Hard water can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. The high level of minerals in hard water can leave behind a film on your skin and hair, making it difficult for moisturizer, lotion, and hair conditioner to sink in. Some people find that hard water exacerbates dry skin and eczema, and leaves hair tangled and dry. Luckily, there are things you can do to remedy this if you live in an area with hard water:
Install a Water Filtration System
The most effective way to combat hard water is to install a water filter in your home. This will filter out the harsh mineral compounds found in hard water, effectively turning it into soft water and making your showers much more gentle. The water filtration system will also make your tap water taste much better. Contact a local outlet, such as Friot's Water Treatment CO, for further assistance.
Use a Vinegar Rinse
The acidic nature of vinegar can help remove scaly mineral buildup in your hair and restore its PH balance. To make your own vinegar rinse, simply mix a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 16 ounces of water. Pour the entire mixture over your hair and let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Wash Your Face with Bottled Water
Hard water tends to have a stronger effect on delicate facial skin, causing dryness, irritation, and breakouts. If you are unable to filter your water at this time, you may want to start washing your face with bottled water to help combat these skin problems.
Use Clarifying Shampoo
Clarifying shampoo is made specifically to remove buildup in your hair, including the buildup from hard water. Clarifying shampoo can be used periodically (using it every day can strip your hair of natural oils and moisture) to remove gunk and buildup, leading to shinier, healthier looking hair.
Take Shorter Showers
A simple solution to the hard water issue, at least in the short run, is to just take shorter showers. The rationale behind this approach is that the less time you spend in the shower, the less of a chance the harsh minerals in hard water have to accumulate on your skin and hair. Shutting off the water while you're lathering up your shampoo and soap, and then turning it back on to rinse off can also help.
Hard water can be very harsh on your skin and hair, but by following these tips you should be able to counteract this harshness.Share
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