How to get the benefits of resveratrol

The grape-derived ingredient that protects & renews your skin

We’ll be honest. Whether or not red wine is good for you, we’re drinking it. The promise of antioxidants is just a bonus. When we really want skin support, we go straight to the red grape–derived resveratrol as a topical skincare ingredient. It may not give you a buzz, but we think its skin-protecting, collagen-boosting, and hyperpigmentation-fading abilities are pretty buzzworthy.

What is resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in nutrient-rich plants like blueberries, peanuts, cacao beans, and—most famously—red grapes. Plants use it to protect themselves from pathogens and respond to injury. Its defense abilities make it useful as an ingredient in skincare too. When applied topically to your skin, resveratrol can help prevent damage from environmental stressors (like UV rays and pollution) and help with cellular repair.

What are the benefits of resveratrol?

Resveratrol helps minimize signs of aging by protecting your skin from damage, supporting healthy cellular regeneration, and regulating pigment production. All these effects add up to smoother, firmer, and brighter skin. Here’s exactly how:

  • Protecting your skin from damage: Working as an antioxidant, resveratrol defends skin cells from the damaging free radicals1 caused by UV rays, cigarette smoke, and pollution. Free radicals are unstable compounds that will damage your skin cells while trying to stabilize themselves, leading to what’s known as oxidative stress. But resveratrol can neutralize the free radicals your skin encounters before they cause damage. Plus, resveratrol has been shown to limit an inflammatory response2 to air pollution, helping to prevent further harm from that environmental stressor.
  • Supporting healthy cellular regeneration: Resveratrol increases the number of collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts3 in the skin. Remember how plants use resveratrol to respond to injury? Well, by boosting fibroblasts, resveratrol helps with your skin’s injury response too. When your skin needs mending, fibroblasts kick into gear to produce more collagen—that’s how scar tissue is made. The little collagen factories also maintain your skin’s regular supply of the all-important protein, so more fibroblasts in your skin equals more collagen overall.
  • Regulating pigment production: With combined antioxidant and regenerative action, resveratrol works to help fade hyperpigmentation4, like melasma and the marks left behind after acne. Oxidative stress and inflammation also provoke pigment production, so resveratrol’s protective abilities also help prevent too much pigment from forming. Then, with a boost in cell renewal, pigment already on the surface of the skin diminishes as old, damaged skin cells shed and new, healthy ones take their place.

Where can you get resveratrol?

Why, yes, the antioxidant is in your glass of red wine, but that’s obviously not the most direct way to reap resveratrol benefits for your skin. Your Agency provider may include resveratrol in your Dark Spot Formula, where it works alongside other antioxidants and skin brighteners to create a glowing complexion and support your skin’s long-term health.

You can also find resveratrol in various over-the-counter serums and moisturizers from brands like Caudalie and Skinceuticals.

What are the side effects of resveratrol?

Resveratrol side effects tend to be minimal when it’s applied to the skin. 

Want to know more about your Dark Spot Formula?

You know your skin—we’re here to help you know your skincare. Our team of dermatology experts has helped create guides to each of the hyperpigmentation-targeting ingredients in your Dark Spot Formula. 

Learn how these ingredients also help even out your skin tone: azelaic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid

1. Si Wen, et al. Role of Resveratrol in Regulating Cutaneous Functions. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2020, April 14).

2. Jung-Won Shin, et al.  Resveratrol Inhibits Particulate Matter-Induced Inflammatory Responses in Human Keratinocytes. International Journal of Molecular Science. (2020, May 13).

3. Anna Ratz-Łyko and Jacek Arct.  Resveratrol as an Active Ingredient for Cosmetic And Dermatological Applications: A Review. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy. (2018, May 8).

4. Jung-Im Na, et al. Resveratrol as a Multifunctional Topical Hypopigmenting Agent. International Journal of Molecular Science. (2019, February 22).