Alcohol is the base of many skincare products, so it is only natural that spirits and wine are being incorporated into massages, body wraps and scrubs at spas around the world.
“Alcoholic substances have nourishing, moisturizing and skin health-boosting properties,” says dermatologist Dr. Rachael Burns.
Resveratrol in red wine has anti-aging properties, with antioxidants that replenish and revitalize the skin while inhibiting the development of excess pigmentation. Used on the skin, wine has toning, hydrating and regenerating qualities.
“Grape seeds…contain vitamin C and vitamin E oil, which deeply moisturize the skin and flush out lingering toxins,” says Dr. Burns. In 1999, Les Sources de Caudalie, Caudalie’s first vinotherapy spa, opened on the grounds of Bordeaux icon Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Founded by Bertrand and Mathilde Thomas, the daughter of Smith Haut Lafitte’s owners, it was designed around a hot spring found more than 1,600 feet underground at the heart of the property.
Stateside in Reno, Nevada, guests can enjoy a Chardonnay grapeseed oil massage and Cabernet body wrap at Peppermill Reno’s Spa Toscana.
“Chardonnay grapeseed oil contains large amounts of linoleic acid, which is a strong antioxidant, and a key player in the treatment of dermatitis, acne and eczema,” Dr. Burns says.
Liquor can also be used in spa treatments. Agave, the plant used to produce tequila, helps heal cuts, burns and rashes, with antioxidant, anti-aging and moisturizing properties. It can act as an astringent to remove excess oil, sebum and dirt from the skin.
“Agave is an antibacterial agent and reduces the presence of harmful bacteria,” says Dr. Burns. “It is full of iron and vitamins A, B, B2, C and E that limit irritation and tone the skin.”
The Punta Mita Tequila Stone Massage at Apuane Spa at the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, Mexico, infuses tequila with locally sourced sage oil that is massaged into the body with hot stones to stimulate blood circulation and ease muscle tension.
Beer is used in spa treatments as well. At the Esperanza Resort Luxury Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Brew and Renew Facial combines Mexican craft beer with Baja lime juice and egg whites to refine pores while tightening and lifting the skin for a healthy glow.
“Beer yeast increases skin elasticity for an anti-aging effect and reduces acne flare-ups by suppressing the skin’s production of sebum,” says Dr. Burns.
This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine. Click here to subscribe today!