Ice and fire clash. The water of Iceland.

Iceland is located in an area of elevated volcanic activity. It sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? The first thought is ‘danger’ and the vision of Pompeii. But…. People can adapt to all conditions. The inhabitants of this island have learned how to use them and now tThey have rich geothermal energy resources. Hot geothermal water heats up 87% of buildings in this country and geothermal power stations provide almost 30% of the electricity in this country. You usually have to heat water to take a shower, don’t you? In Iceland, it has to be cooled down.

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Iceland is known as the land of ice and fire. And what happens when these two elements meet? A lot of water appears. Iceland has over 750 hot springs, swimming pools, geysers, lakes, lagoons, most of which are wild and many of which can be used for swimming. Even naked, which is not a taboo there. All you have to do is check the temperature of the water before you enter, so that you don’t get boiled.

Iceland is a country of clean air and water that you can drink straight from the tap. In some places it contains sulphur, which gives it a specific smell, but…. is very beneficial for health. All over the world people visit spas offering sulphide baths and in Reykjavik everyone has them in their bathroom!

As far as cosmetic benefits are concerned, such baths, due to the content of sulphur and water with a slightly acidic reaction (pH lowered to 6.7) cause softening of the epidermis and its reconstruction. It is the so-called keratoplastic effect, recommended for the treatment of many skin diseases (such as acne, psoriasis, seborrhoeic eczema, scleroderma or excessive keratosis of the skin). Baths in water with sulfur also support the care of healthy skin, regulating its ph to the correct range and supporting the reconstruction of hydrolipid coat, which in turn strengthens its defensive functions.

The most famous Blue Lagoon Spa in Iceland (https://www.bluelagoon.com). Take a look at their website, no wonder it was on the list of 25 wonders of the National Geographic!

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The water has a turquoise colour and a milky texture thanks to the content of many minerals, especially silica. Around the swimming pools there are containers with silica mud, which has exfoliating properties and improves the appearance of the skin. Swimming in the Blue Lagoon is a great way to relax and cure your skin. Of course, this water is heated inside the Earth. First it is even too hot and so it flows to the geothermal power station Svarstsengi, located near the swimming pool. Then cooled to “just” 40 degrees Celsius, it fills the pools of the Blue Lagoon.

Such wonderfully clean, soft, mineral-rich water is usually a great basis for creating excellent cosmetics. But about this and other wonders of Iceland in future posts.