Thermal Water Sprays seem to be a staple in a French woman’s skin care routine, and I will hop and skip to the skincare aisle to try out any product a French woman touts as being an essential in her chic skincare routine. Enter my foray into thermal water sprays. I’ve heard the claims of using thermal water sprays an eon ago but I never thought I’d pay twenty-five bucks for water in a can. Well, I did and here are my conclusions.
Avène Thermal Water Spray
Avène Thermal Water Spray was formulated in the 18th century and it’s at the centre of all of the company’s products. The Avène thermal water spray is one of the most popular sprays you can purchase and it contains the least amount of minerals compared to other thermal water sprays, which is supposed to decrease any skin dryness. It contains a fairly high mixture of calcium and magnesium and has an impressive amount of bicarbonates.
Avène Thermal Water Spray and Its Claims:
- Clinically shown to soothe, soften and calm skin
- Reduces skin sensitivity and helps restore skin balance
- Soothes redness
- Calms itching sensations
- Safe for infants, children and adults
My Results (after two weeks)
I’ve been using it in the morning after I use my trusty wash cloth and lukewarm water to clean my face. It absorbs quickly and yes, my skin does not feel dry afterwards compared to using regular tap water. So, I do think the claim of restoring skin balance after washing your face with regular tap water is true in my case. I don’t suffer from any redness or itching, so I can’t verify whether or not it’s effective against skin irritation. I also like to use this spray after my makeup application to set my makeup and I love it!! It softens the look of my makeup if I went a little overboard with powder and it feels lovely. It does not disturb my makeup at all. The mascara doesn’t start running down my face. Great way to set your makeup. Highly recommend.
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray
Also has an impressive array of minerals and antioxidants, much more compared to the Avène Thermal Water Spray. It is high in calcium and bicarbonates, but lower in magnesium compared to Avène. It also contains zinc (soothes skin, antioxidant), copper (a component of the powerful antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Remember euk-134?), and selenium (neutralizes free radicals before they can lead to wrinkles).
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water and its Claims
- Protects against UV damage
- Decreases inflammation
- Decreases skin irritation
- Helps prevent skin aging
All of the antioxidants listed in the ingredients are good at fighting free radical damage caused by UV light, so I’m happy to spray away.
My Results (after two weeks)
I use this spray at night, after double-cleansing my face with Hylamide’s High Efficency Cleaner and Niod’s Sanskrit Saponins. The La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water Spray does take longer to dry on my skin than the Avène spray but I just take a little bit of time to press it into my skin. My skin does feel a bit tight but not necessarily dry after using this spray and there does seem to be a bit of flushing of the skin, but it goes away after a few seconds. I follow up with the rest of my skin care routine and no adverse effects. I have not tried to set my makeup with it because it does leave my skin feeling a bit dry and I ain’t taking any chances. Would I repurchase? Maybe. I do like the added antioxidants.
I use Beautypedia religiously for links to research and skin care and makeup reviews. Paula Begoun definitely does not rate thermal water sprays. In fact, Beautypedia states the nitrogen used in these spray bottles can cause cell death. Ouch! A did a little online digging and found Lab Muffin’s breakdown of thermal water sprays. She counteracts this conclusion by stating, “…nitrogen gas (N2) make up 78% of the air we breathe! It’s actually very unreactive, so unreactive that it’s commonly used in laboratories to flush out more reactive things like oxygen and water. (The papers cited in the Beautypedia article actually involve chemicals that just contain nitrogen atoms, not nitrogen gas itself.)” (Lab Muffin, 2016). Now, I’m no scientist but this seems pretty darn conclusive (I’m sorry Paula).
Do you need a Thermal Water Spray?
I think if you suffer from skin irritations from time to time, eczema, redness, or dryness from regular tap water then give it a go. The ingredients are relatively safe and it’s not going to harm your skin. It’s definitely great for setting makeup and generally a good way to prep your skin before introducing other products. Is it a necessity? Not, really. Do I want to feel like a French woman, even for a few seconds? Yes. Yes, I do.
What are your thoughts on thermal water sprays? Are they a staple in your skin care routine? Can you live without them? Are you a french woman? Can I hang out with you?
Much love XX