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red wineMagazines, television and even Dr. Oz have been praising resveratrol for its anti-aging benefits.  Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant found in cocoa and red wine.  Some skin care lines have added resveratrol ester to their products to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines.  Some spas in France and New York offer baths filled with red wine.

Does resveratrol work by absorbing it through the skin?  Resveratrol is a polyphenol that is produced in plants to help protect them from adverse conditions (excessive ultraviolet light, climatic changes and infections) (Castillo, 2013).  The thought is if it is good for plants, my not humans!

Studies have shown it offers little results when applied topically.  In order for resveratrol to be of benefit, it will have to be applied topically for an extended period of time.  The article did not state the duration used during the studies, but varying time limits were explored.  Some individuals showed some improvement in moisture and elasticity after 60 days and those who suffered from acne showed improvement after 30 days.

Would you prefer to apply resveratrol to the skin or just enjoy a glass of wine with your evening meal?  You decide.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Castillo, M. (2013). CBS News “Can you get resveratrol’s anti-aging benefits by putting it on your skin? Retrieved February 8, 2013, from: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57573590/resveratrol-does-provide-anti-aging-benefits-study-shows

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