Thermal water has been easily accessible in the French pharmacy for the past few years – with many people travelling from all over the world to own this cheap and cheerful product on their skin. But what exactly can thermal water do for your skin?
Tap water or thermal water?
While we use tap water every single day to wash our face, it can also have a damaging effect if you’re looking at the long-term. Tap water contains many heavy metals such as lead, zinc, magnesium and copper which break-down the collagen in your skin and could potentially lead to premature ageing. On the other hand, facial water is derived from thermal springs – which means that this is some of the purest water you can ever find in the world. Thermal waters do not contain chemicals, chlorine or any other additives which could damage the look and feel of your skin.
How to apply thermal water
Thermal water can be used for a variety of ways in your own specific skincare routine. Here are just a few ways to get the most out of your thermal water:
Toner: Use thermal water as a facial toner by spraying a bit of the product directly on your face, then waiting for it to soak into the skin. You can also spray the product into a cotton pad, and apply in circular motions on your cheeks, chin, forehead and t-zone area. Follow up with your moisturiser or facial oils.
Refresh: If you’re feeling hot and sweaty, spray the thermal water lightly over your face to instantly cool down. Perfect to bring into your carry-on luggage especially if you’re travelling through countries which are dry and humid.
Cleanser: Get rid of that extra bit of makeup by spraying some product onto your face, then dabbing with a cotton pad. This will effectively remove makeup residue from subborn areas of the face such as eyebrows, hairline and lips.
Do I have to wash it off?
No. Unlike other cleansers or skincare products, thermal water doesn’t need to be washed off the skin before going to bed. There are no additives which damage the skin, and it is even suitable for people with all skin types (even sensitive skin). Some thermal waters even contain sulphur and selenium which have been proven to help people suffering from eczema.
Your skin needs to feel hydrated, otherwise dry patches can result around the t-zone, cheeks and chin which can potentially cause premature lines and wrinkles. Give your face a quick spritz if you’re in a dry environment such as in the office or on a long plane journey.
Where can I buy it from?
- La Roche-Posay Thermal Water, $7.99
- Avène Thermal Spring Water, $7.99
- Eau Thermal Uriage Water Spray, $10.99
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