A glass of red wine a day may be good for your heart, but did you know it could also be good for your skin? Credit this to resveratrol, the anti-aging superstar found in red-grape skin. This antioxidant powerhouse boasts of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to protect the skin against the effects of oxidative stress and sun damage. But drinking wine isn’t the only way to reap the protective, skin-revitalizing benefits of resveratrol. With so much research around this powerhouse ingredient, learn more about why it should be part of your anti-aging arsenal.
What Is Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is a type of polyphenol—or natural substances packed with micronutrients that can be found in plants—that is naturally present in grapes, berries (such as cranberries, blueberries and mulberries), peanuts, pistachio and cacao beans.
The skin and seeds of red grapes are the most abundant sources of resveratrol, which results in significant concentrations of this compound in red wine. A phytoalexin, resveratrol is produced by plants as a protective antibiotic to fight off fungal attacks, drought, UV radiation and inflammation.
What Are the Health Benefits of Resveratrol?
First studied for its effects and benefits on cardiovascular health, resveratrol has been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease cholesterol levels. Studies have also shown that the compound’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can help protect the brain and prevent cognitive decline.
Experts have also studied resveratrol’s antitumor and anticancer properties. In a series of studies, it has shown positive results when it comes to fighting cancer cells by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, changing gene expression and preventing hormone-dependent cancers from progressing.
How Does Resveratrol Benefit the Skin?
While much of the research around this “longevity molecule” has focused on its internal use, resveratrol has also been shown to be an effective topical antioxidant—fighting the good fight against free radicals. Antioxidants are essential in neutralizing these skin-aging molecules that are produced by the aging process and other factors such as UV damage, pollution and cigarette smoking. Resveratrol not only works against free radicals, it also increases the skin’s overall antioxidant effectiveness—to improve the look of fine lines, skin firmness, elasticity, hyperpigmentation, texture and overall radiance.
“Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, which calm down the skin, reduce skin-aging and may keep [the skin] free of infections,” explains Kansas City double board-certified dermatologist Viseslav Tonkovic-Capin, M.D. Due to its antimicrobial properties, resveratrol inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, as well as enhances the effects of the acne-fighter benzoyl peroxide. It also tackles acne inflammation and post-acne scarring by reducing redness, calming the skin and lightening dark spots, giving you a more even complexion. However, you may want to restrict your resveratrol regimen to the evening, as UV rays could render resveratrol much less effective.
Peel season! Cooler temperatures and lower UV levels make the fall, winter, and early spring the best time to do a chemical peel. Read below for more information on this rejuvenating skin treatment with little to no down-time.
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It's peel season!
Cooler temperatures and lower UV levels make the fall, winter, and early spring the best time to do a chemical peel.
What is a chemical peel?
Believe it or not, chemical peels have been around since the mid-1800s, chemical peels use acid to break down the top layer, or layers, treating fine lines and wrinkles, large pores and dark spots, and help tighten the skin.
A peel allows your skin to shed off a layer, making room for new, healthier skin. As it sloughs off tired, dull skin cells it stimulates fresh healthy skin, allowing for accelerated cell turnover and gives collagen-making cells a kick start.
There are many types of chemical peels, Skin Diva offers superficial and medium depth.
What will I feel during a peel?
You will most likely feel a prickly or itching sensation with some heat. It will subside and you may experience some redness for 20 minutes to half an hour afterward.
What happens after a peel?
After the service, you will immediately notice an overall brightening and glow to the skin. Not everyone will "peel" in the days to come but rest assured that the acid is penetrating through the skin to make changes. Your skin may feel tight and dry and could be flaky around day 3 as skin is going through the regenerative process.
In the days following a chemical peel, drink lots of water and use a gentle cleanser and hydrating serum or gel, like one that contains hyaluronic acid to help soothe the skin. Staying out of direct sun and wearing a broad-spectrum SPF is imperative as your skin is healing.
A series of 3-6 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart is recommended to achieve desired results as everyone's skin is different.
Progressive Peel Special:
Receive a complimentary application of a hydrating and soothing hydro-jelly mask after EACH peel with the purchase of a series of 3 progressive peels for $200.
Must be purchased by November 30th to get this special.
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