Hard Water on your skin and hair
The water we are exposed to, whether inside or outside of our homes, can either be hard or soft. In the UK, over 60% of us are in a hard water area. What does that mean, and can hard water affect your skin?
Hard water is when minerals are found in water, such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. This usually occurs when the rainwater falls and collects the minerals of the stone it lands on. You may not be able to tell if water is hard or soft by looking at it or tasting it, however, your appliances will certainly give you an indication. Hard water causes mineral build-up, also known as “soap scum”, which will appear on your glass shower doors or in your appliances as limescale.
So, what are the effects of hard water on our skin? Does hard water make your skin dry?
Sadly, it’s not just our household and appliances that can be affected by hard water. Our hair can be affected by the water quality being hard. Hair can become brittle and dry, with skin taking the brunt of the effects.
When you’re cleaning your body, whether it be a bath, shower or just washing your hands, minerals can be deposited on your skin. These minerals make removing soap more difficult, resulting in dry skin. Other signs of hard water on the skin can include breakouts, itchiness, and other skin health issues.
That’s why it’s a good idea that you find out if the water in your home is hard or soft.