Hands up if you feel thermal water is just fancy tap water in a pretty bottle.
I used to feel like that, too. I don’t mind splurging on my antioxidants and retinoids but… water? It never seemed like a good way to invest my money (cos skincare is an investment).
Then, a friend gave me a bottle of Avene Thermal Spring Water. She has sensitive skin and swears the fancy water soothes her skin’s many tantrums. She even sprits it on to calm down the redness after shaving or running.
It was my chance to put it to the test and see which one of us was right.
Short answer: both. One woman’s throwaway can be another woman’s treasure.
Long answer: read on.
Avene Termal Spring Water
Thermal water isn’t just plain old water. It’s hot water that comes from hot springs.
Here’s the whole story: thermal water originates deep into the ground, where its’ heated by the Earth’s natural heat. From there, it works its way up to the spring through rocks and soil, picking up all kinds of minerals along the way.
But not all thermal waters are created equal. The mineral content of a specific mineral water depends on the place it comes from. Avene Thermal Water contains:
- Bicarbonates 226.7
- Calcium 42.7
- Chlorides 5.4
- Magnesium 21.2
- Nitrates 1.4
- Potassium 0.7
- Silica 10.6
- Sodium 4.8
- Sulfates 14
What does this means for your skin?
Here’s where it gets tricky. Most of the studies done on Avene Thermal Water were done by… Avene. That’s not to say they’re not accurate… I just like to see confirmation from independent sources whenever possible.
Having said that, here’s what studies discovered Avene Thermal Water can do:
- Helps protect skin cell from UV damage (in vitro)
- Improves skin’s softness and suppleness
- Reduces irritation
- Reduces peeling from tretinoin
- Soothes eczema
If you have sensitive, easily irritated skin, keeping a bottle of Avene Thermal Spring Water around can come in handy.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
I’m not sure I’m the right person to review Avene Thermal Spring Water.
For starters, my skin isn’t sensitive. Quite the opposite. It’s really rare that it throws a tantrum even when I throw high concentrations of retinol at it. So its soothing properties are kinda lost on me.
Well, if they’re really as good as the studies claim, they may help reduce the chronic inflammation that occurs deep down in the skin and that contributes to premature aging but I have no way to verify that without proper equipment.
Instead, what I get is the hydration effect. Now the weather’s getting hotter here in London as well, I keep a bottle of this thermal water in my pursue and spritz it on to refresh myself throughout the day. After that, my skin feels a little softer.
I know, kinda underwhelming but that’s thermal waters for you. They’re for people who need the extra burst of hydration in the torrid heat or sensitive skin that needs soothing. If you don’t fit either box, you don’t need to invest in one.
Available at: $14.00/£8.50 at Dermstore and Look Fantastic
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Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Water), Nitrogen