A few years ago, Resveratrol became a big name ingredient in skincare due to the fact that it’s a powerful yet stable antioxidant that promotes collagen renewal and effectively tackles cell damage. It’s probably most famous for being found in red wine (or more specifically, red grapes) but it’s less well-known for being found in Japanese Knotweed, a plant that is arguably the hardest to kill in the UK; it can break through actual concrete and devalue properties if found on the premises, so it’s pretty tough stuff that you don’t want in your garden, but definitely do want in your skincare!
DHC have recently launched three new items that form their Resveratrol range. As a range of hydrating products go, I was expecting them to be good, but they are absolutely *amazing*. Starting with the Resveratrol Lotion Ultra Hydrating Toner, which is lovely, gentle and very nourishing softening lotion that works perfectly after an acid tone. When I first started on this line, I thought this was the one I’d say you can do without as the other two products are the stars of the show, and to a certain extent that is the case, but this is the product I use religiously morning and night, so it’s tricky!
The Resveratrol Essence Moisture-Promoting Booster is a great way to add a big hit of moisture and antioxidants to your skincare routine without changing much, as it’s gentle enough to slot into an existing regime. If you need a lot of hydration then you can actually use this in between your serum and oil application, or in between your serum and moisturiser. However, if you want to keep things simple or don’t need/want a long routine, this can take the place of a serum and go on after your toner and before your moisturiser. I like to gently pat this in over an exfoliating serum, and it feels so lovely and light on the skin that it’s fine for day use too.
Finally, the “if you just buy one product, make it this one” which is the Resveratrol Cream Intensive Age Defying Moisturiser. As soon as I started applying this thick, unctuous, dense cream I thought this was pretty much a breakout in a jar – it felt like it was going to cause havoc on my tricky skin! I’m so pleased I gave it the benefit of the doubt though as it’s the most hydrating cream I’ve ever used on my face without creating spots, so it’s a firm favourite that I reach for whenever my skin starts feeling overly dry. If you don’t like the feeling of product on your skin at bedtime then you won’t like this, as it feels almost mask-like after application, but the next morning my skin feels and looks so fantastically hydrated – I could not be more impressed, plus a little goes a long way! I find this very corrective and the effects long-lasting, so I don’t need to use it daily, although that might change in the winter months. I tend to use this a couple of times a week, but if you have dry skin you could happily use this daily and I bet you’d see impressive results. Each of the DHC Resveratrol products is £43 and you can find them all here – link.