A routine glass of red while you’re binging on Netflix, as a nightcap, or a companion for steak has been widely practiced by many – my mother swears by it for one.
Drank in moderation and not to the point of intoxication, there are many benefits in that wine glass that you might not even know if.
If I gave you the lowdown on what red wine can do for your weight, skin, and even your complexion, you might just be scrambling to order a crate of red, because it’s worth its weight in gold.
What Makes Wine Fine?
Red wine is made from the pulp of red or black grapes subjected to fermentation along with the grape skins.
Grapes are known to be rich in their content of antioxidants which bring about health benefits. More on these health benefits as we go on.
Wine does come in varying levels of sugar content; thus it’d be more ideal to go with the dry wine coming in at the lowest amount of sugar per liter (4g/liter), compared to the medium-dry(4-12g/liter) and sweet wines (45g/liter).
So, exactly what kind of greatness does a glass of redness bring?
Guardians Of The Waistline
As mentioned earlier, the grapes that make up red wine are chock full of beneficial antioxidants, and one particular one aids in our constant battle against the bulge.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in grapes that helps to convert the bad, weight-gaining fat into calorie-burning fat. This antioxidant enhances the oxidation of dietary fats and prevents the body from getting overloaded with the stubborn fats that try to stake their claim on our bodies.
A healthy dose of resveratrol therefore significantly lowers the likelihood of obesity and metabolic dysfunction.
Do note the mention of “healthy dose”… drinking two bottles of red wine in one sitting will not make you lose 20 pounds! Everything in moderation.
Age Like Fine Wine
This term does not come unwarranted. Although originally meant to highlight how the wine tastes better the more aged it is, a glass of it carries anti-aging benefits.
Polyphenols, another type of antioxidant found in red wine aids in the prevention of cell oxidation, which is the main cause of skin aging.
Combined with the multi-purpose resveratrol, these two antioxidants work together to keep your skin firm and radiant with a healthy glow.
Notably, resveratrol is once again another component that transcends its fat-fighting benefits. It also contributes to skin health as well.
The properties of resveratrol are so potent against anti-aging, they are being touted as the next big thing in the cosmetic industry.
Skin creams like the Golden Mulberry Renewal Moisturizer are becoming a hit with the masses, because of the anti-aging prowess of resveratrol and other organic ingredients in it.
Once again, resveratrol comes under the limelight here, as the consumption of red wine aids in the prevention and healing of acne.
The resveratrol in red wine slows down the growth of skin bacteria that causes breakouts. It also stunts the growth of keratinocytes, which may cause even more pronounced cases of acne lesions.
It has been observed that a glass of red wine, along with a topical treatment of benzoyl peroxide turned out to be particularly effective, with lengthened antibacterial effects on acne bacteria.
Recommended topical treatment for acne: Image Skincare Clear Cell Medicated Acne Lotion
Shelter From The Sun
The sun can be very unforgiving towards our skin. Other than expediting the skin aging process with its harmful rays, we are more susceptible to skin damage by way of sunburn than we are aware of.
Sunburn can occur within 20 mins of sun exposure but take as long as hours to show up. Rubbing red wine on affected areas can alleviate the discomfort that comes with sunburn.
If you find topical application of wine a little bit odd, have yourself half a glass of red, and slap on some Umbrella UV Protection Cream before you step out into the sunny inferno. Don’t give up on your sunscreen completely, of course!
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