I’ve long been a fan of Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water, but since moving to the countryside and spending more time outdoors, it’s become a skincare essential that I use several times each day.
I use it to balance and hydrate my skin after cleansing, and again as a setting spray after applying my makeup (I also find that it helps blend my makeup together a bit better for a more natural finish). I keep a bottle on my desk and it’s now become habit to give my skin a few mists throughout the day – it’s been especially handy these past couple of weeks, with temperatures soaring into the late 30s most days! We also spend a great deal of time outdoors, walking Beanie to and from school, going for a long stroll around the village in the evenings, or enjoying a scenic hike on a Saturday morning, and Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water always tags along for the ride!
I recently recommended Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water to a friend who’s been battling with sensitive, inflamed skin, and she immediately hit back with, “but isn’t it just water? What’s water going to do?”
Just water?! That statement couldn’t be further from the truth! Eau Thermale Avène’s Thermal Spring Water is so much more than just water… this mineral-rich spring water is as a result of a 50-year long underground journey through the Cevennes Mountains in a small French village called Avène. Bottled directly at the source, Avène’s Thermal Spring Water is preserved in its pure state and contains a plethora of minerals, antioxidants, silicates, and trace elements to help soften, soothe and calm irritated skin. It’s even safe enough to use on babies!
Not convinced that it’s an absolute skincare essential? Read on for just some of the many uses of this skin-quenching thermal spring water…
After cleansing your skin and removing your makeup
I always finish my cleansing routine with a gentle mist of Avène’s Thermal Spring Water. It helps to balance and normalise skin, while adding a shot of hydration. Finish with your usual day cream or night cream to make sure you lock in the moisture!
As a makeup setting spray
I spritz it onto my skin again after applying makeup – I find that it helps my foundation and other makeup items settle into my skin a bit better, for a more natural finish.
To calm red, irritated and inflamed skin
It’s essential my job to test a number of beauty products on a daily basis, but this often has its downsides – especially when I’ve been a bit overzealous or have tested something that’s proven a little too harsh for my skin. My skin suffers from a bout of irritation and redness every few months, but I’ve found that a few spritzes of Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water several times throughout the day helps to calm irritation, reduces inflammation, and cools down red, angry skin.
After skin treatments and peels
In some instances, inflammation may be as a result of skin treatments such as micro-needling or chemical peels. I’ve been going for regular peels to help treat my pigmentation, and I make sure I always have my travel-sized Avène Thermal Spring Water in my handbag for just this reason. I gently mist it over my skin post-treatment, and it provides instant relief.
To soothe sunburnt skin
Despite being an absolute stickler for applying sunscreen on a daily basis, come rain or shine, I have found myself getting a slight sunburnt on occasion this past summer – especially after a long hike in the hot mid-morning sun. Avène’s Thermal Spring Water has become a hiking essential for this reason – not only does it keep me cool during the walk, but it also helps to soothe and take the sting out of sunburnt skin.
To refresh on long roadtrips
My family and I love going on roadtrips, whether short- or long-haul. In the past year alone, we’ve done road trips from Johannesburg to Limpopo, Johannesburg to Kimberly, Kimberly to Cape Town, and we do the two hour trip from Greyton to Cape Town (and back) at least once a month. Something I always keep in the car for just this reason? You guessed it – Avène’s Thermal Spring Water. It’s particularly handy to cool you down on a long car trip during the hot, summer months, and it’s also a great way to refresh and perk you up on rest stops.
To soothe itchy insect bites and scratches
Avène Thermal Spring Water’s healing properties are no secret, which is why I’ve slipped a travel-sized can into Beanie’s school backpack. We also have a 300ml family-sized can in our kitchen, and he knows to spritz it on to any scrapes or scratches to help reduce redness, swelling, and inflammation. I’ve also found that it helps to calm itchy insect bites.
To prevent and treat nappy rash
To give you an idea of just how long I’ve been using this wonder product for, I used to spritz it onto Bean’s bottom at every nappy change to help prevent nappy rash. He never suffered a full-blown nappy rash, and I’m convinced that it’s because I used Avène Thermal Spring Water religiously and at any sign of redness. If you struggle with nappy rash, I urge you to give this a go – it really works so well!
You can find this skin-quenching thermal spring water (along with the rest of Avène’s skincare products) at your nearest Clicks or DisChem. The range has also just launched at Dermastore, so it online shopping is your thing, you know where to go. You can also buy products online directly from Avène, here.
Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water is available in three sizes: a 50ml travel-friendly size that’s ideal for your handybag or cubbyhole (RSP 79.95), a 150ml can that’s ideal for your desk or bathroom cabinet (RSP 159.95), and a 300ml value size that’s perfect for the whole family (RSP 229.95).
Have you tried Eau Thermal Avène’s Thermal Spring Water yet? I’d love to know how you prefer to use it, so let me know your tips in the comments!
*This post was kindly sponsored by Eau Thermale Avène