Keeping your skin in great condition by soothing it with softened water.

Strict laws set by the UK Government ensure that our water meets the high standards demanded. It is treated by screening, aeration, clarification, filtration, disinfection and pH adjustment and finally an amount of chlorine is added. In Scotland, all our water comes from rain – and we certainly get our fair share! It flows into streams, rivers, lochs and reservoirs. We depend on it and cannot live without it, but if it carried disease-producing bacteria, it could seriously damage our health and thus it goes through the treatment process that removes any harmful bacteria.

However, at source, we either start with hard or softer water and from a skin point of view, it’s the hard water that gives skin more problems and can have significant effects on its appearance.

Calcium and magnesium dissolved in water are the two most common minerals that make water hard, and the levels of water hardness varies depending on where you live in the UK.

The saponification ability of hard water is the real concern. It doesn’t lather well and the bubbles quickly disappear. The reason for this is that hard water is unable to form a solution with solutes such as detergents and shampoos due to the high levels of minerals it contains. This in turn allows the soap to form scum and soap residue is left in your bath or shower and limescale deposits fur the inside of your kettle.

The lack of lather means that there is a need for additional soap, which in turn allows that more chemicals are touching the skin. The residue left over from the undissolved soap irritates it, leaving it drier and it is worse for those of us who have sensitive skin. It can clog pores and trigger itchy skin conditions such as eczema and contact dermatitis and may well be the cause of acne-prone complexions.

The soap residue that is produced and the minerals in the hard water itself absorb vital moisture and natural oils from our skin, destroying its natural barrier. Pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers that run off the fields and chlorine added to the water supply for ‘public health’ and to support oral hygiene, add to the problem.

Skin that is regularly exposed to hard water suffers from increased dilution of the natural moisturizing factors and alteration of the corneocyte layers (the outermost layers of the epidermis that are regularly replaced from lower epidermal layers of the skin), resulting in increased disruption of the protective epidermal barrier https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/135452/aesthetic-dermatology/hard-water-versus-your-skin. So, the question is, if you live in an area with hard water supply, what can we do about helping our skin?

The answer is to use products that start life with natural softer water and not water that has been subjected to some sort of chemical process to make it ‘unnaturally softer’ that in itself brings a while set of other problems Softer water, as we are fortunate to have unlimited access to where we are located in Ayrshire doesn’t leave behind the scum of calcium and magnesium deposits that cling to your body when you shower. More importantly, it allows your body’s natural oils come to the surface resulting in a smoother, silkier touch to the skin.

But even though our water has been scrubbed and cleaned by the authorities, we take it through a further process with our own water filtration system that removes any final traces of chlorine, metals and indeed any other microscopic particles that may be present. As a result, our wonderful SkinLikes Organic Deodorant, indeed everything that we produce is subject to this same regime, providing you, the customer with products that can supercharge your skin care.

Next week, we take delivery of our new and wonderful tube-filling machine and some weeks after this, we will launch a completely new range of skincare products that will use our new eco-friendly tubes and of course products manufactured with softer Scottish water.

As always, we are here to help. If you have any questions, please get in touch at advice@skinlikes.co.uk. We will be pleased to hear from you.

Jim & Sheila and the team at SkinLikes.