For quite a long time now I’ve been hearing about the virtues of using a shower filter for skin and hair health and, I know it’s big business in the States. But why should we need to filter water that we are not taking into our bodies orally??
Well this might surprise you (if you don’t already know)….read on
So we all know the importance of drinking clean pure water but, how many of you know that bathing or showering in *chlorine water can actually be WORSE than drinking it?
*Chlorine is a toxic chemical element occurring naturally as a poisonous, greenish-yellow gas with an irritating, pungent odour. It is universally used to disinfect public water systems, and tap water often contains at least as much, if not more, chlorine than is recommended for use in swimming pools. On the flip side, without adding this to water, our drinking water would be riddled with bacteria.
Apparently the steam inhaled during a shower can contain up to 20 times the concentration of chlorine (and other synthetic chemicals) as tap water. The hot water/steam from a shower triggers your skin pores to open, which in turn allows foreign chemicals into your body fluids and bloodstream. This inhalation isn’t good for people with asthma. Unlike drinking tap water where your digestive processes at least get a chance to filter out some of the harmful contaminants, there’s nothing to filter the chemicals out of your bath or shower water if you don’t use a filter.
What is worrying is that you can easily absorb as many toxins in 1 shower as you would drinking tap water for an entire week.
So what are the possible consequences of absorbing and inhaling chlorine and other chemicals into your body?
American Journal of Public Health – Linked chlorine absorption and inhalation exposure to increased cancer, asthma, and skin irritation risks. Women suffering from breast cancer are all found to have 50-60 percent more chlorine in their breast tissue than healthy women…..if that isn’t thought provoking, I don’t know what is……
So how does a shower filter help my skin?
Removing chlorine from showering water reduces the presence of skin rashes and the appearance of wrinkles. This is why many people report vast improvement in their eczema after using a filter.
How does it benefit my hair?
Your hair naturally has an oil coating to give it a shiny look. Chlorine bonds to the hair, stripping hair of the oils that are there naturally to protect and nourish our hair. Your hair also has a hard outer layer, made up of overlapping scales to protect it. Chlorine can get between these scales, and push them up to give an otherwise smooth hair a very rough exterior. The combination of the oil being stripped off and the scales being roughed up results in hair that looks dull, dry and brittle and can feel rough to the touch. Chlorine in excess has also been shown to cause damage to the hair follicles and increases the risk of hair breakage. The more hair is exposed to chlorine, the more that damage becomes a possibility because of the exposure.
Using a filter enables the hair to preserve its natural moisturizing oils, it becomes softer and healthier when chlorine is removed from showering water.
Using a filter also helps remove heavy metals and the salts that cause hard water. If you live in London, then you’ll know we have hard water. If you’ve never been abroad, you will assume that having to slather yourself in lotion after a shower or bath is normal. When I go abroad, I notice that my skin doesn’t need creaming after a shower and I can use less product because it suds so much. This is because of the soft water. It feels as if you haven’t washed off the product properly because it leaves such a soft, smooth feeling.
I’ve done a lot of research into shower filters and have decided upon one that uses Vit C technology. Vit C is used as a de-chlorinating agent which removes 99.9% of chlorine,chloramine and other chemicals in hot and cold water.
Vitamin C helps people with sensitive skin, eczema, asthma and chemical sensitivity, and Improves the condition of skin and texture of hair.
I will update the post with my results once I’ve been using it for a while so make sure you follow this post.
- Dangers involving Chlorine in Normal water, Shower Water, and also Shower Water (boldstate.com)
- A Water Filter for Your Hair (fabsugar.com)
- The Dangers of Chlorine in Your Tap Water – Part 2 of 2 (rainsoftottawa.wordpress.com)