When brunch with friends turns into opened, half- empty bottles of wine, it’s time to rejuvenate your skin (and your fruit, but more on that later!). Hosting a party or trying a new wine may mean you have leftovers, but it doesn’t mean what’s left in the bottle has to go to waste. Check out these awesome ways to use wine – after or while you drink it – to improve your skin, fruit, and stains.
Wine Bath: Your skin can benefit from the same antioxidants that give red wine its high reviews among health circles. Pour your leftover merlot or cabernet sauvignon into a steamy bath for soft skin. It’s believed that the fermented grapes can firm and improve your skin’s elasticity. Pour yourself a glass, and while you’re at it, pour a glass into your bath a couple nights a week. (Tip: For best results, exfoliate your skin so the antioxidant benefits from the wine can absorb into your skin)
Wine Stain Remover: All is not lost if the red wine drinkers at your next dinner party fumble a glass. Red wine stains can be counteracted by white wine. Grab the chardonnay and let it soak in for a few minutes, then dab the stain with a clean cloth. The white wine will absorb the red color.
Skin Toner: A cocktail of a different kind can help hydrate and restore a healthy glow to your skin. Mix together two tablespoons of rose water with four teaspoons of red wine for a natural skin toner. Dab the liquid on a cotton ball and wipe onto your face each morning. The liquid will keep for up to one week.
Your leftover wine can be used in a number of ways! Create the perfect relaxing bath, cooling face mask, or just clean up after your party guests with our wine use tips.
Tipsy Pedicure: The skin on your feet will be more supple and soft after a wine bath. Mix a cup of your leftover red wine with warm water to create a luxurious foot bath. For added moisture, lather your heels in an olive oil moisturizer once you pat dry.
Cooling Mask: Summer is the perfect time to mix your red wine with aloe vera gel to create a cooling face mask. Add two tablespoons of wine to a palm-size amount of aloe and apply to your face. Before using the mask, cleanse your skin to maximize the benefits from the mask. Keep the mask on for about 10 minutes, then remove with a warm, wet washcloth for brighter, younger-looking skin.
Wine Cubes: Freeze your leftover wine (all types!) for a variety of uses. Red wine ice cubes can be used as a cooling skin treatment. Wash your face first, then use the red wine cubes as a facial treatment to help firm skin. Toss a couple white wine ice cubes into your sangria to avoid the watered down flavor, or add rosé cubes to your spritzer (2 oz. vodka, ¼ oz. simple syrup, 2 oz. Rosé, and 2 oz. club soda).