You may be asking yourself what thermal water is – let alone, what it is doing in a spray form. Is it for plants, you may ask? Well, no. Thermal water is actually typically utilized as a facial spray.
On my recent trip to Paris my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of French skincare. On every corner there is a “pharmacie” or “parapharmacie” stocked full of healthy, beauty finds. The walls were lined with our favorite French brands such as La Roche-Posay, Avene, VICHY and Caudalie – I was like a kid at the candy store – but one of the most common products were the “facial mists” and sprays. When it comes to face sprays, I am mainly acquainted with make-up setting sprays, but as far as skincare sprays I was at a loss. However, thanks to my healthy sense of curiosity and adventure when it comes to skin care (in addition to seeing various fabulous Parisians spray themselves with these indulgent mists), I knew I just had to find out what all the fuss was about.
First comes first: What is thermal water?
While to many water is water and just that, thermal water has been known to have various benefits that you definitely (probably) won’t be finding in your tap anytime soon. Thermal water is H20 that has traveled thousands of meters in rocky mountains before surfacing. Through this arduous journey, the water is said to pick up a plethora of minerals and carbon dioxide sans pollution, bacteria, chlorine, calcium residue and whatever else may lie in other water sources. Thanks to this natural process, this water is recognized as “purer” and has even been said to have healing properties – especially for your skin. Many companies have banked in on this and pride themselves on having their own special reserves.
How does the water heal, you ask? Well, thanks to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, soothing, and hydrating properties from its countless minerals it makes for the perfect topical treatment for any skin type – oily, dry, combination and even for those prone to rosacea, eczema, or other skin ailments. As a matter of fact, even a quick spray after a facial or extraction may help reduce the raw redness that typically ensues after your skin has been agitated.
We all know that skin health is directly correlated to diet and hydration, but many often forget that their skin is actually their largest organ and applying topical hydration is just another way you can make sure it is looking bright and plump. In the winter especially, when your face bravely battle’s winters cold gusts, winds, and snow falls, is when you should focus on hydrating any way you can. This is just one easy way to do it.
How do you use the spray exactly? Well, it’s simple: Just spray it on! My preferred morning and evening routine is to cleanse, exfoliate (evening only), and apply natural astringent (witch hazel) for my blemish-prone skin. Typically, this will cause a tight feeling in my face. To hydrate and soothe it, I spray on the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray, follow up with lotion or spf and the rest of my routine. My skin tends to flake in the winter and since I started adding the thermal water to my routine, I have seen less and less of this.
Need a pick-me-up? Spray it on mid-day to awaken your face and make-up. Just make sure you don’t forget to pat it in. Forgetting to pat the thermal water on may lead to evaporation of the spray, leading to further dehydration (the opposite effect we want).
Another great thing about thermal water sprays? They are completely and totally void of questionable ingredients. It’s just the natural beauty elixir Mother Nature has provided.
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