With over 30 years of research experience and 25 patents, the brand, La Roche-Posay, has become a leading player in the development of fine products that ensure the highest tolerance and safety for sensitive skin. Each product from the La Roche-Posay range contains unique thermal spring water from La Roche-Posay, a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France. This unique thermal spring water is what differentiates the brand and gives it its credibility followed by the 25,000 dermatologists who recommend it. When was it discovered?
La Roche-Posay, a little village in the centre of the French region of La Vienne, is world famous for its Selenium-rich spring water. At the heart of this little French village lies thermal spring water that contains extremely beneficial properties for the skin. Legend tells us that Bertrand Du Guesclin, a high constable under the reign of Charles V, first discovered the La Roche-Posay springs while on his way home from the Spanish campaigns at the end of the 14 century. While Bertrand gulped the spring water to quench his thirst, his horse, which long since suffered from eczema, plunged into the water. The horse came out cured. That was the start of the importance of a water unlike any other in La Roche-Posay...
The story of La Roche-Posay spring water and its therapeutic reputation continued in 1617 when Pierre Milon, doctor to Henry IV and Louis XIII, went there to conduct the first analyses; and further spread when Napoleon (at the time General Bonaparte, 19th Century) was on his way home from Egypt and had a thermal hospital build there to treat his soldiers' skin diseases. By 1897, the site of the La Roche-Posay spring was officially recognised by the French Academy of Medicine, and by 1905 the very first Thermal Centre was opened. In 1913, the French Academy of Medicine officially declared La Roche-Posay a ?Spa Town'.
What makes La Roche-Posay water so unique?
La Roche-Posay has a unique composition that is naturally rich in antioxidant Selenium. The water that flows in the La Roche-Posay spring starts from the rainwater that filters through thick, chalky rocks that are natural Selenium reserves. The spring's water is also influenced by deep water that is about 1,700 years old and flows through the deep sands of the Cenomanian period.
Because the trace element, Selenium, is involved in the skin's essential defence mechanisms against free radicals (which are responsible for a number of skin disorders) the rarity of water from the spring is due to its high Selenium content. Another thing that makes La Roche-Posay thermal spring water so remarkable is the stability of its components and the essential minerals that respect the skin's natural physiological balance. Products from the La Roche-Posay skincare range are rich in this same thermal spring water and produce positive effects for your skin. Some of the qualities of La Roche-Posay are:
- Antioxidant and protective
The water is extremely pure and has an almost neutral pH. It is protected from any pollution from its emergence to the thermal points of use and undergoes no processing.
Mineralisation per 1 litre
Bicarbonate 396 mg, Calcium 140 mg, Silicates 30 mg, Selenium 60 ?g, Zinc 22 ?g, Copper 5 ?g, Dry residue at 180°C: 440 mg, Neutral pH.