You probably know that antioxidants are good for your skin, but did you know that one of the most powerful antioxidants can be found in some of your favorite foods? If you enjoy red wine, grapes, chocolate, peanuts, or berries, then you’ve consumed resveratrol, one of the most potent of all antioxidants. But what is resveratrol and what is used for?
What is resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a well-known antioxidant found in certain foods – and in high doses in red wine – that has powerful anti-inflammatory and cell-protective effects, and that can promote skin healing and prevent scarring. Resveratrol belongs to a class of plant micronutrients called polyphenols – organic compounds that plants produce to defend themselves against attack from drought or disease. When plants, animals or the human body breathes or breaks down food, it produces free radicals, which are unstable cells that can damage your other cells and lead to age-related diseases. Polyphenols, like resveratrol, which are rich in antioxidants, can help prevent free radical cellular damage in the cells of your body. Resveratrol can be found in the skin of grapes, in wine, peanuts, pistachios, blueberries, cranberries, bilberries, cocoa and dark chocolate and it offers a host of health benefits.
Wine has the highest concentration of resveratrol
Of the different plant foods that contain resveratrol, the skin of red and purple grapes contains the highest concentration of this powerful and health-giving polyphenol. Red wines made from grapes with thicker skins such Malbec, Petite Sirah, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir are known to have the highest resveratrol content. According to some doctors, resveratrol in red wine can decrease cholesterol, and also prevent blood clots, heart disease, and the development of certain types of cancers.
What is resveratrol good for?
Because it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, resveratrol can protect against diseases such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and skin inflammations. Resveratrol also has antifungal and antibacterial properties that may be effective in treating digestive and urinary tract infections.
Harvard Medical School researchers have found that resveratrol can help reverse the symptoms of aging by stimulating the production of SIRT1, a naturally-occurring protein in our bodies that prevents decay and disease by speeding up activity in the mitochondria – our cells’ energy production centers.
“In the history of pharmaceuticals, there has never been a drug that binds to a protein to make it run faster in the way that resveratrol activates SIRT1," says David Sinclair, Harvard Medical School professor of genetics.
How resveratrol benefits skin
While we get some of resveratrol’s benefits from our diet and through supplements, resveratrol provides the most benefits to skin when it is used topically as moisturizers or serums applied on the skin.
A study conducted by Tulane University showed that resveratrol can help in the repair of sun-damaged and aging skin. Resveratrol in skincare helps in two ways – it neutralizes free radicals entering skin cells and boosts antioxidants levels, so your skin is better able to protect and heal itself. This study found that the topical application of skincare products with resveratrol can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and improve skin elasticity in 12 weeks.
“As we age, we lose our natural collagen and elastin. We begin to experience a thinning of the skin,” explains dermatologist Tanya Kormeili. “Antioxidants are thought to help protect against the accelerated aging effect of free radical damage.”
Resveratrol can also help reduce dark spots and blemishes caused by sun damage. and protect your skin against harmful UV rays and environmental pollutants. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective treatment for redness, rosacea, and other skin inflammation disorders. Researchers have also found that resveratrol has a hydrating effect on skin and can soothe conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and rough, dry skin.
Biover-X: more powerful than resveratrol
Resveratrol has been a highly valued ingredient in skincare for some time. We discovered a way to make it significantly more effective. Our BioVer-X™ serum is made with a miracle molecule based on the biochemical structure of resveratrol but with ten times more anti-inflammatory properties and six times more antioxidant properties. Backed by rigorous scientific research, K&K Skin Products BioVer-X™ serum is combined with vitamin E, which increases hydration and reduces the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and acne scars, and essentials oils like jojoba, sweet almond, argan, tea tree, rosemary, frankincense, and lavender have been scientifically proven to beneficial for skin. So if you want to give your skin the best chance at fighting the ravages of time, sun damage, and environmental pollutants, consider adding K&K’s BioVer-X™ to your skincare routine.