Skin care has become one of the most beloved forms of self care in recent years, leaving many adults more aware than ever about the best practices for skincare. Unfortunately, numerous Americans aren’t aware of one of the biggest hurdles to healthy skin – their water.
Whether you’re suffering from eczema and working to treat it with lotions and creams, or just focused on achieving healthier, younger, more vibrant-looking skin, your water can negatively affect all your good intentions. In conjunction with local environmental factors, you may notice a direct correlation between your dry skin and water. Here’s a few things you need to know:
Hot Water Damages Skin Health
Experts say that showering too often in water that’s too hot will leave your skin feeling dry and tight. Why? Water can strip your skin of healthy, natural oils that keep skin soft and protected, while high temps damage your skin cells, limiting their ability to lock in moisture and keep your skin feeling hydrated. Scientists share that cold showers are a helpful way to guard your skin against cell damage, suggesting that bathing every other day (while skill keeping the important parts clean!) is a good way to improve skin health with simple changes.
The Contents of Your Water Affects Your Skin
It’s standard for city water to include chlorine to keep it bacteria and virus free as it travels through pipes to reach your home, but the chlorine is not necessary once the water reaches its destination. Nevertheless, most households don’t have systems in place to remove chlorine, leaving the known skin irritant in the water used to bathe. This chemical not only leaves your home smelling like a swimming pool, but it leaves your skin feeling dry and flaky, too. Improving your skin health starts with improving your water.
Hard Water Makes Skincare Hard
Over 85% of Americans live with hard water, which contains minerals like calcium and magnesium. Hard water is responsible for the buildup on your faucets, water spots on dishes, and even contributes to a shorter life span for appliances like dishwashers and washing machines due to the buildup. This buildup isn’t just limited to household objects, though. It also affects your skin by reducing the effectiveness of soaps and leaving soap scum on your body that, when left over time, begins to irritate the skin. Hard water is proven to lessen the skin’s ability to function normally by limiting its ability to protect itself with necessary moisture. It also is proven to cause more diagnosed eczema cases among young children who are regularly bathed in hard water.
The Secret to Healthy Skin
There’s a much easier, more effective way to “treat yourself” with wonderful skincare practices that doesn’t involve excessive products, lotions, and creams. Tackle the source of the problem: your water. By improving your hard water with a water softening system, you will see a noticeable difference in your skin health – not to mention all the other benefits around your home. Soaps will clean better, moisturizing will be more effective, and your skin will move from dry and flaky to fresh and dewy without the necessity of a complicated 12-step process.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to figure out the details of a water softener on your own. Our team of experts can help you find the best system for your lifestyle, install it in your home, and walk you through everything you need to know to keep your water softener cared for and running smoothly to bring your home better water with ease.
Ready to take the next step? Our team can complete a free water test on your water and put together a treatment plan to address your concerns and get you on the path to great water. Give us a call or fill out a contact form to start caring for your skin with the attention it deserves.