Did you know your shower water plays a huge role in the health of your skin and hair? You’ve probably heard of hard water and soft water before. In this blog post, we’ll be going over hard water vs. soft water in detail and how the composition of your shower water affects you and your body. Plus we’ll tell you how to get the cleanest water possible so you can see improvements in your skin, hair, and wellbeing.
What is hard water?
Hard water is packed with minerals like calcium, magnesium, and chlorine. While they may be essential for our bodies and with chlorine keeping our water disinfected, they can wreak havoc on our skin and hair. When we wash our hair with hard water, these minerals can accumulate on the scalp and strands over time, forming a residue. This buildup can make your locks feel heavy, look dull, and become more prone to tangling. Hard water makes it difficult for hair treatments to be fully absorbed, so don’t be too disappointed if a hair product you tried didn’t work out for you, it might be your water! The stubborn residue also causes our skin to feel dry, tight, and in some cases even itchy. It clog our pores, leading to breakouts, and causes inflammation - basically everything we don’t want if we want healthy skin and hair.
What is soft water?
Soft water is gentler on our skin and hair as it lacks the mineral content found in hard water, allowing it to cleanse more effectively without leaving behind unwanted residue. Soft water helps to maintain the natural moisture barrier of our skin, keeping it hydrated, supple, and less prone to irritation. In addition to its more gentle nature, soft water allows skincare products to be better absorbed by the skin by helping the active ingredients in moisturizers, serums, and other skincare products penetrate the skin more effectively, maximizing their benefits and promoting healthier-looking skin. Soft water works like magic on our hair, it allows hair care products to work more effectively, rinse out more easily, and leaves fewer residue on the scalp and strands making our mane feeling softer, smoother, and more manageable than ever.
I’m sold! How do I make the switch to soft water?
We recommend investing in a showerhead filter that helps to remove impurities and chemicals from the water - including chlorine - providing a gentler and more nourishing shower experience. The Jolie Skin Co Showerhead Filter is our favorite, they offer the best in class filtering - KDF-55 - the Ferrari of water filtration media. Made with a high-purity combination of copper and zinc shavings, KDF-55 removes chlorine and other heavy metals. The installation process is as easy as 1-2-3, screws on like a lightbulb and it is one size fits all so you can count on it for any kind of shower head you have. What are you waiting for? See healthier, happier skin and hair that feels revitalized and rejuvenated with the best shower head filter in the world.