10 Nov Broccoli Seed Serum
Brassica oleracea, or broccoli, may not be everyone’s favourite edible green, but it’s values on your
skin are starting to make waves throughout the skincare community.
Scientists and holistic health professionals have long praised the micro-nutrients found within the superfood for combatting cancer, hypertension, heart failure, stomach problems and even asthma, but recent explorations in its application to treating and preventing skin problems has made it a celebrated ingredient.
Specifically the seeds and sprouts contain high levels of sulforaphane – known to boost the natural protective and detoxifying functions of skin cells. The molecule has also been found to help sun-exposed skin repair – ideal for post holiday sun – along with inhibiting cancer pathways making it a potentially viable sunscreen. Most sunscreens simply block harmful UV rays from reaching the skin it is applied to, but broccoli seed extract goes a step further
by activating cells to produce their own enzyme network that provides long-term defense – think days not hours – against UV damage.
On top of all that, this seed oil of this green cruciferous vegetable contains 80-85 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids including erucic acid (omega-9), oleic acid (omega-9), and linoleic acid (omega-6). Approximately 50 percent
is erucic acid, an omega-fatty acid that imparts a silicone-
like sheen and luster to hair and skin, and keeps them looking youthful without the silicone of course. Its fast penetrating properties provide a greaseless hydration
while the essential fatty acids help to deeply penetrate the skin in order to deliver long lasting moisture and smoothing for dry skin.
It is a natural source of vitamin A (retinol) which helps to stimulate new skin cell production. The oil also contains vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene. These vitamins
provide antioxidant properties that fight free radicals while reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. In addition, the oil contains arachidonic
acid a calming anti-inflammatory for the skin making it ideal for sensitive skin.
That seems like a lot of work for a single ingredient but no doubt why it has been gaining more and more recognition amongst skincare experts and professionals as it crops
up as a key component in formulas for haircare, skincare and even makeup products.
The L:A BRUKET holistic approach to health and well being means we are tackling health and skincare problems on multiple fronts, and continuously testing new ingredient driven solutions. Since broccoli is a cancer fighting super food we wanted to see how we could translate its positive properties beyond the kitchen and into the bathroom.