather our faces in it ? I think so?

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