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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2017, 5(11), 852-858
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-5-11-9
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Review of Soybean Phytochemicals and Their Bioactive Properties Relevant for Skin Health

Jong-Eun Kim1, Young-Gyu Kang2, Jun Seong Park2, Tae-Gyu Lim3, and Ki Won Lee4, 5,

1Research Institute of Biotechnology and Medical Converged Science, Dongguk University-Seoul, Goyang, Republic of Korea

2Skin Research Institute, Amorepacific Corporation R&D Center, Yongin, Republic of Korea

3Korea Food Research Institute, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Korea

4Major in Biomodulation, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, and Research Institute of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

5Wellness Emergence Center, Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, Seoul National University, Suwon, Republic of Korea

Pub. Date: November 16, 2017

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Jong-Eun Kim, Young-Gyu Kang, Jun Seong Park, Tae-Gyu Lim and Ki Won Lee. Review of Soybean Phytochemicals and Their Bioactive Properties Relevant for Skin Health. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2017; 5(11):852-858. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-5-11-9


Numerous studies have investigated the bioactive properties of compounds present in soybean (Glycine max) that may have beneficial effects on the health of human skin. Several such compounds have already been introduced into commercial cosmetic products to promote functional properties such as skin whitening, anti-wrinkle activity and skin hydration. However, a significantly greater understanding of the application of soybean ingredients in these types of products is needed before optimal benefits can be realized. In this review, we aim to summarize some of the biological properties of soybean constituents and the underlying mechanisms of action responsible for beneficial effects in skin. In addition, we will discuss future directions for studies that may help to expand the applications for soybean compounds.

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