We've long been aware that a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart, but we've only just discovered its anti-aging benefits. As if we needed another reason to drink! Network partner Beauty Secrets Revealed informs us that red wine is chock full of key antioxidants, minerals, and something called Reservatrol that keep us, ahem, well-preserved. This cocktail of youth preservers is primarily found in red grapes, blueberries, and cranberries, and its benefits include, "anti-cancer, antiviral, neuroprotective, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and cardioprotective effects." So should we be swilling the stuff left and right? After all, heavy drinking isn't exactly a recipe for aging gracefully, as photos of many a washed up old movie star three times rehabbed can attest. According to BSR, just a glass will do ya, so take it easy.
If you want to go beyond just ingesting the stuff, it seems a variety of skincare companies have caught on to the benefits of grapes and berries and offer topical products touting the same benefits. Grapeseed extract can now be found in the products of many organic lines. The most well known of these is Caudalie, a skincare line based entirely on the virtues of the grape. It's practically an institution in France (and we're forever trying to demystify the French woman's certain je ne sais quoi). Back in '93 at a vineyard in Bordeaux, a certain Professor Vercauteren told owners Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas that the grape seeds they were throwing away post-harvest were actually "the most powerful free radical traps in the plant world."
They set to work to stabilize polyphenols (the key antioxidants) to render them effective on the skin, create a whole range of products and eventually open a Vinotherapie Spa, the first of its kind. Subsequent spas followed in Europe, and a stateside version arrived this year, housed in New York's Plaza Hotel. What exactly do the treatments entail? Think lounging in a jacuzzi, slathered in grape residue as your skin soaks up the youth juice, followed by a honey and wine wrap and sipping special teas. We haven't tried it ourselves so we can't tell you whether it works or not, but such a decadent, relaxing retreat would probably take years off our lives.
This innovative use of grapeseed has inspired other companies to explore its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and protective properties. Grapeseed extract has now become a key ingredient in the skincare ranges of Origins, Laura Mercier, Dr. Brandt, L'Occitane, and several others. Look for it on your next Sephora binge.