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Resveratrol For Skin

Resveratrol For Skin

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For those looking to incorporate more anti-aging into their skincare, there’s one ingredient that should definitely make the cut: resveratrol. 


While Vitamin C, retinol, and hyaluronic acid have gotten most of the anti-aging attention in the past, resveratrol is an up-and-coming skincare ingredient that more and more people want to maintain their youthful appearance are adding to their skincare lineup.


So, what is this magic ingredient, and how can it help improve skin? Below, learn about the benefits, use, and side effects of resveratrol (and even discover how you can incorporate it into your diet for expanded benefits).

Resveratrol: What Is It?

For a simple rundown, resveratrol is an antioxidant found in natural sources such as grapes that just about anyone can use to protect their skin from environmental factors and reduce the signs of aging.


If you want to learn a little bit more, it’s technically a type of polyphenol. Polyphenols are natural substances found in plants that come packed with micronutrients. You can find them in lots of berries, like blueberries and cranberries, nuts like pistachio and peanuts, and of course, grapes. 


In grapes, the most polyphenols are found in the skin and the seeds of red grapes, so it’s no wonder that there’s a significantly high concentration of these polyphenols in a glass of red wine.


Resveratrol is technically a phytoalexin, which is an antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antioxidative substance that helps plants fight off things like drought, UV damage, fungal attacks, and inflammation. It does just the same with skin.


Resveratrol stops cellular aging, both in the plants it naturally exists within and within skin cells. However, to preserve these benefits, any skincare product with resveratrol needs to come packaged in airtight containers and kept somewhere cool and dark.


The benefits of resveratrol are many. From actively fighting damage coming from your environment to helping your cells regenerate from the inside, adding resveratrol to your skincare routine can offer a plethora of benefits all-in-one that you won’t get from most other ingredients.

Environmental Protection

The most notable advantage to using resveratrol in skincare is its protection against environmental damage, such as UV damage and free radicals from pollution. 


Reveratrol essentially helps your skin’s natural barriers become stronger to prevent harmful microorganisms and sun damage from getting in to create a smoother and healthier appearance.


Resveratrol also works deep on a cellular level to fight the aging process where it starts. Resveratrol helps cells continue to multiply by joining up with metal ions to form complex molecules that deactivate their ability to create free radicals. Overall, this helps to improve cellular function – keeping them multiplying without damage. 


It also helps to stimulate healthy collagen production and boost natural antioxidant levels so your skin can naturally repair itself. Inone study, researchers even found that a topical application of resveratrol for 12 weeks significantly improved wrinkles, elasticity, and fine lines on the face.

Calmed Redness and Inflammation

Resveratol also has calming and soothing properties, which can help to reduce inflammation and redness in the skin. This benefit makes it a great option for those who want an anti-aging punch but have sensitive skin.

Brightened and Even Tone

Resveratrol can fight hyperpigmentation and discoloration to help brighten and smooth overall skin tone. It also improves texture and boosts the overall radiance of your skin.


Is your skin feeling thirsty? Resveratrol can help your skin find the moisture in your products and the air and trap it in to keep your skin from drying out.


Ready to start incorporating resveratrol into your daily skin routine? Here’s how to do just that.


While resveratrol is available in a variety of forms, you’ll get the most benefit from using it topically. You’ll also make the most of it if you apply it at nighttime, rather than in the morning. 


Why? Because2017 research into the ingredient found that resveratrol can be light-sensitive, making your skin a bit more sensitive to light and sun damage. Keep it to a pre-bed application to get the most bang for your buck.


Another reason to add it to your P.M. routine is your skin’s heightened nighttime repair function. By arming it with potent antioxidants, you can boost the natural production of antioxidants within the cells while triggering something calledfibroblasts, which produce collagen.


When you’re applying your nighttime skincare routine, you should consider what kind of product your resveratrol is in. If it’s in a lighter serum, you should use it earlier on in your routine before applying heavier occlusives or creams. If your resveratrol is in a thicker night cream, use it as your final product before heading to bed. 


You should plan to use it consistently every night, and if you want to pack a more powerful punch, pair it with other antioxidants like ferulic acid.

Side Effects

Before you start using a new ingredient or product, you should always be aware of possible side effects to look out for. 


Luckily, with resveratrol, there haven’t been any definitive studies that have found negative side effects, whether the ingredient is used topically or ingested.


The only possible risk that you might want to take into consideration is interference with certain blood thinners, like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Coumadin. You want to avoid taking them (ingesting them) at the same time to reduce the chance of excess bleeding, however, you don’t need to take additional precautions when using it topically.

Resveratrol-Rich Foods

If you want to take advantage of the additional benefits of resveratrol, you can start incorporating more resveratrol-rich foods into your diet.


By eating it through chocolate, grapes, pistachios, blueberries, and cranberries, or through supplements, you’ll gain a host of anti-cancer benefits. But don’t expect eating the ingredient to help your skin all that much, you’ll find the most skin-centric benefits through topical application.

Final Thoughts

Want to step your skin game up? Fight aging and environmental damage with help from your new favorite ingredient, resveratrol. This potent antioxidant found naturally in red grapes and other foods can also be applied topically to reduce fine lines, fight inflammation and redness, even tone, and protect you from pollution and sun damage.


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