While you likely know that wine gets better with age, did you know age gets better with red wine? Red wine has amazing benefits for skin. Red wine has a high concentration of polyphenols and resveratrol. These antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals that play a major role in skin aging. Say good-bye to nipping, tucking and injections to look younger.
Another amazing benefit of drinking red wine is that it ramps up the regeneration of skin cells in the outer layers with its rich amino acids while it improves hydration for a glowing complexion. Its amino acids and antioxidants create a protective barrier against the sun’s rays. Red wine also strengthens the cross-linking of collagen. Plump up the facial structure and look younger.
A newly released study proved that an antioxidant found in the grapes to make red wine slowed bacterial growth that causes acne. The study also found that the antioxidant resveratrol in red wine boosted the properties of benzoyl peroxide. It’s this active ingredient that is found in most over-the-counter acne medications. This study was published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy. So, the next time you go to your dermatologist for help with an acne outbreak, you just might wind up with a script for pinot noir.
Today, many natural skin care companies are adding polyphenols, grape extracts and resveratrol to its facial and natural skin eye creams. With continued use, you can reap the benefits of clear, young and glowing skin. Even making a red wine face mask with leftovers from last night’s dinner party is another way to enjoy that marvelous Shiraz while nourishing the skin. Mix some honey and yogurt with one tablespoon of red wine and spread the mask over you face. Keep in on for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. It’s vinotherapy 101. And if you’re looking to add some color to your cheeks, just wipe on a drop of red wine. You’ll be getting some color and hydration at the same time.
Best Types of Wines
What types of red wines are the best for healthy and young skin? Researchers at the University of California determined that cabernet sauvignon, petit Syrah and pinot noir have the highest concentrations of flavonoids. Red zinfandels and merlots have fewer flavonoids. The bottom line is that the sweeter the red wine, the fewer flavonoids it has. Dry red wines are the best for a flavonoid boost. How much red wine should one drink daily to reap the benefits? Ladies will benefit with one glass of four-ounces of red wine while men will benefit from two four-ounce servings.
All around, there is scientific evidence that regular, moderate consumption of red wine is beneficial to your health and to your skin. If you’re a white wine drinker, you just may want to switch over to red because of its unique benefits. White wine doesn’t have the same high concentration of antioxidants as red wine does. So, raise your glass to red wine and toast to healthy and younger looking skin.