Anti-Aging Super Hero & Antioxidant
Can reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and improve their function
Neutralises free radical damage
Banishes wrinkles and enhances firmness
Supports the skin’s own production of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid
Stimulates healthy cell proliferation
Improves function of fibroblasts responsible for creating healthy collagen
Beneficial for repair and prevention of damage in all skin types
What is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a potent polyphenolic antioxidant that’s naturally found in berries, peanuts, blueberries, cranberries and red grapes and, yes you guessed it, red wine. Over the past 10 years, it has come to be known as the “longevity molecule.” It works in a number of ways to improve skin function and appearance, and studies have proven it to be one of the top antioxidants in anti-aging skin care.
A natural antioxidant, resveratrol is found in more than 70 plant species and botanical sources including; berries, peanuts, grapes, and red wine. In plants, it protects the plant from stresses to its surfaces, such as from Ultraviolet light and fungal infections. For skin benefits when applied topically, skin care with Resveratrol has benefits for anti-aging, acne, free radical protection, skin redness reduction and hydration benefits.
Resveratrol can be found in skin care including moisturisers, serums, eye creams, face creams and masques.
How is Resveratrol different from other antioxidants?
Applied topically, resveratrol helps protect skin’s surface, interrupts and helps rebuff negative environmental influences, and brightens a tired-looking complexion. It also has significant skin-calming properties that may help minimise the look of redness.
It is the combined method of action that makes Resveratrol one of the best antioxidants in anti-aging and different from other topically applied antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and ferulic acid. It is unique in that it is capable of neutralising free radicals in a similar way to other antioxidants, while also having the ability to increase and strengthen the skin’s natural antioxidant defences.
What does Resveratrol do?
This potent antioxidant’s unique multi-action approach helps neutralise free radicals, which damage cells leading to tissue damage, and promotes the production of the skin’s natural antioxidants. Resveratrol also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. While 10 years is relatively new when talking about the skin care market, emerging research is showing that Resveratrol is another antioxidant superhero for your skin. Scientific studies suggest that topically applied it protects against UVB-induced photodamage, pigmentation, and collagen degradation. In other words, it may address your aging skin concerns by helping to brighten skin and prevent fine lines.
And whilst you may still be lingering on the happy thought of a glass of red wine a day being good for you, and if red wine contains Resveratrol then bring it on baby…the truth is while a glass or two of the red stuff might address the cardio and cholesterol benefits associated with this antioxidant superhero, you’d need to drink 1,000 bottles of wine a day to get enough Resveratrol to reap the purported skin benefits such as reduced signs of aging, acne, enhanced fibroblast function and free radical protection. Where visible aging is concerned, there’s an easier way to get your fix: topical application of Resveratrol using quality skin care products in which it is a key ingredient.
While much of the research around this “longevity molecule” has focused on its internal use, Resveratrol has also been shown to be an effective topical antioxidant, fighting the good fight against free radicals. Antioxidants are essential in neutralising the skin aging molecules that are produced by the aging process and other factors such as UV damage, pollution and cigarette smoking. Resveratrol not only works against free radicals, but it also increases the skin’s overall antioxidant effectiveness, to improve the look of fine lines, skin firmness, elasticity, hyperpigmentation, texture and overall radiance.
Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which calm down the skin, reduce skin aging and may keep [the skin] free of infections. Due to its anti-microbial properties, it inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, as well as enhancing the effects of the acne-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide. It also tackles acne inflammation and post-acne scarring by reducing redness, calming the skin and lightening dark spots, giving you a more even complexion.
- WHILST PREGNANT – It seems that the advice not to drink alcohol whilst pregnant, also applies to the use of skin care with Resveratrol, and so pregnant women may want to skip this ingredient for the time being.
- EVENING APPLICATION ADVISED – It also has been shown to possess light-sensitive qualities. For this reason, you may want to restrict your resveratrol regimen to the evening, as UV rays could render resveratrol much less effective.
Resveratrol can also appear as an ingredient listed as;-
Cis-Resveratrol; Kojo-Kon; Phytoalexin; Phytoestrogen; Protykin; Red Wine Extract; Resveratrols; RSV; RSVL; Stilbene Phytoalexin; Trans-Resveratrol or Wine Extract
Look for Resveratrol in moisturisers, serums and eye creams.