The holiday season is upon us. Once again, it’s that time of the year where we get to over-indulge without feeling guilty. For the ladies I am sure these means lots of wine dates and I will be giving you more reasons to raise your glass high. Red wine has been adapted into the lifestyles of many women across the globe.
We know that a glass of red wine after dinner aids digestion but did you know that it can be good for your skin as well? Imagine going to a dermatologist for help with clearing out a breakout and the prescription you get is a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. Sounds crazy but there is a science behind it!
Recent studies have shown that Red wine contains resveratrol. This is a powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial compound proven to have significant anti-ageing benefits. Red wine also contains Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA), antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that prevents skin breakouts, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, it fights acne promoting the appearance of clear, glowing skin. Resveratrol has particularly been called out for its superstar health-boosting powers. This antioxidant, also found in blueberries and peanuts, is the reason I recommend sipping a moderate amount of red vino( not more than one glass a day ladies!)
Red Wine Benefits for Skin:
1) Exfoliates the skin for a radiant complexion:
Wine baths are very popular in Japan and for good reason, Red wine can help transform a dull complexion to its original glow; with thousands of polyphenols. It helps prevent cell Oxidation that ages the skin. You can make your own red wine scrub using 1 ¼ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup red wine, and 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil. You can also dip a cotton ball in red wine and apply a few drops on your cheeks for a natural-looking rosy blush.
2) Helps with acne prone skin:
Good news for those with acne prone and or sensitive skin. Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, applying red-wine topically on the face will clear clogged pores, fight acne and prevent future breakouts. Simply dip a cotton ball in red wine, apply it all over your face, leave for about 20 minutes, and rinse your face. Voila! You are well on your way to clear, radiant skin.
3) Prevents premature ageing:
Red wine is packed with antioxidants like flavonoid and tanning that help to fight ageing skin by restoring collagen. Red wine gives a boost to sagging skin and helps with the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Wine facial anyone?
4) Lightens age spots:
You can lighten existing age spots and the overall appearance of your skin with red wine. A mixture of 5 teaspoons of red wine, 2 teaspoons of honey and an egg or yoghurt should do the trick. Let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. This simple mask will improve your skin texture and give you a fairer looking complexion. (Please note this is not a bleaching face mask). The red wine will simply slough off dead skin cells revealing brighter and lighter complexion.
Cheers to radiant, health and glowing skin ladies!