Resveratrol as an active ingredient for cosmetic and dermatological applications: a review

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2019;21(2):84-90. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2018.1469767. Epub 2018 May 8.


Resveratrol is now being increasingly used in cosmetology and dermatology. This polyphenolic phytoalexin present in large amounts in red grapes and berries has a number of scientifically proven health-promoting properties associated with a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, lowering the concentration of low-density lipoprotein, and the ability to inhibit the cyclooxygenases activity. Additionally, it has antiproliferative, anti-angiogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. Its popularity in cosmetology and dermatology is primarily associated with proven ability to penetrate the skin barrier and antiaging activity. It has been shown that formulations with resveratrol can stimulate the proliferation of fibroblasts and contributing to the increase in the concentration of collagen III. Resveratrol has an affinity for the estrogen protein receptors (both ERα and ERβ), thereby contributing to the stimulation of collagen types I and II production. Moreover, resveratrol also has the antioxidant properties, thus can protect cells against oxidative damage associated with the effects of free radicals and UV radiation on the skin by reducing the expression of AP-1 and NF-kB factors and it slows down the process of photoaging of the skin. This study reviews literature on the skin care properties of resveratrol and its dermal bioavailability, metabolism, and dermal safety of application.

Keywords: Resveratrol; anti-inflammatory activity; antiaging properties; antioxidant capacity; bioavailability and toxicity; skin-whitening activity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / drug therapy
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Cosmetic Techniques*
  • Humans
  • Inflammation Mediators / metabolism
  • Reactive Oxygen Species / metabolism
  • Receptors, Estrogen / drug effects
  • Resveratrol / pharmacokinetics
  • Resveratrol / pharmacology*
  • Sirtuins / metabolism
  • Skin / drug effects*
  • Skin Aging / drug effects*
  • Skin Lightening Preparations / pharmacology


  • Antioxidants
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • Reactive Oxygen Species
  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Skin Lightening Preparations
  • Sirtuins
  • Resveratrol