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April 15, 2014

The many virtues of thermal water

For centuries now, thermal water has attracted a fair share of devotees. But why? Let’s try to demystify the virtues of this extra special water!

Thermal water, both pure and rich

Flowing from the depths of the earth – mainly in mountainous regions – thermal water is hot, rich and pure. It is pure because it is free of bacteria and dirt. It is rich because since it flows underground, it is protected from pollution and, as it travels, it picks up mineral salts, gases, trace elements and nutrients our body needs.

Its unique properties endow thermal water with a host of therapeutic benefits.

The recognized therapeutic benefits of thermal water

Depending on its composition and source, thermal water can help address various issues. In dermatology, it is often used to treat acne and eczema and reduce burn-related damage and scars. For these specific purposes, water containing calcium, magnesium or sodium bicarbonate is a good choice.

In addition to being non-irritating, the elements found in thermal water have soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Thermal water is, in fact, recommended for sensitive, dehydrated or dry skin.

Several specialized dermo-cosmetic companies offer products formulated with thermal water. Avène, La Roche-Posay and Vichy are among the most recognized and popular brands. To know more about their particular qualities, come meet our skin care experts. They can give you advice and information. 

Everyday uses for thermal water

Generally sold in spray form, thermal water is convenient and easy to use. Here are a few ways of availing yourself of its benefits.

To remove make-up

  • Apply cleansing milk to your face following the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
  • Remove the cleansing milk with a cotton ball soaked in thermal water.
  • Gently dab the excess water.  

To moisturize

  • Cleanse your face.
  • Spray it with thermal water.
  • Let stand one minute.
  • Gently dab the excess water leaving skin slightly moist.
  • Apply your day or night cream.

To shave

  • Shave as usual.
  • Spray thermal water over the shaved areas to calm razor burn.
  • Gently dab the excess water.

Thermal water is also perfect to soothe skin after sun exposure or a dermatological treatment (e.g. exfoliation, microdermabrasion). You can use it any time to ease red, irritated skin.

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