The Effects of Hard Water on Skin


As we get older it is important that we take care of our skin. This often means wearing sunscreen when venturing outside and moisturising with our favourite, sometimes expensive, brand of face cream. But what if we told you that the water you use when showering and washing your face can affect your skin?

What hard water does to your skin

Most people are unaware that in certain parts of the UK, their water is hard. This means it contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals can make it difficult for soap to work properly and it will often leave behind stains or scum, such as limescale.

While soap scum can be found in the kitchen and bathroom, it can also coat your skin. This makes your skin feel dry and itchy, as well as clogging up your pores. As we all know, clogged pores can lead to breakouts and blemishes, such as pimples and spots.

The minerals in hard water strip away moisture and stop the natural oils in the skin from doing their job. Natural oils are supposed to help clean out pores, but when soap scum is on the surface on the skin, the oils get trapped, leading to spots.

There is even some research that suggests hard water can make your skin age quicker and make you look older. The minerals in the water can form free radicals that damage the healthy skin. This in turn leads to wrinkles and fine lines.

While some people turn to expensive face creams that they have to continue buying for the rest of their life, others are turning to water softeners.

How water softeners can help your skin

An advantage to water softeners that we always mention is how it is better for cleaning. This doesn’t just apply to your dishes or the laundry. It applies to cleaning yourself, too.

Soft water makes it easier for soap to form a lather, meaning you don’t need to use as much to keep yourself clean. With hard water, you will end up using more soap, which will only clog your pores more. One of the benefits of installing a water softener is that you might not need to purchase all those expensive lotions to keep your skin smooth.

When you use hard water for so long, you are conditioned into thinking that the clean feeling you get after a shower means the soap worked. However, this is actually caused by the layer of soap still on your skin.

After installing a water softener, people often notice that their skin feels slippery or slick. This is how your skin is supposed to feel after you have a shower or a bath. When the natural oils from your skin aren’t stripped, it will feel slick and smooth.

Skin conditions

Some people have complained that hard water is one of the reasons why their skin conditions such as eczema are worse. This is due to the hard water irritating the skin.

Research shows that 20% of children under the age of 11 can suffer from eczema that is worsened by the water they use to shower with. While hard water doesn’t cause skin conditions, it doesn’t do anything to make them better.

Soft water won’t aggravate the skin and can offer relief to people who suffer from skin conditions. It won’t dry out the skin, which means you won’t feel as itchy or irritated.

Interested in a water softener?

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