One of the main complains I usually hear about hard water which is also one of the main reasons that make people look into the option of installing a water softener or a water conditioner, is because of the annoying effects hard water has on their skin and hair and the damage it also causes to them.
Indeed, anyone who has tried a water softener or conditioner, or who has installed one in their homes knows the difference between taking a shower with hard water and taking a shower with softened water and knows exactly what I am talking about. It is really hard to explain with words but not only the difference is simply amazing, the experience of taking a shower with softened water can be delicious after years of using hard water and being used to it; it is also common to see some people that have problems with hard water and have had them for years and do not even notice them or know they have them, for they have become used to its negative effects.
With soft water, the water feels like less bulky, more clean and pure, and the water feels more slick and slippery, and when you are done you have the sensation that your skin and hair feel much cleaner than before. With hard water, on the other hand, it is hard to rinse away the soap from your skin and the shampoo from your hair, and even after using lots of water your skin still feels sticky like if you left some soap you could not wash away, and in the end your skin feels dry and scratchy, and your hair feels dull and also very dry, almost lifeless; in fact, hard water can be especially damaging to your skin and hair and wipe away all the natural oils, making them drier and dull.
The reason for all this is because, instead of forming a rich and productive lather, the salts dissolved in hard water (the same salts that buildup to form limescale) mix with the organic acid soap and shampoo contain and interfere with its functions, allowing the formation of a sticky scum known as soap curd that is hard to wash away and sticks not only to your skin and hair, but also to your nails, bathtub, the floor of your bathroom, the tiles, the pipes, handles, the shower curtain and every other surface it comes in contact with; much like when limescale forms inside the pipes of a home with a hard water supply.
Besides all this, there are also the economic considerations: since hard water makes you spend much more water to rinse and to wash away the soap curd, this obviously means much more money, money that you have to spend and wasting more water than needed. That is why a water softener can be a wise investment especially if the level of hardness of your water supply is very high, and that is why you should check those levels to make sure you have not been living with hard water and spending extra money and wasting extra water for nothing.
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