Why Resveratrol is the New Retinol
You will be pleased to know that the newest super skincare ingredient resveratrol is found in red wine, namely in the skin of grapes.
So what is it? Applied topically, resveratrol is an antioxidant with a heap of skincare benefits: it protects the skin, slows aging, calms redness, brightens and improves the overall appearance of your complexion. (Disclaimer: you’d have to drink hundreds of bottles of Pinot noir to reap the benefits of resveratrol).
A relative newbie on the market, resveratrol is mainly found in moisturisers and eye creams. So how does it differ to the much loved, much respected retinol? Resveratrol is known to protect the skin from free radicals and helps interrupt and rebuff environmental stressors, whilst retinol helps with already present skincare issues; enlarged pores, uneven skin texture and fine lines.
Resveratrol is best applied as part of your evening skincare routine, as antioxidants like resveratrol, work best when your skin is repairing itself at night (also helping to boost antioxidant production inside your skin cells.)
Our top 4 resveratrol products:
We love The Ordinary for its affordability, no-nonsense packaging and for giving us products that actually work – and the Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% is no different. With a whopping 3% of these two potent ingredients (most skincare products tend to incorporate 1% or less of resveratrol, and 0.5% or less of ferulic acid) this is one serum we need. Apply 2 to 3 drops every other day to start seeing results.
Caudalie deemed resveratrol as ‘a treasure of youth’, and launched a resveratrol collection, focusing on lifting, firming and nourishing the skin. The Resveratrol Lift Firming Eye Gel Cream packs a punch with its formulation of resveratrol, hyaluronic acid and vegan collagen to help smooth out the eye area and reduce puffiness. Top tip? Apply it to your lip contours too.
Check out the rest of the Caudalie resveratrol range here.
The Inika Phytofuse Renew Resveratrol Eye Cream is formulated with a triple whammy of resveratrol, squalene and grapeseed oil – all excellent at hydrating and nourishing the delicate under eye area. It also contains the beautiful rose of Jericho, which aids in improving skin density and moisture.
Finally, the SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E Treatment contains 1% pure resveratrol and pure vitamin E which gives the skin a high dose of anti-ageing benefits, including reducing the effects of environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays. It’s also formulated for all skin types, so no need to fear if you have sensitive skin.