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Hard Water & Your Skin | + Waterless Cleanser

I love to travel. But I also hate to travel, and this is mostly because I know my skin freaks the FLIP out when I travel. This is for a variety of reasons, like the overall stress of traveling, or a change in climate, or pollution, different food choices, etc.

However, a change in water can also cause a change in our skin, and when we travel to different places and experience breakouts, this might be the dirty little culprit. Heck, it might even be the culprit of your breakouts at home ... if you have hard water.

Hard water

Hard water, as opposed to soft water, has a higher-than-normal mineral content, particularly calcium and magnesium. This occurs when groundwater seeps through the soil and rocks. Although hard water contains these elements, it is not detrimental to your health (some people drink mineral water for this purpose), but it is harsh on your skin.

1. Hard water makes your skin dry. When the hard water comes in contact with our skin, a small portion of the minerals are left behind. These deposits can leach the moisture and natural oils from the skin.

2. Hard water makes it difficult to rinse soaps from your skin. This means soaps and products can build up on your skin, which can result in breakouts. This type of buildup can be very irritating, especially for people with sensitive skin. Soap residue can also clog the skin's pores,