Champagne isn’t just for parties and ringing in the new year. At The Spa at The Sports Club/LA in San Francisco they use bubbly to smooth, protect and brighten skin with their Champagne Facial, which was custom created for The Spa by Epicuren. Why champagne? Because of the grapes! They release skin-loving antioxidants and polyphenols.
I tried the Champagne Facial at The Spa in San Francisco and was very impressed with the results. My skin was delightfully soft and smooth and had a wonderful glow after.
Lead esthetician Kamee Rose Tong started by thoroughly but gently cleansing and exfoliating my skin. Then she massaged in a custom-blended crushed grape serum and followed up with a hydrating mask. She also steamed my skin and extracted impurities.
The facial was incredibly relaxing and really revitalized my skin. Tong says this facial is great before events, because it improves the look of the skin without spurring breakouts.
Where to Get It
The Champagne Facial ($99 for a 50-minute treatment, $120 for 80 minutes) is a special seasonal treatment that is available through the end of March exclusively at The Spa at The Sports Club/LA in San Francisco. They’re also offering an Indulgent Grape Body Wrap through the end of March.
The DIY Champagne Facial
While a professional facial is a wonderfully pampering experience, sometimes it just doesn’t fit into the budget. To do a champagne facial at home, try this recipe for a champagne mask from Heidi Braley at ehow.com.
What You’ll Need
1/4 cup champagne
2 tbs. heavy cream
4 tbs. powdered Bentonite or rhassoul or green clay
Glass mixing bowl
Measure out 4 tablespoons of powdered clay carefully into the glass mixing bowl. The clay is the ingredient that cleanses and purifies the skin. It pulls toxins and excess oils from the skin. It is the basis for the mask, as it holds the cream and champagne in suspension.
Pour in the heavy cream. The acids in the cream soften and lighten your skin, while the fats in the cream add a luxurious creaminess to the mask, keeping the clay from drying your skin. Mix it into the dry clay slowly until the clay is moistened. It will be rather dry and lumpy.
Add the champagne, and stir the mixture until it is creamy and soft. The carbonation makes the mixture light and the sweetness in the champagne softens your skin. There are antioxidants and phenolic compounds in the champagne give anti-inflammatory attributes to the facial mask.
Apply the mask immediately, before it has a chance to dry out. Smooth it over your face, avoiding your eyes, nose and mouth. Smooth it down over your neck and upper chest for a full facial and even the tops of your hands if you have enough mask mixture. This should be enough mask for one use.
Allow the champagne mask to dry for 20 minutes, then wipe off with a warm, damp washcloth. Rinse any residue left with lukewarm water.
Have you ever used champagne to beautify your skin or hair? Do you regularly go to spas for facials or do them at home? Do tell.
(This article originally appeared on Hello Beauty.)