Health and Beauty

Is Tap Water Bad for My Skin?

Hydrate Your Skin Inside and Out!

When I was a teenager, I remember thinking “I can’t wait until I’m an adult and all my skin problems disappear!” Joke’s on me. In my research on how to get the perfect skin, one piece of advice that kept popping up was water. Specifically, the importance of staying hydrated and the quality of water we use to cleanse our face and body.
Elitia Barnes writes blogs about clean water and water filtration systems for LifeSource Water Systems. Elitia Barnes

Is Your Skin Thirsty?

Is your complexion looking a little dull?  Try drinking more water!  Turns out the quest for “glowing skin” starts with staying hydrated. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and is 64% water.  That’s why when we’re dehydrated, our skin feels dry and flaky, and suddenly we see more fine lines!  Drinking water helps flush out toxins, keeping our organs healthy and reducing inflammation.  This includes the look and feel of your skin.  The top layer of our skin is called the stratum corneum. Its main job is to lock in moisture and defend against outside irritants that dry and damage our skin.  But when our skin gets dehydrated, our skin cells shrink and the stratum corneum can’t function properly. This makes our second layer of skin, the epidermis, more susceptible to damaging toxins, bacteria and outside elements. 

Is Tap Water Damaging Your Skin?

So, you’re staying hydrated, using fancy moisturizer and exfoliating two times a week, but your skin is still feeling dry. What gives?  Have you considered changing the water you use to cleanse your face?  In the United States most tap water contains chlorine and chloramines, used to kill off harmful bacteria and make our tap water safe to drink.  That’s why some tap water has that swimming pool taste or smell. The problem is that these chemicals aren’t so great for our skin.  Our faces produce oils to naturally help keep our skin balanced and hydrated.  But when we wash our faces with tap water, the chlorine and chloramines strip away those protective oils, causing overly dry, itchy and acne prone skin.   

Is Tap Water Causing Premature Aging?

When our skin is dehydrated it can slow down our natural collagen production.  Collagen is a protein found in our connective tissues that helps maintain skin elasticity and prevent wrinkles.  That’s why you get that extra skin vitalization when you stay hydrated!  That elusive “glowing skin.”  But it’s not just the water we’re drinking, it’s the water we use to wash our skin.  The same chlorine and chloramines in tap water that are dehydrating our skin also lead to the breakdown of collagen!  Yikes, no one wants premature wrinkles.  I’d say it’s time to get a whole house water filter!

Filtering Your Water for Your Skin!

Now we know that filtered water keeps our skin healthy and hydrated, inside and out.  But let’s be honest, we can’t spend the rest of our lives filling up our bathtubs with bottled water.  So consider an easier (and cheaper) solution.  Keep your skin healthy and hydrated with a whole house water system certified to filter out chlorine and chloramines.  Filtering tap water before it enters your home, protects your skin and body from the adverse effects of chlorine and chloramines.  With a whole house water system you’ll be able to drink, cook and bathe with water free from harsh chemicals, dirt and other contaminants.  Seems like a no-brainer to me. 

Now excuse me, I have to go fill up my water bottle. My skin is counting on me.