Soft water: the ultimate anti-aging treatment?
We’ve discussed the health benefits of soft water for specific skin conditions such as eczema on this blog. But even people who don’t have skin conditions have much to gain from learning about other aspects of water, in particular, its anti-aging properties.
Water is essential to many bodily functions, including digestion of food and the absorption of its nutrients. The nutrients are carried to the rest of the body, which then uses water to flush out the toxins and waste products that are left over. But what do these processes have to do with the appearance of aging? Without water, toxins would remain in the body, trapped under the skin. Vital organs need water to get rid of waste products or their capabilities will suffer, putting extra stress on the body. Add to this the fact that skin is constantly drying out from exposure to air, and the importance of water to healthy and young skin becomes clear. Drinking plenty of water, or water-based drinks such as tea, can have a huge impact on how old you look and feel.
Further, the quality of the water we put on our bodies affects the appearance of aging. Hard water contains high concentrations of mineral salts, including calcium and magnesium, which can be damaging to skin. These undissolved salts break down elastin and collagen found in healthy skin cells, leaving the skin more vulnerable to ultraviolet rays – a well-known cause of early aging on skin.
The mineral content of hard water means it is less effective at cleansing the skin of oils and toxins which build up during the day. The insoluble salts in hard water may also settle on top of the skin, further drying out the skin and causing wrinkles. Soft water, on the other hand, is more soothing and cleanses the skin of toxins without leaving any residue on top. This allows the skin’s oils to act as a natural moisturiser, helping the skin to regenerate and remain young.
If you have hard water running to your home, you may also have noticed that it is difficult for soap to lather. This is due to the mineral content of hard water preventing the fatty acids in soap from reacting. As a result, soap, lotion and shampoo are used up much quicker, and are less effective. With this in mind, the best anti-aging solution is using soft water in combination with your preferred soap or face wash. Gentle, natural soap products are kindest to skin and work alongside soft water to remove toxins and replace essential oils. You could make your own anti-aging cleanser, or consult a dermatologist to find the best treatment for your skin type.
Using soft water alone may not reverse signs of aging. Looking at the evidence, it is apparent that the use of soft water in combination with natural soap products and a good skincare routine may be the best anti-aging treatment. Thus it is helpful to be aware of the type of water that comes through our taps at home and how we use it to create the desired impact on the health and youthful look of our skin.
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