The Dirty Truth About Bathing in Hard Water

The Dirty Truth About Bathing in Hard Water

For many of us taking a shower is a way to wash away the stresses of our day. Unfortunately, if you have hard water, you may find yourself with additional anxieties as your tub is hard to clean and your skin feels itchy and dry. Here we’ll explore the full, dirty truth about bathing in hard water.

Washing a Film on to Your Skin

While you may be wanting to wash the dirt and oils of the day off, when you’re showering in hard water, you may actually be washing a film on to your skin. Hard water minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium often leave a residue on the skin, making it feel itchy and tight. These elements also bind to shampoo, soaps, shaving cream, and shower gels to create an unpleasant film that traps oil and dirt against the skin.

If you’ve been showering in hard water for a long time, you may not even notice this reaction, but when you see a scaly residue on your shower walls or bathtub, remember that this same mineral build up is on your skin.

More Soap = More Problems

One of the most obvious signs of hard water when bathing is that your soap, shower gel or shampoo doesn’t foam up into a rich lather. The minerals in your hard water react with soaps, making it harder for suds to form. The harder the water, the more soap you’ll need. Unfortunately, using more and more soap is not just costly, but it is also hard on your skin. When your skin feels squeaky, it is actually a sign that the natural, essential oils of your body are being stripped away to be replaced by a soapy residue.

When you first install a water softener, you’re likely to notice a different feeling. Your skin may feel slippery or slick like you’ve just applied lotion. This is what clean, healthy skin actually feels like, but it can take a little getting used to.

Washing Problems Into Hair

Most of us enjoy getting our hair done in a salon, but if your hair looks and feels different after a visit, it could be because you’re washing problems into your hair at home. Most water sources have different water hardness levels and many salons, hotels and gyms have water softeners installed to improve water quality. Regardless of the shampoo, conditioner, and products you use, hard water can cause a number of hair issues including fizziness, dullness, flakiness, and unmanageable locks. You may even notice that your hair feels greasy or weak after washing.

All of these issues are typical of very hard water. The dissolved minerals can make hair feel lifeless, while the residue accumulates around the follicles, drying out the skin and causing dandruff.

If hard water minerals accumulate on weakened hair for a prolonged period, it can even hinder future growth as the follicle becomes clogged and damaged. Fortunately, this can be addressed by installing a water softener. Once the dissolved minerals are removed from your water, you should find that your hair looks and feels softer and easier to manage, giving you that salon finish at home.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.

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