Dubbed a “girly girl” growing up, I can’t ever remember a day that I wasn’t interested in beauty and fashion. Since the age of eight I’d spend my time alone painting designs on my nails, flipping through fashion magazines, and experimenting with homemade face masks. My aunt would jokingly call me the scientist as I’d go through her makeup bag and make her products “better”, which really meant adding water to her mascara tube because I thought it needed more moisture. The creative, scientist in me is still fascinated with beauty innovation and I love researching and testing new beauty products. Everything from snail gel face masks, bee stinger lip plumper, to sake based hair care we are seeing a return to natural sources as the basis of the latest innovations.
Resveratrol, a stable and potent antioxidant naturally present in grape skins, nuts, blueberries, cranberries, wine, and dark chocolate is suggested to protect against heart disease, prevent cancer, and increase lifespan. Studies on resveratrol based skincare products have shown to increase cell turnover, reduce cell damage, protect against sun damage, and promote the synthesis of enzymatic antioxidants. Here are four resveratrol based products that are worth trying!
Caudalie, a French luxury skincare line created by Mathilde Thomas of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte is my favorite brand specializing in the use grape derived polyphenols for skincare. Caudalie was the first to patent the process of extracting and stabilizing polyphenols in 1995. Since, they have developed a whole line of products based on the newest research and have established Vinotherapie Spas around the world.
Highly concentrated with Viniferine, a natural molecule derived from grapevine sap, this satiny serum reduces the appearance of existing dark spots such as acne marks, scars, and damage revealing a brighter, more even complexion.
Seven years of research and 300 trials were necessary to create this advanced solution that will take your complexion back in time. Caudalie's three signature patents are now blended at their highest concentration for unparalleled age-fighting power: Resveratrol-Oleyl for lifting and firming, Viniferine for brightening, and antioxidant-rich grape-seed Polyphenols.
This sheet mask treatment is infused with real red wine extracts and rosemary to address enlarged pores while purifying, refining, and tightening skin. Perfect for troubled skin, it soothes the complexion with jasmine and green tea extracts for a refined complexion in as little as twenty minutes.
This innovative, natural formula smooths, nourishes, and moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine. It's so good you can even eat it!