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Europe's Thermal Water Spas

By: Caroline Rushworth
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Moving farther south, a series of thermal resorts in Emilia-Romagna, in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains, predominantly contains sodium chloride, iodide or bromide. These waters are recommended for a wide range of afflictions—from metabolic disorders to eczema.

Another Italian region with a high concentration of spas is Tuscany. The consumption of thermal waters also has a long tradition in this region. A number of springs that were used in Roman times are still popular today, including Montecatini, Roselle, Chianciano and Chiusi. In the past century, the Tuscan resorts have transformed from exclusive meeting places of European royalty to favorite vacation spots for families.

Thermal water and the skin

Although no one disputes that pure water is best for drinking, mineral-rich thermal waters are wonderful for incorporating into your clients’ skin and body treatments. The natural elements contained in balneotherapy, thalassotherapy and thermal water products provide overall balance, tone and incredibly healthy skin.