It’s official – wine is good for your skin! But not in the way you think.

Wine can be used in skin treatmentsWe’ve heard about chocolate facials, caviar facials and even bird poo facials, and now from India we’ve heard about another skin treatment we can definitely get on board with – wine facials!

Believe it or not, wine has been in use for centuries as a topical skin care treatment. Face masks and toners made from wine have long been used to help exfoliate and improve the overall condition of the skin.

And far from being just a quirky folk remedy, there’s a sound scientific basis behind the use of wine. Bridget Jones’ favourite tipple contains a wide range of substances that can be beneficial for problem skin.

Every type of wine has a slightly different composition, and different varieties are useful for different skin complaints.

For example, dry skin may benefit from a sweet wine with plenty of sugar, which helps with water binding.

Oily and acne-prone skin, however, may be better off with red wine. This has a high concentration of the polyphenol resveratrol, which can reduce inflammation – as well as helping to prevent damage from free radicals.

For flaky skin, dry wine with its high concentration of malic, tartaric, and citric acid is likely to be the most beneficial.

How to apply the wine for best results?

To treat dry skin, mix 3 tablespoons of sweet red wine with one tablespoon of runny honey and ½ tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Mix well and apply the mixture to your face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes or so before rinsing off with warm water.

To improve oily and acne prone skin, mix 3 tablespoons of red wine with natural yogurt, and apply to your face and neck exactly as you would with a face mask. Again, rinse off after 10 minutes or so. Acne-prone skin may also benefit from using dry red wine straight from the bottle as a toner.

For sensitive skin, white wine is best. Red wine’s natural preservative tannin may be too irritating for sensitive facial skin. Simply boil up some chamomile in white wine for 10 minutes before applying to the skin as a toner.

And it’s not just your face that wine can help with. If you have dry skin on your body, mix a cup of water with a cup of dry red wine, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally over any affected areas after your bath or shower and leave for 5 minutes, before rinsing away.

If the problem is particularly severe, you can try mixing a cup of white vinegar with ¼ cup of dry white wine and adding a small amount to your bathwater.

So there you have it. If you can bear the thought of applying it externally rather than drinking it, wine can be great for your skin!