Quit Wine-ing About Aging (Worrying Gives You Wrinkles Anyways)!
Relax and have a glass of red wine! With thousands of little anti-aging warriors (technically called Polyphenols), red wine will keep your skin glowing and youthful by preventing the cell oxidation process that makes us look older (Hence the word, Anti-Oxidant).
Wine may have a place in our medicine cabinets as well as our kitchens with new evidence supporting it as a topical acne treatment. A recent study published in Dermatology and Therapy, found that an antioxidant in red wine, resveratrol (which stops free radicals from forming), has the ability to slow the growth of acne causing bacteria. In addition, when added to benzoyl peroxide (commonly prescribed for acne today), it further boosted the results as an antibacterial treatment and helped the results have a longer effect. Cheers to that!
Our skin’s appearance is sensitive to both physical stress (like the sun) and psychological stress. Where are we going with this? Well, there’s an interesting connection between red wine and glowing skin that relates to lifestyle. People often refer to the ‘mediterranean’ glow of european skin. Many studies have analyzed this type of diet, commonly associated with an abundance of olive oil, another Face Food. However, something most people don’t consider is that european meals, are often accompanied by red wine and may also contributed to a more laid back, stress free lifestyle. From a holistic standpoint, we believe that glowing skin comes from a multitude of factors both external and internal. Stress can most definitely contribute to faster aging, so relaxing with a moderately sized glass a wine every so often will help you get glowing skin from both the inside and outside!
Red, white and Bubbles?
Let’s see how much and which types of wines we can drink. The amazing health benefits of red wine (which also includes maintaining a healthy heart) are only seen in moderate drinkers, which is 1 glass a day for women. Drinking too much can have it’s own health risks and downsides, so don’t go overboard. If you’re wondering if white wine has the same benefits, it sadly doesn’t. It has the same amount of calories (if not more when sweeter), it’s more acidic (bad for your teeth), and has fewer of the heart and skin healthy antioxidants than red. Here’s some good news: champagne or sparkling wines (which are usually made from both red and white grapes) are the winner as they have the fewest calories per glass (80 vs 120) and the same warrior anti-oxidants!
Depending on your budget or the occasion, we suggest going for sparkling or red! Pop, let your skin sparkle as bright as a glass of Veuve Clicquot!