How Can Hard Water Affect Your Skin & Health
Did you know that over 75% percent of Irish households are living with the detrimental effects of hard water caused by excessive minerals which are present in their mains water supply?. If you, like many of us, live in an area where limescale is an issue, then you’ve likely noticed unsightly spots or streaks on your sink & glassware. Not only that but scale residue on your taps and worktops, or annoying soap residue stuck to your shower door from mineral deposits. As time passes, the excessive calcium & magnesium build ups can cause plumbing problems and damage to your domestic appliances.
It’s true, hard water is absolutely safe to drink, most people find that the limescale which is affecting their home can also have a negative effect on their health and appearance of their skin & hair. Do you have blonde hair? Does your water turn your hair green? YIKES!
The Connection Between Hard Water and Your Skin Health
When groundwater travels through limestone, it will normally attract varying amounts of calcium and magnesium. Obviously, it depends on where you live but your water may also contain manganese, or iron. The calcium content in hard water affects the breakdown of soap, cleansers, shampoo, and detergents. Instead of washing away cleanly, a large proportion of soap scum etc. can be left behind, potentially irritating your skin, particularly if you’re prone to eczema. If you’ve been washing your clothes, showering, or bathing in hard water, you will be quite familiar with the following issues:
- Feeling a rough like residue on your skin after a hot shower
- Negative effects on your dyed hair (especially if it’s blonde)
- Rough dry or “frizzy hair”
- An itchy flakey scalp
- Skin irritation or rashes. Inflammation of eczema.
When living in an area with harsh limescale, you will notice that you need to use a lot more shampoo or soap than normal to generate a sufficient lather. You will end up using a lot more product as a direct result of having a hard water mains supply.
Skin Conditions Triggered or Inflamed by Hard Water
The same residue that ruins your sink, taps and glassware etc. also has a similar penetrative affect on your skin. Calcium & Magnesium will dry out the natural oils of your skin and can cause an awful amount of irritation and damage to what would normally be, healthy skin. If your household appliances are suffering with the effects that come with hard water, you may want to consider how the mineral content of your mains water could be affecting the appearance of your skin. Here’s some of the main issues caused by limescale in the water supply
Elevated Irritation and Flaking
The moisture on your skin forms a protective layer against dryness, irritation, inflammation and infection. Even though most people experience incidents of skin dehydration during the winter time, a large percentage of people that are forced to use hard water have dry, flaky skin year-round. That’s a direct result of excessive minerals on the outer layer of the skin, absorbing moisture as lingering soap residue messes with your skin’s natural pH balance. More often than not, using moisturizers won’t be enough to remedy the problems.
Aggravated Eczema Flares
Flare-ups may be devastating and feel painful and uncomfortable. Hard water can trigger Atopic dermatitis and it often requires daily attention to keep flare-ups under control, though for some this may not be enough.
Atopic dermatitis can be frustrating and embarrassing and may result in self-consciousness about appearance; symptoms of anxiety also have been reported in people with atopic dermatitis. If your skin issues have been aggravated by your water supply, we would recommend a whole house water softener to remove 100% of the hardness from the mains. A soft water remedy like no other
Accelerated Signs of Skin Aging
It’s a factor in many skincare issues and dehydrated skin is no different. As your skin begins to get older, you may find it more difficult to maintain moisture levels.
The ageing process makes our bodies more dehydrated, including the skin. Structural changes associated with the ageing process cause more dehydration. It can create a slow-down of cell turnover.
And when skin becomes dehydrated, it can start to look older, too. Dehydrated skin will have a rough-feeling texture, with fine lines becoming more prominent.
As hard water wreaks havoc with your plumbing, household fixtures & appliances, the excessive mineral content can also cause an unimaginable number of skin concerns. That likely explains why so many people are investing in the health and appearance of their skin by improving the quality of the water in their home with an under sink whole house softening and filtration system.
Our volumetric range of water softeners have been proven to remove 100% of limescale from the home. We’ve installed thousands of units all across Ireland since 2009. Our price range included free professional installation with every unit purchased. We look forward to serving you soon.