You know how everyone always says alcohol is bad for the skin? Well the latest anti-aging weapon is not a pill, injection or a wonder cream, and it doesn’t involve any nipping or tucking either. It’s a glass of red wine a day for women and two for men, according to Richard A. Baxter, MD, a plastic surgeon in Seattle and the author of Age Gets Better with Wine. Baxter gave a talk on wine and beauty at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C recently and talked about the skin care benefits of red wine.
The secret mechanism is the antioxidants in red wine known as polyphenols. Antioxidants sop up damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases. While both red and white wines are made from grapes, there is a much higher concentration of polyphenols, including resveratrol, in red wine compared to regular grape juice or white wine. In red wine, the skin and seeds are crushed as part of the fermenting process, whereas for white wine and grape juice the skin and seeds are removed.
So if you are looking for a way to get your skin off the sagging path and back to glowing and youthfulness, a-glass-of-wine-a-day to the rescue! Remember, too much of every good thing is bad for you so a glass a day is just perfect.