Do you ever notice when you travel, the water feels different? Sometimes for the worst, your skin can feel dry, tight, flakey, botchy, and downright angry! Other times, you'll notice your skin heals quickly, breakouts disappear, your skincare products absorb better, what the heck?!
Water is provided in differently in different parts of the country, i.e. reservoirs, towers, wells, etc. The way water is processed to maintain FDA approved level of 'cleanliness' can often times wreak havoc on our skin. For example, large cities, such an NYC, add chlorite (a smaller molecule of chlorine) to disinfect water before it's distributed to locals. Minerals like magnesium and calcium are most often referred to when we reference 'hard' water supplies. You ever notice rings in your tub, toilet and sink? Those are left behind from minerals, and guess what, that same pink scum dancing around the inside of your toilet bowl... also lives on your skin.
Not only that, but if your water is particularly 'hard', the chlorine and minerals mix in with your skincare products and create a thick film (you won't be able to feel or see it) preventing your very expensive skincare products from reaching your pores! The tainted water creates a barrier between your pores, and anything going in or out of them, i.e. nothing good can go in, and everything bad can come out. Not a great situation, especially for anyone who lives in a city where in the air is polluted with bacteria small enough to wiggle into our pores; day after day that layer of bacteria will cause intense irritation if it can't be properly removed in the shower.
What can we do?
This is by far the simplest solution, it's so satisfying - a water filter. You can get really nice expensive water filters that will run 'soft' water through your entire house, they'll cost you a pretty penny. Luckily, modern technology has made it simply to attach water filters directly onto your shower heads and faucets!
Sprite Universal Shower Filter ($25) is so easy to install, it took me less than 5 minutes! You replace the filter with a fresh one every 3-6 months ($10). I have as Culligan Faucet Filter ($22) in my home's bathroom, filter change every 3 months ($15). Make sure you also purchase pipe tape to seal any potential leaks ($3 at your local hardware store).
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