How Can Hard Water Affect Your Skin & Health

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:

  1. Feeling a rough like residue on your skin after a hot shower
  2. Negative effects on your dyed hair (especially if it’s blonde)
  3. Rough dry or “frizzy hair”
  4. An itchy flakey scalp
  5. 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.

Solutions

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.

Testing Your Water For Limescale. Hard Water Testing

Easiest Ways to Test for Hard Water

There are 3 cheap & easy ways you can test for hard water at home. We will explain the methods below so you know for sure if you have hard or soft water. (Quick tip – Have a look in your kettle and inspect for calcium deposits 🙂 ) But for the sake of this quick article, lets have a look at some other methods.

 

What is Hard Water?

Hardness is a natural characteristic of much of Ireland’s drinking supply. Hard water contains high levels of natural minerals absorbed from rock and soil. It is not harmful to your health, in fact, the higher the mineral content (such as Calcium & Magnesium) may confer health benefits above that of soft water.

1. Check Your Water Utilities Website

The first method is to go online and check with your local water supplier. For example, check Irish Waters dedicated link here to check your address for hard water . They provide an annual Water Quality Report that is available for anybody to read upon request. If you have a private well supply, read below for some at home water testing methods.

2. In-Home Water Test

You can test for hard water in your home by taking a clean and clear bottle. Fill one-third of the bottle with tap water. Then, pour a few drops of pure Castile liquid soap into the bottle and shake vigorously. This liquid can be bought online for under a fiver on sites like the one listed here. Make sure you use pure liquid soap because it doesn’t contain additives that will create suds in hard water.

If you have soft water, which hopefully you do, your bottle should still be filled a third of the way with water and two-thirds filled with bubbles from the soap.

If you have hard water, the water in the bottle will be cloudy and there will be a thin layer of tiny bubbles.

3. Titrant Hard Water Test Kit

To find out how hard your water is exactly, you’ll need a liquid test kit (drop kit). You can order a Titrant water test kit from ourselves for only €20. To place your order, click here and fill out the form.

In the box, you will have a test tube and bottle of green Titrant liquid.  Simply fill the test tube with 5ml of cold water and then add 10 drops of liquid into the test tube and give it a swirl. If the liquid turns red, this means your water is hard. To determine how hard the water actually is, continue to add drops (keep count) and when the liquid eventually turns dark green, refer to the chart in the package for an explanation on the result. You can then contact us to discuss an appropriate water softening treatment package to remedy the issue.

We would be delighted to discuss your water softening & filtration requirements. Feel free to call us on 01-6877117 if you have any questions!