So, simple version: hard water contains high mineral content (like calcium, magnesium and iron), but soft water is free from these. Rain water falls, it flows through the ground, and ‘compounds’ from the rocks dissolve into it. In London, the water is travelling underground before it reaches our skin (getting it?)
Is your shower damaging your skin?
There’s a certain irony that the water we’re using to wash our face could be causing redness and irritation. But, if you’re a city dweller, it could be true. Those living in the south of the country (London, I’m especially looking at you), may find that your hair, nails and skin are affected by your shower and sink. A trip up North, or to other areas, may trigger you to notice the change (think shampoo that lathers with more ease, and a change in taste when filling up your water bottle). Since it really is true that your postcode can affect your skin, here’s what you can do about it.
By Rachel Spedding