(Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)
Making up 60 percent of the human body, water is essential for life. From regulating bodily fluids to transporting nutrients and controlling body temperature, drinking water
should already be a big part of everyone's daily health routine. Skin, the largest organ in the human body, thrives on the hydration you feed it. Without water, it's left dry, less resilient and more prone to wrinkling. Moisturizing from the inside out
is great, but the latest beauty trend, thermal water, takes your skincare routine one step further.
What is thermal water exactly? It's a mineral water spray that comes from thermal springs. Mountain rain water goes through at least a decade-long filtration process through the rocks, acquiring minerals along its journey until resurfacing in an aquifer. This mineral-rich water is now purified and abundant in benefits. Luckily for us beauty junkies, we don't have to travel the globe to get it either. Companies such as Avène
have bottled it for our convenience.
Misting it on our face and body is said to soothe, refresh and soften skin. According to a study in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine
, thermal mineral water is also proven to have some anti-inflammatory properties, promote healing of skin irritations and improve skin restoration after injuries or cosmetic procedures. Because of its healing benefits, those with skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis will experience less irritation.
All in all, this simple mist seems like a soothing and natural way to combat skin issues. Plus, it has other practical uses such as setting makeup, relieving a baby's diaper rash and acting as a quick cool-down post-workout. Curious to try it for yourself? We searched around for the most raved about thermal waters.Avène
Thermal Spring Water, $18, at dermstore.com(source: Avène)
This thermal water is preservative-free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It's recommended as a daily care product that is suitable for those with sensitive skin. La Roche-Posay
Thermal Spring Water, $12, at target.com(Source: La Roche-Posay)
La Roche-Posay recommends swapping out your daily toner for its thermal spring water to refresh skin. This product is rich in selenium, a powerful natural antioxidant that helps soothe unwanted irritation. Evian
Mineral Water Spray, $12–$18, at sephora.com(Source: Evian)
Evian's facial spray has a neutral 7.2 pH rating for perfectly balanced, moisturized and refreshed skin.
Let us know, will you be trying out the mineral mist?