champagne chem layout

Happy New Years Eve! Before the excitement of tonight’s festivities begin I thought I’d share your daily does of chemistry. Champagne is consumed in mass quantities during this holiday. But did you know that its chemical properties allow it to be an effective and luxurious addition to your beauty routine.

Champagne is produced through fermentation, where yeast eats up the sugars (fructose and glucose) found in grape juice to to produce ethanol and carbon dioxide. Contrary to common belief the alcohol (40-60%) that’s used in most toners and astringents are not drying, so the 14% alcohol content of champagne will not be drying to your skin either. Between the ethanol and the carbon dioxide bubbles this beverage can serve as a great toner for your skin, by removing toxins and dirt, hydrating your skin and providing a cleansing and bubbly feeling after it’s applied. Since this is a pricey DIY product I would recommend using a small amount of champagne on a cotton ball or pad apply it to your face and then sip on the rest of the bottle while getting ready for the night. Beauty guru Michelle Phan does a great job at explaining this in further detail  in her video.

So enjoy the night, and while you may feel bad for drinking that whole bottle of bubbly remember how great it treated your skin earlier!


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