As one’s age advances, it’s natural to observe changes in the skin such as wrinkles, diminished texture, and alterations in pigmentation. The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) advocates countering aging signs with a wholesome diet, proper hydration, quality sleep patterns, and a steadfast skincare regimen, encompassing daily sunscreen and moisturizer application. While medical experts don’t endorse alcohol consumption for health benefits, a new study reveals that certain types of wine, enjoyed in moderation, might offer benefits for aging skin.
Moderate consumption of wine can yield anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing skin disorders rooted in inflammation like rosacea or chronic dermatitis. T.N. Rekha Singh, MD, MBBS, a dermatologist at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic, highlights wine’s abundance of antioxidants such as flavonoids, resveratrol, and tannins, which counteract free radicals that damage skin cells and contribute to aging signs. However, excessive drinking can exacerbate inflammation. Intriguingly, a recent study released by the American Society of Nutrition in July 2023 indicates that de-alcoholized muscadine wine, consumed daily, may yield comparable skin benefits without the alcohol content.
The study uncovers additional advantages, suggesting that de-alcoholized red wine consumption improves skin hydration by reducing water loss on the skin’s surface. This enhanced hydration strengthens the skin’s protective barrier against damage, resulting in visibly healthier skin. Moreover, small wine quantities, particularly red wine, can enhance blood vessel dilation, improving circulation and delivering increased oxygen and nutrients to the skin, lending it a healthy glow. Substances like resveratrol present in red wine may aid cellular rejuvenation by acting as antioxidants and stimulating cellular proteins. Collagen and elastin production, vital for maintaining skin elasticity and preventing wrinkles, can also receive support from wine’s antioxidants.
While these benefits are promising, experts stress moderation and advocate a balanced lifestyle that encompasses responsible drinking, exercise, a well-rounded diet, and a consistent skincare regimen to ensure comprehensive skin health.