Few things are more luxurious than a trip to the spa while sipping a glass of champagne. If you’re like most people, time constraints and the cost hinder your ability to visit quite as often as you would like. While giving yourself a massage at home might be tricky, Birchbox recently showed us how replicate Caudalie’s signature Vinotherapie manicure – which costs $85 (plus tax and tip) – with a few simple ingredients.
I’m calling this the champagne manicure because Caudalie (a French skincare brand) is known for using both grapes and wine during their spa treatments. For this manicure, we will use just a sip (though who I am to discourage you to go for a full on foot soak?) as a toner for the hands.
Nine steps for a manicure may seem like a lot, but taking the time to pamper yourself will be well worth it, and your hands will look and feel fresh and baby soft. Santé!
Step 1: Wash and dry your hands. Cut and file your nails, and gently push back your cuticles with an orange stick.
Step 2: Here’s where the vinotherapy comes in – champagne! Pour yourself a glass, saving at least a sip. Soak a cotton ball in the champagne and run onto each nail and cuticle, your hands, and up your arms. This acts as a toner.
Step 3: Slice a fresh red grape in half. Using half of the grape on each side, rub the juice over your nails, cuticles, hands and arms again to sooth your skin.
Step 4: Massage an exfoliating scrub (I love the Facial for Hands Glycolic Scrub from Julep Maven) onto your hands and arms, concentrating on rough spots like your elbows, and use a hot towel to wipe it off.
Step 5: Apply a rich lotion to hands, arms and cuticles. Stretch your fingers out by gently pulling on each one and finish by pressing down on each nail with a fingertip to increase blood flow.
Step 6: Massage your palm and apply pressure to your thumb muscle (with your other thumb) since this is where a lot of stress in the hand is carried. Flex your hand backwards and forward. Run your thumb up the muscle of the inner arm on the opposite side of your body. Stop when you reach the elbow.
Step 7: Take a deep moisturizing mask (yes, one that you would use on your face) and apply it to your hands. Wrap with a fresh towel, saran wrap, or plastic bags to help retain heat and help the product soak into skin.
Step 8: Drape a hot towel spritzed with essential oil such as lavender, chamomile, or peppermint, around your neck. Kick back and relax for a few minutes.
Step 9: After seven to ten minutes have passed, wipe the mask off and apply lotion again to your skin to seal in hydration. Wipe your nails clean and apply your favorite polish!