Why Does Skin Feel Slippery After Showering with Soft Water?

August 16, 2012 a person using a wet wipe to clean their hands

Learn Why Water Feels Slimy In Showers

Have you ever stepped out of the shower and noticed a peculiar, slippery sensation on your skin? Many residents in San Antonio, TX, have made the switch to water softeners for their renowned benefits, only to find themselves puzzled by this unexpected feeling.

Kinetico San Antonio is here to shed light on this strange phenomenon. Read ahead to learn why soft water leaves your skin feeling different compared to the hard water most Texans are accustomed to.

What Does Hard Water Feel Like?

Hard water is water that contains high levels of minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. These minerals are not harmful to health but can have several undesirable effects on household appliances, plumbing and personal care.

In areas like San Antonio, where hard water is prevalent, residents might notice the following issues:

  • A film on their hands after washing
  • Mineral buildup on fixtures and appliances.
  • Dull and frizzy hair
  • Minor scalp irritation
  • Dry and itchy skin

Hard water often leaves a residue on your body and dishware after washing them. The minerals in this substance react with soaps and detergents, leaving a temporary soap scum behind. This issue can be a nuisance, but correctable with a water softener.

Why Soft Water Feels Slimy

When you install a water softening system, like those offered by Kinetico San Antonio, it removes hard water minerals through a process called ion exchange. The result is soft water, which is gentler on your skin and home. But this change also brings about the slippery sensation many notice during and after showering.

Why Soap Is More Effective With A Water Softener

The description of soft water as “slimy” often comes from first-time users who are adjusting to the absence of the familiar friction hard water creates. This slippery feeling is actually a good sign — it means your skin is free of the mineral residues that hard water leaves behind.

Soap has a challenging time lathering when mixed with hard water. When bathing or washing your hands, it takes more effort to rid your body of soap scum. With soft water, soap lathers easily, giving your skin that smooth and “slippery” feeling. This sensation is simply your skin being clean and hydrated.

The Science Behind The Slip

Soft water allows for a more thorough rinse of soap and shampoo, which means there’s no filmy residue left on your skin. This efficiency in rinsing off soap helps preserve the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leading to healthier, more hydrated skin.

It’s a stark contrast to hard water, which can strip away these natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.

Benefits Of Soft Water For Skin And Hair

Switching to soft water can dramatically improve the condition of your skin and hair. Here are a few benefits you might notice:

  • Softer, more hydrated skin — Without the drying effects of hard water, your skin can retain its natural moisture better.
  • Healthier hair — Soft water helps maintain the scalp’s natural oil balance, leaving your hair softer and easier to manage.
  • Less soap and shampoo needed — Soft water helps soap lather easily, so you’ll need less product to achieve the same cleaning effect.

Adjusting to the feel of soft water might take a little time, but the benefits are well worth it. If you’re in San Antonio and considering making the switch to soft water, Kinetico San Antonio has a range of solutions to suit your home’s needs.

Embrace Kinetico’s Soft Water Advantage

Kinetico San Antonio is dedicated to providing effective softening solutions that enhance the well-being of San Antonio residents. If you’re ready to say goodbye to the drawbacks of hard water, contact us today. Let’s make every drop count for your health, your home and your well-being!

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