Is your Skin and Hair Being Damaged by Hard Tap Water?

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights:

  • Although it does not seem to have any ill effects when taken orally, hard water can cause problems when used externally
  • Hard water contains high amounts of minerals as it is filtered on chalk or limestone that contains calcium and magnesium carbonate
  • Minerals found in hard water can also accumulate on your hair and skin
  • It can clog the pores on your skin and it can make your hair look dull and dry
  • Using a water treatment system to soften the water is the best way for you to fight the effects of hard water on your body

Did you know that hard tap water can harm your health?

We all know that many of us were disappointed to find out that many of our favorite foods are now considered health hazards. But it turns out, something that we use every day is also about to get labeled as harmful.

As it turns out, a lot of scientists have been keeping tabs on the effects of water. Although it does not seem to have any effects when you drink it, tap water or hard water, might actually do harm when you use it externally. Read on and see what changes you might want to consider for your health.

Why is it called hard water?

Hard water contains high amounts of minerals; soft water on the other hand, only contains trace amounts of minerals. Hard water is created when water is filtered through magnesium carbonate and calcium rich chalk or limestone.

In simpler terms, you can easily identify that it is hard water when you see mineral deposits forming on your water fixtures. You can also see mineral buildups on your bathroom, kitchen, and sink if your house is using hard water.

How does hard water affect your health?

Hard water can affect your skin and hair with continued use. Much like the buildup and deposits that you can see on your tiles and water fixtures, the minerals that it contains can also collect on your body. After all, it is the same water, and you do get exposed to it every day.

Although you might not see the actual buildup, it can slowly accumulate on your skin and hair. Depending on the amount of minerals there are in your water supply, here’s what it does to your skin and hair.

  • It can clog the pores on your skin
  • It can cause skin rashes and irritations
  • It can give you dull hair
  • It can make your hair look limp and lifeless
  • It can give you filmy locks of hair
  • It can fade your hair color
  • It can make your hair look dried out
  • It can give your hair a straw-like texture

Don’t worry. If you are in an area where the water is hard, there is still something you can do.

How can I eliminate the effects of hard water?

There are actually a number of ways for you to protect your skin and hair from hard water. The first thing that you need to do is to deal with your water source. Installing a home water treatment system or a water softener is one of the best ways for you to deal with this problem.

Through this treatment system, you can turn hard water into soft water. This allows the water from your tap to go back to its most natural and pure state. This will also allow the water to rejuvenate your skin and hair instead of causing damage.

Have you seen the effects of hard water on your skin or hair? Share your thoughts and ideas about how to fight the effects of hard water below!

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