When Water is More Than Water

Thermal Spring Water is an important ingredient found in many of our favourite skincare products.  But just what makes thermal spring water different from bog standard tap water?

For Avène, its water originates as pure rain mixed with sea-spray rich in mineral salts.  The water then makes its 50-year journey through the Cévennes Mountains in Avène, France where it gradually becomes infused with trace elements and silicates.

Over 150 stringent biological, pharmacological and clinical studies have clearly demonstrated the soothing, softening and calming benefits of Avène Thermal Spring Water.

A clinical trial (as quoted in Lab Muffin) found that:

Avène reduces the severity of atopic dermatitis (eczema) when added to a cream, and decreased the amount of inflammation-causing bacteria on the skin. Avene also reduced the severe peeling that’s usually a side effect of using tretinoin as an acne treatment.

Many French women use Thermal Spring Water Sprays (such as Vichy, La Roche Posay and Avène) to rinse harder tap water from their faces after cleansing to leave skin softer and less tight.

A more dramatic example of Thermal Spring Water at work is the story of Morgan Bishop.  Morgan is a little boy who has endured chronic eczema since he was 4 months old.  His story gained attention when the Daily Mail ran an article in which his parents described how the pain of his eczema had caused Morgan to ask to die many times.

Morgan exhausted all of the treatments that the NHS could offer, including chemotherapy, but after careful research and learning of its success for other children like Morgan, his parents set up a Go Fund Me page to send him to the world-renowned hydrotherapy skin centre in Avène in southern France.

The spa town is famed for its unique healing thermal spring water which has transformed the lives of thousands – both children and adults – living with chronic skin conditions, burns and scars.

Over three weeks Morgan underwent twice daily 20-minute hydrotherapy baths in the centre’s children’s clinic.

As well as drinking the water, which is said to have a unique healing mineral and micro-flora composition only found in Avène, Morgan had to undergo special skin compresses.

Image of Morgan Bishop
Images (c) Collette Walsh via DailyMail.com

Cotton gauze soaked in water from the thermal spring would be delicately wrapped around his legs, feet and hands – his most painful areas.

Within a few days we saw a difference in him – small changes at first like the skin on his back being less red and sore.

Then we saw that he was in significantly less pain, more mobile and able to walk a few steps more than the day before.

                                                                  – Morgans Mum Dana


Thermal Spring Water Sprays from Vichy La Roche Posay and Avene

Thermal Spring Water Sprays are available from La Roche Posay, Vichy & Avène. These incredibly handy cans have multiple uses – making them a must for all households.

Thanks to it’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties Thermal Spring Water is ideal for those with dry or sensitive skin or for those who suffer from eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis.

Keep a can in the fridge, and for eczema flare ups spray a cotton gauze with the cold water and use it as a soothing compress to relieve itchiness.

The spray is also perfect for cooling after exercise or when on holidays – even to help soothe nappy rash and sunburn.

Vichy, La Roche Posay and Avène Thermal Spring Water Sprays are available in all Sam McCauley Chemists and online at www.sammccauley.com

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