I heard it on the grape vine…

As summer continues grape vines come to life and start to fruit. I love how rows of neat vines look in the sun, usually in some of the most picturesque locations in the country. Not to mention the cellar doors that tend to accompany them giving you a wine and culinary experience. Known as the ‘Queen of Fruits’ health benefits associated with eating grapes are numerous, as they are high in antioxidants and phyto-nutrients. Some health experts even claim that a glass of red wine a day has health benefits including reducing heart disease, cheers to that!

Besides all that eating and drinking, grapes are also excellent for the skin. The varieties in particular that are used in Eminence include, Tokay Ice Wine and Champagne. These grapes have the ability to strengthen and fortify the skin and its connective tissue, giving the skin a more toned appearance. This is also excellent for people who suffer from Couperose skin (otherwise known as Broken Capillaries) as it strengthens the capillaries in the tissue, preventing further visible flushing on the skin. Overall these little grapes are excellent for improving the appearance of youthful glowing skin. Try out the following products:

Mimosa Champagne Tonique

Champagne grapes and orange essential oils combine to tighten and detoxify the skin in this refreshing and hydrating toner. Great to use as part of a daily maintenance routine, it leaves skin feeling clean, calm and refined.

Tokay Ice Wine Masque

Packed with chunks of grapes and apple, this masque is a decadent dessert for your skin. Tokay and champagne grapes restore vitality to the skin while dessert apples tone, nourish and rejuvenate. Made with fresh juice and pulp, this cocktail of fine grapes is certain to be the toast of the town.

Quince & Ice Wine Masque

Enrich and firm your skin’s texture with the healing properties of Tokay grapes, quince and Echinacea. Ripe with antioxidants, this creamy puree restores youthful radiance and helps to calm inflammation without excessive oil.

Mimosa Body Lotion

Quench your skin’s thirst with this hydrating and rejuvenating moisturiser infused with the calming antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties found in orange essential oils. Tokay and champagne grapes detoxify and hydrate leaving you with a softer, more youthful looking skin for any occasion.

Mimosa Champagne Sugar Scrub

Champagne grapes and raw sugar cane granules combine with the amazing healing properties of oranges to help refine your skin. Antioxidant rich and infused with healing oils to make your skin sparkle with a youthful glow.

Bonus recipe ~

Non-alcoholic Sangria Punch

Ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened pure cranberry juice
2 cups unsweetened pure red grape juice
1 cup fresh unsweetened orange juice
4 cups San Pellegrino or sparkling mineral water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 large lemon – skinned and flesh chopped
1 fresh lime – skinned and flesh chopped
2 cups frozen cranberries
1 orange skinned and flesh chopped
1 cup fresh mint rustically chopped

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the San Pellegrino and the mint in the blender and pulse a few times until rustically combined.
  2. Transfer to a punch bowl.
  3. Rustically chop the mint in the mini food processor or by hand and then add to the mix.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least a few hours to allow the flavours to infuse.
  5. Just before serving, add in the San Pellegrino and give it a good stir.
  6. Serve over ice cubes and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  7. Blend, Chill and Enjoy! YUM!

Recipe courtesy of The Blender Girl through Taste.com.au

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