Calcium and Magnesium present in hard water react with chemicals in bathing products and detergents, preventing them from dissolving completely. These undissolved chemicals form a residue that causes skin and hair dryness. Also, the lack of lather makes us use more quantity of these products that cause more harm by clogging skin pores and causing irritation.
Day in and day out, we wash our dishes, clothes, hands, hair and bodies with water that runs from our taps. It’s a modern day amenity that most of us take for granted, however, most of us don’t know what’s really in our water that we use and consume daily. Have you ever noticed particularly spotty dishes, the buildup in your shower or that your laundry feels like sandpaper at times? Then you may have hard water in your home.
Well, what is hard water? As rainwater passes through the earth and into other means of water, it picks up certain “hardness” materials that will precipitate and clog pipes, and may also damage your appliances.
Impact Of Hard Water On Your Skin And Hair
Additionally, your skin and hair are taking a hit when it comes to hard water.
You see, calcium and magnesium are two minerals that can build up in our hair and mix into shampoo residue, leaving your hair quite goopy. Some of the effects of this combination include film, straw-like texture as well as dull, limp hair.
This buildup or “hardening” of minerals in hard water makes it very difficult for other substances to dissolve in that water, including soaps and detergents. The various undissolved substances can leave a surface residue on the washing machine, your clothing, your plumbing, tub, or shower—and your hair and skin. With that, bathing and washing our clothes in hard water can lead to increased skin irritation.
Excessive Soap Usage
Whenever we bathe, we often lather ourselves up with soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other cosmetics and cleaning products. If your water is hard, you may notice these products aren’t lathering up sufficiently. This could prompt you to use more of the product. Next, we start the process of rinsing, which is where the combination of hard water and increased amounts of cleansing products can really work against us, and a more problematic residue of the hard water and cleaning products may be left on the skin.
The soap residue left behind on your skin clogs the pores and irritates the skin, making it itchy, flaky, and dry. The minerals in the hard water itself can also clog skin pores, which can be especially harmful to more sensitive areas like the face. Facial skin or other areas that are thin, reddened, or irritated from associated dry skin conditions may worsen, with flushing from damage to the blood vessels.
In addition to your skin carrying a residue of soap and hard water, our clothing, sheets, and linens are also susceptible. The water in our washing machines is typically no different from that in our showers; it too can leave detergent residue in our clothing and linens. Therefore, our skin can be in constant contact with this residue, causing chafing, rubbing, and further skin irritation.
Benefits Of Softening Water
There are so many reasons you should soften your water that you wouldn’t even realize! Think less soap required to clean your clothes, no more harsh water stains in your tubs, less buildup in your appliances – need we say more? Soft water will save you time, money, and have you feeling at your best.