I bet you've heard of hard water, but do you really know what that means for you and your skin and hair?
Hard water has over 3.5 gpg (grains per gallon) of minerals, specifically magnesium and calcium. Each region of Canada has its own water hardness due to the source and treatment method and Alberta, Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba, and part of Ontario have very hard water.
Hard water is the stuff that causes buildup in plumbing and appliances (think white and yellow scale in your dishwasher and kettle) and stiffens your laundry, but it is also a contributing factor to a lot of skincare issues that you would never think of.
The minerals in hard water react with soaps and detergents causing a buildup on the skin and hair which leaves behind a residue. This residue pulls moisture and natural oils from the skin and changes the pH leading to breakouts. However, the most common effects of hard water on the hair and skin is dryness and irritation. Not only does it suck the moisture and oils from the skin, but it can also clog pores, leading to blemishes. The residue is hard to break down and cannot be done by washing with more hard water. The impurities in hard water can form free radicals that can damage skin cells and especially irritates those with pre-existing skin issues like eczema, seborrhea dermatitis, and psoriasis because the pH is already out of balance, and the sensitive skin is constantly irritated and further dried out.
The common effects on the hair include hair that is dull, straw-like and easily broken, and long term effects are possible hair loss. The scalp can be dry and scaly and doesn't respond well to treatment. Sound like you?
Map of Hard Water in Canada
There are a bunch of ways to combat hard water, installing a water softener is an investment that will pay off in many different ways, and we promise your skin will never be happier. If you can't install a water softener, get your hands on a shower head filter. If you live in an area with hard water, our Everyday and Everyday Lemongrass shampoo bars may not work well for you as it may produce build up, and you should go for the Juicy, Restore, or Revitalize.