We all know the “therapeutic” effects of wine. A glass of Pinot after a hectic day is a great way to unwind and a bottle shared with girlfriends will heal you better than any therapist. However, consumption isn’t the only way that the grape can heal you.

Bathing in wine, known as Vinotherapy, offers anti-aging and detoxifying benefits. Before you pour a bottle of Merlot in your tub tonight, know that it’s actually the grape seeds and pulp that contain the antioxidants. The polyphenols in the seeds help cure sagging skin, wrinkles and sun damage.

Vinotherapy began in the 90s in Bordeaux, France where guests of the Vinothérapie Spa at Les Sources de Caudalie could soak in wine-barrel baths and be massaged with grape-seed oil. News began to spread about the anti-aging and anti-cancer properties in Vinotherapy, so this French spa patented a skincare line called Caudalie. The company has also opened facilities in Paris, California, Italy and Taiwan, and there are numerous other spas across the country that have jumped on the barrel.

I’m thinking I can create a Vinotherapy spa right in my own bathroom. I’ll buy some Caudalie products, uncork a bottle of Malbec and let the grapes get to work both inside and out.

My cup runneth over.

Weekend Guide

If you’re not going to Munich for Oktoberfest there’s no need to act like a bratwurst; plenty of bier-drinking festivals are in your own backyard. Here’s your excuse to sport that sexy little German girl costume, eat schnitzel and drink Pilsner and with the boys. Prost!

Event: Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest
When: Thursday, September 24 – Saturday, September 26
What: Bratwurst eating contest, sauerkraut, Kick the Keg Lottery for free beer, a pig roast, live music and giveaways.

Event: 40th Anniversary Oktoberfest Denver | 20th – 22nd Streets on Lamar Street
When: Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27
What: Chicken dance contest, German bands, a karneval and the Hustle Hoff – a 10k run for those who don’t consume too many pints of Dunkel Wiess.

Stowe, VT
Event: Stowe Oktoberfest | Jackson Arena
When: Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27
What: Oompah bands, the opening parade, freshly brewed Vermont beers, raffles, bands, Bavarian desserts and plenty of activities for the kinderplatz.

New York City
Event: Zum Schneider Indoor Bavarian Biergarten Oktoberfest
When: Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, October 11
What: Four different original Bavarian Oktoberfest beers on tap, Lederhosen, German band Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJas, giant sausage platters and Riesen Wies’n Brezen…whatever that is.

The Woodlands, TX
Event: The Woodlands Rotary Oktoberfest | Town Green Park
When: Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27
What: Opening keg-tapping ceremony at 11AM, juggling, Cloggers Unlimited, a yodeling contest, German dancers, strudel and two-fisted Oktoberfest pretzels.

Spa Week in Allure

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Check us out in the October issue of Allure!

Crazy Eights

I have an ongoing battle between cardio and strength training. More and more studies suggest that strength training is more effective for toning and weight loss. I try to do both at the gym just so all of my bases are covered.

Then I came across this new aerobic machine that promises to give you a workout that encompasses both cardio and weight training. The Helix is different than your average treadmill, elliptical and stair climber because it works your inner and outer thighs, instead of just the front and back of your legs. The figure 8 motion helps you reach more target areas, while you get your heart rate up with cardio.

I watched the video and this machine looks a little confusing at first, but I think ultimately once I got in the groove I would seriously feel the burn.

I’ve seen some crazy cardio machines, but I think the Helix takes the flourless, sugar-free cake.

Zoot Shoe Riot

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In a perfect world, we would come home after our workouts and get a foot massage from a sexy Argentine fútbol star. Since that world doesn’t exist (yet), we have to settle with Zoot Recovery Sandals. Warning: these are not your grandmother’s orthopedics.

Some shoes claim to mold to your feet, but Zoot is the real deal. You pop these puppies in the oven for three minutes, then slip your feet in and stand still for two minutes. The results? Perfectly molded sandals that help cool your feet and reduce swelling after tireless hours on your toes. The special footbed eases pressure and supports the arch, so you can feel like your walking on clouds.

Maybe heaven is a place on earth.