Many people understand the benefits of drinking filtered water, but why filter the water we shower in? Just as there are many reasons to filter the water you drink, there are equally important reasons to purify the water you wash in.
To understand this, we must first realize that the health of our skin is an important part of our whole body health. In fact, the skin is the largest organ of our body! It does amazing things like creating and synthesizing Vitamin D, and has its own unique microbiome made of good healthy bacteria. The skin also has the ability to absorb things it comes in contact with, which is why it’s important to make sure the things it touches is healthy.
In the same way that we wouldn’t touch harsh cleaning chemicals like bleach so that it doesn’t get absorbed by our skin (we’d recommend using natural Soapnut Republic cleaners instead!), we want to make sure the water we wash in is filtered of contaminants like chlorine.
Studies have shown that showering in chlorinated water can actually cause our body to absorb more chlorine than drinking that same water. This is because when we shower in warm water, our skin absorbs a greater amount of what it’s coming in contact with.
Additionally, the steam from the shower causes us to inhale the chemicals in the water including chlorine, chloramine (a mixture of chlorine & ammonia) and trihalomethanes (such as chloroform).
Lastly all these harsh chemicals in shower water can harm the microbiome that lives on our skin. Without these protective bacteria, our skin can suffer from irritation, and potentially even cause chronic dry skin or eczema.