If you live in an area with hard water, such as the south east of England, and you go on holiday to an area with soft water, you may have noticed a change in your skin and hair. It feels silkier and softer, and needs less moisturiser or conditioner to keep it looking great. So what is the reason that this may happen?

The answer lies deep in the geological bedrock of the UK. The rocks in much of the south and east of England are formed with chalk and limestone, which contain a lot of soluble carbonate minerals. As rainwater seeps into the water table, it absorbs these minerals, and this water eventually makes its way into the reservoirs, and the mains water supply.

While water companies add various chemicals to the water to make sure it is safe to drink, they don’t remove substances which aren’t considered a threat to human health. This includes the calcium carbonate and magnesium deposits which are found in the water of limestone and chalk rich areas.

However, the mineral deposits in regular tap water can be seen on domestic appliances, as eventually it leaves a crust, which also stains washbasins and bathtubs. Many people notice that their skin becomes dry and irritated when they wash with hard water. This is because the mineral can clog up pores, preventing efficient moisture absorption.

A similar build up occurs on the scalp and hair, leaving it looking dull and lifeless. Those who suffer from eczema, dandruff, or dermatitis may be particularly badly affected. To combat the problem of dry skin, use liberal amounts of moisturiser soon after showering to seal the skin barrier. Hard water can also be corrected with a home filtration device.


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