Everyone enjoys a glass of wine here and there. It's delicious and adds a sophisticated ambiance to any activity, even as simple as an at-home movie night. However, did you know wine has many health benefits — when consumed in moderation, of course!
Wine is an alcoholic beverage derived from grapes. Wines can vary in taste, color, and alcohol levels. While you can definitely like all types of wine, people usually prefer white over red.
If you're a red wine connoisseur, then lucky you, because your indulgence may partly be behind your healthy and glowing skin — let's talk about how.
What Are the Benefits of Wine?
Rich in Antioxidants
As you probably know, red wine is made from grapes.
Grapes are full of vitamin C and other antioxidants that help revitalize your skin. Resveratrol is an antioxidant present in grapes. This antioxidant is thought to help maintain collagen and elasticity in the skin, resulting in younger and more vibrant-looking skin.
Not to mention, the polyphenols in red wine can help brighten the skin. Wine is also beneficial to extract dead skin cells, imparting a glowing and youthful appearance.
Grapes even have a way of protecting your skin from the sun's harsh UV rays.
UV rays often cause skin issues such as premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, sun spots, and other health conditions.
Grapes are also a very high source of potassium, which can help keep your skin moisturized throughout the day.
Boost Heart Health
Your body and heart need good cholesterol to function well. Grapes, aka wine, have a high level of antioxidants, increasing the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). This is the kind of cholesterol you want!
Many ingredients and factors that help your skin can also promote hair health. The ingredients in your red wine helping your skin achieve that lovely glow are the same ingredients that help reduce hair loss and dandruff and make your hair appear long and luscious.
The tannin, flavonoids, and antioxidants present in wine promote keratin production, which is a necessary component for healthy hair. Those same antioxidants can also protect your hair from free radicals, which will give your hair that healthy-looking shine.
However, there is a catch. The benefits wine has on your hair are better applied directly to your hair rather than consuming it. You can still drink it to reap the benefits, but it must be in very small portions each day.
Promotes Better Sleep
Drinking a small amount of red wine before going to sleep can help you get a better night's rest. Red wine has a high concentration of melatonin. Melatonin stimulates your body's internal clock, which is why it is such a beneficial ingredient.
While melatonin naturally occurs in the body, increasing the amount could help you get a deeper and more peaceful sleep. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Nero have the highest melatonin levels.
Your gut must be healthy for your body to function at its best. Gut health is essential for other reasons, but poor gut health can also affect your skin.
Your gut is also known as your second brain, and it is full of neurons that communicate with your first brain. So, if your gut isn't happy, your brain will know it. Once your gut lets the rest of your body know how it's feeling, you may notice some issues develop with your skin.
It can be difficult and time-consuming to repair if you've neglected your gut for years. But taking care of your gut should be a top priority. That’s where wine comes in.
Red wine compounds can work as a probiotic, boosting healthy gut bacteria.
Can You Promote Healthy Skin in Other Ways?
Of course, having healthy skin is not a matter of doing one thing right. You have to live an overall healthy lifestyle to have healthy skin. Here are some ways you can achieve that!
Prioritize Your Sleep
Using quality skincare is just one part of achieving perfect skin. Other factors can affect your skin just as much as your skincare and cosmetic products. Your sleep is one of them.
Sleep is essential in every aspect of your health, especially your skin's health. You want to be sure you're getting the right amount of sleep. It is suggested that an adult gets about seven to nine hours of sleep every 24 hours.
Get Into a Routine
The best way to set your day up for success is by having a good morning routine. Everyone's routine may look different; it's just whatever works for you. If you're struggling to find a routine that works, here is a rough outline for you to follow — maybe this will be the right one for you!
Don’t Snooze Your Alarm
When your alarm sounds, you should get right up. Snoozing your alarm is a bad habit and an even tougher one to break.
Achieving great skin is more than just what’s in your skincare, but when you apply your skincare routine. Following a proper skincare routine can make all the difference in results.
Living a healthy lifestyle is more than just following a healthy diet, exercising, and following a skincare routine. Take time to invest in yourself and the things you enjoy the most. Once you reduce all the stressors in your life, you can see the beauty of self-care and how it affects your overall health.
Prioritize Your Diet
We're sure after reading this far; you know that what you eat and drink can truly affect your skin.
Prioritizing your diet is a great way to keep your skin healthy. You want to make sure you're eating healthy and whole food for most of your diet.
Yes, splurging sometimes is totally acceptable (even encouraged), but we want to see you as happy and healthy as possible, and it can be hard to achieve that when you aren't fueling your body correctly.
Here are some of our tips to keep your diet clean and balanced.
Avoid Fad Diets
Fad diets work for a month or two but aren't sustainable. At Nourishing Biologicals, we say your health should be a long-term commitment. As long as you're eating a balanced diet, everything will fall into place.
Cook at Home
Meal prepping is a great way to stop yourself from eating out. It's much easier to justify a drive-thru when there's no food in the house.
Try to shop ahead and cook a few days in advance; you may have better luck.
Prioritize Your Skincare Products
Sit Back, Have a Glass of Wine!
So what are you waiting for? Now is the perfect time to kick your feet up and finish that glass of red wine. Red wine has a lot of antioxidants that can be beneficial to your skin and health overall — as you’ve heard from every public service announcement and commercial, please drink responsibly!