4 Ways Wine Improves Your Skin

We’ve long known that that wine can have health benefits (for starters, resveratrol, found in red wine, can help strengthen arteries and lower “bad” cholesterol), but that’s just the beginning. Vino can also work wonders on our complexions—when used properly. Join us as we raise a glass to our favorite new skincare ingredient.

Wine can lighten dark spots

As we age, dark spots, which are often caused by sun damage, become more noticeable and also harder to treat. But all isn’t lost: polyphenols, the powerful antioxidants found in wine, known as polyphenols, can be affective in both treating and preventing discoloration. “Polyphenols can be useful as a lightening agent by inhibiting tyrosinase, the enzyme that makes melanin, or skin pigment,” says dermatologist Emily Mintz, MD. To gently even skin tone and prevent future spots, try a grape-derived daily lightening serum like Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

Wine helps prevent wrinkles

Resveratrol, the potent polyphenol found in red wine, targets free radicals—the perps responsible for breaking down collagen, loosening skin’s elasticity, and (gasp) causing wrinkles. But before you order that next glass of Montepulciano, know that topical application of resveratrol is way more effective. “Resveratrol is metabolized very quickly after oral ingestion, and it is unlikely that meaningful levels reach the skin tissue,” says Dr. Mintz. (Translation: while it may aid your cholesterol, that wine isn’t helping with wrinkles.) Instead, try resveratrol-laced products like Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream and ARCONA Booster Defense Serum. Fancy a little antiaging with your makeup? We like 29 Preserves I-Block Grape Seed Age Protecting™ Eye Shadow, which uses grapeseed extract to protect against free radical damage.

Wine soothes inflammation

In addition to quashing free radicals, resveratrol also boosts the effects of naturally occurring antioxidants. The result? A calmer, less stressed complexion. This ingredient even keeps mitochondria (cells’ “energy powerhouse”) functioning normally, which in turn helps slow down the aging process. Soothe skin with Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum.

Wine can prevent cancer(!)

Resveratrol helps prevent tumors from developing and encourages existing tumor cells to expire. Topical application has also been shown to prevent the formation of non-melanoma skin cancers in animals. One caveat: “Resveratrol is very photosensitive, and UV irradiation converts about 90 percent of it into a less active form,” according to Dr. Mintz. For best results, apply creams and serums featuring the ingredient at night and follow up in the morning with a broad-spectrum sunscreen like Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Cream SPF 15.

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