What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol. There’s currently a great deal of buzz around this antioxidant for its potential anti-aging, disease-fighting and overall health benefits. Some claim its enough to drink wine, eat chocolate or take supplements to take advantage of all of resveratrol’s potential health benefits. But before you make any drastic dietary changes, its important to know what resveratrol is, where it comes from and what effect it can have on the body, both inside and out.

Resveratrol is a polyphenol antioxidant, which is made by plants to protect them from adverse conditions including excessive ultraviolet light, infections and climatic changes. Resveratrol can be found naturally in grape skins, some berries, chocolate and certain plant sources.

When did all of the buzz about resveratrol start? In 2006, a study by Harvard Medical School scientists hinted that dietary resveratrol could have potential health benefits and help lead us to live longer, healthier lives.

Who doesn’t want to believe that drinking wine is the same as drinking from the fountain of youth? Unfortunately, scientists have proven that there’s just not enough pure resveratrol in wine for it to have overwhelming health benefits. In fact, to get close to the amount of resveratrol that was given to mice in the Harvard study, one would have to consume about 300 glasses of red wine. Not exactly healthy.

For the non-wine drinkers, dietary supplements are another way of getting resveratrol into the body. Several companies have already introduced supplements containing resveratrol in pill form. However, lack of standards and regulations prevent consumers from understanding just how much resveratrol is in these supplements.

The notion that there can be too much of a good thing rings true with ingesting resveratrol into the body. Resveratrol can become a safety issue if a large enough quantity gets inside the body. Studies have shown resveratrol to cause kidney and digestive issues in lab animals when ingested in high doses. All this points to the fact that resveratrol supplements aren’t ready for primetime.

Good news! Scientists have found this potent antioxidant to have plenty of positive, healthy effects when it’s applied directly to the skin. One study published by the National Institutes of Health in 2005 showed that when topically applied to the skin for an extended period of time, resveratrol has the ability to protect the skin from high ultraviolet radiation and proved to be an effective sunblock. For resveratrol to be effective when applied topically, the skincare product needs to be formulated with a high enough level of pure, stable resveratrol.

This is where products like SkinCeutical’s Resveratrol B E come in. Resveratrol B E is a nighttime antioxidant concentrate with a breakthrough formulation featuring a maximized concentration of 1% pure, stable resveratrol. This product has been proven to penetrate the skin to fight free radical damage while you sleep.

Why is this product so effective when you sleep? At night, your skin goes into recovery mode. The body uses its own antioxidant defense system through cellular repair and renewal to reverse the effects of free radical damage accumulated throughout the day. This natural nightly repair system also works to strengthen the skin’s resistance to future damage. As we age, the body starts to lose its natural ability to repair itself effectively at night. Resveratrol B E gives the body’s natural defense system a jump-start, making it more efficient at fighting off free radical damage while you sleep. With regular nightly use of Resveratrol B E, the skin looks younger, brighter, firmer, smoother and has less visible signs of accelerated aging.


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