Resveratrol and Vitamin C: The Skincare Power Couple Worth Knowing About

Grapes and oranges

We often hear about power couples reigning in the worlds of music and entertainment, but the skincare realm has its fair share of superstar pairings, too. There’s Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Salicylic Acid and Niacinamide, Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid — the list goes on. 

However, there’s one skincare power couple that arguably deserves more attention. Armed with the ability to combat aging, reduce the appearance of dark spots, and even protect the skin, this is one powerhouse of a partnership…

Today, Vine Vera will be sharing everything you need to know about Resveratrol and Vitamin C. 

What is Resveratrol?


If you’ve been searching for a reason to drink all the red wine your heart desires, Resveratrol might just be the answer you seek. An antioxidant derived from the skin and seed of red grapes, Resveratrol is an anti-aging powerhouse.

Despite its potential benefits, Resveratrol is still relatively difficult to come by in the skincare world. However, at Vine Vera, this supercharged ingredient is front and center. Harnessing the multiple benefits of Resveratrol, Vine Vera includes it as a staple across all of their product lines. 

What About Vitamin C?


The other half of this skincare power couple is formed by Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid.

A popular ingredient across cleansers, toners, and serums, Vitamin C is recognized primarily for its skin brightening properties. Not to be confused with skin whitening, Vitamin C brightens the skin by chipping away at dark spots and stubborn marks.

However, slowing down melanin production isn’t Vitamin C’s only party trick. A versatile multitasker, Vitamin C can also contribute to fortifying the skin against external damage.

Resveratrol and Vitamin C: The Ultimate Skincare Power Couple

The idea that two is better than one rings true as far as Resveratrol and Vitamin C are concerned. While both have earned their merits as skin-loving ingredients individually, thanks to their shared strengths and synergistic properties, they are even better together.

Here are some of the reasons why Resveratrol and Vitamin C are a skincare power couple worthy of a spot in your regimen:

Abundant Antioxidants

Whether it’s your daily dose of UV exposure, heavy city traffic, strong winds, or even smoke—all of these are factors that can cause skin damage. Over time, this damage can translate into uneven texture, badly timed breakouts, or even permanent lines or a compromised skin barrier.

This is where antioxidants come in.

A must-have in every step of your skincare routine, antioxidants are your skin’s shield of protection against environmental stress. Here’s what they do:

  • Stop oxidation, putting a stop to the production of damaging free radicals.
  • Fight off UV-induced damage, protecting against the biggest cause of aging.
  • Fortify the skin’s protective barrier, defending it against external stressors.

Both rich in antioxidants, Resveratrol and Vitamin C deliver these benefits in spades.

Anti-aging Abilities

Woman looking at skin in mirror

Antioxidants don’t only protect the skin here and now. While aging is inevitable, there are ways to slow down the visible signs like wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. With continued and consistent use, a cocktail of antioxidant-rich Resveratrol and Vitamin C can combat these signs.

Both Vitamin C and Resveratrol boost cellular function and contribute to the skin’s production of collagen. While collagen is naturally present in our skin, it diminishes over time, giving way to wrinkles and lines. 

By boosting collagen production, Resveratrol and Vitamin C give the skin more structure, more support, and a more youthful look overall.

Brightening Benefits

Vitamin C has long been recognized as a frontrunner as far as skin brightening is concerned. By blocking melanin production and blocking pigment synthesis, Vitamin C reduces the appearance of dark spots and acne marks. In the long term, it can fortify the skin so that stubborn marks no longer take root as easily.

However, Vitamin C isn’t the only ingredient with pigment-busting properties. Resveratrol, albeit less talked about, can also contribute to a more even skin tone:

A 2002 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that in combination with ingredients Baicalin and Vitamin E, Resveratrol significantly improved the appearance of dark marks after four weeks of topical application. Meanwhile, another study found that 1% Resveratrol improved UV-induced pigmentation.

Synergistic Strengths

Despite their multiple strengths, Resveratrol and Vitamin C are not perfect ingredients on their own. After all, no single ingredient can check off all the boxes by itself. However, when put together, Resveratrol and Vitamin C can address each other’s shortcomings. They work together to benefit the look and feel of the skin.

Consider Vitamin C’s brightening abilities, for instance:

While Vitamin C is more widely recognized than Resveratrol for its skin brightening properties, it’s an ingredient that may potentially irritate the skin when mixed with other acids, or when used by someone prone to sensitivity. Combining Vitamin C with Resveratrol, which has the ability to soothe redness and deliver hydration to the skin, helps prevent negative reactions.

On the other hand, Resveratrol benefits from its partnership with Vitamin C, too. Despite its many skin benefits, Resveratrol functions better in tandem with other antioxidant-rich skincare ingredients like Vitamin C. 

Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Collection

Resveratrol and Vitamin C products

Now that we’ve established why and how Resveratrol and Vitamin C work together as a powerful skincare power couple, this question remains:

How do your combine two powerful ingredients into your skincare routine?

Vine Vera makes it simple. Taking the guesswork out of your regimen, Vine Vera combines the benefits of both these ingredients in our Resveratrol Vitamin C collection. Here’s a breakdown of the five products in the line — and why each deserves to be a permanent fixture in your daily routine.

Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser

Vine Vera Cleanser

A mildly formulated cleanser suitable for every skin type, Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser is one of the best-selling products of the line. With a lightweight yet potent formula, this cleanser is ideal for the warmer months or as a nightcap after a long day.

Besides Resveratrol and Vitamin C, this cleanser also contains several other ingredients that help improve the skin. Some noteworthy ingredients in the formulation are:

  • Vitamin A or Retinyl Palmitate. A gentler alternative to Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate is the least irritating of all retinoids. Despite being less harsh than Retinol, this form of Vitamin A still covers all the bases: promotes cell turnover, unclogs pores, and improves the skin’s overall tone.
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. Otherwise known as Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, this ingredient moisturizes and soothes the skin.
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract. Another antioxidant-rich ingredient, this flower extract has shown exceptional wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lactic Acid. Gentler than other AHAs, Lactic Acid provides light exfoliation and anti-aging properties without compromising skin health.

To use, pump a small amount of product and massage into damp skin in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water. For optimal results, use twice daily.

Resveratrol Vitamin C Peeling

Facial peeling

Take your routine beyond basic cleansing with regular exfoliation. 

The skin naturally sheds dead skin to welcome new skin cells every 30 days. Exfoliating weekly helps the skin unveil a newer, more radiant layer, and also gives way to a brighter tone and better product absorption.

With Mandelic Acid as its primary chemical exfoliator, Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Vitamin C Peeling is a great way to incorporate exfoliation into your weekly regimen. Gentler than Glycolic Acid, a common choice for exfoliators, Mandelic Acid gently sloughs off dead cells while keeping bacteria, acne, and inflammation at bay.

Also included in the formulation is Bamboo Extract Powder. This serves as a physical exfoliator. To prevent abrasions and microtears, this ingredient is ground to a delicate texture, milled just finely enough to do the job effectively.

While the Mandelic Acid and Bamboo Extract Powder diminish the dead cells, Resveratrol and Vitamin C brighten, soothe and protect the skin.

To include the Resveratrol Vitamin C Peeling in your skincare rotation, apply a quarter-sized amount of product to the face. Massage in a circular motion, making sure to avoid the eye area. Rinse off with cool water. Use once to twice per week for best results.

Resveratrol Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum

Another popular pick from the Resveratrol Vitamin C collection is the line’s signature serum. Unlike the other products from this collection, the Resveratrol Vitamin C Serum utilizes another form of Ascorbic Acid: Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.

Here’s what makes Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate a remarkable alternative to run-of-the-mill Vitamin C:

    • As a Vitamin C derivative, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is more stable than Vitamin C. This means that it remains effective and performs as intended, even with changes in moisture, pressure, and temperature. This is a conundrum that formulators often find trouble solving with Vitamin C.
    • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is oil-soluble. It outperforms the ability of Vitamin C to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin.
    • Besides being more stable and oil-soluble, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is still able to do what Vitamin C does: brighten, protect, and increase collagen production.

All these benefits from Resveratrol and this powerful Vitamin C derivative are enveloped in a lightweight, silky serum.

To use, apply a few pumps of serum to clean skin in the morning and evening.

Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer

Vine Vera cream

No matter your skin type, a good moisturizer should remain a non-negotiable in your skincare routine. Unlike the balms, treatments, and skin essences that can be added and removed from your rotation as you please, an effective moisturizer is essential to keeping the skin’s oils in check. Yes, even when your skin type is oily or acne-prone.

Regulating your skin’s moisture levels has plenty to do with choosing the right moisturizer. Those with dry skin would benefit from a thick, lipid-heavy formula. Meanwhile, those with oily skin should opt for thinner and lighter solutions.

Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer falls right in between. With a nourishing, vitamin-rich formula that doesn’t set sebum production into overdrive, it makes a great match for every skin type on the spectrum.

In addition to Resveratrol and Vitamin C, this moisturizer also contains Pro-Vitamin B5. Otherwise known as Panthenol, this vitamin aids in wound healing, reducing inflammation, and helps the deeper layers of the skin hold on to water. Panthenol also boosts the skin’s protective barrier, preventing moisture from escaping.

To include the Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer in your routine, apply an even layer of the product onto your face and neck as a follow-up to your serum. Use twice daily.

Resveratrol Vitamin C Lip Balm

Resveratrol and vitamin C lip balm

Last but not least, a nourishing lip balm rounds out Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Vitamin C line. Proof that powerful formulations can come in small packages, the Resveratrol Vitamin C Lip Balm includes an assortment of noteworthy ingredients:

With Resveratrol and Vitamin C completing the rich formulation, the Resveratrol Vitamin C Lip Balm keeps your lips free of chaps, cracks, and all sorts of external damage.

Get the best of both worlds. Enjoy the anti-aging benefits of Resveratrol, scar-fading properties of Vitamin C, and the synergistic abilities of both ingredients in your routine.

Ready to make the switch? Include both Resveratrol and Vitamin C in your daily skincare routine with Vine Vera’s five-step Resveratrol Vitamin C line. Shop the collection online here, or further upgrade the experience with the Jelessi Torché V2+ Amber Light to help regulate oil, minimize pores and fade spots.

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