Is Tap Water Harming Your Skin?


Updated 2/11/15. If you have glass shower doors, you might have noticed water spots left behind from continued showering. They often appear as a white, chalky substance and are caused from dissolved minerals found in hard tap water. If left on glass for a period of time, these spots can actually be etched into the glass permanently.

So is tap water bad for your skin?

If your goal is to have healthy, hydrated and glowing skin, then the answer is yes. Aside from minerals, there are salts, chemicals, chlorines and pollutants that are left on your skin after washing and if not removed properly, they can cause dehydration and possible skin irritation.

What can you do?

The simplest, easiest way to remove these harmful chemicals from your skin is to use an alcohol-free toner (applied with a Toning Cloth) after cleansing your face.  This will not only ensure that the water residue is removed, but when toner is left damp on the skin and immediately followed with a serum or moisturizer for your skin type, it will also give your skin an instant drink of hydration to get dewy, glowing skin.

Toners (as long as they are alcohol-free, and many are not so be sure to check) are an essential part of a good routine. They are often looked at as an unnecessary extra step, but they are actually very important to use for the health of the skin so be sure to use one. See our collection of alcohol-free toners.

You can also look into getting shower and bathtub filters to remove chlorine and chemicals from the water. Some people even have water filtration systems installed in their homes to keep their water clean—especially for drinking water.

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Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”