It’s interesting how often people seek out water filtration products with an eye toward improving the flavor, the odor, or the healthfulness of their water, but never consider aspects beyond drinking water. For one, clean water is just as important for washing and preparing foods, and for using as a cooking ingredient for stews and soups. For another – and arguably one of the most overlooked aspects – clean water is important for our skin and hair, in the shower or the bath.
The fact is, the skin is the largest organ of the body, averaging over 21 square feet of area, and accounting for roughly 15% of body weight. It is responsible not just for the sense of touch, but also temperature detection and regulation – e.g., sweating, vasodilation (flushed skin), and vasoconstriction (goosebumps). Your skin also serves as protection against external hazards such as cuts, impacts, insects and other animals, infections, and diseases.
But damaged skin means damaged functionality, becoming less effective as a regulatory organ and a protective organ. And this damage doesn’t have to come from cuts, scrapes, or bruises. Dry skin actually represents a cracked, broken barrier, prone to irritation and inflammation from external contaminants and microbial infections. This is why it is so important to ensure the health of your skin, through daily care such as lotions, moisturizers, or medicines. But what do you do when a chemical encountered and applied to the skin on a daily basis is causing the damage?
Most people understand that swimming pools are chlorinated to treat the water for the presence of bacteria, viruses, or other potential microbial life in the water. But there is a reason that general wisdom calls for a shower after any time in a chlorinated swimming pool – to remove any traces of the chlorinated water from your skin and hair.
At the elevated levels of chlorine found in swimming pools and hot tubs, many detrimental effects can occur due to exposure from lounging or swimming in the chlorinated water. Some of these effects include:
- Dry skin and hair
- Irritated, red skin
- Eczema inflammations
- Eye irritation
- Faded or discolored color-treated hair
- Brittle hair
- Dry, flaky scalp
- Lung irritation or triggered asthma attacks (from chlorine vapor)
In extreme cases, where a person has an existing hypersensitivity of chlorine, prolonged exposure has been linked to the development of not just asthma, but also bladder cancer. And regardless of sensitivity to chlorine, the greater its presence in the water, and the longer the exposure period, the greater impact it has on the body.
This is an important point – it is not just the amount of chlorine that matters, but also the duration of the exposure to the chlorine. People generally don’t think about the chlorine in their tap water, and especially compared to the greatly-higher chlorine levels in a swimming pool. But while a dip in a swimming pool tends to be a special occasion – more often during the hotter months, of course – a daily shower or bath is a part of the normal routine. That means that everyone, as part of their daily hygiene regimen, is exposing their skin and hair to regular small doses of chlorine, for anywhere from five minutes to an hour at a time. On their skin. In their hair and scalp. In their lungs.
Chlorine strips the natural oils from your skin and hair, which is why it leaves your skin and hair feeling dry, irritated, and brittle after a shower, or why people with longer hair may encounter split ends or dry and frizzy hair after a shower.
Multipure offers a solution to cleaner water beyond the kitchen sink through products such as the Aquashower and Aquasplash water dechlorinators. The Aquashower can be connected by hand in-line with most existing showerheads, and treats the presence of chlorine in the shower water, alleviating or eliminating the negative effects of chlorine on your skin and hair. For those who prefer baths, the Aquasplash simply needs to be swirled through the bathwater for a minute to reduce the chlorine levels, allowing you the luxury of a relaxing bath without having to worry about the damaging effects of the water on your skin and hair.
These products are designed to complement the Multipure-filtered water at your kitchen sink, because just as you deserve healthier water for drinking or for cooking food, you also deserve healthier water in your shower and bath.
Chlorine as a concern for your skin and hair should matter more than simply during pool season. It should be dealt with year-round, to ensure that you are treating your skin and hair with the water you need for your overall health.
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