If you’ve ever had to put in some elbow grease to clean water deposits off your sink or other plumbing fixtures, you know how annoying hard water can be. Hard water affects many parts of your home and plumbing, but one of the lesser-known hindrances of hard water is how it affects the quality, feel, and appearance of your skin.
Less Known Effects of Hard Water
Hard water has dissolved minerals that can harm your clothing, clog your pores, and even tear your skin.
Hard water strips your skin of its natural moisture leading to dry, itchy, flaking skin. If your skin is already susceptible to skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, it can aggravate these issues and cause a flare-up. Hard water also affects soap’s ability to lather, which blocks your body from releasing its natural oils, which in turn clogs your pores and can lead to acne.
Minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and iron (AKA those most commonly found in hard water) can form something called free radicals. Free radicals are known to break down collagen, leading to things that can prematurely age you, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Hard water wears on more than just your fixtures and face. It can also affect the quality of your clothing! The minerals found in hard water wear down the fibers in your clothing, reducing their softness and adding wear and tear more quickly. It can also cause colors to dull and makes your favorite pieces appear dingy.
Protect Your Family from Hard Water
None of these issues are life-threatening, but the cost of dealing with all these skin problems alone can be expensive. According to one study, the average woman will spend over $225,000 on beauty products, moisturizers, and anti-aging products over the course of her life!
EJ Plumbing can help you and your family avoid the struggles and annoyances of hard water at home. Contact us online or by phone at (650) 513-8852 to schedule your appointment today!