It is well-known that red wine has been touted for its heart health benefits, but not everyone knows that red wine can actually benefit the skin. Villa La Ripa, one of the 180 companies that are part of the organization in Italy called Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo, studied these benefits and created a line of cosmetics made with wine.
A few years ago, researchers discovered a nutrient in red wine called Resveratrol, a powerful ingredient that supports the heart and may help people live longer. Now, research shows that this nutrient also has anti-aging benefits and may help you maintain younger-looking skin by providing protective effects against free radicals and aging.
Resveratrol is also a very popular oral supplement. Although, if taken as an oral supplement one may miss out on the distinct advantages it can offer your skin. Dermatologists at the University of Wisconsin found that Resveratrol helps protect the skin from sun damage, improves skin tone, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and much more.
These findings led one intrepid scientist to embark on her own journey in the quest for the best use of Resveratrol in skin care products. In October 2010, Claudia Luzzi graduated in Pharmacy. As the top student in her course, she was awarded by the Rector of the University of Florence. After her graduation Luzzi began to entertain the idea of producing her own cosmetics. According to Luzzi, “I was not satisfied with the products available on the market, they are made by big companies and quality leaves more and more to be desired.”
Luzzi grew up on her family’s winery, Villa La Ripa, in Tuscany, Italy. The high quality grapes that produce wonderful wines inspired Luzzi to discover new benefits from the nature around her. She soon discovered many dermatological benefits from the same ingredients which produced the incredible wines of Villa La Ripa.
“Vines, grapes, seeds, wine and pommace are really small laboratories where nature concentrates antioxidants – anti-aging and soothing substances which help maintain beautiful skin,” explains Luzzi.
After lengthy research and development, Luzzi created a line of wine beauty products containing Resveratrol, including: Grape Seed Body Milk, Grape Hand-Cream, Vine Leaf Face Mask, Calendula and Wine Face Cream.
“Resveratrol is an important active component of red wine. In fact, it is the substance at the basis of the anti-atherosclerotic properties of wine, that is of the so-called ’French Paradox,’” says Luzzi. “And dermatological studies also demonstrated that it had important protective effects on the skin.”
So, Luzzi launched her all natural anti-aging face cream and discovered, “If applied at night in small quantities it produces wonderful results.”
Luzzi describes her products:
Grape Hand Cream:
Moisturizing and energizing cream. It makes the skin on your hands smooth and velvety. It is not oily. Constant use is recommended for obtaining younger skin.
Calendula-Wine Face Cream
Moisturizing and energizing face cream. If used daily it reduces the marks of time. The properties of calendula and wine decreases skin blushing and blotches due to aging and UV damage.
Wine Leaf Mask
This face mask has thickening, cleansing and fortifying skin properties. Directions for use: apply the mask to your face leaving it on for 20 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. At once a sense of freshness will be perceived and skin will be illuminated. Use the mask twice a month or before make-up on special occasions.
Grapeseed Body Milk
Energizing and toning body milk, it allows skin to regain its freshness. For all ages. Not oily, it leaves a pleasant perfume all over the body. Used constantly it allows skin to increase elasticity.