Why is normal tap water bad for our skin?
In some of the books on natural beauty recipes, I noticed that still bottled water is recommended to wash the face and this got me curious. Is this better for our skin? And what’s wrong with using normal tap water?
Chlorine water is drying for our skin
We all know that tap water contains chlorine which is a chemical used almost universally in the treatment of public drinking water because of its toxic effect on harmful bacteria and other waterborne, disease-causing organisms. Its extremely reactive nature makes it an effective agent for disinfecting water.
However, it appears that chlorine in shower water can rob our skin and hair of moisture and elasticity according to this source.
Numerous scientific studies, however, report that chlorinated tap water is a skin irritant and can be associated with rashes like eczema. Chlorinated water can destroy polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E in the body while generating toxins capable of free radical damage (oxidation).
What’s even more damaging is that by taking a warm shower with normal chlorinated tap water, we’re allowing our pores to be opened up which actually accelerate absorption of chlorine and other chemicals in water. No wonder there are some calling for people to shower in cold water.
According to those marketers of filtered water, our hair and skin retain moisture for a longer time if they are not exposed to harsh tap water laced with chlorine. Chlorine can dry our skin which sometimes cause rashes. Using filtered water “acts as a smoothing agent for our skin which can prevent skin damage, premature wrinkles, and signs of ageing.” I suppose it’ll be beneficial if we can use filtered water on our skin but I’m not too sure that normal water is altogether THAT harmful. Perhaps it’s more damaging for those with sensitive or dry skin?
What about bottled water?
However, it seems that not all bottled water are not necessarily purer than water from the tap. According to a 4-year study done by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), some of the 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of bottled water tested were contaminated. “About one-third of the waters tested contained levels of contamination — including synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic.” So it really depends on the brand of bottled water you’re getting. I suppose if you use upscale brands like Evian, theirs should be of high quality.
So do I see gals rushing out to get the Evian mineral water to wash their faces? Before you do that, perhaps you want to explore installing filtered shower heads instead which would give you more cost savings in the long run? And if you’re already using filtered water for drinking, those drinking water can also be used for your skin!