Aside from its cherished unwinding capabilities, did you know that wine and bubbly can have serious beauty and health benefits? Here, we’ve outlined seven of the top beauty benefits wine delivers. Cheers!
#1 Unconventional Toner
According to New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD, champagne is known to detoxify skin with antioxidants while tartaric acid found in the drink helps to even out your skin tone. Plus, it sports antibacterial properties making it ultra-effective for acneic or oily skin (if you have sensitive skin, patch-test on your hand first). Try applying the bubbly with a cotton ball on your face, neck and décolleté for a twist on your usual toner.
#2 Easy on the Waistline
Joy Bauer, RDN, health and nutrition expert for NBC’s Today Show, explains that a 5-ounce glass of wine or champagne has about 120 calories with relatively low sugar content, adding that wine and champagne tend to be the most slimming cocktails around because we tend to sip on them slowly and only have one or two glasses as opposed to other cocktails.
#3 Increases Brain Activity
Research shows that polyphenols—plant chemicals abundant in red wine—widen blood vessels, which speed up the supply of blood to our brains. In short, these good-for-you chemicals provide a boost of oxygen and sugars in our brains, which makes solving and completing complex calculations and problems much easier and quicker.
#4 A Flute a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
According to a study by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, middle-age women who consume five to 15 grams of alcohol a day will age “more successfully” (meaning less chance of cancer or heart disease) than women who do not drink at all. Plus, Bauer explains that a moderate amount (one glass for women, two for men) of red wine has been shown to provide many health benefits including a reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
# 5 First-Class Exfoliator
While the antioxidant properties of wine have been harvested and used for years within the world of Korean beauty, this trend is also beginning to pick up speed in the states within American skin care treatments. Grapeseed extract (found in wines) is ultra-effective in polishing away dead skin cells and preventing free-radical damage for a smoother complexion.
#6 Fights Aging
Red wines (try to look for the organic option) are brimming with antioxidants like resveratrol and flavonoids that have been proven to slow down signs of aging in the skin while also protecting against free-radical damage along the way. Plus, they also contain polyphenols that prevent cell oxidation, revamping your skin’s complexion from dull to radiant.
#7 Boosts Beauty Sleep
Ever wonder why wine calms you down? Turns out, melatonin is found in high levels in the skin of red grapes. Research done at the University of Milan shows that the melatonin found in grapes is modified within the fermentation process to become extremely similar to the melatonin naturally produced in our bodies, meaning that you won’t find this benefit in grape juice. The most melatonin is found in red wines, so if you’re looking to catch up on your beauty rest, raise your glass.