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You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of red wine and how it can promote good heart health. But have you heard about how effective red wine can be for having beautiful skin? That’s right, your glass of vino with your dinner can also offer incredible benefits for your skin.

Before you grab a bottle of cabernet or merlot, you should know that it’s generally advised for women to only have one glass of wine a day and, for men, two. Thankfully, that’s all you really need anyways to reap the benefits of red wine and incorporate it into your skincare routine.

What Is Red Wine?

Other than its red appearance, red wine differs from white wine in that its produced from black grapes. Those grapes are crushed and fermented before being bottled up and sold to you.

Grapes, in general, are full of antioxidants, which is why red wine is so beneficial for your health. Reservatrol and flavonoids are just a couple of the antioxidants that do incredible things for your health, including promoting heart health and anti-aging.

Benefits of Red Wine for Your Skin

Certain skincare lines have already caught on to how beneficial red wine can be for your skin, which is why you’ll find red wine extracts as the main ingredient in some skin care products.

Red wine’s nature of being rich in antioxidants can directly affect the skin, which is why red wine can offer skincare benefits like:

  • Fight Acne

    Resveratrol in red wine can fight off acne by slowing down the growth of bacteria that causes acne in the first place. In addition, the resveratrol is effective in inhibiting keratinocyte proliferation, which is what causes acne lesions.

  • Anti-Aging

    That’s right, your glass of red wine can help you maintain your youthful appearance. The polyphenols in red wine help slow down cell oxidation that causes aging of the skin. In fact, the power of red wine to inhibit cell oxidation is so strong that researchers are now looking at how red wine could possibly be related to skin cancer prevention.

  • Adds a Glow

    Want radiant, glowing skin? The same polyphenols that slow down cell oxidation can restore the glow to your skin. It’s one of the reasons why resveratrol can be found in skin creams as a main ingredient.

  • Treats Sunburn

    Don’t completely ditch the sunscreen, but next time you unexpectedly find yourself with a sunburn, try rubbing some red wine on it. The red wine can ease some of the sunburn-affected areas. In addition to regular sunscreen use, the flavonoids in red wine can also help you prevent future burns by preventing compounds in the skin from reacting to UV rays.

Before You Consume Red Wine

While red wine has a bunch of health benefits for your skin and overall health, it also has potentially bothersome side effects. For some, red wine can cause headaches, while for others, it can have blood thinning effects.

Like always, you should consult your doctor if drinking red wine is a new routine in your life. Remember, red wine should be consumed in moderation and should be avoided if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or underage.


Tadimalla, R. T. (n.d.). 24 Interesting Benefits Of Red Wine For Skin, Hair And Health. Retrieved March 30, 2018, from http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-red-wine/#gref

Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.