You Should Put Broccoli on Your Face

Your mother was right: you should always eat your broccoli. But she forgot to tell you to apply its nourishing oil to your skin, too. Get the lowdown on this powerful skin-care ingredient.

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What Is Broccoli Oil, Anyway?

We knew that broccoli was good for us, but we didn't know it was this good. It turns out the vegetable's derivative oil is quite powerful. "Broccoli seed oil is a cold-pressed oil from Brassica oleracea italica [the fancy term for broccoli] that is very high in omega-9 fatty acid, vitamin A, and arachidonic acid (omega-6)," says Sarah Villafranco, MD, the founder and CEO of skin-care brand Osmia Organics.

Get those greens.
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What Does It Do for Skin?

The nutrient-rich oil is a miracle-worker for skin. "The omega-9 fatty acid is very nourishing without leaving a greasy feeling," Villafranco says. "Vitamin A helps encourage cell turnover and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while arachidonic acid can help strengthen the lipid barrier of the epidermis, resulting in less water loss from the skin."

"It has a very lovely glow to it on the skin that's quite pretty when used under makeup or alone for a dewy look."

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One of Osmia's serums utilizes broccoli for its youth-retaining properties and brightening potential. "We chose it for this serum because we wanted to combine the exfoliative effect of vitamin A with the other ingredients that promote cell turnover, such as pumpkin, papaya, mushroom, and algae," Villafranco says. "Also, it has a very lovely glow to it on the skin that's quite pretty when used under makeup or alone for a dewy look."

Shop broccoli-infused skin-care products below.

The Cleanser

Purifying Cleanser, $62, tataharperskincare.com.

The Treatments

The Masks

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