Hard Water – The Effects on Skin and Hair
If you live in a hard water area, it’s more than likely you will be familiar with some of the effects that hard water can have on your skin and hair. But, do you know them all and do you know the full extent of the effects?
1. Dry, itchy and irritated skin
Hard water contains dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium. This means it is much harder for the water to create a lather with soap and it is also much harder to wash away any soap residue, leaving you with a scummy film on your body. You may have noticed this film on your fixtures but it also builds up on your skin, stripping away the natural moisture.
This effect not only blocks your pores, the same way it blocks your pipes but can leave your skin feeling dry, far more irritated and itchy and it can also worsen skin conditions such as eczema.
You may not be aware, but the minerals found in hard water can affect the ageing process of your skin, making you look older than what you actually are.
The minerals found in hard water can form free radicals which damage healthy skin cells and leave you with fine line and wrinkles. They can even cause a breakdown in collagen, which is essential in helping your skin stay healthy and firm.
3. Dry and dull looking hair
Retaining moisture levels in your hair at all times is important to have that glossy and healthy look but the same scummy film that gets left behind on your skin from hard water minerals also gets left behind on your hair. This prevents any moisture from entering the hair and instead leaves you with dull, dry and straw-like looking locks.
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