There’s nothing more relaxing than kicking back with a glass of your favourite wine. Whether it’s in the bath, in front of the TV or on a date, wine is the nation’s most popular drink.
The grape-based alcoholic drink beat out beer and gin in a UK study published in an article from The Sun.
As you probably know, wine is toted for the many health benefits it offers people – but most of the studies focus on heart health.
Well, there’s good news for the wine lovers out there because wine can also improve your skin. The most common advantages of enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple include spot reduction, softer skin and less sagging.
So, if you’re wondering which wines are good for the skin, we’ve got all the information you need.
Red wine is undoubtedly the healthiest wine type, and it’s packed with valuable antioxidants. Most people know that a bottle of red (in moderation) can promote heart health, but it’s also beneficial for your skin.
The antioxidants in red wine come from the grape skin, and it also contains chemicals that promote skin health.
Red wine is abundant in tannins, flavonoids, and resveratrol that work together to make the skin’s texture firmer, preventing sagging and creating a youthful look. But red wine also has antiseptic qualities.
If you suffer from acne-prone skin, a glass of red could be more effective than your cleanser. Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the occurrence of acne and pimples. The polyphenols are also suitable for dull skin as it brightens the face up.
Other Health Benefits
While we’re on the subject of red wine, it’s important to mention that it has other health benefits. With fewer calories than most other alcohols, a glass of red could be highly beneficial if you’re on a diet.
Red wine also has a chemical called quercetin, which can prevent breast and colon cancer. A study published on the NCBI website shows that moderate quantities of the chemical could reduce the risks of certain cancers.
The other main health benefit of red wine is that it can prevent hair loss. Not as important as its cancer-preventing qualities – but it’s worth mentioning all the same.
Most people know that white wine doesn’t have the same health benefits as red wine, but they drink it because it offers a crisp, refreshing taste. Essentially, red wine is ideal for those cold winter evenings, but you can’t beat a glass of white in the garden during summer.
But it’s not all bad news for white wines because they contain some health benefits – especially if they’re made with red grapes.
If you love the crisp and refreshing taste of white wine but want to utilise the skin rejuvenation benefits of red wine, then here are some excellent whites made from red grapes.
With primary notes of apple, pear and peach, Cabernet Sauvignon has all the appeal of a white wine, but you’ll also notice a hint of raspberry in every sip. This wine houses abundant tannins but doesn’t lose the crisp taste and refreshing flavours white wine is famous for.
Tempranillo is one of those wines that suit all taste types. It manages to be light enough to enjoy with fish, while at the same time, there’s a certain density of it that goes well with meat dishes too.
If you’re a fan of fruity, floral wines, you’ll love the bold tastes of a Sangiovese. It’s packed with berry and cherry notes combined with nectarine and floral flavours to create a superior tasting wine.
White Wine on the Face
Ok, so while traditional white wine doesn’t have the same benefits as red when you drink it – it does have a lot of benefits if you put it on your face.
When white wine goes directly onto the skin, it can prevent free radical damage, meaning you can lower your acne risk.
The wine also makes your skin smoother, and softer which is great if you see a lot of damage on your face.
How to Use White Wine
So how can you use white wine to improve your skin? It entirely depends on your needs and how comfortable you are putting it directly onto your face.
The Cotton Wool Approach
If you’re at home for the evening and you want to give your skin some intensive treatment, then we’d recommend dipping cotton wool in the wine and gently sweeping it onto your face.
Use cold water to wash it off once it’s dry, and you’ll notice an immediate difference. Essentially, using white wine in this way is similar to applying toner.
You should always make sure you wash the wine off, though, because it can start to smell if you leave it on.
Wine With Moisturiser
It’s not practical walking around with white wine residue on your face – especially when you have to work. A faint smell of white wine isn’t the professional look you want to create!
Have no fear, though, because a few drops of white wine in your moisturiser will still benefit your skin, but the moisturiser will counteract the scent.
How Much Wine Should I Drink?
Wine has plenty of health benefits, and there are so many red wines to choose from. But it would help if you consume it in moderation. High quantities of wine can impact your heart, cause weight gain and could impact your skin.
When we consume too much alcohol, it’s common to suffer from sleep issues and dehydration. Together, both can cause pale skin, dark circles under the eyes and an overall tired look.
Experts recommend you should consume no more than six glasses of wine a week. Whether it’s with your evening meal, or to enjoy at the pub, a glass of wine a day could improve your health and skin – but make sure you enjoy all alcohol in moderation.
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What about other drinks?
Whilst anything in moderation can be good for you – there aren’t many drinks that offer as many benefits for the skin as wine. Although – recent studies have suggested that small amounts of whiskey can actually be good for your skin because of the impact they can have on the cardiovascular system.
Small quantities of alcohol have shown to reduce cholesterol, boosting blood flow supply to the skin.