Resveratrol – a deep dive into this skin care ingredient

This time a special exploration of resveratrol, a remarkable ingredient that deserves your attention, and which also plays a role in our Iconic Elements Targeted Pigment Serum. In this article you can read where Resveratrol comes from, what exactly it is, and what effects it can have on your skin.

What sources contain resveratrol?

It is a naturally occurring substance, abundant in various fruits, including grapes, peanuts, cranberries and blueberries. Other foods that contain resveratrol include chocolate, peanuts, pistachios and some types of mushrooms.

The skin of grapes and seeds, especially those of blue grapes, contain a significant amount of resveratrol. Within this category, the “Muscadine” grape seems to excel, and is known as one of the grapes with the highest resveratrol content. Muscadine grapes, native to North America, naturally contain an increased concentration compared to many other grape varieties.

In grapes it has several functions. One of its most important functions is to serve as a natural defense mechanism against certain diseases, fungi and bacteria. It is produced by grape plants in response to stress factors such as fungal infections, UV radiation and damage to the grapes.

Resveratrol in grape skins protects the grapes against harmful external influences. It has antioxidant properties, which means it can reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals (oxidative stress). Oxidative stress can lead to cell damage, and the presence of resveratrol helps prevent this.

Antioxidant And Free Radical Exposomes Resveratrol

In addition, it contributes to the color of red grapes. It is activated by UV radiation and acts as a kind of sunscreen for the grapes, stimulating the production of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are responsible for the red color in grape skins.

Effects on the skin


Antioxidative defense:
Resveratrol acts as a powerful antioxidant in the skin. Antioxidants protect skin cells against oxidative stress, which is caused by harmful free radicals. These free radicals arise from factors such as exposure to UV radiation and pollution. Resveratrol neutralizes these free radicals, protecting the skin against damage and premature aging.

Anti-aging properties:
One of its striking features is that it stimulates collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a protein that is essential for the firmness and elasticity of the skin. By promoting collagen production, it contributes to the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The result is a firmer and more youthful appearance.

Combating hyperpigmentation:
It also has effects in tackling hyperpigmentation, such as pigment spots. It inhibits the overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for the color of the skin. By regulating this process, resveratrol helps reduce uneven pigmentation and contributes to a more even skin tone. More about pigments

Acne: There are several causes of acne, but three main ones can be distinguished: increased sebum production, hyperkeratosis of the hair follicles (epidermal hyperproliferation) and the colonization of the bacterium Cutibacterium acnes (formerly Propionibacterium acnes). Resveratrol also has the ability to limit acne vulgaris, mainly thanks to antibacterial properties against Cutibacterium acnes, and it reduces sebum production.

Another study showed that daily application of a hydrogel containing resveratrol to the face of 20 acne patients for 60 days had an effect on acne. The average reduction in acne was 53.75%, and the average reduction in microcomedone area was 66.7%. It has also been found that the antibacterial activity of resveratrol against C. acnes is comparable to benzoyl peroxide, but without the skin irritation.

In essence, it offers layered protection and improvement for the skin, ranging from prevention against harmful influences to actively combating signs of aging and hyperpigmentation.

Iconic Elements Targeted Pigment Serum

Resveratrol part of the pigment control serum!

In this serum, designed to tackle unwanted pigment spots, resveratrol plays an essential role. Combined with arbutin, niacinamide, and emblica, resveratrol adds a crucial dimension to the triple action of this serum.

This special serum is made to tackle unwanted pigment spots, and resveratrol plays an important role in this. When combined with arbutin, niacinamide, and emblica, resveratrol adds an essential element to this serum’s triple action. What exactly does the triple effect mean?

  1. Blocking pigment production:
    The serum prevents too much pigment from being produced in the skin. This is, as it were, a kind of barrier that stops the production of pigment, which causes discoloration.
  2. Inhibiting the transfer of pigment to skin cells:
    It ensures that the pigment particles (melanosomes) are not transferred too quickly from one skin cell to another. This prevents the pigments from accumulating too much and causing stains.
  3. Removing melanin through gentle skin peeling:
    The serum also helps to gently remove existing pigments (melanin) in the skin cells. This is done by gently peeling the skin, which gradually lightens the dark spots.

Resveratrol acts as an inhibitor of tyrosinase, the enzyme involved in the production of melanin, the pigment in the skin. Inhibiting tyrosinase reduces the excessive production of melanin at the source. This not only addresses existing pigmentation, but also slows down the formation of new spots.

Resveratrol Targeted Pigment Serum Pigment Spots Melasma

It is important to know that your natural skin tone remains normal and does not develop white spots.

In other words, this serum does three important things to reduce pigment spots – it prevents too much new pigment from being made, it regulates how the pigment moves through the skin, and it helps to gently remove existing pigments. All this contributes to achieving smooth and radiant skin.

Resveratrol, Targeted Pigment Serum, Arbutin, Niacinamide, Emblica, Malic Acid

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Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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