Updated: Nov 30, 2021
Approximately 85% of the United States is exposed to water that contains excessive amounts of irritants such as chlorine, magnesium, and calcium. Hard water can wreak havoc on your hair, skin, and home if action steps aren't implemented to minimize and prevent damage. While there is testing that can be performed to determine if your home is reliant upon hard water, the signs tend to be undeniable and you might feel them first. Hard water is truly the impetus that influenced me to create Since '92 in response to all of the symptoms listed below. Here's how to identify hard water and how to combat it.
Tight, itchy, and inflamed skin despite applying numerous moisturizers and using gentle cleansing agents can be a sign of hard water. You might also experience persistent film buildup on your skin and clothes.
Hair might feel unusually dry and brittle, breaking easily with minimal tension.
White calcium stains in the shape of water droplets might linger on your faucet or surrounding areas.
Eczema and Psoriasis
Visible signs of psoriasis and eczema might start to appear on your body, face, and/or scalp.
What Worked for Us?
Invest in yourself. Consider installing a home water filtration system or a shower filter to directly address the source of the irritants. Limit your time in the shower to 5-10 minutes using warm water, hot water tends to dry out skin and it eliminates natural oils that we need to maintain a healthy moisture barrier. Use a gentle exfoliant like the Rich Dirt Exfoliating Body Masque 1-2x per month to slough away dead skin cells, exfoliation allows moisturizers to deeply penetrate skin. Replenish your moisture barrier and remember that this may take time but you'll get there. We love using The OG Body Créme to replenish moisture, enriched with plant-powered ingredients and Omegas, OG leaves our skin feeling moisturized after one application.
Hard water isn't a battle that you have to fight alone. Seek advice from a medical professional or dermatologist if hard water starts to impact your health and wellbeing. The side effects of hard water can be debilitating but they can also be reversed with time and an immediate response.
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