La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
5.2 fl. oz. for $12.99
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Thermal Spring Water comes with claims of soothing, toning, refreshing, and providing antioxidant protection to skin, yet all it contains is water and nitrogen. Thermal Spring Water is just water and some extra nitrogen. This product is said to be "rich in selenium, a powerful antioxidant." Whether or not that is true (though obtaining pure selenium as an oral supplement is preferred) is irrelevant because the nitrogen used as a propellant to create a mist of water can generate free-radical damage and cause cell death (Sources: Skin Research and Technology, November 2011, ePublication; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, April 2002, pages 1007–1019; Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, July 2002, pages 84–90; and Cellular and Molecular Biology, April 15, 2007, pages 1–2).

Last Updated:09.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Naturally containing a high concentration of the element Selenium (53 ug/liter) to provide powerful anti-oxidant protection. This soothing water tones and refreshes skin, preparing it for treatment. Also appropriate for anti-inflammatory care following in-office procedures like chemical peels, laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion.


Water, Nitrogen

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La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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