You’ve used all the trendy hair care and skin care products on the market, but nothing is working. You probably suffer from dry skin, and no matter what products you use, you still suffer from dry skin. If it’s not the skincare products, it’s your water. According to Self.com, 85% of all water in the United States is hard. And you know what that means right? Of course, you don’t, but let’s get into that right now.
Hard water is defined as water that has a high pH level that contains high levels of iron, magnesium and/or calcium ions. These ions make it hard for detergents, cleansers or soaps to do their job in a solvent/solute type relationship. Not only will you have a hard time cleansing your skin, but a surface residue is left on the skin, causing dry, flaky skin and irritation.
Before you go out and buy a water test, here are some signs that you have hard water:
- Clogged plumbing
- Soap scum in your shower, tub, sink or faucets
- Difficulty getting soaps to lather
- Spotty dishes
If you are still in denial, retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Amazon.com sell kits that will detect the presence of hard water and pH levels.
So you have hard water, what can you do? Soften your water! Soft water is the total opposite of hard water. It is absent of mineral ions which rinse skin, clothes and hair more efficiently. This means no clogged pores, cleaner hair, and clean, soft, healthier skin. So how do you get softer water? A water softening system!
I decided I needed a water softening system because of my kids. Child after child was being born with eczema, and my pediatrician discussed the benefits of a water softening system to improve water quality. She almost guaranteed me efficient cleansing, better absorption of skin creams and serums, and cleaner, healthier hair.
I even took the time to speak with Peter Lamas, celebrity hairstylist about the benefits of soft water:
Since soft water has a lower concentration of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, it won’t dry out hair, skin and, cuticles. You may also notice that shampoos and soaps will produce a better lather with soft water.
Aside from the aesthetic benefits, softer water means cleaner dishes, drains, and faucets; my appliances that used water would have a longer life and have no mineral buildup, and I wouldn’t have to worry about clogged drains as much.
For about $400 (prices vary depending on the size of the home), you can purchase a soft water system and have it installed for roughly another hundred bucks. To keep your water softener running, it requires softening salt.
Morton softening salt contains a patented formula that helps to clean and prevent build up in your water softener, keeping your softener running smoothly over time. It also helps to prevent mineral buildup in pipes and appliances – helping to extend their life and improve efficiency.*
Interested in learning more about your water? Click here to get a free test strip to determine if you have hard water.
Check out this video to learn more about how water softeners work.
* Based on external laboratory testing of continuous use of System Saver II versus plain salt over the life of the softener, using hard water with an average clear-water(ferrous) iron content of 1.1 parts per million (ppm).
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.