Ahh, don’t we just love a good glass of wine at the end of a long day or week? But what do you get when you combine it with skincare? The ultimate self-care weekend if you ask us. You might be picturing relaxing with a glass of red wine and a face mask but the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. By now we all know the benefits of drinking wine in moderation for your health. There has been ample research done on this subject and all of them indicate that it may be beneficial for heart health and weight management. That’s all not all though, recent research also shows that red wine benefits can also promote good skin and hair.
So what exactly makes red wine so beneficial? Alcohol is actually notoriously harsh on the skin so can it actually have skincare benefits? The short answer is yes, and it all lies in its powerful antioxidants that that has the strength to fight off free radicals while improving blood circulation and inflammation.
However, the key ingredient is Resveratrol and Tannins which are found in the skin of grapes stem, and seeds of the grape. This doesn’t mean you should be saving a whole bottle for dinner though. While drinking a moderate amount is fine, one of the best ways to utilize the benefits of resveratrol is to find it in skincare products or facials at the spa. The application of resveratrol topically on the skin boosts the antioxidant activity in the outermost layers of the skin. So whether you want to indulge in the occasional glass of red wine or apply it topically, ahead we’ve listed some purported health benefits of red wine for your skin.
Keep reading to discover the benefits of red wine for your skin
1. Help fight skin ageing
The presence of antioxidants like flavonoids, resveratrol and tannins fight skin ageing by restoring collagen and elastic fibres to the skin. Also, the antioxidant properties of resveratrol work exceedingly well against the oxidative stress the skin cells are quite often subjected to This antioxidant is so potent that it is now being researched for its ability to prevent skin cancer and other dangerous skin ailments.
2. Reduces acne
Acne is a common skin concern among people of all age groups. Red wine also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can help fight and prevent acne breakouts. Resveratrol slows down growth and also inhibits keratinocyte proliferation, which is the cause of acne lesions.
3. Makes skin glow
If you’re worried about dull and uneven skin the polyphenols in this drink prevent skin cell oxidation which happens as you age. Consuming it topically may help in regaining the lost glow on the face that usually occurs due to excess pollution and high stress levels. But once again in moderation or the alcohol content can have reverse effects actually dehydrate you.
4. Helps you catch some beauty sleep:
Red wine may also help you sleep better, due to the presence of melatonin, the hormone which regulates our sleep cycles. So there’s no harm in consuming a glass of red wine! It just might help in sleeping better at night.
Do understand that all of these points, only come into play when you drink in moderation. At the end of the day, the best way to reap its benefits is by using skincare products containing these key ingredients. If you do enjoy a glass now and then don’t fill it to the brim and expect it to work miracles. The recommended daily serving of wine is actually 4-5 ounces. This means you have to stop pouring at the widest part of your wine glass. Moreover, when testing new things always do a patch test first. If you see anything unexpected happening to your skin, stop and consult a dermatologist.
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