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Resveratrol – Not Just for Drinking Anymore

Resveratrol:  Resveratrol made its claim to fame when it was discovered to be the “mystery” ingredient in red wine’s demonstrated health and anti-aging benefits.  Its now known that resveratrol is an antimicrobial substance produced by plants in response to stress, infection, or strong UV radiation. In recent years, topical use of resveratrol has become the subject of intense interest due to its powerful antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It appears that resveratrol exerts its potent antioxidant effects on two distinct levels: (1) by scavenging existing free radicals and (2) by preventing their formation.

The antioxidant ability of resveratrol is known to be both potent and efficient, being greater than that of vitamins E and C. One study demonstrated that resveratrol was 95% efficient at preventing lipid peroxidation, compared to 65% for vitamin E and 37% for vitamin C. In another recent study, the antioxidant strength of resveratrol was compared to that of idebenone. Idebenone is a powerful pharmaceutical antioxidant. Its benefits include shielding the skin from environmental damage, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing dryness, and smoothing skin texture. The results of the study revealed that resveratrol had a stunning 17-fold greater antioxidant capacity than idebenone. The antioxidant properties of resveratrol protects against and inhibits UV-induced skin damage and abnormal cellular proliferation caused by UV rays.

Another study published by the National Institutes of Health in 2005, showed that topical application of resveratrol acted similarly to suncreen and may even prevent skin cancer. ”It was a very good sunblock,” Maroon explained. “It might be the ultimate sunblock for both plants and animals. In animals, it was shown to help the prevent the development of skin cancer.”

Resveratrol is also able to form soluble, complex molecules with certain metal ions, inactivating the ions so they cannot produce free radical formation. This action, in combination with its powerful antioxidant capability, makes resveratrol highly effective in combating the damaging effect of free radicals that leads to skin aging. Resveratrol also stimulates healthy cell proliferation as well as collagen synthesis by protecting the dermal matrix from harmful enzymes and improving the function of fibroblasts that create healthy collagen, leading to plumper, firmer skin.

Skin Beautiful Dermaceuticals™ incorporates Resveratrol in its Dermal Nutrition Antioxidant (DNA) Repair Cream.

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