Hard water favours dry skin and neurodermatitis. The more calcareous the water, the harder it is. As such limescale is not only deposited on fittings and shower walls, but also on the skin, which can make it feel dry and flaky.
Once the skin is dry, it cracks easily. Fine particles of dirt can penetrate the skin through the cracks. At the same time, the limescale on the skin ensures that care products can no longer penetrate the skin layers. The result: more care is required to soothe the irritated skin.
Skin diseases are also favoured by hard water. A study by King's College London2 showed that atopic dermatitis occurs in young children especially in areas with high water hardness. Other studies also show that eczema and neurodermatitis are associated with hard water. A study by Sheffield University3 in England indicates that hard water can destroy the protective skin barrier, aggravate existing eczema and promote the development of eczema in healthy people.
Hair also suffers from calcareous water. Hard water can cause limescale insoluble salts to remain on the hair4 which as a result, makes your hair feel dry, makes it harder to comb through after washing, artificial hair colours fade faster and your hair overall loses its shine.Those who live in soft water regions consider themselves lucky. Over 60% of the UK live with varying degrees of hard water, but there is still a surprising number of us who are not aware of the differences between hard and soft water and the impact they can have on our daily lives.
BWT Luxury Water Softeners remove up to 60 kilograms of limescale per year in an average single-family home. You can see and feel the difference! The water that has flowed through the Luxury Water system leaves fewer traces of limescale and is gentler on skin and hair. A water softener works by passing hard water through a cylinder containing ion exchange resin. The resin consists of tiny beads that attract and retain the hardness minerals, allowing the now softened water into your household water supply. Periodically, these resin beads are automatically cleaned and regenerated by rinsing with a small amount of brine (a salt solution). All this takes place automatically, all that remains for you to do is occasionally top up with salt. Please, see the video below for more information: