Dry Skin: Is Hard Water To Blame?

Most individuals who deal with irritated, itchy, or dry skin would love to have a remedy. Better yet, they would love to find the culprit. While there may be several causes to consider, the quality of your bathing water is most often not on the radar. If you are bathing daily in water that is considered "hard", the idea of adding a water filter to your shower head or water softening system to your home is not a bad one.

For instance, the average water hardness for the Florida resident is 100-300 Parts Per Million and, across the state, the water is considered hard to extremely hard. Higher mineral levels found in hard water, like calcium and magnesium, create a negative impact on your skin. 

Hard water makes it difficult to rinse away soap from the surface, leaving the skin dry and potentially irritated. If you have sensitive skin, psoriasis, or eczema, hard water can make these conditions worse by drying out your skin even more.

There are also long-term effects to consider. Iron, calcium, and magnesium found in hard water can form free radicals on the skin. Free radicals are known to break down the skin's collagen, thus impacting the skin's firmness. Overtime, consistent exposure to hard water can not only impact the way your skin looks and feels, it can impact the way your skin ages.

No matter where you live, here at The Rolling Stone MedSpa, we encourage you to kick dry, itchy, and irritated skin to the curb and protect it by using softened water on a daily basis. This good suggestion goes together with being sure you apply quality, clinical-grade skincare products, such as ZO Skin Health, to keep your skin safe and hydrated. 

Cheers to soft water and healthy skin!

 

 

Author
Carrie Schuerfranz, RN

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