Vinotherapy, a late trend in spa treatments, uses grape mixtures to soothe skin and slow the aging process.
Vinotherapy has a strong base in scientific research. Wine grapes are the perfect fruit for skin conditioning, as they are very high in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols and resveratol. Polyphenols are a type of flavonoid with potent antioxidant abilities, capable of protecting the body from damage by oxidizing free radicals. In grapes, polyphenols are concentrated in the skins, seeds, and stems, exactly the parts used in vinotherapy. Another type of flavonoid found in wine grapes is resveratol. Resveratol, with its antifungal properties, is found in greater concentrations in grapes grown in cool, moist regions.
First, the grape mixture is dried, and then ground to a fine pulp. Because certain substances in the grapes may cause irritation when in contact with the natural yeast on human skin, other natural products are added. The pulp is rubbed into the skin. It is said to have excellent exfoliating qualities and help reduce the problems associated with ageing.