Active Ingredients: Thermal Spring Water

Chloe Song Beauty Expert
Active Ingredients: Thermal Spring Water

Does thermal spring water really transform the skin or is it just fancy H20?

There’s been countless debates about whether or not bottled thermal spring water really helps hydrate the skin, or is it just another marketing tactic by brands to squeeze out more from customers? But believe it not, thermal spring water isn’t just fancy bottled water but actually does benefit the skin.

What is the difference between thermal spring water and normal water? Well, thermal spring water is water from natural springs. Springs are a water resource caused when the water pressure causes a natural flow of groundwater to the surface. Thermal spring water contains minerals that are shown to be the reason behind its benefits. Minerals such as calcium, bicarbonate, iron, magnesium, sodium and a whole lot more. The type of minerals found highly depends on the area where the spring water was resourced from.

When you think of thermal spring water, think of the idea of hot springs or spas. Hot springs have been around for centuries and were actually used for medicinal purposes as they were shown to aid the healing process and most importantly relieve inflammation in and on the body. So, I’m guessing you have a gist of how thermal spring water can benefit the skin.



Soothes the skin

  • The variety of minerals found in thermal springs can help to alleviate irritation and inflammation as a result of harsh skin treatments like over-exfoliation or retinols, or as a condition caused by skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and even active acne.

Hydrates the skin

  • Other than calming the skin, the minerals can also help to hydrate the skin, making it feel and appear softer and supple.

Regulates the skin’s pH

  • Spring water also balances the skin’s pH levels and microbiome (the levels of healthy and unhealthy bacteria that are naturally found in the skin). This can help with reducing inflammation and better prep the skin for your skincare routine. 

Neutralizes free radicals

  • Free radicals and environmental threats like UV rays or pollution are some of the skin’s biggest enemy, often leading to a damaged skin barrier and premature aging. Some of the minerals in spring water possess antioxidant benefits that can neutralize the damage caused and prevent more damage.


What to note?

  • Thermal spring water itself does not offer skin brightening or anti-aging benefits, if it doesn’t it is because the product may have added active/natural ingredients that do the job or that your skin was once suffering from dehydration.
  • Thermal spring water can also be used as a toner, facial mist and even a setting spray for that added radiant glow and boost of hydration. 
  • As with any new ingredient or product, do conduct a patch test 24-48 hours prior in any case of an allergic reaction.


Products we recommend and where to find them

La Roche-Posay

threebs la roche posay thermal spring water

The infamous Thermal Spring Water facial spray that many consider a must-have in their skincare and even daily routine. This one by La Roche-Posay is rich in selenium and oligo-elements that’s supports the skin’s health by reducing irritation and helping to rebalance the skin’s microbiome.

Hada Labo Mild & Sensitive Face Wash - Thermal Spring Water

hada labo Mild & Sensitive Face Wash - Thermal Spring Water

This facial wash is perfect for those with sensitive and dry skin as it is formulated with thermal spring water and hyaluronic acid that helps relieve redness, soothe irritation without stripping the skin of its natural oils.


Thermal spring water may not be a cure-for-all skincare ingredient but it can be beneficial for those with dry and sensitive skin as it calms inflammation, balances the skin’s pH levels and microbiome that promotes an improved skin health.  

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