Since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve noticed my skin is drier and ashier than ever. That’s pretty serious since I’ve always had dry skin. Thanks to Google, I learned that Southern California has some of the hardest water in the nation. Great. If you don’t know what “hard” water means, here’s the rundown.
Hard water contains minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium, which dry and harden on the skin. This can cause flaking, itching and clogged pores, which I’ve been experiencing. It also wreaks havoc on curly, porous hair like mine.
I needed help. The obvious first defense was a water filter, which my guy installed in the shower for us. It helped a little, but nothing like a full system water filter. If we had a house I’d go all out, but as apartment renters, the shower head filter was really our only option.
Next, I reached out to natural beauty brands I trust. Finding a skin moisturizer that contained natural oils was at the top of my list. Alaffia Cocoa & Shea Intensive Body Lotion is some amazing stuff. Packed with unrefined cocoa butter, certified fair trade shea butter and avocado extract, it’s wonderfully hydrating for my legs and arms. I also switched out the soap I use in the shower. Shea Yeleen’s Shea Butter Soap is so much better than run-of-the-mill soaps. My skin loves the coconut oil/shea butter base oils and the essential oils that are added. The jasmine sandalwood rose and the lemongrass peppermint scents make me swoon.
For my dry hands, I discovered erbaviva hand cream. It has sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil and glycerin. Glycerin is an extra boost for keeping skin moisturized as it’s a humectant.
Humectants bind water in the skin, helping it to stay supple.
The 2.5 oz size is great for tossing in my purse or beach bag.
My hair wasn’t so easy to get back to normal. I tried just about everything. The combination that finally worked was a homemade spring water and vegetable glycerin mix that I spritz on my hair at night when I braid it. Easy. Excellent quality organic coconut oil applied sparingly helped a lot, too. I plan on doing hot oil treatments with Dr. Hauschka Neem Oil. I’ve used it in the past and it was really good. I also splurged on salon visits for hair steaming. That made the biggest difference of all.
Does your city have hard water? What are some of the ways you’ve combat the fallout?