If your oily skin has suddenly gone dry or if your dry skin has suddenly become flaky, it’s probably not the weather but the presence of hard water in your area. If you’ve identified an excess amount of minerals in your water, it’s time to change your moisturising and hair care routines and switch to products that can combat these mineral sediments.
What is Hard Water Made Up Of?
In comparison to regular soft water, hard water has a higher mineral content as it flows through limestone and chalk leaving deposits of calcium and magnesium in the water. This water flows through our taps and showers leaving these deposits on the skin, scalp and even on washroom floors. Soap not lathering sufficiently, rough clothes and a white film forming on steel surfaces are all signs of the presence of excessive amounts of minerals in your water.
Moisturising Your Skin Post- Shower
While living in hard water regions, it’s always best to moisturise right after the shower while the skin is damp. This way you give a protective layer to your skin before the mineral deposits enter.
You can use a plant-based moisturiser with ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. You can also use a toner to remove the calcium and magnesium deposits before applying the moisturiser.
It’s usually a great feeling to take off your make-up after a long day, but if you’re washing your face with harsh water, the feeling might be quite the opposite and your face might end up feeling rough and scratchy. The best way to avoid this is to stop using chemical-based soaps. Most soaps don’t dissolve in water toughened with too many minerals, leading to both soap and mineral deposits on your skin. Instead of soap, use a natural water-free cleanser to remove your make-up.
To give your skin all-round protection you could use a night serum that’ll give you all the right nutrients to keep your skin replenished and hydrated. This night routine can repair your damaged skin. You could also opt for a day serum to wear under your makeup that’ll keep your skin supple and soft.
Hydrating Your Scalp
Just like your skin, your scalp is also prone to drying up quickly. This can be prevented by using sulphate free shampoos and conditioners. The sulphates in your chemical-based shampoo react with mineral-dense water stripping your hair of its natural oils and leaving your hair dry and lifeless. A natural shampoo, on the other hand, can reduce the flakiness and revive the texture.
How To Get Rid of Hard Water Altogether?
If you’re looking for a way to get rid of the excess amounts of minerals in your water, then the easiest way is to use a hard-water softener. This gadget absorbs all the calcium and magnesium deposits and keeps the water soft and free from harmful chemicals. This can bring a significant change to your skin and hair and can even give rid of the white sediments on your bathroom floor.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)