Resveratrol is widely known to be an excellent antioxidant found in certain foods. The benefits of this plant compound in slowing aging and preventing cell damage are so significant, resveratrol has been manufactured into supplement form. But did you know it is a beneficial ingredient in skincare products, backed by extensive studies?
A 2005 study by the National Institutes of Health has shown its effectiveness in protecting the skin against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that may lead to cancer. Moreover, a study published in 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology revealed participants who applied a resveratrol gel to their skin for 30 days reduced acne by more than 50 percent. And yet another study published in 2012 concluded that participants who took resveratrol orally for more than 60 days had markedly improved skin that was more moist, had better elasticity, and decreased age spots.
Where Does Resveratrol Come From?
It’s likely that you’ve eaten resveratrol, the compound with antioxidant properties. Resveratrol is found in grapes, blueberries, cranberries, cocoa, dark chocolate, peanuts, pistachios, and red and white wine.
Antioxidants are molecules that restrain the oxidation of other molecules. Harnessing and preventing the chemical reaction of oxidation is important to cellular survival because oxidation can produce free radicals known to damage cells. Many experts agree this type of cell damage is a factor in the development of cancers and diseases.
Nature seems to have an endless supply of antioxidants, like vitamin C - found in citrus fruits, red and yellow peppers, dark green vegetables and tomatoes, and beta carotene - found in cantaloupe, mango and leafy greens.
Why Is Resveratrol in My Skin Care
With such broad benefits derived from this antioxidant, it is no wonder resveratrol is an ingredient in effective skin care products.
Research shows that resveratrol has exponentially greater antioxidant power than a popular pharmaceutical antioxidant used in anti-wrinkle creams, called idebenone, which can be found in some of the most expensive eye creams.
Along with protecting the skin against harmful UV rays and helping with acne, as noted, resveratrol is well established for its anti-aging properties when applied topically.
One very effective use for resveratrol in skin care is for age spots. Over time, the pigment in our skin is susceptible to darkening, or age spots, and that can be attributed to chronological aging and exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Resveratrol is used in the finest and most effective skincare products, such as the
Épicé Clarifying Fade Serum
which effectively removes dark age spots.