It's something you probably never think about, but the water in your area could be affecting your skin and hair health. In the UK, we're in the extremely privileged position to have easy access to clean water. The levels of chlorine found in UK tap water are low, as are the levels of endocrine-disrupting hormones. With that being said, many people choose to filter their drinking water, so it's not really surprising that filtering your bathing water has become an option, too.
You might have noticed (especially if you've ever lived in an area of hard water) that the water from your daily bath or shower can affect your skin and hair. Personally, when I moved to London, I noticed that my skin became a lot drier, and often feels tight or itchy after showering. Sure, it could be put down to other external factors, but whenever I head back home to the countryside, I do find that my skin changes again.
"The problem with hard is water is that it contains high concentrations of minerals especially calcium, magnesium and iron—all of which can have a drying effect on our skin regardless of the skin type. These mineral particles are large and hang around on the surface, which increases the drying effect and cause even the oiliest of skins to become drier," says Jane Leonard, MD.
Not only do these minerals cling to the skin, but they also make it harder for products to lather, foam and be washed away. Therefore, if you live in a hard water area (the South East areas of the UK have the hardest water), you might not be washing away your in-shower products properly, which, in turn, might be affecting your skin and hair.
Not all shower filters can remove these elements (some tend to filter out only particles of dirt which are sort of unnecessary thanks to our clean tap water), but we have found one that claims to remove these minerals and has over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon.
This dechlorinating shower filter removes 99.9% of chlorine and softens your shower water. It's easy to attach either at the top or your showerhead or bottom of your shower hose. If that's the one small change that's needed to sort out my dry skin for good, I'm definitely investing.
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