Can Champagne help to beat Wrinkles?
16th July 2019
A frequent question that I seem to hear amongst the grape vines is regarding whether or not wines are either good or bad for your health and for your beauty, also if Champagne can help heal signs of ageing.
The debates are probably endless on this topic and the internet is awash of both products and claims of benefits that Champagne (or should we say the grapes that go into making it) offers consumers and especially those who wish to banish away those ever increasing wrinkles that age rewards us with.
So, does Champagne really help to beat wrinkles?
It is mostly down to the effects produced from anti-ageing components including the dermis activator, QT40 which is extracted from grapes and is said to stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid synthesis that combats the natural ageing process of our skin.
“Champagne contains antioxidants and cellular activators such as organic acids, minerals and vitamins, which are said to help to slow down the ageing process and repair the skin. It is said to guarantee a longer-lasting firmness and a glowing complexion.” Daily Mail online
“… Champagne’s complex composition combines essential molecule families that play ‘key roles in skin cells’ metabolic balance’ making it an ‘obvious skin care ingredient’. To date, approximately 1,000 components have been identified in Champagne.”
We asked one of our Twitter friends re grapes and healthy skin – Cheryl Mackie who works in Harley Street, London shared with us “I think if you drink enough Champagne then you couldn’t care less about your skin! Though seriously, I have used shampoos with Champagne and silk extras, very conditioning, the acidic nature would close down the cuticle of the hair shaft to make it look shiny. Re skin: The resveratrol (a stilbenoid) in the skin of black grapes are great for your skin.”
So can you simply drink more Champagne and appear younger?
To be honest, as with all drinks and foods, in moderation is a good thought process to take so even if you can grab Champagne at just £10 a bottle at your local supermarket, simply an abundance of fizz in your life will not necessarily give you healthy skin, it could indeed reverse things.
Antioxidants (in red wines) sop up damaging free radicals that play a role in ageing and age-related diseases and with Champagne the QT40 can look to soak in to the skin when applied – Possibly the finer quality Champagne you choose using the purest and best juices from the grapes will potentially give you the best results – It is advisable to assume that a cheaper Champagne will likely use less quality or second press grape juice etc.
Can you simply bath in Champagne to get the anti ageing effect?
We all know that wrinkles, especially on our face, are as welcome as adverts are on Youtube – You do not want them! Though it sounds very Marilyn Monroe being both sexy and invigorating, simply bathing in Champagne or rubbing this bubbly wine into your skin will most likely not give you the effect you are after. Within the so called anti-wrinkle creams are a host of other ingredients, mostly wrapped within the Serum Concentrate with such added minerals as natural Shilajit resin, chamomile extract and tea tree leaf extracts.
The grapes of Champagne (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Meunier) will add to the ingredients required to plumping and moisture attracting properties to improve your collagen production in your skin thus making it look fuller and less prone to lines / wrinkles.
Can Champagne help or hinder skin conditions?
Once again, I will advise that too much of a good thing might not be the best route to take and especially with Champagne. Note that the wine itself is obviously an alcoholic drink so you are advised to consume only a set amount in your daily diet – another important point is that it is very acidic so too much will have an effect on your body and could lead to skin problems as well as a host of other negative effects on your body.
I am aware of people reporting being allergic to wines and also specifically Champagne.
“A common sign of Champagne sensitivity is flushing or redness in the face. People with rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis are prone to experiencing flushing or redness if they are allergic to alcohol. Increased heart rate sometimes accompanies the red-faced reaction. According to Aukland Allergy Clinic, alcohol triggers an increase of the chemical acetaldehyde in the blood, which causes the release of histamines, which makes the skin turn red.” LiveStrong.com
Co-founder of Glass of Bubbly. Journalist and author focused on Champagne & Sparkling Wines and pairing them with foods and within cocktails.