How Red Wine can make you Look Younger
Can red wine really make you look younger? Well I suppose if the people around you drink enough, but that’s for another time, and another blog.
There is an ingredient found in red wine however, that is extremely beneficial in the anti-aging department. It is super-infused with antioxidants, which are essential to fighting the aggressors that age our skin.
What It Is
Resveratrol, the brilliant ingredient I’m referring to, is a stilbenoid, a type of natural polyphenolic compound and antioxidant that has been known to fight disease. It is a parent molecule to a group of compounds known as viniferins, which enable plants to cope with pathogen attack. But that’s enough of the scientific talk for now.
In a nutshell, resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes and some other fruits, has been linked to inhibiting the development of tumors and cancerous cells in various plants, cell cultures and animals, as well as increase their lifespan. Is it any wonder why it’s also good for our skin?
Though red wine doesn’t contain a tremendous amount of the wonder ingredient, some studies suggest it is the resveratrol in the vino that may help explain the “French Paradox.” Which is that the French tend to have a lower incidence of coronary heart disease despite their rich diets. Many have attributed this to the moderate consumption of red wine.
How It Works and Where to Find It
In skin care, resveratrol is a potent antioxidant. Why are antioxidants important? They are essentially your defense against the signs of aging. Free radicals (also known as reactive oxygen species or ROS) and UVA damage cause our cells to oxidize and essentially breakdown, which leads to lines, wrinkles and skin sag. Antioxidants inhibit this process and prevent free-radical damage. This is where resveratrol comes into play.
It is known in the skincare world for its firming and toning benefits, and it’s ability to stimulate cellular proliferation and collagen synthesis. This polyphenol-packed ingredient promotes more youthful looking skin while also inhibiting the destruction of protein in cells. As I’ve mentioned, it has tremendous antioxidant properties, age reversal support and the ability to reduce inflammation.
Where does this fascinating ingredient hide out? Typically it can be found in higher-end hydrating and skin-building serums. We use it in our Complex VI serum specifically for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.