Think back to East Halls (and if you’re still living there, savor its unsightliness — we promise, you’ll miss that soon.) Remember those dungeon-like showers? If you’ve ever wondered why the drains and shower heads were surrounded by a white buildup, wonder no longer. Valley is here to let you know that this buildup is caused by State College’s mineral-rich hard water— and it just might be messing with your beauty routine.
According to the State College Borough Water Authority’s website, hard water is defined as water that contains more than 100 milligrams per liter of calcium and magnesium deposits. Averaging between 120 and 190 milligrams per liter, it’s safe to say State College has some seriously hard water.
So, what exactly does this mean for your beauty routine? Hard water makes soaps less effective, which can leave a soapy residue on your skin and hair. Some Penn State students and Valley staff alike have experienced a change in their skin and hair’s texture after coming back from summer or winter break. This unwelcome change may very well be due to the transition from softer water at home to harder water at school.
Considering Penn State will most likely not be installing a water softening system anytime soon, what else can be done to battle hard water? Our best suggestions are listed below!
Wash Your Face With Bottled Water
It’s not the most economical solution, but it just may do the trick to improve your skin’s clarity and texture. If used sparingly, washing with bottled water could potentially cost under $60 per month. Some higher-end skincare products cost just as much if not more than this, so think of it as another product in your medicine cabinet. We won’t judge you!
Buy a Shampoo Specifically For Hard Water
Certain hair care brands, such as Malibu, make shampoos especially for those who can’t avoid washing with hard water. The range includes shampoo, conditioner, and weekly treatment packets that can help improve your hair’s texture and also relieve dullness caused by hard water.
Wash Your Hair Less
Because hard water can be drying, it might be a good idea to try avoid washing your hair everyday. Washing every day also strips your hair of its natural oils, so many professional hair stylists recommend washing 2-3 times per week. Dry shampoo can be an absolute savior for your in-between days to avoid hair looking dirty and limp. Try one of our favorite formulas by Batiste which can be found at Ulta, Charlotte Russe at the Nittany Mall, or downtown at Urban Outfitters.