Red wine is purported to have numerous health benefits, and pouring a glass can help one relax at the end of a long day. Vinotherapy is an emerging trend that uses the skin, seeds, stalk, and pulp extracted from grapes during the winemaking process in a variety of beauty and anti-aging treatments. Benefits include exfoliation and reduction of skin problems associated with aging.
French skincare brand Caudalie offers a variety of grape-derived facials and body treatments at its spa in Century City. The Vinoperfect Facial focuses on brightening, pigmentation, and evening skin tone, while during the Hydrating Facial an esthetician uses grapes to massage the skin, which gently exfoliates and calms inflammation. The spa’s boutique also sells products such as the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, which uses crushed grape seeds to break down fat deposits and drain toxins, and the Vine Body Lotion, which has vine extracts that offer antioxidant protection.
“In 1995, our company established an exclusive worldwide patent for extracting and stabilizing grape seed polyphenols, which are the most powerful antioxidant found in nature,” says Gabriela Carpio, lead West Coast esthetician for Caudalie. “Our treatments offer four patents that are all derived from grapes—polyphenols, viniferine, resveratrol, and Vinergy.”
At The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles, crushed grape seeds are dusted onto the body and infused with a passionfruit cabernet body wash that leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. “The benefits from the crushed grape seed far exceed just the exfoliation of old and dry skin, but provide antioxidants that prevent free radicals from penetrating the newly revitalized skin as well,” says Tyneese Thompson, the spa’s director. “Grape-seed oil is a great source of vitamin E, even more so than olive oil. It’s an ultra-moisturizer for the skin that also helps with inflammation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.”
Images: Courtesy of Caudalie and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles