Resveratrol at a glance

  • Antioxidant found in red grapes, red wine, nuts, and fruits such as blueberries and cranberries
  • Protects skin’s surface and rebuffs negative environmental influences
  • Has the ability to inhibit skin discolourations
  • Supports skin’s collagen content
  • Resveratrol’s calming properties may help minimise the look of redness

Resveratrol description

Resveratrol is a potent polyphenolic antioxidant found in red grapes, red wine, nuts, and fruits such as blueberries and cranberries. Applied topically, resveratrol helps protect skin’s surface and rebuffs negative environmental influences. Among its many significant benefits, resveratrol and its derivatives have been shown to visibly minimise hyperpigmented skin discolourations and slow down the process of photoageing in skin. Studies also indicate formulations with resveratrol can support healthy collagen and it is known as to be “phytoestrogen” ingredient, which can help with issues related to estrogen deficiency/menopause, such as crepey, lax skin. Additionally, resveratrol has skin-calming properties that may help minimise the look of redness. Resveratrol concentrations in skin care typically range from 0.5-1% when the goal is fading discolourations and reducing other signs of ageing; however, lower amounts (such as 0.04%) may be used simply to impart antioxidant benefits, especially alongside other notable antioxidants in a formula.

Resveratrol references

  • Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, November 2021, ePublication
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, October 2021, pages 1–26
  • Phytotherapy Research, March 2020, pages 435–447
  • Biomolecules and Therapeutics, October 2018, pages 1–14
  • Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, May 2018 ePublication
  • Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, December 2013, pages 1389-1394
  • Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, April 2011, pages 164-170
  • Antioxidants and Redox Signaling, December 2001, pages 1041-1064

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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