Sunday 24 May 2009

The One Vital Bit of Skin Care Advice You Need

Skin care advice starts with the most basic element in the
process. You wash carefully, put on plenty of moisturizer,
and still it feels tight, looks flaky, and refuses to be
soft. So what is the deal? Is there some hidden factor you
are missing?

It is very likely that you are. Many people take their
usual shower, follow their favorite skin care advice
routine, use their specific products, and never consider
the single, largest thing they are constantly putting on
their skin - water.

Is hard water hard on your skin?

It can be extremely annoying when troubled skin does not
seem to want to go away. Even more annoying is when you
are unable to figure out why. Your skin just seems to be
unable to retain moisture or stop breaking out, even with
the amount of pampering done.

Skin care advice starts with knowing what type of water you
have. Still, others not even aware they have a water type.
Most people, however, do have a water type that they might
want to know about. In your case of continuously dry skin
or unexplained breakouts, you definitely will want to find

There are, in fact, two different types of water; hard and
soft. If you find that your skin continues to be dry or
break-out even after all the work you put into it, the
problem may lie in the fact that you have hard water and it
is helping to keep your skin dry or causing adult acne

Water that is considered to be hard means the water
contains a large amount of calcium, magnesium, and iron
deposits. If you notice your shower or tub slowly but
constantly building up deposits, such as rust, soap scum,
and lime, you probably have hard water.

Many articles are written about products that contain harsh
chemicals that dry the skin and cause adult acne breakouts
and millions of advertising dollars are spent on products
that claim to do the opposite. However, one often
overlooked dry skin factor is the hardness or softness of
our water. Using natural products free of substances that
cause dry skin is vital, but hard water will continue to
exacerbate the problem.

Clinical studies conducted to determine the influence of
water on the skin have also found that hard water irritates
the facial skin and blood vessels. Study participants
noted an increase in irritation, redness, dry skin, and
clogged pores from the elements in hard water. The skin
becomes thinner, and the irritated blood vessels removed -
the deposits are no longer left on the skin, cleansing
products are easily rinsed off, and the blood vessels and
skin tissue begin to thicken and heal.

There is an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence that
suggest that softened water can help considerably in
reducing flare-ups and other problems associated with this
condition. A water softener cannot be guaranteed to work
with all people and on all types of skin conditions but it
will remove a major source of irritant from the equation
and also give you all of the other many benefits a water
softener will bring to your home.

In summary, any worthwhile skin care advice starts with
understanding the hardness of the water you are using to
wash your skin with daily. Specifically, hard water, which
is found in the majority of the 50 states, contains harsh
chemicals and actual contaminants that not only aggravate
the skin but often unnecessarily actually plug pores,
causing minute infections and resulting in pimples,
blemishes, and unsightly skin.

About the Author:

John Russell of IH Distribution, LLC brings you health,
anti-aging and skin care products from around the world.
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