Beauty Ingredient 101: Resveratrol
Polyphenols are extremely potent antioxidants that combat oxidative stress on the body–and resveratrol is simply one of the most powerful polyphenols your body can get!
In nature, resveratrol is a compound found in the skins, seeds and vines of grapes that protect against UV radiation, fungus and bacteria. This gives us a tiny hint of the powerful potential that resveratrol holds in and on our bodies. Researchers have found that resveratrol inhibits tumor growth and cuts off the action of a protein that sustains cancer cells. And its most attractive beauty benefit is that it activates the SIRT1 (sirtuin) gene (the same gene activated by calorie restriction diets), which controls reparative, protective enzymes in our bodies. When sirtuin genes are active, age-related cell damage is slowed and repaired, which leads to strong, healthy skin structure. In fact, resveratrol may increase the lifespan of skin cells by 160%! Resveratrol is also an anti-inflammatory that increases metabolic efficiency, giving you improved energy.
In the beauty world, resveratrol appears as an anti-aging ingredient in creams and serums. Its antioxidant benefits work to repair damage and strengthen skin against free radicals that pose a daily threat to the youthful appearance of our skin.
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