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By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

When we were younger, we learned that an apple a day could keep the doctor away. As we got a little older, we learned that wine could do more than just relax us during first dates. Wine can keep our hearts healthy, our meals tasty, and more surprisingly, our skin glowing. Now, New Yorkers can reap the benefits of Vinotherapy at Delluva Spa and learn even more reasons why ‘in vino veritas.’

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Wine Fact #1: Delluva is opening just in time for Valentine’s Day. Wine has always played a vital role in all things sophisticated and romantic and the spa has always been one of the best places in which to get relaxed and rejuvenated. Delluva combines these two indulgences at the first Vinotherapy day spa to open in New York. Although vinotherapy has been around for many years, originating in France and popular in places like California and South Africa, Delluva is the first spa in Manhattan to fashion its products and services exclusively with vinotherapy. If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate this holiday o’ love, take advantage of one of three special gift packages running throughout the month of February and let the expert spa sommeliers pamper you with treatments from categories such as Full-Bodied, Smooth Finish, and Tasting Menu. Packages can include massages, body exfoliations, mani/pedi’s, and of course – wine!

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Wine Fact #2: Wine is still for drinking, not for soaking in. While you may find yourself immersed in a bath of what looks like wine during your Delluva hydrotherapy treatment, you’re not actually soaking in your favorite bottle of Pinot Noir. Vinotherapy consists of skin care products and treatments derived from the by-products of grapes and the winemaking process consisting of grape seeds, grape seed extracts, husks, grape-seed oil and vine leaf extracts.

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Wine Fact #3: Wine can clear up acne. Diane Hanson, the founder of Delluva Vinotherapy Spa and a licensed esthetician, spent years researching and exploring the world for new solutions to common skincare issues, most notably – acne. By discontinuing her use of harsh prescriptions and drying agents and replacing her regiment with the hydrating vinotherapy products she discovered, Hanson was able to keep her skin nourished and acne-free. The antioxidants found in the ingredients of the TheraVINE products she uses are up to 20 times more effective than vitamin C and up to 50 times more effective than vitamin E. TheraVINE™, a skin care line from the Cape winelands area of South Africa, makes its North American Debut at Delluva. The product line obtains its grape-derived ingredients from the South African indigenous Pinotage cultivar, but also from different grape cultivars such as Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Wine Fact #4: Wine won’t turn your skin blue. In fact, by using skincare products made from the remnants of the wine-making process, skin can actually become lighter. According to Diane Hanson, the grape seed oil and grape skins, along with stems and seeds, can all work together to provide a lightening effect to skin, lifting the melanin from dark circles and age spots.

Vinotherapy is a new and exciting development in skincare and a Delluva Spa experience is sure to be like no other. For more information and details on special Valentine’s Day packages, visit www.delluvaspa.com.

Delluva Vinotherapy Day Spa and Spa Boutique
152 Franklin Street – Ground Floor
212-937-7757

Originally published February 2007
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