What is Thermal Water?

19 August 2015

Thermal water is a  product that seems to crop up here and there in various blog spots, skincare regimes and tutorials, but I found myself asking: what actually is it? On the last day of my holiday to France, I rushed to the local pharmacy to pick up some skincare goodies on the cheap (because let's face it, the UK isn't quite on par with French skincare just yet). This Avène Eau Thermale caught my eye, and as it was cheaper than its La Roche-Posay counterpart, I popped it in my basket.

Thermal water in simple terms is water minus the impurities that come out of your tap. With a pH level of 7.5 and by being low in mineral content, bacteriologically pure and rich in trace elements, its unique and constant composition gives the product sooting and anti-irritating properties as proven by numerous scientific studies. According to dermatologists, thermal water is a key element for sensitive, hypersensitive and allergic skin. So essentially the gentle purity of it can help calm your skin and this can apply to a number of situations. 

The spray can be used for both health and dermatologic reasons, including facial redness, sunburn, following hair removal, general skin irritation, after cleansing, and during travel or exercising for a bit of a refresher. Avène advise spraying a fine mist over skin after cleansing and then waiting for 20-30 seconds, before patting it dry with a cotton pad. I personally use it if my face feels a bit dry and stripped of moisture after cleansing and to calm my facial redness. I also give it a spritz if my skin is itching/irritated and although I am yet to use it after hair removal, I imagine that it will work really well if your skin is left feeling tight. The spray can also sooth eye irritation caused by allergies in a simple beauty hack: spritz the thermal water onto cotton pads and leave on the eyes for 5 mins and then refresh this and leave for another 5, and wave goodbye to hayfever eyes. 

Overall, as my skin isn't that sensitive I'm not sure I would purchase this again but I feel it will come in handy in the winter months when my legs seem to dry out and in the height of spring/summer when my hayfever is at its worse. I find that it really does work to sooth any irritation, so if you're skin is sensitive or allergic, I would recommend it.

Have you tried thermal water? What's your verdict on this skincare product?

Charlotte x

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  1. This seems like a unique product and I would be willing to try it out! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Yeah it is quite unique and I've never tried anything like it before! Thermal water has been around for two centuries though, so it's quite extraordinary how it only just seems to be making waves in the beauty world now. You're welcome, thanks for reading Emily :) x

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  2. I have this one and the La Roche-Posay one... honestly, I really only use them for beach days when it's super hot and I want to cool down. But it seems there are actually a lot more uses which I will have to try... especially that hayfever one!

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    1. It seems like a great product for keeping cool in the heat, but we really haven't had much of it in the UK this summer, so I'm yet to try that use out! I was also surprised by the amount of situations you could use it in and so happy I've found a way to calm my hayfever eyes down :) x

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  3. I've never used one of these before, but it might be handy during the hayfever months!! Really like your blog! :) xxx

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    1. I think I'll end up getting a lot more use out of it in the spring/early summer when my hayfever is at its worse! Aw thank you Katie, I really like yours too :) x

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    1. It really is a nice little product to add into your skincare routine! But I think it isn't a necessity unless you have sensitive or irritated skin :) x

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  5. I've used this kind of product before and honestly I never see much of difference in my skin, but it does make me feel super fancy using it? Though I have to say, in summer they can be so refreshing!

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    1. Haha, yes I definitely think its more of a luxury than a necessity in a skincare regime! It really is refreshing on a hot summer's day but the weather has been pretty awful in the UK this year, so i haven't had much chance to get that use out of it :( x

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  6. i obsessed with thermal water! This one is the best!

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    1. Ah that's really interesting to hear! I feel like I've read more about the La Roche-Posay one, but its nice to know that you prefer this one :) x

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  7. I've heard a lot about this stuff! Might need to buy a can!

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    1. Yeah it kept cropping up here and there so I was tempted to try it out for myself! I'd really recommend it if you have sensitive or irritated skin :) x

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  8. I am not sure if thermal water really works or is more of a gimmick, but I like the idea of carrying a small bottle with me on really hot days. In fact, I just to carry around a little evian one with me during travel.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Yeah I'm a bit skeptical as to whether its a bit of a placebo effect, but I do notice my skin to calm down when I use it! Oh I have heard of the Evian one. I definitely think it'll be good for a refresher during travelling :) x

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  9. I have always wondered what it is! It sounds like something I might use, moisture without the grease? Yes please

    Anna | aforvogue

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    1. I hope I've managed to answer any questions you had on it! I really didn't know much about thermal water until I picked this up. I have oily skin so it can't cope with an overload of moisture but this is so light and refreshing :) x

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  10. I have never heard of this before. Sounds like a very interesting product. Not sure if I would use it - so worried about putting new products on my sensitive skin.

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    1. I can definitely see why you;d be skeptical about trying new products if you have sensitive skin, but this product is made for that purpose! It is so so gentle and helps calm the skin down, so I think this would be perfect for you :) x

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  11. ahah my mum is obsessed with thermal water and I've discovered how handy it is at the beach(:

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    1. Is she? I don't think I could get obsessed by it but I'm sure it is really handy when its hot. Thanks for the follow :) x

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  12. I had never heard of thermal water before but it sounds really nice :)


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    1. It is a nice product and it really does work, so I'd say its worth a try if it sounds like your type of thing. Thanks for reading :) x

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  13. Recently bought this for the holidays and it is amazing! Definitely a good buy for the holidays
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    1. Yeah it definitely is good for hot days, I've just not tried it out for that purpose yet as the weather's been far from summery in London :( x

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  14. I am glad that you explained the purpose of thermal water because I never knew. I am a bit hesitant to try it out because of my skin but may in the future..
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    1. I never knew either until picking it up, but it definitely has a lot of uses so I'm glad you found this post helpful! It's definitely great for calming skin down, I have oily skin but I really like using this after cleansing when my skin feels dry :) x

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  15. Great post! I've never tried thermal water, but it definitely sounds like it's worth a try! :)
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    1. Thank you so much Mia, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I think it's really worth a try. The tricky thing with blogging about skincare is that everyone's skin is different but this is so gentle, so I think it could be used by any skin type :) x

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  16. I love using this thermal water :)

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    1. It definitely is such a unique product. Glad you like it, thanks for reading :) x

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  17. I'm the same and use a hydrating mist after a treatment that might have stripped my skin a bit, I will have to try this once my Caudalie Grape Water runs out :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. Ah that's so interesting to hear that you use it the same as me! I've not heard much about the Caudalie Grape Water but it sounds so interesting - I'll have to check it out :) x

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