Resveratrol is a potent polyphenolic antioxidant that’s found in red grapes, red wine, blueberries, and cranberries.
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What are the benefits of using Resveratrol?
- Antioxidant: It helps to protect the skin from UV stress and environmental pollutants.
- Anti-inflammatory: it also has anti-inflammtory properties that can minimise redness and calm irritated skin.
- Anti-cancer: many studies showed that resveratrol not only acts as chemoprotective agent, but also display chemotherapeutic properties. It is also shown to be effective against breast cancer.
- Cardioprotective: Resveratrol has also shown to improve the heart and prevent heart diseases.
- Neuroprotective Effects: it also has roles in neurodegenerative impairments, such as Alzheimer′s, Huntington′s and Parkinson′s diseases. It may be used as a novel therapeutic agent to treat intracerebral hemorrhage.
- Antimicrobial Activity: resveratrol has also shown to inhibit the growth of certain bacterias and fungi.
- It is also said to help with obesity and diabetes.
What are the cons of using Resveratrol?
It has very weak pigment-reducing properties.
Who all can use Resveratrol?
Resveratrol is suitable for all skin types and is the perfect antioxidant to use for sensitive skin and skin of colour if you can’t tolerate vitamin C or retinol.
How to use Resveratrol topically?
- Use a antioxidant like resveratrol for protecting the skin from UV rays.
- Use skincare actives like Vitamin A, B, or C.
How to use Resveratrol orally?
It can be used in doses up to 1500 mg daily for up to 3 months. Higher doses of up to 2000-3000 mg daily have been used for 2-6 months. But these doses are more likely to cause stomach upset.
It is possibly effective for hay fever (using a nasal spray containing resveratrol three times daily for 4 weeks seems to reduce allergy symptoms) and obesity (taking resveratrol by mouth has been shown to increase weight loss but it doesn’t improve blood pressure, glucose control, levels of cholesterol and other fats.
It is not effective for heart diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, blood sugar, and built up of fats in the liver.
Foods that contain Resveratrol:
- Peanuts, peanut butter
- Red and white wine
- Blueberries, cranberries, bilberries, lingonberries.
- Jackfruit skin
- Cocoa, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate.
Frequently asked questions:
Is Resveratrol safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Resveratrol is said to be safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You can also consume foods containing resveratrol during pregnancy.
Can I use Resveratrol and ferulic acid with niacinamide?
Yes, it is safe to use resveratrol and ferulic acid with niacinamide. In the morning, you can apply ferulic acid, wait for a few minutes and then apply niacinamide. At night, you can apply resveratrol followed by a moisturizer.
You can use 1 or 2 of these actives on alternative nights.