Is water causing you to have dry skin or dry lifeless hair?
Do you go to a lot of effort to ensure that your skin is hydrated, glowing and youthful, and your hair is luscious and shining? Was you aware that some of the challenges you faced can be caused by your water supply? Let us look at the effect Hard water can have on us, and how we can minimise these effects.
The effect hard water can have on us.
I am sure you had the experience of going on holiday and noticed that the quality of the water seems to be lighter not only did shampoo or soap lather much quicker, but your skin and hair did not feel as dry as it normally does. If so, you are probably aware that you had just enjoyed the privilege of showering with soft water.
However, if you get scales in your kettle, or around your taps, it is hard to get a lather from your soap or shampoo your skin or hair feels dry after washing, then you are probably living in a hard water area.
Why is my water hard?
When water drains though limestone or chalk deposits, calcium and magnesium will dissolve into it, resulting in mineral-loaded hard water. Soft water has low mineral content. Hard Water can be good for your health but not so good for your skin and hair. Let’s see why.
Four Effects of hard water on your skin and hair.
1. Minerals in hard water makes it very difficult for your soap or shampoo to dissolve, This can encourage the use of more product, (in order to get a lather) which in turn means that when rinsing you will still be left with a residue of product on your skin. This can cause itchy, irritated skin,
2.. The minerals in the hard water itself can also clog skin pores, which can cause acne or irritated skin.
3 .Hard water can dry out your skin and leave it unable to absorb moisture.
4. Hard water can leave a build up of minerals in you hair, leaving it dull and dry.
How to overcome the effects of hard water on your skin and hair.
You can adjust the mineral content by installing a water softener, shower head filter, using bottled water to wash face specifically, use filtered water to wash your face or hair
Apple cider vinegar rinse
Will remove build up on your hair. The acidity of the apple cider vinegar will help balance the alkaline of the minerals in hard water.
Make a rinse by using 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water(boiled filtered water)
Apply after shampoo to remove residue from shampoo and hard water from your hair.
Use a Clarifying Shampoo.
A clarifying shampoo has been designed to remove all build-up from your strands, including chlorine, hard water minerals, and styling residue. However, as these shampoos are good at stripping product build up and minerals from your hair it also strips natural oils from your hair it is recommended that you do not use this more than once a month.
Face cleansers/ soap
Select a moisturising face wash or , preferably natural soap particularly for your face that will not strip much needed moisture from your face. Avoid ingredients like parabens, triclosan,fragrance sulphates in your soap.
You can cleanse with Monshea pure shea oil after washing your face, especially as some soap products feel as some residue has been left on your skin which is excarberated with hard water. Pour a pea size amount on tissue,or cotton wall and gently cleanse your face. Apply a toner and moisturisers afterwards.
Have shorter showers or baths at a lower temperature. This will help to reduce your exposure to hard water and the lower temperatures is less drying to your skin and of course better for the environment.
Use a natural oil.
While your skin is still slightly damp after bathing, the effects of living in a hard water area can be minimised if you also apply a rich moistusing oil like Monshea shea oil with ylang-ylang. This will help to seal in the moisture leaving your skin smooth, soft and glowing. This also works if you do the same with your hair, while damp try Monshea pure shea oil to keep your hair glossy and