Hard water is a term used to describe water with a high mineral content. Hard water presents a number of challenges in maintaining healthy skin and hair. Hard water is a regional problem for many households, especially those that use well water. This type of water has a higher concentration of minerals, particularly magnesium and calcium. This is a result of the ground water seeping through the soil and rocks.
- Hard water causes ‘soap scum’, which is as unattractive as it sounds. It leaves a sticky film on your skin and can cause itchiness and irritation. Similarly, hard water leaves your hair dull, brittle and hard to handle. Water Concept treated water reverses the curse.
- Love fashion? Hard water doesn’t. In fact hard water can be down right cruel on your clothes – shortening their life by up to 40%.
Taking Shower with Hard & Chlorinated water
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.
Our hair also gets exposed to chlorine both in swimming pools and in our shower. The effects of overexposure to chlorine can be excessive dryness, tangling, and breakage, as well as color fading.
Hard Water and you skin
Hard water can be especially irritating to those who already suffer from a skin condition like dermatitis. Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin, and outbreaks are more common when one suffers from persistently dry skin. While hard water itself doesn’t cause dermatitis, it can irritate the condition or even initiate a flare-up. One of the most common effects of hard water is its ability to dry out the skin and leave it unable to absorb moisture. The combination of hard water with a co-existing dermatitis condition can lead to more frequent and severe outbreaks.
Effects of Hard Water on Hair
Hard water contains dissolved minerals, usually carbonates of the metal ions calcium and magnesium. These minerals react with soaps and surfactants, reducing their effectiveness at cleansing, and forming a salt that precipitates onto your hair.
Hard water dries out your hair and leaves it feeling dull, lifeless and heavy. Any hair treatments you have like a perm or dye will fade and relax much faster than they should when hair is washed in hard water. You may also notice a dry, flaky scalp, hair breakage and hair thinning due to blockage at the follicles.