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Showering with hard water, water that contains higher levels of calcium magnesium and other minerals that naturally exist in water, can contribute to dry eyes and skin. These elements often will react with soap and shampoo to leave a dry residue on your skin and scalp. This can make the skin itchy, and leave people uncomfortable all day. The methods below can help you maintain a more hydrating skin care routine.

  • Keep showers short – Spending longer time in the shower can cause skin to dry.
  • Use warm water - Hot water removes natural oils from the skin more quickly than warm water does. The more natural oils removed, the drier the skin will be.
  • Close the bathroom door – This keeps in the humidity which can beneficial for your skin.
  • Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower. Moisturizer does not add moisture to the skin; in fact it traps in existing water in the skin.
  • Use a mild cleanser – Fragrance in soaps and products containing alcohol strip natural oils from the skin which dries the skin. Look for mild, fragrance-free cleanser

Some people suffer from very painful or uncomfortable skin conditions such as eczema. Removing the chemicals from the water they use to bathe and shower can help cut down on their symptoms. Sometimes the chlorine and minerals in water can be even more irritating to people who have diseases of the skin.

Equipping your home with a reverse osmosis filter can remove chlorine and all sorts of other contaminants from your drinking water, leaving you with pure water. It eliminates the minerals that naturally exist in water. Removing these elements from your water can help tremendously to cut down on the discomfort of dry eyes and skin. Shower filters or whole house filters can also remove chlorine and help prevent dry skin. Having access to clean, purified water, can benefit your whole family in many ways. If changes do not occur, make an appointment to see your dermatologist. The reactions may be due to medication, dieting, or other unknown factors that a dermatologist can help you examine and explain what can help alleviate the dry irritation.

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