Should I Shower With Filtered Water?
In Ontario your tap water likely contains a number of naturally occurring and chemical contaminants and additives. Can showering with filtered water help? Generally speaking, these are harmless and can even be beneficial to drink in moderation. When it comes to your shower however, some of the most common water hitchhikers aren’t doing your hair, skin, or overall health any favors. Dry, cracked skin? Brittle nails? Dull, lifeless hair, and odors that can irritate eyes and lungs are all signs your shower water might need some help.
So what can you do about it? We’ll take a look at some of the reasons people choose to shower with filtered water, and the benefits that come with it.
Should I Shower with Filter Water?
A quick understanding of your water quality can help you decide if a shower water filter might be beneficial for you and your home:
- Does your municipality use chlorine for treatment? And if so, how much?
- Is your water hard?
You can generally find out how much chlorine is used in your communities’ water treatment online or by calling your local water board. You should also be able to access your water quality report online, which will tell you what kinds of contaminants are present in your water, and at what concentrations.
Shower Filter Benefits
People with sensitive skin.
Showering with filtered water can reduce a number of skin conditions from eczema and rashes to dandruff and itchy scalp, so these filters are a smart choice for anyone prone to skin or scalp sensitivity, children, and especially infants. The reason shower filters benefit skin is generally the removal of chlorine, which is responsible for all kinds of skin irritations and skin dehydration.
Chlorine is especially irritating when it gets warm, as it would be when showering or bathing. Other water contaminants, like dissolved minerals, can be hard on hair, nails, and skin, stripping its natural oils and leaving you brittle, itchy, or dry. A shower water filter will be able to remove these kinds of contaminants as well, to leave you feeling more comfortable.
People with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
In addition to skin sensitivity, chlorine and certain dissolved minerals can be responsible for exacerbating asthma. The problems start, again, when chlorinated or contaminated water is heated (for a shower or bath) – this creates chlorinated steam, which can be aggravating when inhaled.
If you’re looking to shower with filtered water and need a solution, contact us today!