I love wine, and I love beauty products, so I got a kick out of this jar of skin cream from Vine Vera. This skincare line features resveratrol, which is found in red grapes and has been the subject of much talk in the news about whether or not drinking red wine will help your longevity. Vine Vera has turned this into a wine-themed cream, touting what they believe to be anti-aging benefits from the resveratrol.
I received this Radiance Cream from the Zinfandel Collection, and I really liked how all the products are named after different kinds of wine. The packaging is super cute! It has a light, sweet scent that I really liked – for some reason I was hit with a wave of nostalgia when I first smelled it, like I was rediscovering a favorite perfume. As for the cream itself, it felt pleasant on my skin; I had to discontinue using it for the last few days as my skin was breaking out, but I don’t necessarily know that it was this cream causing it – there were several other things that could have been the cause. But either way, I wanted to let my skin breathe until the breakouts cleared up so that I wouldn’t make it worse. When you have extraordinarily sensitive skin like me, trying every new skin care product is like conducting a science experiment. 😉
So, how about the purported anti-aging properties of this cream? I did a little research on resveratrol, and while there is a lot of discussion about resveratrol and health/anti-aging in general, it was harder to find information on its application specifically for skin care. I found this study published on the National Institutes of Health website which does discuss the potential of resveratrol for skin aging, and makes reference to the number of cosmetics available containing it. They note that these over-the-counter products have not been rigorously tested and that the formulations could potentially reduce the amount of resveratrol that is absorbed into the skin. As with most anti-aging developments, this seems potentially promising but there is not enough data for me to really feel confident about it.
My main issue is that this Radiance Cream retails for $246 – let’s be honest, the only way I’m going to spend that much on a cream is if I wake up looking 18 the next morning. OK, OK, I’d be fine waking up 25 again, too. 😉 I readily acknowledge that quality cosmetics are going to cost more than what I would pay at a drugstore, but I think that once we start getting into this kind of price range, a cream really has to prove to me why it’s worth the money. I am not yet convinced that this one will have a significant effect, but I am open to changing my mind if I see compelling evidence for the topical application of resveratrol.