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Does Your Tap Water Negatively Affect Your Skin?

Have you ever traveled somewhere for a few weeks and noticed that you skin dramatically improved?

 

The answer to this mystery may lie in something as simple as the water you have on tap.

 

You see there are two types of water hard and soft.

 

Soft water basically means that there are not a lot of minerals in the water, hard means that there are… and these minerals can have a noticeable effect on your skin.

 

These minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium, can affect skin health causing things like dryness and irritation and they are even tougher on people with certain skin conditions.

 

Hard water can make it more difficult to fully wash off most soaps and detergents from the skin, which can build up and irritate the skin.  Soap residue can also clog the skin’s pores and trap dirt and oil under the surface of the skin causing acne and pimples.

 

Unfortunately only about 20% of places in the US will have the good, soft water that is good for the skin.  The worst places for hard water are dry places like Texas, the Southwest (we have some of the worst water in LA) followed by the Great Lakes region, the Midwest, Tennessee and parts of the Pacific Northwest.

 

How can you tell if the water in your home is hard?

 

There are simple tell-tale signs like mineral buildup around the faucets in your home or a crusty ring around your bathtub.

 

There are some things that you can do to get around this unfortunate issue.

 
  1. Wipe Instead of Wash - use some gentle cloth or moist wipe instead of water.  You don’t have to do it everyday, but replacing half of your washes with these dry alternatives can do wonders.

  2. Bottled water - Again, you may not want to do this everyday, but doing a bottled water wash a few times a week will help get rid of the mineral build up.

  3. Install a water softener - This is the most expensive, but also the most permanent solution.  Water softeners can reduce most of the minerals in the water making it much easier on our skins.

 

Hope this helps!