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Vinotherapy - The Fountain of Youth

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  • Publish Date: Mar 16, 2010

Like drinking wine? Then how about using it in your next bubble bath? Well, more accurately using its remnants: the skins, seeds and pulp. These bi-products of the winemaking process have become the hot, new, sought-after ingredients to integrate into your next spa experience. Welcome to vinotherapy.

The practice of vinotherapy originated at the Château Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, France. Joseph Vercauteren, a local pharmacology professor, was appalled to see the château throwing out tons of seeds and skins. The professor was in the midst of filing patents on skin care products that use grape seed oils. So he gathered up the discarded remnants and set to creating a line of skin care products. Now California has gotten on the vinotherapy bandwagon, with Davi, a similar line of skin care products founded by the grandson of Robert Mondavi.

Why grapes? Well, packed in the seeds, skins and juice of grapes are extremely high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols that heal skin damage and improve small blood vessel circulation. They also have anti-aging and detoxifying benefits.

There are a couple of different ways to experience vinotherapy. Start slow with a gentle grape seed lotion massage or a Chardonnay sugar scrub. If you really get into the wine thing, you will end up relaxing in a barrel of bubbling waters spiked with Cabernet or soaked in an aromatic blend of grape syrups, juices, and pips (seeds) in no time.

To learn more about the source of vinotherapy, go to, or to see the California-born product line go to

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