Like drinking wine? Then how 'bout bathing in it? Well, more accurately its remnants, like the seeds and pulp, which are supposed to have anti-aging and detoxifying benefits. Strange, I know, because alcohol is anything but anti-aging or detoxifying. Vinotherapy fans say that an antioxidant in the remnants, resveratrol, is basically a panacea, curing everything from sagging skin to sun damage. Want to try a little dip in the good grape for yourself? Look for one at a spa in your area, or try something from Caudalie, which bases its entire skincare line on the principle.
Vinotherapy is a term coined by Caudalie founders Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas. It's the process of pampering your skin with products made from grade seeds and grape skins. Grape Seed strengthens blood vessels as well as contains polyphenols (antioxidants that combat free radicals).
Other properties of vinotherapy include reservatol, which promotes skin cell renewal and viniferine, an ingredient that reduces dark (liver or sun) spots. Here are a couple of products from the Caudalie product range that contain vinotherapeutic properties. The best part is that there's no hangover whatsoever!
Caudalie Sauvignon Scrub ($35) is a soft, whipped, creamy scrub that smells like grapefruit, essential oils and honey. It provides a matte finish. It's great for sensitive skin (since the formula is very gentle) and it is safe for both the body and the face. Use up to twice a week on wet skin for a buffed, silky smooth and glowing complexion.
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