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Resveratrol, a natural antioxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes, berries and red wine has been lauded for its anti ageing benefits in recent years. It is a polyphenol (which is like a protective antibiotic produced in plants under stress) and when used in skincare it can to some extent have the same effects: helping to prevent damage and repair the skin from environmental damage.
For youthful skin to thrive it needs collagen and elastin, which free radicals can affect the production of. Resveratrol is a particularly potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage and allows the collagen to keep on pumping. The way resveratrol works to reduce wrinkles and enhance skin firmness is similar to the regenerating process that allows grape vines to live for a century.
While there have been some studies into the effect of oral Resveratrol, the results are yet to be proven. What has been proven is that Resveratrol acts in the prevention of photoageing by up to 17 times more effective than other antioxidants used topically in skincare - which is why you will find it in quite a few of BLOCs Cosmetic and Skin Care range.