Is drinking a glass of wine actually good for your health? Can wine affect the health of your skin? Let's find out!
Wine is a popular beverage that we, humans, have been drinking for thousands of years. And for years (at least, for the past 50 years) we've heard people (and doctors!) say that a glass of wine a day was the true key for keeping the doctor away. And however good it sounds, it's time to find out if it is actually true.
Wine became popular because of its benefit for heart health. Studies show that individuals who consume moderate amounts of wine have reduced rates of heart disease, and scientists believe this is due to red wine’s high concentration of polyphenol antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure. But before you crack open that bottle, there is another study that suggests that wine does not infer at all in your heart health.
Also, it is packed with antioxidants. That alone is already good, but it is not enough to sustain the theory of the "one glass a day." Because red wine grapes are higher in antioxidants than white grape varieties, drinking red wine may increase your blood antioxidant levels to a greater extent than drinking white.
Wine might also help to reduce inflammation, and some studies have shown some promising results in people who drank white wine. However, red wine showed to have less anti-inflammatory properties, especially after being compared with people who didn't drink at all.
Can wine affect the health of your skin?
The most important information is that alcohol dehydrates. This is especially bad for the skin, because lines and wrinkles may appear. When consuming wine, capillaries may dilate, causing the cheeks to flush. Droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin, lines across cheeks, flushed cheeks and nose are some of the consequences drinking wine might bring.
Did you know you can make a Wine-based mask?
It's great to pour yourself a glass of wine and de-stress, but in this mask, we are going to find a new use: to delay cellular aging caused by oxidation, thanks to the polyphenols in wine.
How do we do it?
Mix 4 tablespoons of red wine with 2 tablespoons of honey. When everything is well mixed, apply the mask on the face. Let it act for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.