I've been testing out a mystery brand of mineral water over the past couple of months, drinking around 1.5 to 2 litres daily to see if the brand's anti-ageing claims are true (click here to see my previous post). Finally, it was revealed to me this week what I've been drinking: Willow Spring Water.
The key ingredient is Salicin, a naturally occurring mineral found in Willow bark that, once inside the body, is converted to Salicylic Acid. When used topically, it's a mild skin exfoliant and is present in many beauty products (such as Clinique Clarifying Lotion) and works by dissolving the keratin that sticks dead skin cells together. Salicin is also an anti-inflammatory agent making it an ideal ingredient for skincare. This is the first time I've come across it as 'edible' product and even though the amount is barely present (it says 'trace' on the bottle) they claim it has a homeopathic effect and makes skin more radiant.
I don't think I've seen a dramatic change in my own skin but I have noticed that, for the past few weeks, I haven't had a single spot or blemish. My undereyes are a little clearer too and since I haven't changed my skincare routine I'm guessing it's because of the water.
I still have about 30 bottles to get through (!) so I might keep them for the weeks leading up to Christmas to ensure I'm flawless for all the festive parties. Likewise, if I was gearing up for my wedding I'd definitely keep a stash of these bottles with me (under my desk, in my fridge, next to my bed) to prevent dreaded spots from ruining my big day.
I've been looking at the website and they have a pretty good incentive to win a 6-week supply of bottles, plus a weblink to Planet Organic offering 20% off online orders.
Well, I'm hooked so if you're up for the challenge get drinking Willow and keep me posted below on how you get on!