In 1990 Professor Vercauteren of the University of Bordeaux took a tour of a French winery run by Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas.
It was during this tour that the professor came to learn at the end of harvest grape seeds were being discarded though they still were ripe with antioxidant properties. Polyphenols known for their priceless and powerful anti-aging benefits for the skin were found thriving in grape seed.
Using his new found knowledge and pairing with Caudalie and the Faculty of Pharmaceuticals of Bordeaux University the professor broke ground in applying the grape’s antioxidant-rich properties to spa treatments.
Consequently, Caudalie trademarked the word Caudalie Vinotherapie® and introduced a line of high-end products rich in wine and grapeseed oil.
Cabernet Organic Nail Spa followed in kind to this naturopathic method to remove free radicals and revitalize aging skin through the powers of antioxidants. We now share this treatment line with the world through FionaMD. Beauty treatments are ever evolving and there is no better way to experience then in luxury at a professional spa. Since its birth in France Vinotherapy spas have been appearing from Spain and England to Manhattan and San Francisco. Men and Women are enjoying their Resveratrol fix both in their glass and on their skin.
So many new cosmetic lines are offering Vino at home and in spas specializing in facials, massages and whole body soaks. But, FionaMD is the first exclusive provider of Manicure and Pedicure Vinotherapy treatments overseen by a true naturopathic doctor. While a glass of red wine a day has proven to be heart healthy, regulate blood sugar, and fight of sickness (even cancer!) research has found that the same properties can also be absorbed topically through the skin. Bath of red wine with lunch anyone?
Polyphenols keep blood vessels active and flexible which can prevent a host of foot problems such as, neuropathy, varicose veins and even diabetic ulcers. Piceatannol is a compound created in our bodies when resveratrol a primary antioxidant in wine is broken down. Studies show that piceatannol actually binds to insulin receptors in immature fat cells inhibiting their growth, so not only is vinotherapy relaxing but you may come out slimmer too!
Studies have shown the Resveratrol is no slacker either, not only is the antioxidant packed chemical great at boosting brain power but it has been shown to fight infection and boost immunities against free radicals. Even those thought to be cancer causing. Scientists at the University of Virginia have dosed human cancer cells with resveratrol and found that the compound inhibited the key action of a cancer-feeding protein. It's no secret that wine ages the most gracefully, but did you know it shares the fountain of youth? At the annual conference of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C. Dr. Richard A. Baxter told colleagues that the newest anti-aging trick for men and women is red wine. During the fermentation process the skin and seeds of the grape are kept in tact (unlike grape juice) which increases the amount of age fighting antioxidants significantly.
Studies show that red wine stimulation increases blood circulation which will give your skin a healthy glow. There are also good studies on the reduction of actinic keratoses (precancerous skin lesions) with the inclusion of red wine. Even diseases of the elderly such as diabetes, cancer and Alzheimers are in decline amongst people who incorporate wine into their regular routine. And if that weren't enough, stress reduction is a huge part of aging gracefully and who could be stressed with a wine bath, massage and a perfect polish finish with FionaMD?