Throughout history, wine has been used as facial to treat skin in a natural way. For ages, homemade toners and masks with wine helped in treating skin problems, such as acne or eczema, and in exfoliation and repair of damaged skin.
The benefits of wine come from its main ingredient – grapes, which contain polyphenols, natural antioxidants which detoxify, exfoliate and soften skin, they can cool inflammation and repair damages on the surface level.
How Does It Work?
The skin of a grape contains resveratrol, a type of polyphenol found in both red and white grapes, which is beneficial to the skin and keeps it healthy. White wine ingredients ease the nerves, stimulate circulation, rejuvenate the skin and increase its elasticity, leaving it bright and glowing. Also, it can help treat acne and eczema, since it detoxifies skin and fights free radicals. White wine is beneficial to sensitive and fair skin and it tightens open pores. Here is how you can make white wine facial cleanser and toner in your own kitchen:
- 6 tbsp of white wine
- 3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
- 3 tbsp if vinegar
You will also need empty bottles (depending on the amount you want to make), and a bowl into which you can mix the ingredients.
How to Do It
Put the ingredients into a bowl, and mix them together…. And that would be all, your white wine cleanser and toner is done! Pour the mixture into a clean bottle and keep it in a cool place, such as a refrigerator. It can last up to six or eight months without going bad if you treat it properly.
How to Use It
Before applying the cleanser to your face, you should face it thoroughly with warm water. Tap the skin in order not to damage it, because hard towels can just bring more trouble than benefit. Use cotton wool or cotton balls and pour some of your white wine cleanser on it. Apply it on all areas of your face, avoiding contact with the eyes. Leave it for a few moments on your face, or just wait for it to dry. Mind that you may feel it is sticky, due to lemon! Gently rinse the cleanser off with warm water and pat dry your face again. Instead of only pre-washing your face, you can steam it as well, in order for pores to open up and allow the cleanser to work better. Afterwards, you should use your preferred moisturiser, since the skin will need to maintain water balance after the cleaning is done.
Instead of using white wine, you can use red wine, or a combination of the two. Red wine is beneficial to the oily skin and will do wonders with wrinkles, since it contains polyphenol in bigger amounts than white wine. Vinegar is good for skin exfoliation since it dissolves the ‘glue’ which holds cells of dead skin together, and it improves the look of the skin. Since vinegar is a good preservative, it will keep your sweet white wine cleanser fresh up to eight months! If you do not regular vinegar in your home, you can replace it with apple cider vinegar or red/white wine vinegar.
Wine Face Mask
You can also make your face mask, using 3 tbsp of sweet white wine, mixed with ½ tbsp of Aloe Vera gel, and 1 tbsp of honey. You can add 2 drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture. Once you mix everything together, apply it onto your face (and neck) and keep it on for 20 minutes. It will not dry! Once the time has passed, rinse the face. Aloe Vera will cool the skin and prevent excessive sebum secretion, and the wine will clean and repair your damaged skin, moisturising it without a greasy feel.
Not only can white wine help with resolving facial skin problems, but it can help with the rest of your skin as well. Especially if you have trouble with big pores and acne, white wine can help you in treating them. Also, you can treat wrinkles and fight ageing with one of the best products from nature.