If you have grown up in South Texas, then you know how hard it is to get that soft manageable, shampoo commercial hair and that clear, moisturized skin that you see if every L’Oréal or Oil of Olay commercial. Truth is, no matter how many beauty products you purchase or how expensive they are, if your water is hard, then you will never be able to achieve the results you see in those shampoo or makeup commercials and, your daily shower could be to blame.
We all know that our scalps are just skin - it needs just as much hydration as the rest of you. People usually condition the lengths of their hair, but the scalp doesn't get the same nourishment. If you have hard water coming into your home, this makes dryness a regular thing you have to deal with day in and day out. The porosity of your hair and the physical barrier it creates on your scalp means hard water gets trapped, leaving minerals thus contributing to your dry skin and scalp.
Hard water can irritate even the oiliest of scalps. Even if you have very fine hair that has to be washed daily to avoid it looking greasy, the hard water can dry your scalp out to be point where it becomes dehydrated and oily. Likewise, if your scalp is already on the slightly dry side, hard water can push it over the edge into flaky territory. Hard water also makes the hair flat and erodes the hair elasticity and leaves the hair very rough...but you probably already know this since you are reading this article.
How does hard water affect your body?
If you have sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis are far more common in hard water areas like San Antonio, but even if you're not suffering from either of those, you could still feel the effects. When you shower or bathe in hard water, minerals are left to dry on the skin. This can clog pores and cause dryness, triggering breakouts, flaking and itching.
Aside from just upsetting the delicate skin barrier, hard water saps the skin of moisture - which is why it's so problematic for anyone suffering with a dermatitis-type condition. To combat the effects, don't start stockpiling bottled water to bathe in. Of course, we know that showering and bathing in Ozarka is not the answer. So, what is? There are a lot of things that some dermatologists suggest, like blotting to dry off instead of vigorously drying, plus you can keep your showers short and lukewarm, not hot.
How does hard water affect your skin?
Taking make-up off after a long day is one of the most satisfying feelings ever. However, when the hard water coming into your home is so irritating, your skin may feel more sore than anything else. This is because when the water contains high amounts of calcium and doesn’t properly dissolve soap, meaning that there can be some residue left on the skin. Which contributes to sensitive, irritable and blemish-prone skin. Believe it or not, this also goes for your laundry. The detergent does not fully rinse thus leaving harmful chemicals to come in contact with your skin creating further irritation.
How can you treat hard water?
This is the easy part of all of this. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive lotions, moisturizing creams or face washes. All of your dry skin problems can be curbed by having soft, clean water, without all the harmful minerals. This will save your hundreds of dollars every few months and thousands of dollars over the course of a couple of years…all you need is soft water.