Wine in Beauty

Flashback to when Julianne Moore and Annette Bening played one of the best on-screen bickering couples in “The Kids Are All Right.” Besides performing well in nominations, the film delivers all-too-relatable moments of banter, often surrounding our favorite topic: wine.

One scene is particularly memorable. The two are out dining with their friends when Jules (played by Julianne Moore) goes in on Nic (Bening) about her affinity for wine.

Nic is not having it: “FYI, red wine has a chemical called resveratrol in it, which has been proven to significantly extend human lifespan!”

“If you drink, like, a thousand glasses a day, yeah,” Jules replies.

While it’s not so apparent on the big screen, both of them are right. Wine is full of antioxidants, including resveratrol, whose benefits are lauded by the medical community. But, it takes concentration to make a difference, and cosmetics companies in the business of finding nature’s next fountain of youth are harnessing these qualities.

So what exactly are skincare companies looking at when they go to the vine for cosmetic design? These two potent ingredients give us some hints.

Grapeseed Oil

Contrary to popular belief, oils can be cleansing, especially those that are “non-comedogenic” (the nice kind that don’t clog your pores). That’s why many masques and cleansers have a slightly greasy feel. Depending on your skincare needs, these oils can both nourish and cleanse skin. Grapeseed oil is particularly heralded for its ability to rid your skin of toxins, leaving behind smooth, shining skin. It’s also said to boost collagen production.

Caudalíe is one of the pioneers in using grapeseed oil as a key ingredient in their products. Their Vinosource Moisturizing Concentrate is a prime example of how wine derivatives are being used in anti-aging skin care.  


This phenol is your mom’s lifelong reason for that “glass of red just before bed.” As Jules notes, you’re probably getting a little bit, but don’t expect to go full Queen Ravenna overnight.

Generally, the health community thinks red wine, in moderation, has some benefits. The resveratrol does indeed promote heart health, and skin care and beauty experts say it’s an anti-aging wonder. Vine Vera and Skinceuticals—two high-end, nature-based skincare companies—both market premium products with pure resveratrol as a way to fight back against the impurities that speed up the aging process.

The resveratrol buzz has been around for quite some time, and while the FDA haven’t definitively weighed in yet, it seems like this wine-based wonder has caught on and is here to stay.

So, how does one make use of these? As with all beauty, there are professionally made and manufactured products made by skilled chemists, and there are many homemade topicals and tonics. Talk to a dermatologist, esthetician or other cosmetic professional about what might enhance your beauty routine, and make good use of nature’s goodness, right from the vine.