What you can learn about skin care from a grape
December 15, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 98
If you're looking for a way to keep your skin healthy, cancer-free, and clean, you can learn a lot from the grape. As you may know, the skin of the grape is fairly delicate. It wrinkles easily (think raisins). And it contains natural sugars, so it attracts a lot of bacteria and fungi. As a result, the grape produces resveratrol as a natural defense.
You may have seen many of the studies that show how effective resveratrol is at fighting bacteria and fungi. But you may not realize that you can use resveratrol topically to keep your skin healthy and wrinkle-free. A new study shows that resveratrol is even better for your skin than idebenone, which is an expensive and powerful drug you'll find in many anti-wrinkle creams.
In this study, researchers wanted to see how a cream with 1% resveratrol compared to 1% idebenone. Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant and idebenone is a powerful pharmaceutical antioxidant. It is similar in chemical structure to CoQ10, only synthetic. The reason skin care companies use the drug is that it protects your skin from environmental damage, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, moisturizes, and helps smooth the texture of your skin.
However, the drug also has some side effects. These include nausea, stomach aches, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. It also can cause low blood sugar levels, low blood pressure, and an increase in liver enzymes. Most of these side effects come from taking the drug internally and are rare. So using it on the skin is deemed safe. But the skin is highly absorbent, so it's possible you could have some problems using it. The resveratrol has no known side effects. So how did they compare?
The results of the study revealed that resveratrol had a stunning 17-fold greater antioxidant capacity than idebenone!
As impressive as that sounds, what does it mean for the health of your skin? First, it means resveratrol protects your skin from environmental damage even better than the idebenone does. The antioxidants in resveratrol also allow your skin to remain healthy in spite of any harsh conditions you may encounter. But does it reduce wrinkles, moisturize, and keep your skin smooth?
Other studies indicate that it definitely does all of this and more. Wrinkles and rough skin often come as the result of oxidative stress and ultra-violet light damage, which dry out your skin. Topical use of resveratrol protects against both types of damage. Resveratrol also boosts your skin's collagen synthesis, which keeps your skin looking young and free of damage from harmful enzymes.
There are lots of resveratrol creams on the market. But there's only one with the formulation genius of Janet Zand, ND behind it. Janet is the expert celebrities call on to keep their skin looking great. And she combined resveratrol with some of the best skin nutrients in the world to formulate Système 41. What's more, Système 41 has a bottom-of-the-jar guarantee, so you can see for yourself how effective it is – and you can do so without risk.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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