10 Surprising Beauty Benefits of Filtered Tap Water
Many of us believe the secret to physical beauty lies in expensive face creams, premium hair care products, and bogus miracle treatments. Sure, high-tech moisturizers and serums can help boost your complexion, soften your hair, and minimize wrinkles and fine lines. But outward beauty starts within, with the food you eat and the water you drink.
There’s a lot that happens to your body when you drink filtered tap water. It gives you energy, helps you focus, keeps your metabolism going, and most importantly, it reduces your exposure to dangerous contaminants in water. Heck, it could even be the answer to your biggest beauty woes (we’re talking dull skin, thinning hair, and even brittle nails.
As you probably know, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires municipal water systems to treat and filter their water before distributing it to consumers like yourself. Still, violations remain widespread, and some water systems have contaminants that aren’t regulated by the EPA. Not only that, as the water flows to your home, it can pick up all kinds of harmful pollutants, many of which can wreak havoc on your skin, hair, and nails and ruin your beauty routine.
Thankfully, a water filtration system in your home can eliminate some or most of these “beauty blockers” from your tap water. That way, you can look and feel your best whether you’re at home or on the go. So, without further delay, here are ten surprising beauty benefits of filtered tap water.
1. Younger, healthier skin
Pinch the skin on your cheek gently. Do you see any fine lines or wrinkles? If they’re there, drinking enough filtered water can make them less prominent. While drinking filtered water won’t magically erase those fine lines and wrinkles and turn back the clock to your youthful years, it helps maintain your skin’s natural elasticity and suppleness.
A well-hydrated skin can be stretched further without damage or developing stretch marks, cracks, blemishes, and other skin irritations. Typically, hydrating every day with clean drinking water can help ensure essential nutrients are getting to the skin cells, keeping the skin looking younger and healthier for longer, and possibly enhancing your complexion.
With fewer harsh chemicals in your water, your body will have an easier time processing the water and keeping your skin hydrated.
2. Glowing skin & bright complexion!
Do you want to know the secret to glowing skin and a beautiful, bright complexion? It’s as simple as gulping down several glasses of filtered water every day. Filtered H2O doesn’t only remove a lot of chemicals and contaminants from your water diet. It also preserves healthy minerals that are important for your skin’s health.
Once the impurities are removed from your tap water, it’s much easier for you to achieve clear and vitalized skin. Clean filtered water also aids blood circulation and helps transport nutrients to skin cells, making you feel and look good. Besides, the water helps flush toxins from the body and impurities from the skin.
When your skin is well hydrated, and the impurities are removed, the result will be a healthy and glowing complexion. For even better results, squeeze in some lemons in your water whenever you can. Lemons are loaded with collagen-boosting vitamin C, which gives your liver a nice cleansing boost. The healthier your liver, the brighter and clearer your skin looks.
Check out our article on the excellent health benefits of lemon water here.
3. Combats skin conditions like eczema
Eczema symptoms aren’t fun. A flare-up can easily ruin your beauty efforts and even your entire day. Eczema and similar skin conditions usually bring lots of discomforts and may inflame and disrupt the skin barrier. The outcome is even more terrifying when there’s chlorine in your water. Chlorine and similar chemicals can strip away natural oils from your skin, causing outbreaks, itchiness, and dryness.
Luckily, filtering your water removes specific pollutants that could aggravate certain skin irritations, especially during showers and baths or swimming in a chlorinated pool. Also, filtering your shower water can remove hardness minerals (calcium and magnesium) in water said to cause crunchy hair and dry skin.
4. It cures sunburn
Sometimes, even if you practice sun safety, you can still fall victim to nasty and painful sunburns, especially in the scorching summer months. The good news is that, other than stocking up on aloe-infused formulas, drinking plenty of clean filtered water can speed up the healing process.
5. Flushes the body for clearer and smoother skin
Blemishes, dark patches, and pimples usually appear on the skin due to a buildup of toxins in the body. However, consuming enough H2O can help remove these unwanted toxins from the body. It can also encourage regular bowel movements, often contributing to clean and clear skin.
6. Hydrates the skin
Did you know your skin cells contain water? That means, like any other organ in your body, your skin needs a sufficient amount of filtered water to stay hydrated. Otherwise, your skin can dry up quickly and become tight and flaky – which, of course, is never ideal for your overall appearance. Drinking filtered water is vital for the proper hydration of your skin. Still, some of us are gushing over the latest beauty products, all the while we keep drinking sugary drinks and juices that affect our skin quality and overall health.
7. Stronger nails
Like beautiful skin and hair, healthy, well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance. Unfortunately, nails aren’t exempt from the harsh effects of hard water. Your nails are made up of numerous keratin layers sealed together to form a solid nail bed. The minerals found in hard water can break down these nail beds over time. When you wash your hands with hard water, your nail can become brittle and flaky.
Moreover, hard water dries out your nail beds and stunts nail growth. After some time, your nails may become thin, weak, and discolored. Fortunately, filtering your water beforehand means your nails are less prone to damage (chipping, splitting, cracking, peeling) and can continue to look moisturized and healthy.
8. Combats dry or sunken eyes
Forget full lips or jutting cheekbones. A study found that both men and women rate a person’s eyes as the most crucial factor in the beauty stakes, compared to hair, lips, and nose. That means that on days when you have dry or sunken eyes, you’ll likely fall behind when it comes to facial beauty.
Nothing ruins a beauty routine quite like red, dry eyes or sunken eyes. They make you look older, more tired, and less attractive, of course. Thankfully, staying hydrated with filtered water is an excellent way to combat these issues.
Dry or sunken eyes are usually telltale signs of severe dehydration, so please make sure to drink adequate filtered water to keep them looking fresh, healthy, and shiny. Furthermore, red, itchy, watery eyes can result from specific contaminants in your tap water, causing irritation and possibly fueling your allergy symptoms.
9. Prevents orange hair and reduces hair loss and dryness
If you’re thinking about lightening your hair at home to complement your eye color or skin tone, using unfiltered water might be a bad idea – unless you have no problem having a hideous, brassy, orange hair color or dealing with hair loss and dryness. This orange hair color is usually the result of iron in your tap water. Likewise, hair loss and dryness might occur due to excessive amounts of hardness minerals in the water.
Iron, chlorine, or salt in water can make it harder for hair-bleaching products to “lift” the dark pigments from the hair strands. If the bleach isn’t left to process long enough, the deeper tones won’t fade completely, possibly causing your hair to look orange. Moreover, hard water destroys the hair follicles, making your hair dry, frizzy, and brittle, leading to hair breakage and hair loss. (No ‘whipping your hair back and forth’ for you if that happens.)
The best way to prevent these unfortunate situations is to filter your water before use. Your hair (and beauty routine) will thank you!
10. Helps maintain good physical health
With over 37 trillion cells in the body mainly consisting of water, it’s essential to feed them the proper amount of H2O. Getting a good balance will help keep you in an overall better condition. Still, it can certainly improve your appearance and physical fitness and attractiveness.
Common Water Contaminants Possibly Sabotaging Your Beauty Efforts
Tap water contains a host of toxic chemicals and impurities. Many of these are added to help keep out bacteria and other pathogens; others are added for “health” benefits. Some are contaminants that leach into the water from the environment. There are also many impurities from old, rusty pipes. Once ingested or exposed to your body continuously, they may compromise your skin, nails, and hair, and ultimately your physical appearance and overall well being.
Some of these contaminants include:
- Chlorine: While chlorine is a powerful chemical widely used to kill pathogens in drinking water, it can cause lasting damage to your skin and hair. Chlorine also kills good gut bacteria that help keep our skin healthy. On top of that, the chemical strips the natural oils from your skin that lock in moisture, causing dry, itchy, red skin, rashes, and other skin irritations. It also breaks down the protective acid mantle on the skin and scalp. And when you think it couldn’t get any worse, the chemical dehydrates hair, strips hair color, and causes severe damage to follicles, among many other possible side effects. Chlorine is also said to accelerate the aging process, similar to the impact of extended exposure to the sun.
- Hardness minerals: Calcium, lime, and some heavy metals that “harden” water can also break down the acid mantle, cause irritation and redness, trigger eczema, and cause hair breakage and dryness. When calcium settles on the skin, it can change your oil chemistry, which usually hinders the skin’s ability to moisturize itself. Even after using the most expensive soaps or shower gels, hardness minerals can combine with the products to clog pores and leave your skin feeling dry and sticky from the soap residue. The clogged pores can then lead to acne breakouts, eczema, rashes, pimples, blemishes, itching, inflammation, and many other skin conditions.
- Arsenic: Long-term exposure to arsenic can wreak havoc on the skin. Research shows that after about five years, chronic exposure to the chemical element can lead to pre-malignant skin lesions, increased risk of skin cancers, and other skin changes, such as thickening and pigmentation. Other effects may include light and dark spots, thickened skin on the palms, soles, and the body’s trunk.
- Bacteria: The skin acts as a protective barrier against bacterial infections. However, the skin itself becomes infected at times. Generally, when bacteria come in contact with your skin, they usually don’t cause an infection. But when an infection does occur, it typically begins as small red bumps that gradually increase in size. Bacterial infection of the skin can also cause skin tenderness, rashes, itching, pain, blisters, pus, skin slouching or breakdown, discolored skin, etc. Bacterial skin infections can develop when bacteria enter the skin through hair follicles or through small breakages in the skin that result from animal or insect bites, scrapes, surgery, sunburns, burns, wounds, or pre-existing skin conditions.
- VOCs (Volatile Organic Chemicals): VOCs, such as pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer treatments, and other chemicals, are incredibly toxic to human health. Not only are some of them carcinogenic (cancer-causing), but they are unsafe for skin health, causing contact dermatitis, blistering, pain, fungi, hyperpigmentation of the affected area, skin burning, skin cancers, and other irritations.
- Chromium-6: Several adverse skin-related health effects associated with chromium-6 exposure include skin irritation, severe skin rash, and allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis is long-lasting and severe with repeated skin exposure. Besides, contact with non-intact skin can lead to ulceration of the skin (AKA chrome ulcers). Chrome ulcers are crusted, painless lesions showing a pitted ulcer covered with fluid.
By now, it should be clear to you that our “safe” tap water can be a huge risk for health and beauty, possibly disrupting skin, scalp, and hair balance. Considering that, your home needs to have quality water filtration to prevent harmful pollutants from damaging your skin, hair, nails, and everything else that makes you look beautiful!
Filtering your tap water can dramatically increase your home’s water quality, allowing you to avoid the risks and dangers contaminants can cause to your health and overall appearance. But how do you filter your water? And what’s the best filtration system to use? Continue reading to find out.
How to Filter Your Tap Water
When it comes to filtering your tap water, there are many different options available. But a good water filter eliminates most contaminants from water, including herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, fluorides, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, pathogens, dirt, and others.
Though relatively expensive, carbon filtration combined with reverse osmosis is ideal. Filters that use coconut shell carbon are preferred since the coconut shell is a renewable resource. What’s more, most carbon filters are made from coal.
A good example is the Springwell CF1 whole-house system, which uses the highest quality catalytic coconut shell carbon and certified KDF media to treat all the water running through your home.
The CF1 gives you multiple lines of defense against contaminants, such as:
- Sand, silt, clay, dirt, and other sediments
- Chlorine, chloramine, chlorine byproducts
- Heavy metals, including lead, copper, iron
- PFAS, PFOA, PFOS,
- Herbicides, pesticides, and other VOCs
- Bad odors and taste
- Haloacetic acids
- And many more
The CF1 also works with an optional UV water purification system add-on to control microbiological issues in water. This UV system destroys 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses, parasites (such as cryptosporidium), and other microbes.
In the case of removing chromium-6 and arsenic from water, a reverse osmosis (RO) filtering system, like one of our SWRO under-counter filters, is perfect. It’s highly effective against common chemical contaminants (metal ions, aqueous salts), including sodium, chloride, copper, chromium, and lead. It also removes arsenic, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorous. What’s even more intriguing is that our SWRO systems can remove protozoa (such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia), bacteria (for example, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli), and viruses (like Enteric, Hepatitis A, Norovirus, Rotavirus).
To remove hardness minerals, you can choose between our Springwell SS1 salt-based softener and our FS1 FutureSoft salt-free water softening system. We also offer the all-powerful CCS1 whole-house and salt-based softener combo and the CSF1 whole-house filter and salt-free softener combo. But before you make your purchase, please make sure to read our article on the difference between salt-based and salt-free water softeners. That way, you’ll know how each type works, so you can make an informed decision as to which one is better for your specific needs.
Nonetheless, when you purchase any of our unique, robust, and affordable filtration systems, you are taking a smart step towards achieving clear, soft, healthy skin, lustrous hair, and healthy nails. But not only that, but you’re also getting top-quality, reliable, and budget-friendly products manufactured using certified components – not to mention factory-direct savings over 50 percent, lifetime warranty on tanks and valves, a six-month money-back guarantee, and an industry-leading financing option.
Water is a natural beauty booster. But when filtered and paired with a squeeze of lemon to start your day, it can dramatically improve your beauty routine and overall well being in ways you haven’t even thought of before.
If you need any information about our products or have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via our contact page. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!