Raise a Glass of Wine to Fight Wrinkles

Marie Antoinette may have had the right idea when she washed her face in red wine to get rid of wrinkles. Two centuries later, a range of French cosmetics based on an ingredient in grape seeds has gone on the market as a wrinkle reducer.

The cosmetics are products of the Paris-based Laboratories Caudalie and have as their key component antioxidant chemicals called polyphenols. Experts say they work by neutralizing free radicals -- unstable molecules that can be highly destructive to tissue.

The Caudalie skin-care products do not come cheap -- about $40 for a 50-milliliter bottle of rejuvenator -- but they do have an impressive list of satisfied customers that include supermodel Carla Bruni and Princess Caroline of Monaco.

"There is a very interesting and scientifically possible route for protecting the skin by incorporating antioxidants in products of this kind," says Prof. Catherine Evans of the International Antioxidant Research Center at King's College, University of London. "We know that polyphenols are very powerful antioxidants."

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