Vinotherapy is a beauty therapy process using wine grapes.
Vinotherapy, also written “Vinotherapie” describes a beauty therapy process where the residue of wine making (the pips and pulp) are rubbed into the skin. The pulp is said to have excellent exfoliating qualities and help reduce the problems associated with aging.
Wine therapy is the latest discovery in the field of aesthetics and well-being. The therapy “exploits the benefits of grape marc (the remains after the juice is pressed out to create wine), grape must, grape seeds and wine.” Customers are bathed (la bainéothérapie) in “naturally hot” water mixed with extracts of wine and grapes, including the skin, pulp and seeds. The wine bath drains the skin of impurities by increasing circulation and “battles effectively against ageing.”
Wine grapes are the perfect fruit for skin conditioning, as they are very high in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols and resveratol.
Over the centuries, wine has been used as an antiseptic and a sedative to alleviate depression, hypertension, gout and rheumatism. Julius Caesar recommended wine for his troops to increase strength and prevent dysentery.
Recent studies suggest the compound resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, might have important anti-aging properties.