Hard water and soft water can affect hair and skin differently. The effects of hard water on hair and skin can surprise you. If you are having trouble with dry skin and hair, hard water may be the culprit. Read on for more information on the effects of hard water.

What is hard water?

Hard water is water with a high mineral volume. It has a high amount of magnesium and calcium compared to soft water. Even though hard water is safe for drinking, it is not ideal for hair and skin due to this mineral content. It can also cause issues with appliances and plumbing. The content of the hard water and chemicals you may have in your running water could be considerably high, depending on where you are located and your water system.

Why does hard water do to skin and hair?

Hard water has an excess of minerals that causes a buildup of residue that is left behind when you wash your hair. 

Some reactions to hard water on the hair include:

  • Dryness and itching of the scalp
  • Dull hair or very dry hair
  • Fading of hair color on dyed hair 
  • Hair that doesn’t lather completely with shampoo
  • Breakage or hair loss

Hard water causes dryness in the skin. If you may feel like that soap bar or cleanser is not rinsing out properly, that’s probably the hard water. 

Other reactions to hard water on the skin include:

  • Dryness and irritation
  • Issues on sensitive skin such as further aggravating psoriasis or eczema
  • pH imbalances
  • Breakouts
  • A sticky build-up on the skin 

It is important to remember that although hard water can cause these issues, it can be an underlying issue in your body. If you tried every treatment and visited your doctor and still can’t find a solution, it may be time to consider changing your water. Micellar water and clarifying shampoos will work in the short term, however, a long-term solution is to consider a soft water treatment system.

How to solve the problem of hard water

Crossing over to water softeners is the best way to solve the problem of hard water. Soft water provides cleaner, skin, softer hair, and saves you money. A Kinetico Water Softener does this by removing the hard minerals in the water, leaving you with clear water that doesn’t leave any residue on your skin or hair. You won’t need to buy so many soaps or moisturisers and you can save on skin treatments caused by hard water issues.

How Kinetico water systems work

The Kinetico range of water systems uses dual tanks to supply clean, soft water without any hassle. The water softeners from Kinetico offer a non-electric supply of clean water by removing the hard minerals in the water (calcium and magnesium) through a process called ion exchange. The ions are exchanged for sodium ions, which in return makes the water soft. 

To reduce the effects of hard water on hair and skin, contact Aqua Soft Water Systems for our range of water softeners today!