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Adding booze to your beauty routine is nothing new. For centuries, women around the world have used alcohol to improve their skin, reduce redness, and prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And we’re not just talking about having an occasional glass of red wine. Applying certain types of alcohol topically has its benefits, too.
Sake, for example, which contains more amino acids than any other type of alcohol, has been known to lighten dark spots and freckles while also moisturizing the skin—Geishas used it as a skin brightener.
And since we also mentioned red wine, certain types of red wine (like Pinot Noir) are extremely rich in antioxidants, that fight damage from free radicals and, additionally, have anti-aging properties and can even be used to treat sunburn.
But don’t worry we’re not suggesting you raid your home bar. Beauty companies have done the work for us and have infused enough products with alcohol such as whiskey, champagne, and even rum. Here, we rounded up the best among them that will help you get smoother, softer, and more youthful skin.
Cuvée Beauty Champagne Spray
Regardless of your hair type, this spray will give you sexy and voluminous natural-looking waves thanks to a blend of champagne extracts that promote hair growth and shine. Bonus points—the spray is formulated without parabens and phthalates.
To buy: $45, cuveebeauty.com
Maya Chia The Optimist Hydrating Facial Essence with Sake
Enriched with fatty acids, including Sake and White Tea, this hydrating spray will give your skin a radiant and healthy-looking complexion. Use it after cleansing or over your makeup for a middle-of-the-day boost of freshness.
To buy: $58, neimanmarcus.com
Arcona Wine Oil
Resveratrol, a type of natural antioxidant compound, found in red grapes, is in what makes Arcona’s wine oil so effective on fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves the skin’s elasticity and gives it a boost of radiance.
To buy: $58, neimanmarcus.com
Dior L’Or de Vie La Lotion
Dior’s toner-lotion is infused with the very rare Yquem vine extract sourced from the sap of the world-famous Chateau d’Yquem in the Bordeaux region. It is a powerful antioxidant, which revitalizes the skin’s cells and helps it look younger and more radiant over time.
To buy: $170, neimanmarcus.com
Savor Beauty Purify Champagne Cleanser
This natural cleanser contains crushed champagne grape seeds, which gently remove dead skin cells revealing a more radiant complexion.
To buy: $52, nordstrom.com
Bröö Beer Shampoo and Conditioner
Full of B vitamins and minerals, beer (which is essentially barley and hops) moisturizes damaged hair cuticles to give you soft and shiny mane. Fortunately, this shampoo will give you all the health benefits of beer without making you smell like it, too.
To buy: $16, broo.com
Malin + Goetz Rum Hand and Body Wash
The New York-based apothecary company has created a best-selling rum-infused formula, rich in botanical amino acid proteins and glycerin, which will cleanse your body leaving your skin soft, moisturized and smelling absolutely divine.
To buy: $24, nordstrom.com
FarmHouse Fresh Bourbon Bubbler Liquor Infused Body Polish
Made with only eight ingredients among which real Kentucky whiskey and brown sugar, this gingersnap-pecan scented body scrub exfoliates your entire body while also moisturizing it thanks to its Vitamin E-rich formula.
To buy: $34, farmhousefresh.com
Boscia Sake Hydrating and Brightening Serum
If your skin needs a post-winter boost of hydration, this serum is a great starting point. Known for its brightening properties, sake, which is rich in enzymes and amino acids, reduces redness and uneven texture to give you healthier looking skin.
To buy: $50, nordstrom.com
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
The secret to SK-II’s award-winning and best-selling sheet mask is pitera, a yeast extract used in sake-making that’s rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids. It fights dullness and uneven skin tone and improves the skin’s elasticity over time.
To buy: $135/10 masks, nordstrom.com