How Hard Water Harms Your Hair and Skin

Chris Knippa
Written by Chris Knippa
Updated July 8, 2016
hard water running from faucet
Hard water leaves residue on your hair and skin, causing undesirable effects. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Is hard tap water really that bad for your health?

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I wasn’t really surprised when I heard some foods were bad for one's health — my beloved bacon being the most disappointing. And with so many things getting the ax nowadays, what would be next?

As it turns out, scientists have been keeping an eye on water. But they aren't concerned so much about the effects of drinking it. (After all, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking more than margaritas and Shiner Bock while out on the lake.)

But did you know that putting tap water — also called hard water — on your skin might actually be bad for you? Read on to see what you can do to make some changes and increase your overall health.

What is hard water?

By definition, hard water is water that contains a very high amount of minerals, as compared to soft water, which is extremely low. Hard water is created when water gradually filters through chalk and/or limestone, which is filled with magnesium carbonate and calcium deposits.

In layman's terms, you know hard water is present when you start to see deposits of calcium, among other minerals, forming where water is present in your house, such as the sink, bathroom or within your appliances.

How does hard water affect your hair and skin?

Hard water can get in your skin in a number of ways. Remember those deposits I mentioned earlier that you can find collecting around your bathroom sink? Well, picture those very same deposits collecting on your body. After all, this is the same water you bathe in.

Naturally, you’re not going to find such a large batch of it collecting in one area (if you use soap, that is). But even so, there will be some left behind. So what does this do to your hair and skin?

Well, depending on the type in your area, hard water can cause a number of issues, including:

• Loss or fading of hair color

• Filmy locks

• Dried out, straw-like texture

• Dull, limp hair

• Dried, irritated skin

• Clogged pores in skin

But don’t worry; if you’re in an area where hard water is prone to affect you, all is not lost.

What can you do about hard water?

You can do a number of things to help eliminate hard water's effects on your hair and skin. Obviously, stopping the problem at the source is the most recommended. This means to install a home water treatment system — aka a water softener — such as those offered at Kinetico.

By installing a home water system, you turn the hard water into soft water. Water softeners transform tap water back to its most natural state and giving your hair and skin a rejuvenating break.

Are you thinking about installing a water softener to combat hard water? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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