Resveratrol for Skin: Sources, Benefits, and How to Use

Jenna Hilton
March 2, 2023

For an effective skincare regimen, skin experts recommend incorporating anti-aging products with antioxidants – ingredients that protect the skin from free radicals and potentially reverse their damaging effects.

Resveratrol is among the most potent antioxidants in skincare products, providing various benefits for healthier, more youthful skin.

This article explains how resveratrol works in the skin and how to use it for the best results.

Reasons to use resveratrol for skin care.

What Is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a compound found in over 70 plants, mostly in red grapes, berries, and peanuts. Scientists have found it has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Resveratrol may improve various medical issues and promote healthier skin.

This antioxidant can be obtained from food sources (berries, red wine, peanuts, dark chocolate), dietary supplements, and skincare products with this ingredient.

Resveratrol for Skin: Benefits

Resveratrol neutralizes the effects of free radicals, which cause aging on a cellular level. Its protective and reparative properties provide the following benefits:

  • Strengthened natural barrier of the skin
  • Increased collagen production due to the stimulation of fibroblasts
  • Protection from UV damage and hyperpigmentation reduction
  • Reduced skin inflammation and redness
  • Decreased skin sensitivity and improvement of conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and dry skin

These benefits result in smoother, brighter skin with fewer wrinkles and other imperfections.

Note: Use our ultimate skin care guide to determine your skin type and discover the best products for it.

How to Use Resveratrol for Skin

Skin experts recommend supplying the skin with resveratrol both topically and through a balanced diet.

Topical products with resveratrol include cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and facial masks. Some skin experts recommend using products with resveratrol at night because studies suggest the ingredient increases the skin’s sensitivity to light. Others maintain it can be used in the morning and at night but emphasize the need to apply a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen afterwards. Make sure to use the resveratrol treatment according to instructions on the product packaging label.

Most resveratrol creams contain up to 1% of resveratrol. Clinical research shows this amount is enough to reduce the damaging effects of UV radiation and other environmental pollutants.

Best Resveratrol for Skin

When choosing a topical Resveratrol product, it is important to choose a medical-grade brand with the correct percentage of active ingredients and carriers. Most medical-grade skincare companies know to combine active ingredients with carriers that help them penetrate the proper dermal layers.

Serums and creams typically contain higher antioxidant concentrations than lighter products, such as cleansers and toners.

The Vibrant Skin Bar team recommends iS Clinical’s Copper Firming Mist because its medical-grade blend of resveratrol, other botanical antioxidants, and copper provides powerful protection against environmental pollutants, deeply hydrates, and significantly reduces the appearance of premature aging signs.

Who Should Avoid Using Resveratrol for Skin?

Skin experts agree topical resveratrol is safe for all skin types. However, if you want to enhance your topical skincare results with resveratrol supplements, they may not be suitable if:

  • You are allergic to resveratrol
  • You take blood-thinning medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding

Discuss the best resveratrol options for your skin and potential risks with your medical provider.

Resveratrol for Skin: Cost

The cost of resveratrol products depends on the type of product, its potency, amount per packaging, etc.

Topical resveratrol products range in price from about ten dollars to several hundred dollars for luxury, high-quality creams.


Resveratrol is among the best antioxidants for skin care, providing multifold skin benefits and effectively treating the most common aging signs. Incorporate it into your night skincare routine to enjoy the compound’s rejuvenating effects.

Resveratrol benefits more than just the skin - scientists support the use of resveratrol for weight loss due to its positive effect on the metabolism, insulin function, hormone balance, and more. Consult a medical professional to determine whether resveratrol would be beneficial for you.

Jenna Hilton
Jenna Hilton has been a practicing PA since 2009, specializing in Family, Internal Medicine and Medical Aesthetics. She attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree and graduated magna cum laude. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.

Jenna has been injecting neurotoxin and dermal filler since 2013. She received certification as a Master Injector in 2017 through Empire Medical in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on a Fellowship Program in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Her special interests include use of PLLA, Ablative/Non ablative skin resurfacing, PDO threads, hormone therapy and nutritional therapies to improve cellular regeneration and medically supervised weight loss.

Jenna Hilton believes in a multi-factorial approach, considering internal factors that accelerate aging and disease development. She always enjoys teaching. She co-founded Vibrant EDU courses at Vibrant Skin Bar and regularly performs one-on-one training with fellow injectors. She teaches Aesthetic and Advanced Injectable Courses at National Laser Institute. She has been named Preceptor of the Year and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midwestern University. She was born in Iowa, and lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, AZ.

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