Not that you need another reason to pick up that bottle of red wine you’ve been eyeing, but we’ll give you one anyway: red wine contains ingredients that benefit your skin as well as your health. White wines are delicious, and there is some research suggesting that white wine has its own unique health care benefits, but it is red wine that often steals the spotlight when it comes to healthy benefits of consuming wine. The reason red wine is considered more beneficial is the concentration of polyphenols that are highly concentrated in the skin of red grapes. These polyphenols act as antioxidants and provide protection against problems ranging from heart disease to acne. Vine Vera Skincare investigates just what it is about red wine the makes the beverage such a hot topic in the medical industry.
Red Wine and Your Health
There are several ingredients in red wine that benefit your internal health. Guercetin is a compound in red wine that is known to prevent lung cancer. Additionally, it is thought that guecetin may also fight breast cancer. Guercetin, along with resveratrol, stimulate cancer cells to destroy themselves and reduce the amount of growth cancer cells experience. Current studies are being conducted to evaluate the ability of resveratrol to delay degenerative diseases due to aging, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It is also thought that resveratrol protects against heart disease by lowering blood pressure and keeping plaque from forming in your arteries. Resveratrol does lower the amount of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) while increasing your levels of HDL (the “good” cholesterol).
Red Wine and Your Skin
Resveratrol is probably the most widely recognized antioxidant in red wine. Other antioxidant ingredients in wine are flavanoids and tannins. All three of these types of antioxidants provide significant skin benefits. Antioxidants protect and fight against free radical damage from oxidation. These antioxidants also provide protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation rays. Providing protection from free radicals and UV rays in turn reduces the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Red wine also contains plenty of amino acids that are important in terms of your skin care. You need amino acids in your skincare products because these boost skin renewal, providing healthier and firmer skin. Red wine is currently being studied to determine just how effective it is at fighting acne. Many of the antioxidants found in red wine have both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Anti-inflammatories reduce redness, irritation and inflammation of skin affected by acne while antiseptics cleanse the skin. Red wine also contains alpha hydroxy acids, which are an excellent exfoliant for your skin and help cell turnover. Benzoyl peroxide is a well-known and effective acne medication. The current research on red wine and acne is to determine what effect red wine has on benzoyl peroxides effectiveness. The hypothesis is that red wine will increase the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide while providing soothing care to the skin reducing irritation often associated with benzoyl peroxide use.
Whether or not white wine is as effective as red wine in your health care is a subject of major debate. Some suggest that white wine does benefit your health and skin because resveratrol and other antioxidants are still present. However, others suggest that the concentration of resveratrol and polyphenols in white wine are too insignificant to provide any benefits. At present, red wine remains the superstar when it comes to your health, both inside and out. You can enjoy a glass of red wine daily for some of the benefits while using the compounds found in red wine topically for maximum benefits. Vine Vera Skincare provides luxury skin care that makes use of these incredibly beneficial ingredients that are found in wine.