In France, even if tap water is good; most people drink only bottled water. This is probably thanks to many natural springs inherited from its geographical advantages such as Evian, Vittel, Perrier, Vichy and many more. We can still find free spring water in some fountains across the country. Similarly to French wine, spring water is famous for the same reasons thanks to the nature of the underground but also for its benefits !
It is of underground origin ; it is therefore protected against pollution, and has not undergone any chemical treatment or addition. That is not the case of bottled waters as manufacturers treat the water with chemical process. So, water bottles can last for months.
The demand for bottled water was fueled in large part by the resurgence in spa-going and water therapy among Europeans in the 17th and 18 th centuries. Visits to natural springs and spas became fashionable among the wealthy elite during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Nowadays, the remarkable therapeutic properties of spring water in the spas remain very popular to cure rheumatism, relieve dermatology problems.
In France, waters from mineral springs like Evian, Vittel and Perrier were popular in the early 20th century, and patients returning from a « cure » brought back supplies of water to continue their cure at home. A modest demand for bottled mineral waters developed in pharmacies. The bottled water industry remained small until the 1960s, when the development of supermarkets boosted demand for new categories of groceries. This allowed mineral water to be moved from the pharmacy to the grocery category and served in cafés.
Bottled water gained in popularity as a light, re hydrating alternative to calorie-rich soft drinks or caffeined drinks that could dehydrate the body. We should however remember to reduce the plastic waste.
Why Spring Water is good for your health ?
Depending on the location, each spring has its unique mineral properties that is good for the body : zinc, selenium, manganese, calcium, sodium, bore, silica, magnesium… We notice that water that are rich of zinc, selecium and manganese have protecting properties thanks to its anti-radical potential. Those are powerful minerals that are capable of preventing free radicals from speeding up cells aging.
Calcium, sodium, magnesium, silica and bore are soothing, healing, anti-scratching. They cure mainly sensitive skins.
The famous mineral water sprays help to protect our epidermis with mineral components. I personally use it during summer, at the beach, or on a flight during a trip . So refreshing !
Many cosmetics products are made of mineral water components, hydrating creams, eyes care, anti-wrinkles cream and even sunscreen creams.
As a warranty of quality, the spring water cosmetics products are sold in pharmacies.