Wine & Beauty: What You Really Need to Know About Your Night Cap

4/19/2018 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

Calling all night-cappers and Wine-Wednesday extraordinaires! We hear buzz on the internet all the time about how a glass of wine can offer the same benefits as going to the gym. Or that, lucky for us, red wine has tremendous health benefits for our brains and hearts. And we all know that nothing feels better after a long day than a salt bath paired with a big glass, so it's got to be good for stress, right? Well, we're cracking the code and busting myths about our vino habits. Will a glass a day really keep the doctor away? And what does it do for our beauty routine? Let's find out!

Red Wine & Your Skin

The Good News: Red wine contains high levels of antioxidants, including flavonoids (ingredients found in our Moisturizing Collection), which can help restore collagen and elastin while protecting against cell damage. It has also been found to provide acne-clearing benefits when applied topically with a cotton ball or spray bottle because of its anti-inflammatory properties, giving you a smooth complexion and alluring glow!

What you need to know: While wine does contain ingredients that are beneficial to the skin, it also contains natural sugars from the grape which, when consumed in excess, can have adverse effects on the skin resulting in a purging of toxins in the form of acne or rosacea. Moderation is key!

Red Wine & Your Weight

The Good News: The resveratrol in red wine does contain heart-healthy aspects that can reduce "bad cholesterol" while increasing the "good cholesterol" to help maintain healthy fat cells while lowering the risk of blood clots.

What you need to know: There was an article released recently revealing that "a glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym", and if this seemed just a little too good to be true, that's because it was. Unfortunately, this is not true. The amount of resveratrol in wine is not nearly enough to deliver noticeable benefits. If you're looking for a boost of this "fat-burning" compound, reach for a handful of blueberries, grapes, or strawberries instead.

Red Wine & Your Health

The Good News: The health benefits of red wine typically outweigh most other alcoholic beverages such as beer, liquor, or even white wine. It does contain heart-healthy components from the polyphenols that reduce inflammation and protect your cardiovascular system. It can encourage a healthy blood pressure and even promote brain health to a certain degree. And, as well all know, it can significantly reduce stress levels.

What you need to know: All of the health benefits that wine offers, can easily be counteracted when consumed in excess (aka, more than a glass or two). Too much of it can harm the liver and increase blood pressure, as well as increase risk of various cancers and diabetes. Enjoy your glass and then call it good.

The bottom line? Yes, your bath time companion does contain health benefits, but only when consumed in moderation. Raise a (single) glass to those antioxidants, then cork your bottle until the next night. Check out more ways to promote beauty from within with these foods!

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