Celebrities and the rich and famous often talk about only drinking mineral water, and using it in all their skin care. To many of us, this might seem a bit excessive – but why are they shunning tap water?

Tap water contains levels of fluoride and chlorine, as well as other chemicals. These are essential for making it safe to drink, but can also play a role in drying out sensitive skin.

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Mineral water, on the other hand, contains beneficial minerals which can give health benefits as well as helping our skin. Spa water has been used for years for this reason, as the minerals absorbed can help with detox for the skin and body.

Copper, zinc, selenium, potassium, sodium, silica and magnesium are all found in spa waters as well as in bottled mineral water.

Silica is one of the minerals that is less well known, but one of the most important for our skin. Mineral water with high silica content can strengthen the connective cells between collagen and elastin fibres, helping to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It helps the skin to deal with toxins, and can help to reduce acne and breakouts. Silica can also help to boost the firmness of your skin and the elasticity of blood vessels. This can help to slow the ageing process.

However, using mineral water for all your facial care might seem excessive, not to mention expensive.

Instead of washing your face with mineral water, you can give it a once over in between cleansing and moisturising. You could also mist your skin using mineral water, which can help with hydration. If you’re into home beauty remedies and face masks, you could use mineral water in the recipe for the added benefits. Some skin care products, such as Avene, also use spa water in their formulas.

So, even if you don’t want to splash out on a mineral water skin routine, you can still get a lot of the benefits through using the right products or replacing some of the tap water in your regime.