Published: June 9, 2016

    Discover the Daily Hygiene Routine That’s Irritating Your Skin

    You take care of yourself. You exercise, you eat healthy food, and you use softening skin lotions, but despite all this, you can’t seem to rid yourself of irritated skin. Are you just naturally inclined to dry, flaky skin?

    The good news is that no, you probably aren’t. The source of your irritated skin may lurk in a hygiene routine you engage in every day to keep your skin healthy and clean—showering. Or, more specifically, showering in water treated with chlorine.

    Chlorination is one of the most common methods of public water treatment. The process is cheap, relatively easy to implement, and does a good job of eliminating many potentially serious diseases from the US water supply, including cholera and typhoid fever.

    Unfortunately, after over a century of chlorinating public water, we’re beginning to realize the chemical comes with certain downsides. Some claim chlorine and chloramine (a byproduct of the chlorination process) raise the risk of certain cancers. The scientific community is still debating such claims, but one thing’s certain. Showering in chlorinated water is bad for your skin.

    During a hot, steamy shower, skin pores open, allowing chlorine and other contaminants to seep into the skin, stripping away its natural oils and causing dryness, flaking, cracking, and the early development of wrinkles. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, chlorine exposure can lead to red, itchy skin rashes.

    Repeated exposure to chlorine, such as during daily showers, worsens the chemical’s effects on the skin. Hair doesn’t get off easy either—chlorine strips away hair’s natural oils as well, resulting a flat, dull, rough, and brittle hair strands. Color treatments don’t last as long, and scalp skin becomes flaky and dry.

    To avoid skin and hair damage caused by chlorine, you have a few choices. A point of entry water filtration system will remove chlorine not only from your bathing water, but also from your cooking and drinking water. If you’re concerned about the health effects of chlorine and other waterborne contaminants, this is your most effective solution.

    Not everyone’s in a position to install a whole house system, however. Renters and condominium owners, for instance, may lack the space or the authority to install such systems. In such circumstance, we recommend installing a Pelican Premium Shower Filter. Easily installed, shower filters reduce chlorine levels by up to 96 percent while also filtering out chloramines. Filters offer up to 15,000 gallons of use, or approximately 600 ten-minute showers. And should you move, the entire system is easily removed and relocated.

    Stop letting chlorine strip your hair and skin of its healthy glow, and regain the benefits of showering in cleaner, healthier water.