National Healthy Skin Month is observed every November to emphasize the importance of keeping skin healthy. People are reminded to take preventative measures to ward off skin problems in the future. Proactive skin care can help prevent skin problems such as rough skin, wrinkles, liver spots (age spots), and skin cancer.

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How Wine may Help

Many people love wine, but few people know that wine—especially red wine—may actually benefit the skin. Red wine is among the healthiest alcoholic drinks. It was used as medicine in ancient times. Several varieties of red wine include ingredients such as gooseberries, figs, raspberries, and others. These source ingredients are rich in nutrients that have been linked to healthy skin. Thus, drinking red wine in moderation may actually enhance a person’s skin care routine.

Red wine may benefit skin in the following ways:

  • Fights signs of aging – Red wines, especially the organic variety, are rich in antioxidants such as resveratrol, tannin, and flavonoids that are essential for healthy and young-looking skin. In addition to moderate drinking of wine, red wine can be applied to the skin topically as a weapon against the free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles. You can apply it with a cotton ball or mix it with oatmeal for an exfoliating facial rub. Red wine may also help restore the elastic fibers and collagen in the skin.
  • Fights acne and blemishes – Red wine is rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids that are good for removing dead skin cells, treating acne, and improving the appearance of acne scars and photo-aged skin. AHAs help firm and smoothe the skin. Red wine can be topically applied to the skin to help with xerosis (extremely dry skin) and ichthyosis (scaly skin).
  • Repairs skin damage – Red wine is also rich in amino acids that can help skin renewal. The antioxidant content of red wine acts as a protective barrier on the skin, lessening damage from UV rays.

Red wine can be an amazing skin toner, replacing the commercial skin toner that most people use. Applying red wine directly to the skin can transform your dull skin into glowing, healthy, and younger-looking skin.