While Indians get the best out of their fruit by putting it on the inside, the French are not so sure. They’d rather take their fruit therapy on the outside. In fact, people come from all over the world to this vinotherapy centre in Bordeaux to soak up the goodness of grapes.
Everyone wants to look and feel younger, and the French believe that vinotherapy is the secret to eternal youth. Perhaps a ‘crushed cabernet scrub’ will turn back the clock.
Apparently the phytochemicals in grapes are excellent for exfoliation and help to detoxify the body at the same time. Blood circulates around your body more vigorously thanks to grape power.
Taking a swim in your grape juice instead of drinking it is the best wrinkle remedy in town. The secret actually lies in the grape seed. It’s the polyphenols that get in through your skin and help your body fight off all those nasty free radicals.
Polyphenols extracted from the grape seeds are added to hot mineral water in the luxurious spas at the health centre. Just sit back, relax and let nature do her job. These wine barrel spas are very popular, with their iron-enriched waters, grape seed extracts and aromatic essential oils. Sure beats taking a vitamin supplement to fight those free radicals.
This is food for the skin. Anything you put onto your skin – the largest organ in your body – is absorbed into the bloodstream. In fact, your skin will eat sixty per cent of anything you smear onto it, so you’d better make it wholesome.
Customers at the centre have a number of grape-based therapies to choose from. There’s the ‘Pulp Friction’, where fresh grapes are mixed with essential oils and massaged into the skin. Perhaps a sauvignon massage or a merlot wrap is more to your palate.
Experts at the centre say that grape seed polyphenols are a thousand times more effective than vitamin E in the fight against free radicals.
All this pampering and nourishment can sure take it out of you. Visitors take a break by indulging in lunch and experiencing the grape in a rather more traditional manner.
You can even take a little bit of the vinotherapy centre away with you to enjoy the medicinal properties of grapes in the comfort of your own home – the perfect way to end a hard day’s soak!