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Does soybean oil have an effect on skin aging?

Some natural ingredients can delay skin aging or reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Soybean oil is often cited as a natural solution to combat signs of aging. Let's explore whether soybean oil truly possesses this sought-after firming action.

Published January 31, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 5 min read

Soybean oil, a natural ingredient to prevent skin aging.

The soybean oil, or Glycine Soja Oil as it is known by its INCI name, is a slightly golden, clear vegetable oil. Extracted by cold pressing the seeds of this legume, it is found in various cosmetic treatments, intended for both skin and hair. The various benefits that soybean oil brings to these come from its biochemical composition rich in interesting active ingredients, particularly fatty acids.

These elements assist in maintaining skin hydration by limiting the evaporation of water from the skin's surface. In doing so, they prevent the onset of dehydration fine lines. These small superficial streaks appear on the areas of the face where the skin is most delicate and are caused by a weakening of the skin barrier and the hydrolipidic film.

Soybean vegetable oil also prevents skin sagging induced by oxidative stress. Indeed, it contains vitamin E, an effective natural antioxidant. Several studies have focused on its antioxidant power and concluded that vitamin E neutralizes free radicals by donating an electron. Once stabilized, these free radicals lose their reactivity and no longer damage cellular constituents.

How to use soybean oil?

  • Pure.

    To slow down the effects of time on the skin, it is possible to regularly apply soybean oil to the face or body. Just a few drops are sufficient to reap all its benefits. Apply the soybean oil and gently massage in a circular motion so that it is effectively absorbed by the skin.

  • Diluted in a cream.

    You can also use soybean oil in synergy with your moisturizing cream. To do this, take a dollop of cream in the palm of your hand and add one or two drops of soybean oil. Then apply the treatment by gently massaging it in.

Soybean oil to reduce wrinkles?

Soybean oil is also attributed with a tightening effect and the ability to reduce the depth of wrinkles and act on skin sagging. First of all, let's note that this corrective action of soybean oil has not been objectively demonstrated in clinical studies, and it is therefore necessary to exercise caution. That being said, it is true that certain properties of soybean oil suggest that it could have an impact on skin aging.

Studies conducted in vitro and in vivo on soybean oil have shown that this ingredient causes a boost in the synthesis of collagen, elastin, and fibrillin-1, three connective tissue proteins involved in the flexibility and firmness of the skin. Scientists have also highlighted that soybean oil promotes the correct assembly of new elastin fibers, thus ensuring complete protection and restoration of the extracellular matrix.

Beyond these effects, soybean oil also has the ability to decrease the enzymatic activity of certain elastases, proteins that catalyze the hydrolysis of elastin, which allows for the protection of elastin. Lastly, it has been demonstrated that this botanical extract works by increasing the expression of the gene coding for elastin, resulting in an increase in the rate of messenger RNA associated with fibroblast levels.

These various properties of soybean oil are very promising in terms of its effect on skin aging. However, comprehensive clinical studies with volunteers are still needed to conclusively determine that soybean oil has a corrective action on the signs of aging.


  • BUCK D. Antioxidants in soya oil. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society (1981).

  • BERARDESCA E. & al. The cosmetic treatment of wrinkles. Journal of cosmetic dermatology (2004).

  • MURTAZA G. & al. Dermatological and cosmeceutical benefits of Glycine max (soybean) and its active components. Acta Polonia Pharmaceutica (2015).


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