NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire posted a photo to Instagram of his "recovery day," at the spa in red water. But it's not some filter that turned the water an irregular color—it's a "red wine bath."
"Why would you waste your red wine in a bath?" Upper East Side resident Kristina Popaj said.
"I don't feel like it cleans you, that's the point of a bath!" Norvik Azarian of Midtown said.
Regine Berthelot at the Caudalie Spa in Midtown says the antioxidants in red wine part of the vinotherapie treatment have many benefits.
"It is known to improve blood circulation with the red vine leaf and also help to repair the skin," Berthelot said.
Red wine baths, although probably the most fun way, are not the only way to soak in the benefits of grapes, CBS 2's Weijia Jiang reported.
Berthelot mixes grade seeds into a scrub to exfoliate and says the fruit's flesh soothes the skin—something you can try at home.
As for running yourself a red wine bath? The average tub holds 50 gallons, which is more than 250 standard-sized bottles of wine.
"Taking a bath in red wine is washing money down the drain," dermatologist Dr. Sue Ann Wee said.
Dr. Wee says alcohol dries out your skin; and even at the spa, where Berthelot uses a non-alcoholic red vine extract, it may be soothing, but the doctor says there are no medical benefits.
So should Stoudemire stop?
"I'm all for that if he believes it will get the Knicks closer to the playoffs," Dr. Wee said.
Who knows? Maybe the vino will lead to some bubble while celebrating a championship.
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