If you feel that you have tried every body lotion, cream or body butter on the market and you still have dry skin, then you may have hard water.
The water that you shower with, wash your dishes and clothes in, and even drink may be contributing to your itchy, dry, cracked skin.
Hard water is water that contains high levels of iron, magnesium and/or calcium ions. The more minerals in your water the more difficult it is for other substances like detergents or soaps to do their job properly.
If your home has hard water you may notice deposits of soap, iron and lime in your showers, sinks and faucets as well as difficulty getting soaps to lather and rinse off.
The dermaharmony website explains the effects of hard water on your skin perfectly. Here are some of the highlights:
“Whenever we bathe, we often lather ourselves up with soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other cosmetics and cleaning products. If you water is hard, you may notice these products aren’t lathering up sufficiently. This could prompt you to use more of the product. Next we start the process of rinsing, which is where the combination of hard water and increased amounts of cleansing products can really work against us, and more problematic residue of the hard water and cleaning products may be left on the skin.
The soap residue left behind on your skin clogs the pores and irritates the skin, making it itchy, flaky, and dry. The minerals in the hard water itself can also clog skin pores, which can be especially harmful to more sensitive areas like the face.”
If you have hard water and it is irritating your skin, now is the time to take action. The best remedy for hard water is to make it softer, and that is where the Scalehound can help.
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