Hydrate Your Skin
Facial Water,  Hydration,  Thermal Water

Thermal Water

I love thermal waters, or any kind of facial water really.  For the past several years I have spritzed thermal water on my face, all day every day.  I keep a little spritzer bottle in my bag so I can use it whenever I feel the urge.  I love the way it feels so much (like a cold drink of water on a hot day) that I feel compelled to share with others.  Of course, I always ask before I just go about spraying perfect strangers with a bottle of who knows what, but I find that most people are ok with it.  They even enjoy it; I knew they would!


I used to live in the arid climate of Idaho and whenever I return, my skin dries out and I get a nose bleed.  I learned a long time ago that I need to hydrate myself inside and out as much as possible during the flight (or drive) and at least during the first 24 hours I’m there.  If I don’t, it takes days for my skin to recover.  I use my thermal waters, lotion up my hands every time I wash them, put lotion on my skin while still damp from the shower, I don’t wash my hair as much, I use moisturizing lip balms, and I use Ocean Mist for my nose.  I have heard of some people placing a hydrating mask on their face during an airplane flight and washing it off once they reach their destination.  I have not tried this yet but I can see it in my future.  I am always willing to try new things.


So . . . thermal water?

Thermal waters come from thermal, or hot, springs and don’t contain preservatives.   The water is located deep underground and passes through rock, sand, and soil before it reaches the surface.  Along the way it picks up all kinds of beneficial minerals that are also found naturally in our skin.  There are many thermal springs all over the world and each one has its own unique mineral content.

Some of the more popular brands are Evian, Vichy, La-Roche-Posay, and Avène.  All of these thermal waters come from France.

The studies that have been done to see if thermal waters have any real benefits are mostly sponsored by the companies that own the products.  This means they may not be impartial and the results will likely favor their own product versus another.  That being said, there is some evidence that thermal waters have antioxidant qualities (likely due to their mineral content) and provide relief from inflammation.

It is best to apply thermal water right after you wash your face and before you apply any other products.  The thermal water will help to lock in moisture.

I have all of the sprays in the table below and I use all of them.   You can pick up all of the sprays from Amazon.   Evian is more readily available and you can find it at Sephora, UltaNordstromMacy’s, and Walgreens .

Quick links to Amazon:

Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water
Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water Spray

The table below provides a comparison of four different thermal waters.

Thermal Waters Table 170830 v4 (color)

All of these sprays come in different sizes including a travel size.  It makes it so convenient to take with me wherever I go.  It’s also safe to take on an airplane and is one of my travel essentials.  So, pick up some thermal water and let me know what you think.

Read more:




International Journal of Dermatology, Volume 38Issue 10pages 784–7861999 October

Thermal water from Uriage-les-Bains: Ionic Composition and Osmolarity:  Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications,Vol.4 No.2(2014), Article ID:44295,8 pages

Physicochemical analysis of La Roche-Posay thermal spring water:
Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2013; 6: 23–28.




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