Napa Valley’s tiniest treasures-grapes and olives-offer some pretty big payoffs for your skin. Get glowing with these vineyard-inspired, at-home spa treatments.
“When applied topically, grapes deliver high levels of antioxidants that help wage war against the free radicals that attack your skin and cause premature aging,” says Ariel Ostad, M.D., a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Plus, their high fructose content helps bind moisture to the skin. Honey is a natural humectant with antibacterial properties, so it can help prevent blemishes without zapping precious moisture. Chloe Crockett, lead aesthetician at the Kenwood Inn and Spa in California’s Sonoma County, utilizes vinotherapy (spa lingo for the use of ingredients derived from grapes, grape seeds, or red wine) in several of her treatments. She suggests trying this facial once a week before bedtime-it’s good for all skin types.
alpha-hydroxy acid) and the juice of half a lemon (it acts as an astringent and helps sop up excess oil).
1. In a small bowl, crush five red grapes with a fork. (The rich purple skins of red grapes contain more of the antioxidant resveratrol than those of green grapes, says Crockett.)
2. Add a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of flour to help bind and solidify the mixture. If your T-zone is shiny by midday, add two strawberries (they contain smoothing
3. Use your fingers to spread the mixture onto a clean face, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse well.