Photo courtesy of Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa
“After a transatlantic flight, changing climates (in favor of the sun-drenched), and too little water, my usually problem-free skin was not so unexpectedly dehydrated and boasting an oily T-zone, clogged pores on my chin, and breakouts on my forehead. Settling on the 50-minute Vinosource Facial Treatment, I was promised that it would nourish my moisture-deprived skin and restore radiance to it. “Every change of season we need to rebalance our skin after travel, stress, and winter and remove the dead cells,” says Régine Berthelot, treatment manager at Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa. “Vinosource treatment normalizes the skin, so you’re ready for the next season and can go back to whatever skin routine or concern you want to target afterward.” From the moment you slip into a bathrobe, take a sip of the red vine leaf tea with a dash of cinnamon (that helps blood circulation, improves digestion, and helps eliminate water retention), and proceed to one of the treatment rooms, you are instantly transported to the vineyard in South of France where the miracle properties of the grapes, upon which the brand is based, were discovered.
After discussing my skin concerns with my Vinotherapist, Oksana, I climbed into the massage bed, heated, nonetheless, to get the body in its most relaxed state. Oksana began by gently removing my makeup and then proceeded to cleanse, exfoliate, and tone my skin using all Caudalie products. “Most of our products use the grape seed oil that’s rich in vitamin E and omega-6, very rich and nourishing ingredients,” says Berthelot. While a machine misted steam, my face and neck were treated to several serums, a beauty elixir, and grape water. The highlight of the treatment came after Oksana performed a light extraction targeted at my clogged pores and breakouts. Using fresh grapes cut in half, she massaged my face using circular strokes. “Grapes help your moisture, and are super hydrating and have a mild exfoliation effect because of the fruit acid, so it’s super gentle and good for all skin types,” says Berthelot. The “grape modelage” was then followed by a long, and relaxing, sculpting massage that extended to the face, neck, hands, and feet, and almost left me asleep.
Oksana secured the hydration with the application of an ultra-moisturizing mask, and the session ended with an application of more moisturizing products, lip balm, and a tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone. In addition to leaving my skin feeling saturated with moisture, the facial left my body and mind divinely relaxed. It only further helped my tranquil state of mind when I was offered a glass of red (made from the same vineyard grapes used in the products) in the wine lounge where I continued to rest at afterward. The biggest surprise took place when I looked in the mirror following the treatment. Typically following a facial, my skin turns red and a little blotchy in the areas where the extractions occurred. Instead, my skin looked absolutely flawless and incredibly radiant to the point where I went makeup-free for the rest of the day.” —Irina Grechko, digital content editor