Red wine is the best thing since sliced bread: it helps lower cholesterol, promote heart health, and sharpen memory. And while we know not to question anyone who says red wine is good for our health, what is the secret behind red wine’s many benefits? One good answer is resveratrol.
Resveratrol is a water-soluble antioxidant, meaning it dissolves in water and lives in the fluids in and around cells. It is a polyphenol: a naturally-occurring chemical in plants that contains antioxidative properties. Polyphenols are protective antimicrobial compounds that plants produce to shield them from UV radiation, infections, and severe climactic changes. Resveratrol is produced most commonly in the skin of red grapes, but is also found in cranberries, blueberries, pistachios, peanuts, and cacao beans. And great news for us – the same properties in this powerful antioxidant that protect plants from harm can protect human skin in the same ways, when applied topically or ingested:
- Resveratrol neutralizes free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress (caused by UV ray exposure, pollutants, environmental toxins, and smoking) from causing harm at the cellular level.
- By preventing free radicals from reaching and damaging the skin’s DNA, resveratrol in turn promotes the continued production of collagen and elastin. The natural manufacturing process of these two proteins is disrupted and broken down when attacked by oxidative stress. Collagen and elastin are the most abundant proteins living in the skin’s connective tissues – they are responsible for the shape, structure, and firmness of skin. Resveratrol helps keep the supply of collagen and elastin replenished in the body; in turn, these proteins keep your skin looking firm, shapely, and youthful. Firmer, fuller skin also reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sags.
- In addition to hindering the production of collagen and elastin, free radical damage has a physical effect on the skin and causes it to look prematurely aged. By fighting and destroying free radicals, resveratrol protects the skin’s surface from the physical signs of oxidative stress. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, brown spots, and redness, and it evens out skin tone and texture.
- Resveratrol also contains both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which deliver a double whammy for fighting acne on the face. Its antimicrobial property inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria and its anti-inflammatory property reduces and calms acne-related inflammation and redness.
The use of resveratrol in moisturizers, lotions, serums, and other topical skin care products is a relatively new fad; research is still being conducted to determine the full effects this powerful antioxidant has on skin health. But overall, initial research can conclude that it protects the skin from environmental damage, soothes redness caused by inflammation, and overall brightens the complexion. Try it out for yourself: the April, Ageless Allure Medispa is offering a special Merlot Massage – sit back and relax while a serum made with resveratrol from winery grapes is infused into your skin. A full-body massage using a featured FarmHouse Fresh oil will then ease you into a complete state of bliss. This special deal is only $50 for a 50 minute treatment session. Visit our specials page today and call 863-292-2317 to book your appointment.