The presence of hard or soft water in your home can both affect the condition of your skin after washing. In this article, we will take a closer look at this issue to help you get the best water for shower, bathing, and washing.
How Does Hard Water Affect My Skin?
Hard water contains an elevated level of mineral content, including calcium, magnesium, and to a lesser extent, iron. When it comes to washing, the main problem with these minerals is that they inhibit the formation of soap suds. It’s hard to achieve a lather with your favorite soap, gels, shampoos, and other products. This lowers the potential cleaning power, people attempt to compensate by using more soap, but this is not effective.
Another problem is that the mineral content is left behind after you’ve dried your skin. So, the same scale that you may see on the surfaces of your taps and other plumbing fixtures is on the surface of your skin. This material clogs pores which can lead to acne and breakouts. These minerals also act as an irritant which can exacerbate skin issues such as eczema and cause rashes. In fact, this is the same material that causes the formation of soap scum that’s hard to scrub clean.
Hard water dries out your skin because the mineral content strips away the moisture that would be left behind after showering and bathing. Healthy skin should have some moisture to facilitate self lubrication which improves the condition.
Hard water is bad for your skin, so it should come as no surprise that it can age your skin too. Dermatologists have found that magnesium and iron ions are free radicals that cause significant damage to healthy skin cells. The result is a breakdown in collagen, which is a vital structural protein that maintains elasticity. Skin that has been worn down with hard water washing can be more prone to wrinkling and the formation of fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
How Does Soft Water Affect My Skin?
Soft water feels slippery because it doesn’t contain the minerals that make the water hard. This can be hard to adjust to at first, but the difference is incredible, and you won’t want to go back to hard water after trying it. When you use soft water, it achieves a lather quickly, you will need less soap, and there is no loss of cleaning power. The cleaner nature of soft water makes it a better option for people with skin conditions. In fact, many people have noticed a significant improvement in their ailments when they made the switch to soft water. Soft water doesn’t leave any mineral content behind, which reduces the chance of a breakout. Hair washed in soft water feels softer, and it’s easier to manage. Many people also notice that the condition of their nails improves because they are stronger, less brittle, and not prone to breaking.
If you want to make the switch to soft water, contact your local water treatment specialist today.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.