If you’re a regular reader of the Xtrawine blog, you already know that Italian wine can have huge benefits for your health.
This is especially the case for red wine. A glass of wine per day may be able to help you to avoid heart issues, lower your blood pressure, and may even guard you against cancer. Even white wine is starting to reveal some hidden health secrets that we didn’t know about before.
Generally, it comes down to the antioxidants in wine. Remember that these wonderful drinks come from grapes, which means they offer many of the same benefits that the fruit offers. Plus, the production process even imbibes wine with some added benefits that you may not get from eating grapes alone.
Of course, you may know all of this already. The health benefits of Italian wine are well known, which we’re sure many of you use as the reason for drinking it – even if it’s really the taste and the way that it makes you feel that’s the real reason.
But those benefits aren’t what we’re going to focus on with this article. After all, we’ve covered them in detail before.
Instead, we’re going to look at a new trend that seems to be gaining popularity in many parts of the world, including India.
What’s that trend, you ask?
Using Italian wine as a skin treatment.
Wine for Your Skin
We already know what you’re thinking.
It makes sense that wine can have a benefit on your internal workings. After all, you drink it and it gets absorbed into the various parts of your body that need it.
All of that makes sense.
What doesn’t make as much sense as how you can use wine to achieve healthier skin. After all, drinking alcohol is meant to have a less than beneficial effect on your skin. Even if you drink to moderation, the benefits can only be slight at best, right?
That’s not the case. In fact, the wellness industry has started to adopt wine therapy as an ever-more popular treatment when it comes to taking care of the skin of clients.
Sounds strange, right?
Apparently, the benefits are enormous and they come fast. Some providers even claim that you’ll feel the benefits from practically the moment that you have the treatment applied.
This all may sound like a bad thing to those who love to drink wine. After all, you’re essentially wasting a drink in order to get better skin.
But those who can get over that little hurdle probably want to find out more.
Here’s what the emerging wine therapy industry has to say about the effects of their work.
How Does it Work?
As with almost everything that relates to the health benefits of wine, it all seems to come down to antioxidants.
But let’s head a little bit further back in the process. As you know, red wine is made using a wide variety of dark grapes, with the wine itself differing in colour and complexion based on the type of grape that’s used.
To make Italian red wine, producers crush the grapes and ferment the product. This is a process that can take several years. It’s also a process that creates a residue.
And it’s that residue that’s used for wine skin treatments.
That’s great news for those who thought they’d have to waste a bottle of wine just to get better skin. In actuality, the skin treatments make part of a part of the wine production process that you can’t eat or drink. You won’t have to pour a special vintage over your head. However, you will need to find a trained professional who has access to wine residue sources in order to apply it.
With that out of the way, let’s look at how it works in the practical sense.
As mentioned, it all comes down to the antioxidants found in the grapes that are used to make red wine. Resveratrol is perhaps the most famous of this, and the one that’s most commonly linked to Italian red wine’s health benefits. But wine also contains other antioxidants, such as proanthocyanidins, catechins, and epicatechin.
The combination of these antioxidants is what helps wine to combat the free radical damage that causes heart health issues.
But it’s these same free radicals that can also cause your skin to start showing signs of ageing.
With that in mind, the benefits of using a wine treatment for your skin become more apparent. The high antioxidant content allows the treatment to combat free radicals and prevent your skin from ageing as quickly. In fact, many cosmetics make use of resveratrol anyway. A wine treatment just skips the middle-man and takes you straight to the source.
How Can You Use It?
Now that you know about the process, you want to know about wine treatment’s uses.
The most obvious comes with battling the signs of ageing. We’ve covered the reasons for this above. The antioxidant content of the wine residue can reduce the signs of wrinkles and give your skin a healthier and more radiant glow.
But the good news is that it’s not just an anti-ageing treatment. In fact, using wine residue on your skin may also help you to combat more serious skin conditions, such as acne. Again, the resveratrol plays a huge part here. The antioxidant is able to slow down the development of the bacteria that lie behind acne. Regular applications could grind this bacteria to a halt, which means that your acne starts to disappear.
Finally, you can also use a wine treatment to treat sunburned skin. This is due to the flavonoids in the wine. They can lessen the inflammatory effects of a sunburn and help to soothe the surrounding area.
The Final Word
We can honestly say that we’d never considered using Italian wine as a type of skin treatment before. But it does seem to work.
Why not try it yourself? See if you can arrange a wine therapy session and let us know about the results in the comments below.