A Toast to Healthy Skin

By Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro, Contributing Writer

We've all heard about the myriad benefits of drinking red wine, but have you ever considered using a splash of syrah, grenache or pinot noir topically?

Red wine grape skins contain an antioxidant called resveratrol, which according to the Mayo Clinic, may prevent blood vessel damage and reduce LDL cholesterol. While ingesting red wine in moderation has been proven to deliver health benefits, studies show that applying vino rosso directly to your skin delivers noticeable results, and quickly.

Resveratrol replenishes sun-damaged skin, maintains elasticity, protects against cell damage and restores collagen. Antioxidant-rich red wine also helps acneic and congested skin, due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

A powerhouse member of the group of compounds known as polyphenols, resveratrol has the beauty industry buzzing. Who knew dousing our skin with Bacchus' favorite beverage could bring on glowing, supple skin?

The resveratrol formulated, natural products below are great options to consider:

Bar Soap by The Grapeseed Company

$9 USD

This vinotherapy lineisupcycled from the byproduct of the California wine industry (grape seeds recycled from wineries).Antioxidant rich white tea, grapes and organic local wine in this bar soap cleanse and infuse the skin with

100% pure, natural grapeseed goodness.

PC: The Grapeseed Company

Merlot Lip Tint by Wine Country Organics

$8 USD

Hand-poured and made in small batches, this rosy lip tint is made with a base of plant derived oils and waxes. Wine Country Organics’ lip care products contain no fragrances, no synthetic preservatives, and no FD&C dyes.

PC: Wine Country Organics

Caudalie Grape Water Mist

$18 USD

Made with organic grapes selected at harvest, this spritz has become a green beauty cult favorite. Agentle, nourishing mist that moisturizes, soothes and reducessensitivity.

PC: Caudalie

Osea Malibu Vitamin Boost

$38 USD

An elegant skin-plumping mist containing resveratrol from grape seeds brightens fatigued skin. Spritz on to replenish and combatdehydration.