It’s officially champagne season and we have major news—the best part of the NYE countdown also happens to be a fab beauty ingredient. That’s right, our fave holiday beverage is pulling double duty to get you glowing from head-to-toe. Read on to find out how champagne is not only good for hair and skin, but it will keep you looking your best, well after Auld Lang Syne.
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It’s full of polyphenols
Champagne is the best (clinically!) because it contains polyphenols. Defined as micronutrients, polyphenols contain antioxidant properties—meaning they are super good for you. Polyphenols pack a ton of health benefits including improvement of digestion; they are also used in the body as a natural defense against UV radiation and pathogens. And we’re happy to report polyphenols are just as beneficial in skincare and for our hair.
Acts as a toner
In fact, champagne is the toner we never knew we needed, according to the pros. “Champagne detoxifies the skin with antioxidants and lightening tartaric acid helps even out the skin tone,” Dermatologist Marina Peredo, MD, told New Beauty. “For those with oily skin, its antibacterial properties aid in leaving last year’s breakouts behind.”
Helps fight acne
To DIY your own bubbly scalp and skin toner, pop that leftover Veuve in the fridge and let chill. Next, reach for your cotton ball and give this drugstore standby the most luxurious soak of its life. Take your champagne-stewed cotton ball and blot over you facial skin—expect it to reduce inflammation and redness while fighting acne.
Detoxifies the scalp
Next, work your way up. Part hair so you can reach the scalp and work through, letting the champagne bubbles cleanse and clarify. Note-always do a patch test first before trying out something new, just to confirm this is the right treatment for you.
To really penetrate locks and get the most from this does-it-all dream drink, do a champagne hair rinse. The UV-fighting polyphenols will guard your tresses against damaging sunrays while clarifying.
Makes a great exfoliating bath
If you’re looking to go all in, and maybe you overestimated how much your guests could drink, pour your leftover bubbly into the bath. This major exfoliant will not only make you feel rich (we are literally ringing in 2018 with a champagne bath) but leave skin and hair softer and smoother.
For those who want all the benefits of champagne, but prefer not to DIY, here are our champagne-based selects for skin and hair.