There’s been a lot of discussion about the benefits of wine consumption, lately, but a new trend has appeared that takes wine enrichment to the next level: bathing in it! That’s right, it’s called “vinotherapy,” and it purportedly reduces wrinkles, repositions unsightly cellulite, and even helps lift the face. Begun in the world’s first “wine spa” in France (appropriately), the full-body wine treatment also includes being wrapped and massaged in delightfully-aromatic wine extracts. The “secret” to the procedure is grape seed oil, which is believed to increase blood circulation when applied topically. Participants often begin their vinotherapy regimens by bathing in a jacuzzi of warm, red wine, since the force of the jets offers cardiovascular benefits. To minimize cellulite, a wine and honey wrap is then applied, or a Merlot wrap designed to refresh the skin and help eliminate toxins. Some people even follow this treatment with an all-grape diet for 3 days following the procedure (Though I doubt your doctor will approve)! If your face could use a tune-up, a “vinolift” may also be in order. This natural facelift procedure utilizes resveratrol (found in grape skins), as well as gentle electrical pulsation.
Even though antioxidants found in grapes have been shown to slow the aging process, skeptics remain unconvinced that the amount of them absorbed through the skin during vinotherapy provides much benefit. Still, if you’re a wine lover looking for an unforgettable spa experience, vinotherapy may be a nice preview of heaven. Cheers!