Humans have traveled long distances for millennia to reach thermal springs believed to have healing qualities for skin conditions (and numerous other ailments), derived from the minerals within the rocks the water is pushed through by geothermal heat on its way to the surface.
They’re a significant tourism draw even today, but thermal water also is being bottled at the source and shipped to consumers globally as sprays, moisturizers and other skin care products.
Four French pharmaceutical brands — La Roche-Posay, Uriage, Vichy and Avène — are named after the alpine springs they draw their water from and are the most well-known for selling products containing thermal water.
Hungary, Iceland and other lands also include their springs’ water in products for specific skin benefits.
Thermal waters have proven to contain many minerals and compounds beneficial for skin, with their specific content determined by the locations they came from. While more studies need to be done for conclusive answers on whether these products improve skin health, most have no serious side effects and have won devotees across the ages.
Ways thermal water can help your skin:
- All-purpose remedy — Most thermal water comes loaded with such beneficial ingredients as selenium, sulfur, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, iron, silicates and sodium that provide a multitude of benefits.
Sulfur, for example, is found in most thermal water and has both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, while bicarbonate, better known as baking soda, is used for clearing acne and treating all other types of skin infections.
- Safe for all skin types — It’s especially beloved by those with sensitive skin because it can be spritzed across your face, hands, arms and anyplace else it’s needed with abandon to soothe irritation from any source.
It’s also great for those with oily skin in search of hydration when thick moisturizers do more harm than good.
- Use to set and reset with makeup — Pure thermal water can be sprayed on after you apply makeup to keep it looking fresh for hours while adding a natural-looking glow. A spritz is also good after makeup removal for replenishment.