Grapes are nature’s antioxidant. We all know that the benefits of drinking wine (specifically red wine) are scientifically documented. The medicinal and cosmetic qualities of grape and wine have been known since ancient times. Royals discovered that rubbing grape juice on their skin resulted in a fresher, more vibrant appearance. The French population, known for their high-fat, bread-laden meals, had a much lower incidence of heart disease than other countries and many believe it was a direct cause-effect of the country’s love for red wine (the so-called “French Paradox”).
Scientists found that grapes contain a powerful plant compound, polyphenols, which serves as antioxidants that eliminate free radicals (damaged cells within the body) and increase cellular turnover. They also found that these polyphenols form a protective layer on the skin and stimulate the renewal of both cells and collagen, leading to a more refined, youthful appearance.
A large part of is due to resveratrol, a plant compound found in the skin of grapes. It’s more present in the red grapes used to make red wine than in the white grapes. It is a stable and potent antioxidant naturally present in grape skins, nuts, blueberries, cranberries, wine, and dark chocolate is suggested to protect against heart disease, prevent cancer, and increase lifespan. Studies on resveratrol based skincare products have shown to increase cell turnover, reduce cell damage, protect against sun damage, and promote the synthesis of enzymatic antioxidants.
Where Wine and Beauty Collide
I never pass up a glass of red wine, so why pass up on it for my face? Here are a few of the grapey options that are worth trying!
Merlot Glycerin Bar Soap – This decadently smelling bar soap is gentle and easy on your skin. Leaving it feeling clean, soft and smooth. Chablis Grapeseed Scrub – Exfoliate your skin with the crushed seeds of Grape, Pomegranate and Coconut. Enriched with essential oils and skin softening ingredients, your skin will shine with a soft glow. The healthful benefits will tighten and tone your skin, while locking in the moisturizing properties of the Grape.