The enjoyment of wine without a single sip
La Rioja may be known for many things, but if something takes the biscuit in this northern community of Spain it is wine. So when the French in Bordeaux invented beauty therapies using the liquid of the god Bacchus as the main element, La Rioja decided that they could also jump on the bandwagon of treatments featuring wine.
Wine therapy is based on the antioxidant properties of wine and polyphenols, molecules with the ability to neutralize free radicals. These are responsible for cell oxidation, i.e. aging. So the idea is that skin application of the best Riojas can prevent growing older as much as delighting the palate.
A good treatment in this new technique should start with complete exfoliation to remove dead skin, dilated pores and to prepare the body to receive the wine. This part should be done with the grape seeds and the oils taken from them. Alternatively, cover the body with red grape extract plus seed oil and clay and then wrap the body in a blanket to keep the body temperature stable and the mixture constant for about 40 minutes.
Hotels and some houses in La Rioja offer such therapies for their guests. The community of La Rioja also markets a number of products made with grape as a base, giving treatments with antioxidant and anti-free radical activity that can be purchased on-line. In case you do not want to go to spas and want to enjoy wine at home without using a glass.
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