Resveratrol is a newer skincare ingredient, so you might not have heard of it yet, but it has become more common and more popular in recent years. That’s because resveratrol is one of the most powerful antioxidants around. It is a polyphenol, which is a bit like a protective antibiotic plants produce naturally when they are under stress. When extracted from plants and applied topically, it has a similar effect on our skin: it can help prevent skin damage from environmental factors like pollution, and even repair damage that’s already been done. If you have redness or acne, it even has significant skin-calming properties as well.
You’ve probably heard claims that drinking red wine might be good for you. In moderation, it’s thought to be “heart-healthy”. (However, we don’t encourage you to use that as an excuse to start hitting the bottle, if it’s not already a habit!) The antioxidants in red wine may even help prevent coronary artery disease, usually considered the pre-curser to heart attacks. That’s primarily due to the resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, (as well as in other fruits like blueberries, cranberries, and pistachios).
What can you expect from products containing resveratrol?
When applied topically ,( compared to getting it from drinking lots of wine ), resveratrol helps to protect the skin’s surface from the sun and environmental damage. It will interrupt and ward off negative environmental influences like pollution, firming up and brightening the skin’s surface. It can even aid in a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
You’ll commonly find resveratrol in skincare products like eye creams and moisturizers. It’s an excellent option for those of us that are looking for effective but cruelty-free, natural skincare products.