Certain celebrities have been quoted saying that they only use bottled water to wash their face. At first, this may sound like a silly overindulgence or a way to show off to all of us “regular” folks living outside the Beverly Hills zip code…but it actually makes a lot of good sense!
Ive mentioned before that I don’t recommend using tap water to cleanse your skin any more than I recommend drinking it. The levels of skin-parching fluoride and chlorine are high, which can wreak havoc if your already feeling a bit dry or sensitive. There is also plenty of evidence to suggest unhealthy levels of prescription and non prescription drugs, hormones, pesticides and other creepy things in tap water…cue the “eeeeek!”
For all these reasons, bien-etre spa only uses purified and distilled water in facial treatments and we suggest the use of water filters for your kitchen and bathrooms at home. But is there another, more positive reason to avoid tap water? Yes, of course there is…
For centuries, beauties have been bathing in natural mineral hot springs and salted waters of the ocean. Why? One reason is the skin will absorb beneficial minerals from these waters to aid in detoxification, reduce inflammation, supplement collagen and elastin fibers, and boost moisture retention.
Well known minerals like copper, zinc, selenium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium, all have health and beauty benefits. But one that isn’t highlighted enough (in my opinion) is silica.
Nobel Prize winner, Professor Adolf Butenant, conducted experiments in Columbia University in 1972 on the essential value of Silica to the human body. His research showed this mineral, along with iron, is necessary in carrying out metabolic functions in the body and that silica must be continuously gained from food sources in order to provide us with the benefits of optimal health.
Foods with Silica:
Herbs with Silica:
“Collagen, mainly made up of Silica, is the ‘glue’ that holds us together. If our body has enough silica glucosaminoglycane, the collagen will make us look younger…The presence of silica in our bodies can maintain the luster in our hair, the strength in our nails and the tone of our skin.” – Author at Jash Botanicals
Silica also helps pull excess aluminum from the body. Excess aluminum in brain tissue has been linked to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
As we age, our connective tissues start to breakdown with overuse and limited funds in the nutrition department. Add to this a decrease in moisture retention and you get sagging, skin. Silica can help keep collagen and elastin fibers flexible and strong. This means washing with or soaking in water containing silica as well as drinking mineral water containing silica. The recommended daily dosage for most adults is about 20-30 mg.
For the past few weeks, I have been adding silica to my drinking water (about 30 drops or so in 8 ounces.) It is so easy to incorporate silica into your normal routine, and well worth the small effort! If you don’t want to go to all that trouble, look for these popular bottled waters, both contain some amount of silica:
As a side note, this fun blog suggests several ways to incorporate mineral water into your at-home skincare regime.