If you have perpetually dry skin, you may want to read today’s guest post by Felicia Baratz about hard water.
You know the drill: You spend a bunch of money trying out the newest and greatest skin creams, lotions and moisturizers only to find that your skin is just as dry as always. If you’re constantly trying to quench your skin’s thirst to no avail, your choice of products or your daily regimen might not be the real problem. It might be your water.
Hard water might be causing your skin to dry out. Think about it. Every time you step into the shower, clean your face or wash your hands, you’re exposing your skin to the calcium, magnesium and other dissolved minerals in hard water. By finding out exactly how these substances affect your body, you can solve your dryness problem and get back your baby-soft skin.
How hard water leads to dry skin
Hard water contains large deposits of minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. These deposits can have harmful and abrasive effects on everything from appliances to clothing washed in hard water, as well as — you guessed it — your skin.
When you take a shower or a bath in this type of water, the high mineral content makes it difficult for other substances to be absorbed, which means you’ll have a tough time lathering up your soap. This can cause you to use even more soap as you try to create bubbles. And once you finally achieve that fine lather, hard water then makes it difficult to rinse that soap away. So instead of stepping out of the tub feeling squeaky clean, you’re covered with a thin film of soap, which can lead to clogged pores and irritated skin that doesn’t allow moisturizers — not even the expensive ones — to fully absorb.
How to tell if you have hard water
Several tell-tale signs can alert you to the existence of hard water in your home. Next time you’re showering, notice how easy or difficult it is to lather up your soap and to wash it off. Both of these tasks can prove difficult for people with hard water.
You might also discover stubborn spots and deposits that are difficult to clean. The minerals in hard water can leave behind soap scum and marks on fixtures, bathtubs, sinks, and even dishes that have just come out of the dishwasher.
If these signs sound familiar and you receive your water supply from a city water company, you can contact that utility company directly and ask about the level of water hardness. You can also purchase testing strips or get a professional in-home water test that can give you precise information about how hard your water is and what you can do about it.
Softening your hard water
If you have hard water and you’re itching to get softer skin, the good news is that you can improve your water quality. The best way to solve your hard water problem is by investing in a water softener. These systems remove the magnesium and calcium that cause so many frustrating and damaging side effects for your home and your skin. Water softeners come in several models and types, so it’s a good idea to talk to a specialist to find out what option best fits your needs and then have a professional install it.
So before you reach into your pocket to buy yet another expensive moisturizer, consider attacking the source of your dry-skin woes by investing in a water softener system. You might just save your skin.
About the Author
Felicia Baratz is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. As a writer for doseofmyown.com, she specializes in articles about health and nutrition.
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