No, hard water doesn’t mean ice. While there’s little you can do about the hard water in your environment, you should know that bathing with hard water makes it difficult to rinse off soap from the body/skin, leaving your skin and hair dry or potentially irritated.
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Hard water is water with high concentration of mineral content in it. Hard water is formed when water percolates through deposits of limestone, chalks, gypsum, etc., which are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates and sulfates. It is naturally sourced from sedimentary rocks, seepage and runoff from soils. It has a turbid, or cloudy (milky), appearance to the water and a distinct lack of fluffy bubbles.
Hard water is not a health risk but can be a threat to your skin and hair as a result of mineral buildups on plumbing fixtures, as well as poor soap and detergent performance. It can worsen very sensitive skin, eczema and other skin conditions by drying out your skin even more.
Types of Hard Water
There are two notable kinds of hard water listed below.
- Temporary Hardness: This type of hardness can easily be removed by boiling the water.
- Permanent Hardness: Boiling the water here cannot remove hardness in water as it consists of soluble salt of magnesium & calcium which are present in form of chlorides & sulphide.
Disadvantages of Hard Water
Another notable concerns or issues related with hard water is the damage it does to the following:
- It damages plumbing and appliances.
- It leaves white residue on dishes after washing.
- It fades, stains, and damages clothes.
- It leaves you with a dry hair and dry skin after bathing
What to do if Hard Water is causing your skin trouble?
- Switch your soap: Note that irritations related to hard water are caused by soap residue not the water itself
3. Moisturizing your skin before bathing or always, since hard water makes soaps less effective, in this case keep a bottle of moisturizer by your bathtub/sink and make using it part of your regular skincare routine. The ORÍKÌ Whipped Shea Butter Souffle is perfect for skin hydration and rejuvenation.
4. Using hand sanitizer instead of washing your hands regularly. Sanitizers eliminate germs and the aloe present in it helps fight skin radicals.
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