Move over kale, it’s time we celebrated one of our favorite green ingredients—little known but mightily impressive broccoli seed oil.
It’s thought that the Romans were the first to eat broccoli—hence its scientific name, Brassica Oleracea Italica—and indeed I ran across this mosaic from a villa at Tor Marancia that dates back to the 2nd century.
Thomas Jefferson imported the seeds from Italy for his estate at Monticello. And of course today, nutritionists and researchers alike extol the virtues of eating it.But don't just eat your greens—here are 5 reasons why giving yourself a healthy dose of vitamins is fantastic for your skin, too:
- It’s hard not to get excited about an oil so naturally rich in retinol, a skin renewing form of Vitamin A. Studies indicate it helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots from both environmental and natural aging, as well as the appearance of pore size and blemishes resulting from problematic skin.
- There are many paths to moisture and smoothness, and while mineral oil and petroleum-based products create a barrier to keep moisture in, they also clog pores and often cause more problems than they solve. In comparison, biodegradable broccoli seed oil protects and hydrates by forming a greaseless layer that keeps moisture in.
- Exceptionally moisturizing on aging or mature skin, as well as dull, dry hair, broccoli seed oil contains very high levels of erucic acid, a special monounsaturated Omega-9 fatty acid that gives hair a smooth, silky feel and brings a natural glow to your skin.
- In the same way that eating broccoli protects the body from dangerous environmental pollutants and free radicals, nutrients like Vitamin C in broccoli seed oil do the same thing when applied to the skin, counteracting the effects of premature aging from UV rays.
- Skin loves fatty acids that mirror the ones found in the epidermis, and arachidonic acid is the second most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the epidermis. It’s responsible for calming and soothing the skin, providing anti-inflammatory effects on rashes, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions.
So even if you’re not eating your broccoli, smooth some broccoli seed oil onto your skin—it’s just one of up to 15 highly effective skin conditioning oils packed inside Eu2Be skincare products.