A glass of wine is an ideal way to de-stress your mind after a tiring day at work. It soothes your senses and lets you relax yourself for a peaceful sleep. If you have actually tried drinking some wine and enjoyed a peaceful sleep, you might want to try out one of the latest spa trends – vinotherapy. This section of the Vine Vera Wine Beauty Guide introduces you to the concepts of Vinotherapy and talks about the kind of benefits that this therapy has to offer for your skin.
What is vinotherapy?
Vinotherapy, also known as vinotherapie, refers to the use of the by-products of wine to rejuvenate and heal your body. The most common by-products that are used in vinotherapy include grape skin, grape seeds and grape stems. Research has shown that these by-products are rich in resveratrol, a compound that gives your skin a firmer look and spurs new cell growth and polyphenols, a type of flavanoid that contain antioxidant properties and reduce the damage caused by free radicals. This beauty process basically involves the rubbing of wine making residue products onto the skin.
The history of vinotherapy
The origins of this concept can be traced all the way back to the 1970s. Pharmacologist Joseph Vercauteron was the first person to discover that grapes were very rich in polyphenols and actually had tremendous benefits to offer to the skin. Ever since this discovery, wine therapies have been a hot and trending item throughout the spa industry.
The benefits of vinotherapy
One of the main reasons why vinotherapy has become so popular over the past couple of decades is that wine and wine by-products commonly found in vineyards contain polyphenols. These antioxidants act as free radical scavengers that promote tissue elasticity and protect the skin from damage, thereby creating a youthful appearance. Vinotherapy has also shown to stimulate the collagen synthesis process and the wine by-products have been found to be useful in promoting anti-inflammation and soothing the skin. This also helps in accelerating the process of wound healing. Polyphenols are known to be 50 times more effective and 10000 times stronger than vitamin E and hence the craze. They can reduce about 80% of the free radicals that lead to skin aging and wrinkles and can also strengthen the blood vessels to improve circulation.
How to use
Ultimately, it all comes down to the dosage. Numerous studies conducted in the past 20 years have shown that wine can help in reducing heart diseases and promoting healthy looking skin. And considering that alcohol abuse has led to an increase in 25% of the deaths that result from liver related diseases, you might certainly want to look at using wine in another way altogether.
Alcohol has certainly been used as a conversation starter and in a socially beneficial way by most people. For everyone else, Vinotherapy could perhaps hold the answer to younger looking skin and flawless beauty. Have you ever tried vinotherapy or treated your skin to wine based treatments? Did you really see a difference in the way your skin looked after such treatments? Let Vine Vera know using the comments box below.