Broccolini is not baby broccoli, as you might expect. It's a cross between slender, leafy Chinese broccoli and the regular thick-stemmed broccoli many of us grew up loving (or vehemently not loving, as the case may be). The result is a thin-stemmed vegetable like Chinese broccoli, but with fewer leaves and larger clusters of florets like broccoli.
Broccolini is rich in beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Many skin products contain vitamin A because of its ability to promote healthy skin. Broccolini also contains the anti-cancer phytochemical sulforaphane, which has antioxidant effects that protect skin cells.
As well as vitamin A, broccolini contains vitamin C. These two vitamins have anti-ageing effects that ward off inflammation. Broccolini also has a decent potassium intake, which is important for heart health. Broccolini has a high fibre content, which acts as a prebiotic for the gut by feeding the good bacteria in the digestive system.