DIY Beauty: Sparkling beauty with Champagne

Should you like having Champagne as part of the festive celebrations, you might want to consider putting aside some amount of it for your skin because according to the Los Angeles Times, the sparkling wine has clinical merit and is beneficial for beauty. This is because of the antioxidants in the grape seed extract, which are said to be 20 to 50 times more powerful than vitamin C and vitamin E. Not only that, the grape seed extract protects the skin’s vital collagen and elastin from environmental free radicals and oxidative stress.

Able to even out skin tone and provide a radiant glow
I haven’t tried using Champagne on my skin but many of you may have caught Michelle Phan’s Champagne Skin Care Celebration earlier in the year. According to Michelle, the antioxidants from the fermented grapes fight free radicals and the tartaric acid which is a by product from the fermentation process, helps lighten and even out the texture and tone of the skin.  At the same time, the carbon dioxide or bubbles helps constrict pores, making your skin feel tight and provides that radiant glow.

Use it as a DIY toner
In Michelle’s video, she used the Champagne as a toner. It’s really easy as you only need to soak your cotton pad into a dish filled with the sparkling wine and then wipe it on your entire face. After that, there is no need to rinse off but instead, you can follow on your with usual moisturizing and skin care routine.

Alcohol content can be drying
Do note that Champagne contains about 8 to 14% alcohol and even though it is from the fermentation of the grapes, the alcohol is still drying and may not work for all skin types.  This is probably why Michelle suggested this treatment for normal to oily skin. Even then, I would suggest that you only use this sparingly, on occasions when Champagne is in abundance perhaps.

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  1. Raelynn says

    Interesting concept, it’s like how wine is full of anti oxidant benefits! But I would like to mention that just like different price range wines use different standard of grapes, perhaps in order to really make use of the goodness of the champagne , it is best to use one that is not too cheapo either. I’ve came across am article that mentions the amount of anti oxidant in expensive wines are far higher than low budget ones simply because of the quality of the grapes used.

    I wonder if the properties will still be there if the champagne has been opened for some time…

    Pity the alcohol problem though, maybe naturally lower alcohol content wines and champagnes can be used. If you can find it of course!

    • sesame says

      You’re right about the quality and I think the bottle would state the amount of alcohol if I’m not wrong.

  2. MiuMiu says

    It can sound like a luxury treatment, but… Why not to use a toner instead, that’s actually designed for your skin with antioxidants and other types of goodness for your skin. Anything with berry (raspberry, blueberry, cranberry) extracts is full of antioxidants. Less the alcohol. Just a thought.

    • sesame says

      Your point is valid! I think perhaps the idea is for those who prefer DIY stuff rather than commercial products. To me, it’s more of a novelty.

  3. JackieA says

    How decadent to use champagne! Being so expensive, I would venture to try this on the sly if there ever is a bottle hanging around the fridge…Thank you for this interesting article!

    • sesame says

      Haha…I agree it’s decadent so probably not to buy one just for the purpose but rather when you have some to spare. 😉

  4. says

    That’s very interesting. But I feel it is slightly over the top to use champagne. Agree that I would only try it if I happen to have champagne to spare. haha.

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