Skin Care Benefits of Leftover Champagne
Red wine is more popularly known for its health and skincare benefits than champagne. But, the bubbly favorite has also been shown to result to multiple health benefits too. So, if leftover champagne from the holidays has left you puzzled about what to do with those expensive bubblies, do not throw them away just yet.
Champagne contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps prevent blood clots and therefore facilitates the optimal flow of fluids and oxygen in the body. This benefits the heart and the rest of your body, and yes, including your skin. By making sure that nutrient-rich blood and oxygen reach all corners of your body, every cell in your body, including your skin, are powered and fueled up with all the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy.
But, wait! There are more skin benefits that can be derived from champagne! Check out some ideas about how you can use those leftover champagne to make your skin beautiful and looking glamorous instead.
How to Incorporate Champagne In You Skincare Routine?
What makes champagne good whether it is taken in as a drink or applied topically on your skin are polyphenols. These are antioxidants that have been proven by numerous scientific studies to help skin capture and retain moisture better, and stimulate skin cell repair. Polyphenols also acts as a natural sunscreen and, like other antioxidants, also help protect skin from the damaging effects of free radicals.
In fact, your regular, commercially available facial cleansers, exfoliants, lotions, face masks and event anti-aging serums are formulated with polyphenols mostly in the form of green tea extracts and olive oils. Champagne is also packed with Vitamins C and E which, combined with polyphenols, gives champagne a full packed punch to protect skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. Therefore, if you have those half empty bottles of champagne anyway, better set them up for good use.
The rich antioxidant content of champagne makes it great for toning skin. This bubbly drink also contains tartartic acid which, along with glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid, are classified as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). Tartaric acid unclog pores and lifts up dead skin cells and eliminates them from skin. Simultaneously, by doing so, it facilitates the surfacing of new skin while also stimulating collagen and elastin production deep into the skin.
The combination of antioxidant, alcohol and tartaric acid content of champagne gives this bubby favorite its antiseptic and antibacterial properties which makes it a great skincare regimen for people with acne problems.
Below are three ways by which you can incorporate champagne in your daily skincare routine.
Use champagne as a facial toner. After thoroughly cleansing your skin. Take a cotton ball and soak it in champagne. Gently swipe in upwards direction on skin. You’ll notice how your cotton ball becomes soiled with just a few strokes. This is a good indication that your champagne toner is working just great! To enhance your champagne toner, add in cucumber juice. Cucumber has natural whitening properties like citrus fruits but, won’t dry out your skin like citrus fruits do. This will give your skin the added benefit of brightening your overall complexion while also lightening acne marks and dark spots.
Use champagne as a facial scrub. Pour leftover champagne in a small tea cup until a third of the cup is filled. Add in two tablespoons of unrefined brown sugar. Apply the mixture on skin using small, circular motion. As you massage, all those excess oils, dirt, and dust that clog up your pores are pulled and rolled up with the mixture. Moreover, massaging stimulates blood vessels underneath your skin for better fluid and oxygen circulation which, in turn speeds up skin’s ability to replace lost collagen. Keep massaging for a good 15 minutes before rinsing off completely. For best results, follow through with a good moisturizer of your choice.
Use champagne as an exfoliating mask. Combine one-third cup of champagne with the same amount of honey and cucumber. Give the mixture a good stir. After cleansing your face thoroughly with a soap-free facial cleanser (or even a champagne cleanser!), use massaging motion to apply the mixture. Keep massaging for a few more minutes and then just leave on for about 30 minutes before rinsing off completely.
Just remember, champagne contains alcohol. You don’t want want it anywhere near your eyes. Also, you should only use these champagne-infused skincare formulations up to twice weekly as it can dry out your skin.
While you’re at it and enjoying getting hooked with these new ideas to make your skin benefit from champagne, you might also want to make a little bit of champagne part of your weekly diet from now on. Pop up a bottle of champagne over the weekend and enjoy a sip or two with friends and loved ones.
Keep in mind that there are better uses for leftover champagne than just flushing it down the drain. It’s best to get the best out of champagne ingested and applied on your skin.