Is it or isn’t it? There’s always a debate on whether or not red wine is good for you. It can lower your cholesterol, is good for the heart, reduces depression, prevents colon cancer, rescues dogs from burning buildings and helps old ladies cross the street. It’s no wonder we aren’t cracking open a bottle daily, taking baths in it and feeding it to our children.
Well, apart from the “in moderation” thing, it’s because people can’t seem to make up their minds. Some experts say red wine is actually bad for you and can hamper muscle healing and increase the risk for breast cancer.
But because we like to occasionally partake in a glass now and again, we prefer to be optimistic. Here’s what we do know. Resveratrol, the antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes used to make red wine, has definitely been shown to affect skin in positive ways.
Studies have shown that it can be an effective UV protectant, and its positive effects on fullness and elasticity make it a good defense against aging. Other studies investigate the benefits of resveratrol on skin diseases. Global Acne Grading System reports that people who used a gel containing resveratrol on their skin for 30 days reduced acne by about 54 percent. Basically you probably want to be putting this stuff on your skin.
Want to get in on some of that resveratrol action without having to sacrifice your liver? Read on.
Caudalie’s Resveratrol [Lift] line
Promising to lift, smooth and resculpt, the resveratrol [lift] line from Caudalie aims to please. With studies conducted by the brand showing 80% of testers reporting a reduction in undereye puffiness from the eye balm, 91% of testers reporting firmer skin from the serum, and 88% of the testers reporting younger looking skin from the soft cream, this line means business ($89 at Sephora, $84 at Sephora, $69 at Sephora).
NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
This Best of K-beauty winner is more affordable than other resveratrol options and it packs a punch. Using it’s unique 3-layer pad technology, lactic acid penetrates deep into the skin to remove impurities and pore clogging debris ($27 at Sokoglam).
Bite Beauty Lip Crayons
Not only do these matte lip crayons come in the most gorgeous colours and are hydrating on the lip, they’re also packed with the antioxidant power of resveratrol so your lips stay young forever–that’s how it works, right? ($28 at Sephora.)
Philosophy Miracle Worker
As its name says, this little jar of moisturizer is meant to be miraculous. While that’s probably a bit of a stretch, this face cream does indeed soften, firm and brighten ($75 at Sephora).
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E
The Ferrari of resveratrol, this serum contains the highest concentration of resveratrol on the market. But at $155, the price of youth doesn’t come cheap. “Containing 1.0% pure resveratrol alongside nourishing Vitamin E and Baicalin, this antioxidant concentrate reinforces skin’s natural protection against age-accelerating internal free radicals while also helping to reduce the appearance of accumulated skin damage and photo-aging on the surface. With regular use skin’s firmness, elasticity and natural radiance are greatly improved,” states Zest Beauty ($155 at ZestBeauty).
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist
This toning and moisturizing mist not only helps protect skin from those pesky free radical attacks, but also doubles as a makeup setting spray. Perfect for anyone who hates the cakiness of heavy powders ($30 at Sephora).