If you thought wine was only meant to be enjoyed as a drink to get tipsy, then you surely don’t know it all. You can also use this fermented alcoholic fruit beverage to give your skin a refreshing glow and also remove tan and blemishes. Depending on the skin type, you can mix a variety of ingredients such as almonds, essential oil and rose water with wine and opt for a rejuvenating vinotherapy or wine facial at home, which can cost you anything between Rs. 1,500 and Rs. 3,500 in salons. “The antioxidant properties of wine help in getting the toxins out of the skin. Wine facials are also great for skin tightening and pores tightening,” says beauty expert Aashmeen Munjaal of Star Salon.
What wine to go for?
Every wine has a different composition and should be used according to one’s skin type. “If you have a dry skin, go for a sweet wine with a small amount of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) for water-binding. Ones with acne-prone skin should use red wine since it has high concentration of polyphenol resveratrol, which reduces inflammation while preventing free radical damage. To combat flaky skin, use dry wine that has a greater concentration of the natural AHAs such as citric and malic acid,” says beauty expert Dr Blossom Kochhar.
“While red wine has anti-aging properties, white wine is good for tightening of open pores and prevention of acne,” says Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta of ISAAC Wellness Center. Innovation is the key in wine facials believes Dr Naresh Arora, beauty and aroma expert of Chase Aroma and Skin Care. “Using wine in conjunction with a cream that suits your skin type is a wise choice. Add rose water if you have sensitive skin, almond paste if you have dry skin or aloe vera juice if you have a problematic oily skin,” recommends Dr Arora Wine facial vs regular facials The glow that one can get from a wine facial is more compared to regular facials, say beauty experts. “The anti-ageing and de-stressing properties make wine facial more beneficial. They often give an instant wrinkle-free effect, making it different from gold, pearl and diamond facials,” says Dr Geetika. Wine’s active anti-oxidants are also beneficial. “The positive and negative ions in wine are a source of active supply of oxygen into the skin,” says Munjal.
For dry skin
Sweet white wines with alpha hydroxy acids are good for this skin type due to their water-binding properties. Commonly used wines are Michel Lynch Bordeaux, Chateau D’Ori Sauvignon Blanc and Sula Riesling.
For oily skin
If you have an acne prone oily skin, go for a red wine facial since it has high concentration of polyphenol resveratrol, a chemical that helps reduces inflammation. Most commonly used red wines for facials are Sula Rasa (Shiraz) and Indus Cabernet Sauvignon.
Basic DIY for wine facial
Using a cleanser cream to massage your face, moisturize the skin and eliminate the dirt. Do so for five to seven minutes and wipe off using a cotton pad
Steam your face using hot towel or steamer for five minutes. The steam will open the pores and the impurities will flush off through sweat
After steaming, massage a mix of wine, herbs and essential oils on your face. The wine and essential oil must be selected according to your skin type.
Apply the blend on the face and pour some on the fingertips. The massage should start from the head with thumbs on the forehead and fingers on the sides. Press the space between the eyebrows using the thumb.
Continue the massage in circular motion down the jaw line to the chin and draw a line under the chin till the sides. This will allow the facial muscles to relax and loosen and the wine will penetrate through the facial skin.
Clean the face using a cotton pad and apply a wine face mask that suits your skin type. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water
By Sandhya Madaan, Beauty Expert, Radiance The family Salon & Spa
Make your own wine face masks
For dry skin:
Mix 3 tablespoons of sweet red wine with 1/2 tablespoon of aloe vera gel and a tablespoon of honey. Add two drops of lavender essential oil. Mix well and apply on face and neck. Keep it for 20 minutes and rinse.
For Oily and acne-prone skin:
Blend 3 tablespoons red wine with some yoghurt with 2 drops of tea tree oil. Mix well and apply on to the skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse it off.
By Dr Blossom Kochhar
Wine and aloe vera mask:
Mix red wine with aloe vera gel and leave it on the face for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. The gel of aloe vera cools the skin and the wine cleanses as well as repairs the skin cells.
By Dr Naresh Arora
Honey and port wine mask:
Mix port wine with 2-3 teaspoons of honey. Leave it on the face for about half-an-hour and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Honey helps in toning the face while port wine repairs skin cells and works like an anti-aging agent.
By Dr Sandhya Madaan