When you take a shower or a bath, you want to leave feeling clean, but can your water damage your skin instead?

A shower should wash off your day. However, hard water can irritate and dry out your skin, leaving you feeling “squeaky” — but not necessarily squeaky clean. Here’s a look at the effects of untreated hard water and why soft water is good for your skin.

The Difference Between Hard and Soft Water

Hard and soft water might look the same, but their chemical makeup makes the difference on your skin. Hard water contains magnesium and calcium, which can react with your bar soap to create soap scum on your body. Soap does not dissolve in hard water. Instead, it forms a layer of residue.

Soap scum is invisible, but the idea of being squeaky clean comes from the sound it might make on your skin. Although it sounds like a good thing, being “squeaky” means that you have not lathered in soap. When you bathe in soft water, bubbles form and give your skin a natural clean. If your body feels somewhat oily after using soft water, that is great! Soft water is good for your skin because it keeps your natural oils on your body instead of drying them out.

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What Water Can Damage Your Skin?

If you are bathing in hard water on a regular basis, chances are it is clogging your pores and drying your skin too much. Scientists found in a 2017 study that people who showered with higher hard water levels had an increased likelihood of eczema. The soap scum left on their body caused irritation and stripped healthy natural moisture from their skin.

The study also found that softening the water reversed many effects of hard water on the participants. You can feel the results of a water softener after one wash.

How to Reduce Drinking Hard Water

If you have noticed the effects of hard water on your skin, you may be drinking hard water, too. Although drinking hard water does not have any direct health effects, you might want to consider the additional magnesium and calcium intake in your diet. Studies have found that consuming hard water could lead to irregular bowel movements.

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If you want to avoid drinking hard water, consider installing a water softener. Our High Efficiency water softeners use smart sensor technology to go with the flow of your home. You will see and feel the difference soft water has on your body.

Treat Your Home System With Culligan Water

For your most challenging water problems, Culligan Water is here to help. Our trained water treatment technicians will make your home’s water healthier, helping to improve the effects of water on your skin. If you want more information on how soft water can improve your skin, call Culligan Water at 717-746-0379 or make an appointment today!