AUG 2017

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[16] • # dayspamagazine • august 2017 in focus by Angela Melero © GETTY IMAGES Resveratrol e antioxidant commonly associated with wine has become a potent ingredient in antiaging and even acne- fi ghting skincare treatments. Y ou've probably heard plenty about the health benefi ts of red wine, and a key reason for those claims hinges upon resveratrol. The powerful antioxidant is produced by plants to protect and heal themselves from environmental stressors, including ultraviolet (UV) radiation, injury and infection. Resveratrol is present in peanuts, blueberries, cranberries and cacao, but some of the highest naturally occurring concentrations are found in grape skins. There have been countless studies suggesting that resveratrol can combat everything from cancer to cardiovascular disease. However, a 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine determined that it's humanly impossible to consume enough vino or resveratrol-containing foods to reap such signifi cant rewards. The body also tends to metabolize the compound quickly, meaning concentrated doses via dietary supplements may not be particularly eff ective, either. But research does suggest that applying resveratrol topically can protect and even heal human skin in much the same way that it protects and heals plants, says Patricia K. Farris, MD, board-certifi ed dermatologist and clinical associate professor at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. As a result, the ingredient has increasingly been incorporated into spa products and services. A There are many other names for resveratrol, including red wine extract, kojo-kon and stilbene phytoalexin. A Resveratrol exists as either a cis- or trans-molecule, with trans-resveratrol being the more stable and easily absorbed form. A A September 2009 Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry study suggested that resveratrol could be a promising alternative to hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women, providing some of the skin benefi ts of estrogen (such as diminishing collagen loss) without the side eff ects. QUICK FACTS

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