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An extremely potent antioxidant derived from grapes, blueberries and even cocoa, resveratrol was catapulted into the spotlight in 2006 when a National Institutes of Health study found that it improved the health of overweight aged mice. Further research concluded that resveratrol can extend the lifespan of fish, flies and worms, and this unique quality immediately caught the attention of skincare scientists who have since started incorporating it into creams and serums in the hopes that it has an anti-aging effect on the skin as well.
While itâ€™s important to remember that these findings were based on ingesting resveratrol (and organisms other than people), dermatologist Dr. Bradley Bloom of Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey explains, â€œResearch has shown that resveratrol has an antioxidant function by inhibiting free radicals in human skin, and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects as well.â€ Dr. Bloomâ€™s advice: Combine antioxidant-rich foods such as dark-skinned fruits like grapes and skincare to slow down the progression of damage to our cells.
Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Face Lifting Soft Cream ($76)
Combining the antioxidant benefits of resveratrol with an intense surge of hydration, this day cream nourishes skin and helps defend against any environmental damage that may come its way. Designed to help skin feel firmer and look more lifted, this lightweight treatment works double-duty as your antioxidant serum and moisturizerâ€”just donâ€™t forget the sunscreen!
SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E ($152)
We wouldnâ€™t go a morning without one of SkinCeuticalsâ€™ vitamin C serums, and this nighttime concentrate ensures around-the-clock antioxidant protection. Its unique blend of free-radical-fighting resveratrol, baicalin and vitamin E also works to repair visible signs of aging as it enhances the skinâ€™s firmness, radiance and natural defenses against environmental damage.
CerumWORX Retinol + Resveratrol in Microsponge ($96)
Featuring a potent dose of resveratrol and age-fighting retinol, these perfectly portable single-use capsules help improve signs of sun and environmental damage while neutralizing the free radicals that accumulate over the course of the day. Even more, this unique rejuvenating blend smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reinforces the skinâ€™s barrier and boosts hydration levels, making it a powerful weapon for reversing and preventing visible aging.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30 ($230)
Offering protection against free radicals and UV rays, this day cream shields skin from the full array of environmental aggressors that can cause visible signs of aging. Packed with hydration that instantly plumps fine lines and wrinkles (without leaving a greasy residue or interfering with makeup), this splurge is worth the investment.
Auspect Resveratrol CrÃ¨me ($73)
Resveratrol takes center stage in this potent moisturizer, which also includes anti-aging peptides and skin-soothing ingredients for good measure. Designed to hydrate, protect, nourish and help improve firmness, this rich cream can be used day and night to fight damage caused by free radicals before it takes a toll on your skin, both inside and out.
NOTE: CerumWorx products were provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.