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Why Are Polyphenols Good For The Skin?

Updated on November 15, 2015

Polyphenols and the Skin

I hear that foods rich in polyphenols are very good for the skin since they are capable of making the skin healthy and beautiful. What are polyphenols and why are they good for the skin? Also, what foods contain high amounts of polyphenols in them?

What are polyphenols?

Polyphenols are extremely potent antioxidant compounds that work wonders when it comes to keeping the skin healthy and beautiful. If you are wondering what antioxidants are, just know that they are substances that fight against free radicals that damage healthy cells in the body. As a result of the job antioxidants do in the body, they are able to protect the body from things such as an accelerated aging process, unhealthy skin, and cancer. And polyphenols are one of the most potent antioxidants found naturally in certain foods.

Over the years, several studies have shown that people who consume foods rich in polyphenols or apply polyphenols directly to the skin tend to have healthier and better-looking skin than people who don’t. This is the reason why every good dermatologist normally advices people suffering from dry skin problems and other skin related problems to endeavor to religiously eat foods that are high in polyphenols and try applying them topically on the skin.

But what foods contain high amounts of polyphenols?

There are so many foods that are rich in polyphenols. These foods are mainly fruits, vegetables and cereals and even beverages. But of the numerous foods that contain polyphenols, the healthiest foods out there that contain high amounts of polyphenols good for your overall health and for the health of your skin are the following foods: Olives, Green tea, black tea, oolong tea, red grapes, red wine, kidney beans and coffee. Not many people are aware of the high amounts of polyphenols in coffee. It is believed that a cup of coffee can contain about 100 mg polyphenols. I guess you never knew that. I myself was surprised to find that out.

All in all, if you want the right amount of polyphenols for a healthy and good-looking skin, then don’t look any further than the foods mentioned above – especially olives and olive oil because these foods are considered the best polyphenol-rich foods that you can eat or use on your body to get a healthy and smooth skin.

Let’s take olive oil for instance, which is an oil derived from the olive plant and which has been praised since time immemorial for being the best oil for the health and beauty of the skin. Now, why do you think people who frequently use olive oil in their meals and rub the oil on their skin tend to have beautiful skin? The answer is the abundant polyphenols found in the oil.

How polyphenols have helped people overcome bad skin problems

Being a very close friend to a renowned dermatologist and having worked as an apprentice in his office for some years now, I have witnessed on countless of times how my dermatologist boss and friend has helped numerous patients with bad skin issues such as dry and cracked skin overcome their problems just by recommending they use olive oil as a moisturizer immediately after bathing and increase their consumption of green tea and grapes. It is incredible how doing these simple things can play very instrumental roles in warding off bad skin problems – especially dry skin. Polyphenols work like magic in keeping the skin healthy and beautiful.

I remember the case of a lady who came to our office one day with a severe case of dry skin. Her skin was so dry it looked like the skin of a snake or a lizard. She told my boss she had tried everything within her power to ward off dry skin and that there was no product in the world she had not used in an attempt to get rid of her dry skin problem but to no avail. She told my boss that during the winter seasons her dry skin got so bad that it literally cracked and sometimes bled. Having listened to the woman’s lamentation, all my boss did was tell her to gently pat her skin with her towel anytime she finished bathing and moisturize her skin with olive oil every morning before she went to work and in the night before she went to bed. My boss also recommended that she eat more grapes, drink green tea and eat more foods rich in polyphenols. Few months later, this woman’s dry skin problem became a thing of the past. It was amazing how that simple advice saved this woman’s skin.

According to my boss, the woman keeps telling him that listening to his advice was the best thing she ever did since it has helped her skin to stay constantly moist and beautiful. She considers him her savior and calls him every now and then to say thank you. I wonder if he sometimes feels guilty taking all the praises when in actual fact what saved this woman’s skin are the polyphenols in the olive oil that she constantly uses in moisturizing her skin and her intake of polyphenols through an increased consumption of green tea, red grapes and the other polyphenol-rich foods she takes on a daily basis.

Manufactures of skincare products use polyphenols a lot in their products

Because of how powerful polyphenols are in keeping the skin healthy and good-looking, many manufacturers of skincare products include them in the ingredients used in making these products. These days we have moisturizers, skin cleansers, sunscreens, etc that contain substantial amounts of polyphenols. These companies don’t just use polyphenols because they love them but because of the fact that these compounds are extraordinarily good for the health and beauty of the skin.

Polyphenols are not only good for the skin

I think it’s imperative that readers know that polyphenols are not only good for the skin, but they are also extremely wonderful in keeping us healthy. According to the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, when we eat foods rich in plant polyphenols we can reduce our risks of developing heart disease, diabetes and even certain types of cancers.

Other foods that contain polyphenols

Besides the foods mentioned above, the following foods also contain decent amounts of polyphenols good for the health and beauty of the skin: honey, pears, raspberries, strawberries, broccoli, onion, celery, cabbage, cherries, apples, plums, parsley, chocolate, and pomegranate.

Readers should note that most legumes and grains also contain substantial amounts of polyphenols in them.


Foods rich in plant polyphenols are very good for your general health and also for the health and beauty of your skin. The more you eat and apply plant polyphenols on your skin, the healthier and smoother your skin is going to become. I have personally witnessed and experienced the skin benefits of polyphenols and that is why I strongly recommend them to anyone who wants a healthier and more beautiful skin.

Will you use olive oil to make your skin more beautiful?

Now that you know olive oil is very good for your health and skin, will you use olive oil on your skin?

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