Living, Wellness / Self-Care

Yes, you should invest in a Shower filter

No more hard water issues, y’all.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Aug 14, 2022

Of course you can lotion your body and hydrate your hair with nourishing products, but are you aware that your shower water can wreak havoc on your skin and hair — throwing these good habits to the wayside? It could be the very thing keeping you from smoother, softer, and healthier skin and hair.


But, used all over the grooming industry, a shower filter is the secret to improving your hair and skin and something that a lot of folks don’t know about. So if you’re investing in product after product and not getting much of a result, you might want to take a look at the below information.


Why should you invest in a shower filter?

Many homes have hard water—water that is high in dissolved minerals that can dry out your skin and hair. Hard water can clog your pores, which as we all know, can create acne, dry skin, and eczema. In terms of hair, hard water can stop it from looking shiny long-term and cause hair color to fade.


How do you select a shower filter?

There are definitely some key things to keep in mind before buying your filtration system. For example, you have to look at the filter’s longevity and shower head type. You’ll want to look for words like “remove chlorine”, “remove chlorine byproducts”, and “fits all shower head types.”


There are 2 types of shower filters: Inline and built-in. Inline shower filters are the best option for people who can’t replace their shower heads, because you can attach it to an existing one. Built-in shower heads are, well, built-in, and ideal for those that want to entirely replace their shower heads.


Shower heads also use 2 types of filtration systems: Activated carbon (used to draw in and trap the contaminants —chlorine, lithium, pesticides, etc.  in the water), and kinetic degradation fluxion. With the help of copper and zinc, it will filter out lead, mercury, iron, limescale, and chlorine. Some shower filters might also have a Vitamin C filtration system which can help move out chlorine and chloramine fluoride.


How do you install a shower head? How long do they last?

Fortunately, both inline and built-in ones are fairly easy to install. For inline shower heads, all you do is unscrew your shower head from the arm, take off the plumber’s tape and replace it with the filter. Next, screw the shower head back on and you’ll enjoy the filtered life. The same approach is taken to built-ins, just remove the old shower head completely. Shower filters last 3 to 6 months, depending on the manufacturer (they will often list the number of gallons it can handle before replacement) and how often you use your shower.


Here’s 5 bad shower habits that are ruining your skin, so stop doing them.