It's something you probably never think about, but the water in your area might be affecting your skin and hair health. In the US and UK, we're in the extremely privileged position to have easy access to clean water. 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 might 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 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 [causes] even the oiliest of skins to become drier," says Jane Leonard, MD.
Therefore, if you live in a hard water area, 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.
It's easy to attach either at the top or your shower head 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.
Dry Scalp & Itchy Skin? Try These…
This daily body wash is designed to gently cleanse whilst nourishing extremely dry, dehydrated skin. It might also help with keratosis pilaris, aka bumpy skin.
Suitable for sensitive skin types, this soap-free oil promises to moisturize and protect skin from the drying effects of water.
Formulated with naturally derived ingredients, this gentle cleanser uses sustainably sourced aloe vera and soaptree extract meant to leave skin feeling clean and nourished.
Make sure you're washing away any excess product buildup with this scalp foam. It's infused with micellar water and salicylic acid meant to help to remove dead skin cells and pore-clogging debris that might lead to a dry, itchy scalp.
This clarifying shampoo promises to help rebalance the scalp and calm irritation and itchiness.
If you're suffering from dandruff, this leave-on treatment promises to help gently exfoliate the scalp with BHAs, whilst the added mint and chamomile soothe and calm irritation.