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Vacation Water Gives You Healthier Skin?

Do you ever wonder why your skin drastically improves when you take a

trip somewhere?

If you’re like most people, you prefer vacationing on tropical islands or anywhere with a


While it’s easy to assume that the sunlight, humid air, and lower stress levels are what’s

causing your skin to repair itself.

Which may be partially true…

There’s another reason why your skin’s glow returns when you leave home…

And this reason is hiding in your sink.

Any guesses? No?

Okay, I’ll spill…

The real reason your skin changes is because of the change in water.

You see, there are two types of water:

Hard water: This type of water contains all kinds of minerals, like iron, calcium, and


Soft water: This type of water is much lighter on the minerals.

So what does this mean for your skin?

Well, if you’ve ever taken a look at your shower pipe, you might’ve noticed a white

“crust” forming on the showerhead.

That “crust” is a buildup of minerals from hard water.

If these minerals can clog the nozzle and cause water to shoot out in weird directions,

you can only imagine what’s happening on the surface of your skin and deep in your


Unfortunately, more than 85% of the US uses hard water in their pipes.

Coming back from a vacation where you were probably drinking “soft” bottled water,

you might feel an immediate difference…

Such as dry, flaky, itchy skin that is more prone to breakouts returns.

And that squeaky clean feeling you get after washing your face?

That’s the hard water stripping your skin of it’s natural oils and replacing these oils

with a soapy residue that clogs up your pores - similar to what happens to your


Even WORSE, over time the minerals in hard water can form free radicals, which we

know breaks down collagen, leaving your skin droopy and saggy.

Aside from studying your showerhead, there are a couple easy ways to check the

“hardness” of your water:

1. Put a few drops of dish soap in a clear bottle with tap water and shake

vigorously. If the bubbles are few, you’re dealing with hard water.

2. If you have a humidifier, check to see if a thin, white film starts building

up around your room. If so, you’re dealing with hard water.

Now, if you’re like most people, you probably just discovered that your taps are full of

hard water…


But don’t worry!

Here are some tips to help you manage both your water and your skin for best results:

Skin Softener #1: Use bottled water.

Take a clue from your tropical vacation. Bottled water is a lot “softer” than tap water due

to the extensive filtration most bottled water companies use.

Try washing your face 2-3 times per week with bottled water and to wash away any

residue build up from your taps and keep your skin refreshed

Skin Softener #2: Keep your shower brief and pat dry.

Standing too long in the shower dries out your skin like no other. So keep shower time

short and avoid extreme heat, which only exacerbates the problem.

Also, try using your towel to pat yourself down instead of rubbing yourself dry. The

microscopic minerals can grate against your skin and all the rubbing will cause


Skin Softener #3: Get yourself a water softener.

This can get really expensive so only use this if the first two aren’t enough.

But a water softener will do exactly what it says - “soften” your water.

As we’ve discussed, fewer minerals in your water equals happier skin on your skeleton.

Avoiding hard water altogether can be almost impossible depending on where you live…

But with these helpful tips, I have no doubt you can strike a balance between your water

and smooth, supple, healthy-looking skin…

...without having to uproot yourself and move to the tropics.

Unless of course, you WANT to move to the tropics :)


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