Skin Loves Soft Water

Do your showers or baths make you feel like a million dollars? Is your skin silky smooth or does it feel as if it is coated in minerals from the water? If you are feeling dry and itchy after bathing and need to use a moisturiser, then your water could be the problem.

Effects of Hard Water on Skin

Most people aren’t aware of the effect water can have on their skin, especially if it’s hard and contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium. This happens as water comes into contact with rocks and soil, picking up the minerals as it goes along which goes into the water you use in your home. These minerals make it harder for soapy suds to form and will often leave behind a scummy residue, the kind that floats in your cup of tea. If limescale can build up on the showerhead and coat your pipes, it will definitely cling to your skin.

With hard water, the residue will be left behind on your skin which can clog your pores. While this makes people feel itchy, it can also cause people to have flare-ups and even cause acne or eczema. When the pores are clogged, the natural oils in your skin get trapped and build up, which causes spots and pimples. 

The reason why people feel itchy is that the minerals in hard water can strip moisture from your skin. If the minerals weren’t present, then the natural oils in your body could keep your skin soft and full of moisture without the need for a moisturiser. However, with hard water coating your skin and a lathering of moisturiser on top, it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to your skin.

Some people even believe that hard water can cause your skin to age faster due to impurities in the water such as iron and magnesium. Dr. Dennis Gross is a dermatologist and he said that the impurities can form free radicals that damage skin cells and will lead to wrinkles. Free radicals cause the breakdown of collagen, which helps to keep your skin looking healthy and firm.

Why Soft Water Is Better for Your Skin

If you’re fed up of the effects hard water is having on your skin, then you need to have a water softener installed in your home. Not only does soft water make dishes and appliances shine, but it will also make your skin feel silky smooth, soft and clean.

With soft water you won’t have to use as much product to get a soapy lather, meaning you can save money by cutting down on shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. The product that you use on yourself will work more efficiently and there won’t be any scum residue left on your skin when the water washes it away.

While hard water is hard on your skin and causes issues, soft water is gentle on the skin and improves skin conditions. 

Better Skin, Better Health

When people wash with their water softener for the first time, they often say their skin feels slippery, but this is completely normal. This sensation happens when there is no scum attached to your body, allowing your natural oils to moisten the skin. They are extremely important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy.

Softened water doesn’t cure conditions like eczema, but it can be a step towards feeling better in your skin and being kinder to it. With less irritation due to the minerals in hard water, you won’t feel the need to itch your skin as much as before. 

Eczema is a skin condition that affects 20% of children aged 11 and under, as well as 8% of teenagers and adults. A study was done in the UK that found children who lived in hard water areas were more likely to develop eczema. While hard water doesn’t cause skin conditions, there is a lot of evidence to show that it can aggravate things further. 

Water Softener Equals Luxury Living

If you want your home to look and feel as if it is brand new, then a water softener is the perfect investment for you. It can be tucked away under your sink and no one would even know unless they feel the effects of soft water themselves. 

With a water softener, you can enjoy seeing appliances that are free of limescale, shower screens that don’t have unsightly watermarks and water that taste fresh. Towels and clothes will stay softer and brighter for longer, while your skin benefits from the gentleness of soft water. You will be able to cut down on the amount of product used in the shower and in the washing machine, saving you money in the long run.

Start living the luxurious life today and book a free home survey to see how a water softener can benefit you.

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Georgina Donnelly