Autumn, time for grapes, harvest and new wine. A fruit that is good to eat and drink, but also precious for the skin. Yes, because its benefits are proven by numerous scientific studies, started by testing the bunches of the French wine area of Bordeaux. And since the 1990s, research has given substance to the first grape-based therapies. But what are the effects on the skin?
Wine therapy has a anti-aging effect due to the antioxidant properties of linoliic acid, and of polyphenols and bioflavonoids contained in grape skins and seeds. Furthermore stimulates the microcirculation e strengthens the walls of the capillaries. It is thanks to these characteristics that it is also used in Spa for face and body treatments. How? The protagonists are the grape seeds (grape seeds) squeezed in the form of oil, the peels, the leaves and stalks in the form of pomace for wraps. This elixir of well-being is mainly obtained from red grapes, where the resveratrol: a substance capable of counteract free radicals and strengthen the capillary walls. Make way for Bacchus then! For those who love wine, some treatments also combine the tasting of a glass. But wine therapy is also good for those who are teetotal: in fact, pomace and grape seeds and no alcohol end up on the skin! Here are some treatments to do in the Spa now.
Brunello ritual in Tuscany
In the heart of the Val d’Orcia, in Tuscany, the Adler Spa Resort Thermae in Bagno Vignoni (Si) dominates, also equipped with a family estate that produces organic wines. We are in the land of great wines such as Brunello di Montalcino and Montepulciano, and can also be seen in the Spa menu. This is the case of the Rito del Brunello, a 75-minute treatment consisting of a massage with grape seed oil from Sangiovese grapes and a bath with the scent of grapes. Ideal for couples, the ritual ends with relaxation on a water mattress enlivened by a glass of Brunello wine and a tasting of local cheeses.
Bath in the tub in Umbria
On the top of a hill near Todi (Pg), in Umbria, is the Relais Todini, a charming refuge born around the Todini family’s wine estate, with 70 hectares of vineyards. If love for this land and its delicious nectar is the historical vocation of the relais, hospitality and well-being are the natural consequence. Inside the structure there is in fact the Skin & Co Spa where you can try the bath with wine extracts in the wooden tub-tub overlooking the vineyards. The treatment is enriched by a tasting of wine from the Todini Winery.
Immersion among the seeds of Freisa grapes in Lombardy
Surrounded by vineyards and cultivated fields in the nature of the Ticino park, Cascina Caremma stands in Besate (Mi), one of the wellness farms in Lombardy. This delightful farm with farm, has created a wellness center in the old barn, where treatments are made using the ingredients of its own production. This is the case of the grapes of the Freisa vines, whose seeds are used in the pine wood tubs for a warm immersion with draining and antioxidant benefits. And to enhance the effects with a fragrant exfoliating self-massage, during the treatment you will have cotton bundles filled with pomace.
Grappatherapy in Piedmont
The name can be misleading, evoking alcoholic vapors and copper stills. These elements are also present in the beautiful cellars of the Berta family distillery, where even the barrels in which the grappa rests enjoy chromotherapy and classical music. In reality, the benefits are the same as those of wine therapy, but the pomace is the one from which the grappa is distilled. We are in Mombaruzzo (At) in the Monferrato hills where the historic distillery receives the pomace to obtain its renowned and award-winning grappas. A part of these ends up in the underground spa of Villa Prato, the family relais obtained from a beautifully restored eighteenth-century residence. Here, between brick arches and niches, the peels and seeds are used for grappherapy treatments. To try is the sugar and grape seed oil-based scrub that prepares the skin for subsequent treatments by eliminating toxins. This can be combined with the grape seed oil massage which makes the skin more compact and luminous, and the draining pack with pomace and algae mud.
Grape seed pack on hot stone in South Tyrol
It dominates the historic center of Fiè allo Sciliar (Bz) with its five towers that dot a 13th century fairytale structure. The Romantik Hotel Turm is a jewel in historical colors where you can breathe history and art at every corner, between natural rock walls, arched passages and winding stairs where you can admire ancient statues and works of contemporary art (from Picasso to Dalì ). Here excellence is expressed in every field, from starred cuisine to wine production, small but of quality among the steep vines of Maso Grottner. And well-being is the spearhead with many suggestive environments, such as those carved into the rock. Here, in the soft light of candles, a wine therapy ritual is also carried out, which begins with a peeling of grapeseed and clay on a warm stone bed. Then you enter the warm and fragrant water of the copper tub, where you can relax while sipping a glass of South Tyrolean Lagrein. And finally, the moment comes for a massage based on grapeseed oil that leaves the skin velvety and radiant. A pleasure to be experienced even as a couple.