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The Beauty Benefits of Softened Water 

Written by:
George Simms
Plumber & Contractor


Most people take pride in their appearance. Diet, exercise, skincare, and hair care routines are essential for looking and feeling good. Although you shouldn’t unnecessarily stress over your appearance, it’s important to realize the effect water the water you use to shower and bathe can have on how you look and your self-esteem. 


Hard water leaves layers of residue on your hair and skin, contributing to cellular damage. Whereas, softened water contains low concentrations of ions, like calcium and magnesium. The lack of minerals in the water makes it easy to develop a soapy lather and rinse thoroughly, improving the look of your hair and skin. 

"Using softened water as part of your beauty routine has plenty of benefits. "

Benefits of Soft Water

1. Healthier Skin

Soft water is a lot gentler on the skin than hard water. When you wash your body using hard water and soap or other bathing products, you may find it difficult to form a lather. The presence of minerals in the water inhibits the combination, creating a soap-based scum. While this may clean your body effectively, it can be difficult to rinse off thoroughly. 

Hard water leaves mineral deposits on your skin. Although you may not see the mineral layers, you will most likely feel them. After washing, you may feel a film over your skin, and it lacks smoothness. 

If hard water and calcium scum is left to build-up, it can clog your pores. This prevents the natural oils in your skin from being released. Clogged pores can lead to blackheads, acne, and skin issues like eczema. Failing to address issues brought about by hard water can cause the collagen in your skin to break down, eventually resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. 

Collagen is a type of protein that prevents your skin from sagging and wrinkling. It gives your face a fuller and more youthful look. The body produces collagen naturally, but production slows as you age. Inhibiting or breaking down collagen in the skin contributes to older and unhealthy-looking skin. 

In many ways, softened water has the opposite effect to hard water. One of the main benefits of softened water is that it lathers and rinses easily. This means that it leaves no mineral deposits on your skin, allowing natural oils to be released. Natural oils from the body give it moisture.

Hydrated skin gives your appearance a healthy glow and helps keep wrinkles at bay. This also gives your skin a smooth and silky feeling

A bonus of using softened water is that you won’t need to use as many bathing products. Soap goes a lot farther, and you won’t need to spend as much time in the shower or bath.

2. Softer Hair

Beauticians and hair stylists generally prefer softened water to hard water when treating people’s hair. Another one of the benefits of softened water for hair is that it can access the hair follicles more easily due to the lack of mineral build-up. After proper rinsing, this gives your hair a softer and more vibrant appearance

With soft water, you can wash your hair with less product, and it takes less time. Your hair also retains color better, which means fewer trips to the salon for touch-ups. 

Depending on your hair type, it can react differently to softened water. Those with curly hair may love the softness and controllability that softened water gives them. However, those with naturally oilier hair might feel that soft water contributes to the oiliness. You can negate this effect by using a volumizing shampoo and a lightweight conditioner. 

When people change from washing their hair with hard water to soft water, they often begin thinking that they’re losing their hair. When the texture and appearance of your hair become softer and shinier, people mistake it for thinning.

3. Helps to Ease Dermatological Conditions

Many skin conditions are triggered, worsened, or caused by lack of moisture. While the type of water you use to bathe doesn’t directly affect the state of your skin, it can exacerbate skin conditions

"Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is often activated by excessive skin dryness. "

People prone to dry skin can experience redness, cracks, and peeling, causing discomfort. Cracked skin allows bacteria to enter, potentially leading to infection. 

Hard water can exacerbate skin conditions by contributing to dryness. Soft water helps to ease dermatological problems by allowing the skin to moisturize naturally.

4. Keeps Clothes in Better Condition 

What people wear influences their perception of self beauty. Clothes can be kept in better condition by washing them in softened water. The reduced mineral and sediment contact prevents stains from developing in fabric weaves, keeping colors vibrant. 

5. Hydrates Your Skin

Softened water allows your skin to breathe. With an absence of minerals and sediment, it means your soap and shampoo rinse off easily, giving your skin and hair a hydrated and silky smooth texture

How Do You Soften Water?

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The majority of US households are supplied with hard water. However, this doesn’t mean that most people are using hard water as part of their beauty and skincare routines. You can improve your home’s water softness with a few simple accessories. 

1. Water Softener

A water softener is a device that filters out the minerals that render water hard. It can be used to alter the hardness of water throughout your whole house, or it can be connected to specific water sources. Using a water softener to alter your bathing water condition could make a big difference to your appearance and self-confidence. 

2. Shower Head Filter 

A cheaper alternative to a water softener is a shower head filter. This removes the minerals from the water as it flows through the showerhead. Although shower filters usually aren’t as effective as water softeners, they can remove some unwanted materials that could damage your skin, hair, and appearance. 

3. Vinegar Rinse for Your Hair 

For a quick fix, simply mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar with three cups of water and apply it to your hair. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing. The vinegar removes the scaly build-up of magnesium and calcium from your hair, leaving it soft and more manageable.  


About the Author

George Simms is a Salt Lake City based plumber and contractor, with a focus on aiding homes and businesses (particularly farm) solve problems with hard and contaminated water. Walter is here to share his wealth of job experience and a knowledge of both modern and antique plumbing.

Last Updated on April 13, 2021