It all started in the South of France. For centuries, people flocked to the village of Avène to bathe in its remarkably pure thermal springs, which were famed for healing a variety of skin diseases. In 1966, laboratory owner Pierre Fabre opened the Avène Hydrotherapy Center to transfer the soothing powers of the thermal springs to modern dermatological treatments. A line of skincare products followed in 1989. To this day, Avène continues to use the mineral-rich, pH-balanced spring water in all its products.