Anti-aging properties of resveratrol: review and report of a potent new antioxidant skin care formulation

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2008 Mar;7(1):2-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2008.00354.x.


Resveratrol, an antioxidant polyphenol from red wine, has been the subject of intense interest in recent years due to a range of unique anti-aging properties. These include cardiovascular benefits via increased nitric oxide production, down-regulation of vasoactive peptides, lowered levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein, and cyclooxygenase inhibition; possible benefits on Alzheimer's disease by breakdown of beta-amyloid and direct effects on neural tissues; phytohormonal actions; anticancer properties via modulation of signal transduction, which translates into anti-initiation, antipromotion, and antiprogression effects; antimicrobial effects; and sirtuin activation, which is believed to be involved in the caloric restriction-longevity effect. Here we report a resveratrol-based skin care formulation, with 17 times greater antioxidant activity than idebenone. The role of resveratrol in prevention of photoaging is reviewed and compared with other antioxidants used in skin care products.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / drug effects*
  • Alzheimer Disease / prevention & control
  • Animals
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use
  • Heart Diseases / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Resveratrol
  • Sirtuins / metabolism
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Stilbenes / pharmacology*
  • Stilbenes / therapeutic use
  • Wine


  • Antioxidants
  • Stilbenes
  • Sirtuins
  • Resveratrol