Sometimes, I regret being a teetotaller.
I don’t like the strong taste of alcohol. It has no health benefits, anyway so I don’t feel like I have to make an effort to get used to it (unlike green tea, ya know).
The only exception? Wine.
Wine is rich in resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that keeps wrinkles and diseases away.
Luckily for all boring teetotallers like me, these days you can get your resveratrol fix from skincare:
What Is Reveratrol?
Resveratrol is a polyphenic bioflavonoid antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, red wine, dark berries and raw cocoa.
These plants produce it to protect themselves from UV radiation and other natural enemies. It works in a similar way in skincare, too.
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Resveratrol Benefits: How Does It Help Skin?
Resveratrol is an antioxidant on steroids. Here’s why:
1. Resveratrol Helps Prevent Wrinkles
Don’t just take my word for it.
According to a 2008 study, resveratrol prevents UVB-induced damaged – even when topically applied to the skin. How?
Nikki of Future Derm explained it in such a simple way that I doubt I could do a better job at it: “resveratrol inhibited the inflammatory NFkB pathway and decreased the skin cells’ production of hydrogen peroxide. With reduced levels of inflammation, less damage accrued in the cells.”
This means resveratrol helps prevent serous skin damage, including wrinkles and cancer. As long as it’s used together with sunscreen. Resveratrol is not a substitute for it!
Related: Treatment VS Prevention: What Really Works Against Wrinkles
2. Resveratrol Has Anti-Microbial Properties
Resveratrol also protects you from nasty little things that want to hurt your skin.
In a 2002 study, resveratrol inhibited the growth of bacteria and fungi that cause skin infections such as Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.
Related: The Truth About Natural Preservatives: Do They Really Work?
Can You Use Resveratrol During Pregnancy?
You’d think that because resveratrol is natural, everyone could use it. Wrong. Pregnant women should stay away from it until they’ve stopped breastfeeding.
A 2014 study found that, when taken orally during pregnancy, resvetrol has a number of benefits, including “30% maternal weight loss and improved glucose tolerance, increased uterine artery volume blood flow, and decreased placental inflammation and liver triglyceride deposition.”
BUT, all that doesn’t come without side effects. The researchers also discovered “an unexplained and concerning alteration in fetal pancreatic development, which strongly cautions against the use of resveratrol by pregnant women.”
Now it’s true that this study was done on pregnant animals on a diet supplemented with 0.37% resveratrol. This means the results may very well not apply to us.
But we obviously can’t do studies like these on humans. That’s why scientists take the “better safe than sorry” approach. Just in case.
What Are the Best Products with resveratrol?
- Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil ($50.00): available at Cult Beauty, Dermstore, Escentual and Sephora.
- Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum ($38.00): available at Dermstore, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice.
- The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% (£5.50): available at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique
The Bottom Line
Resveratrol is a powerful ally in the fight against premature aging. It prevents UV harm, fights inflammation and even keeps you safe from bacteria. Just don’t use it when you’re pregnant.