Hard water makes it difficult to clean skin and remove makeup. The more minerals there are in the water, the harder the water is. Hard water makes it more difficult for cleansers and other soaps to work effectively, reducing your ability to rinse product and makeup off your skin. Even worse by using more product you can create a build up of soap or cleanser residue, which can irritate skin and clog pores.
And by over cleansing, it may lead to skin irritations. So avoid using excess amounts of soap which can cause acne, dryness and even eczema. In a recent UK study, there was evidence that school children living in hard water areas are 50% more likely to have eczema than those living in softer water areas.
Tap water can affect the pH levels of the skin. Our skin is slightly acidic and acts as a barrier, if this pH is disrupted it can cause a flare up. Hard water tends to be more alkaline which can disrupt your natural pH. When the skin is more alkaline, it can be harder to retain moisture leading to a dry, tight sensation.
HOW TO FIX
- Use a water softener or water filter
- This will filter out heavy metals
- By using a water softening treatment you can remove certain materials from hard water by using lime softening or ion-exchange resins, making the water softer and more compatible with soaps
- Use a slightly acidic cleanser to combat alkalinity in hard water
- Try no rinse cleasers
- Use cleansers without sulfates