Sit back and enjoy red wine benefits for skin!

Sit back and enjoy red wine benefits for skin!

January 10th, 2022 | by

After a long day at work, kicking back with a glass of vino is probably the most relaxing feeling ever! It’s also known to have multiple health benefits, making it the perfect drink to pair with your food every day. But did you know that your bottle of Merlot does a lot more than induce serotonin in your body? Yes, it helps make your skin look and feel good too! Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up all the red wine benefits for skin to make your day (and life) a whole lot merrier! 

How does red wine help improve your skin?

Red wine is made of grapes which are rich in several antioxidants that are great for your heart health, among other things. Some of these include catechins, resveratrol, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidins. According to studies, resveratrol, the antioxidant present in grape skin, has anti-aging benefits.

Now you know where the saying ‘Aging like fine wine’ comes from. Proanthocyanidins, on the other hand, help reduce the risk of heart diseases and also maintain collagen and elasticity of the skin. This gives you a fresh, younger-looking and wrinkle-free appearance.

These antioxidants also help to combat free radical damage. There’s so much to wine than just the beautiful taste and texture! Let’s dive deeper into the various other red wine benefits for skin.

Red wine benefits for skin

Red wine has amazing beneficial properties for all types of skin, so it doesn’t matter how old you are – you’re going to see results anyway. Packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol, and tannin, it protects your skin from aging by restoring collagen and elastic fibers. 

If you have acne-prone skin, all you need is a glass of red wine a day to solve your skin woes. Go on, ask your dermatologist. Red wine contains natural AHAs, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that help deep cleanse your pores, clear acne scars and also reduce the chance of future breakouts.

What more do you need, right? Although, we must warn you – before you go ahead and swap your skincare products for a glass of vino, please note that these are long-term benefits and you won’t see effective results overnight. But we don’t mind that, because that only means we get to drink more of that wine!

Apart from consuming red wine, you could also use it on your skin in multiple ways to make the most of its benefits. Use it as a toner by dabbing it gently all over your face using a cotton pad. Let your skin soak in all the goodness (for about 20 minutes) before you wash it off using a mild cleanser. The polyphenols in red wine help brighten dull complexion and the amino acid refreshes your skin, giving it a healthy glow. 

Now, let’s take a look at red wine benefits for different skin types. Say goodbye to your cosmetic surgeries, laser skin treatments and just stock the bar with your favourite red wine. 

For aging skin 

Have you heard of a wine facial? Well, if you have aging skin concerns, this is exactly what you need! It is probably the most underrated beauty therapy ever. Red wine gives a boost to sagging skin, reduces fine lines, and wrinkles over time.

If you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin and give it a much-needed glow, this beauty secret is what you should include in your daily skincare regime. Mix some red wine with rosehip, strawberries, grapes, and essential oils. Then massage it onto your face and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water for a refreshing after-look. 

For acne-prone skin

The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in red wine make it a great solution to combat acne and scars. All you need to do is some red wine spot treatment i.e apply some of it topically on your face to help clear open pores, fight acne, and also prevent future breakouts.

Soak a cotton pad in red wine and dab it generously all over your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes before you rinse it off with cold water. Voila! Welcome clear skin. 

For naturally glowing skin

Red wine can help transform a dull complexion, giving you a healthy glow. It contains polyphenols that help it perform this task with ease. Fill some red wine in a spray bottle and spritz it all over your face. Massage your face in circular motion with your fingers for about 10 minutes.

Leave the potion on for another 10 minutes, before rinsing off with cold water. Alternatively, you could also mix 2 teaspoons of oatmeal in red wine and then massage your skin. It works as a great exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, leaving it fresh and glowing like never before. 


Red wine benefits for skin are numerous and if you follow these, according to the type of skin and concern you have, you’ll have your dream skin in no time.

Some of the most common and best varieties of red wine you could use for consuming as well as applying on your skin include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Blend Red.

Now your favourite alcoholic drink could also double up as your free pass to glowing, younger-looking and acne-free skin! Try these tips and tricks out and tell us how they worked for you! 

Meghana Ganeshan

Meghana has about 4 years of experience as a content writer, having previously worked at leading publications such as Condé Nast (GQ Magazine) and World Wide Media (Grazia Magazine). She writes about fashion, beauty, wellness, food, and lifestyle. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction or learning foreign languages online.