Hot tub water should be gentle on your skin. However, because of the sanitizers used in the water and because of the other chemicals the one puts in the DownEast hot tubs to keep it clean, the water inside becomes hard water.
The deposits in the hard water are known as scales. When the spa gets filled with hard water, it can cause filter and spa part failure and/or cause the pipes inside to clog. This hard water is not just harmful for the body of your spa but also for your skin.
Hard Water vs. Soft Water
But what exactly is hard water, a number of people ask. In simple terms, it is water than contains extremely high concentration of minerals like calcium. On heating hard water, the minerals from it undergo a process and get scaled. Next, they clog in the pipes and cling to them as well of on other surfaces. As compared to hard water, soft water contains lesser minerals and hence does not cling to the pipes and other spa parts like spa filters.
The following are some ways in which hard water can damage your skin:
1. Causes itchiness
2. Leads to acne
3. Causes skin and hair dryness
4. May lead to flaking of the skin
5. Dullness and brittleness of hair
The minerals in the hard water stick to the skin and do not go away unless you wash and clean your skin with soap and soft water. Therefore, it is important to wash your face and moisturize it post taking a hot tub therapy if your tub has hard water in it. Eczema is other skin problem that can arise because of use of hard water.
Though one cannot stop using sanitizers and other chemicals that are necessary for keeping the water inside clean and hygienic for use, one thing that everyone can do is to take preventive actions against the damage that they can cause to the tub and to their own skin. For example, one should always take a bath after taking a hot tub session in water that is hard. Moreover, draining the spa occasionally and cleaning the spa shell as well as other spa parts can help remove the mineral clogging or clinging. These are some simple things that you ought to do so as to prevent extreme damage to your spa or hot tub as well as to your soft and sensitive skin.