Most of us shower at least once per day with the belief that it’s good for our health and beauty. Actually, we might think that if we would know the difference it makes and the shower filter benefits.
Whereas there is limited scientific evidence that chlorine in drinking water bad for your health it is more when it comes to showering. Even professionals at the municipal water companies will admit the risks with hot showers as the water vaporises and forms THMs. There are sever shower filter benefits.
There is a range of side effects associated with showering with chlorinated water including:
- Dry or irritated skin
- Hair that is brittle, dry or frizzy
- Hair loss
- Red or irritated eyes
- Irritated sinuses
The most worrysome however is THMs. When chlorine reacts with organic matter in water it forms disinfectant byproducts, e.g. trihalomethanes (THMs) of which at least one may be cancer-causing. Multiple studies around the world have highlighted this but the resesearch is still inconclusive about the size of the risk. In the meantime it’s probably better to be safe than sorry. Especially hazardous for children and pregnant women. Find more details in Facts and Myths section.
Showering in chlorinated water can also be detrimental for people who have pre-existing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Removing chlorine from your water supply will reduce your risk of developing a serious disease; as well as improving your appearance.
Some studies show similar effects as to those from extensive sun exposure. EPA (the US Energy Protection Agency) formulates it like this: “chlorine byproducts trigger the production of free radicals in the body, causing cell damage, and are highly carcinogenic”.
Note that we’ve focused on chlorine but the chloramine used by some public water suppliers faces the same risks.
In conclusion, if the water where you live is highly chlorinated or very hard then you may want to consider using a water filter.