- 18 Dec 2018
Water PH levels and their effects on health & skin
Have you ever wondered how pure and healthy the water is that you are using and consuming on a daily basis? Well we are here to tell you just that! You most definitely learn something new every day…
What does pH levels mean?
The pH levels of your water are a good way of showing you whether the water you are using is hard or soft, but what is pH you ask? It is a measurement of electrically charged practicles within substances. The perfect pH level of drinking water is 7 and in general, anything higher is considered acidic and anything lower is considered basic.
Let’s break this down a bit further - the standard level for pH in surface water systems is 6.5 to 8.5, and the standard level for pH in groundwater systems ranges between 6 to 8.5. Alkalinity is a measure of the volume of water that resists a change in pH, which would result in making the water more acidic.
How to identify high and low pH levels in your drinking water
It is extremely harmful to consume excessive acidic or alkaline water due to it being heavily pumped with chemicals. The way to identify high pH in water is to recognise the slippery texture it will appear to have, along with a taste of baking soda. As apposed to low pH levels which may leave a slight metallic taste if consumed. Sticking to water with a level of pH 7 is perfect for you to consume and tastes deliciously pure too.
The effects it can have on your skin
Did you know that splashing your face with water when carrying out your skincare routine can in actual fact be ruining your skin? Yes, that’s right. Your water could actually have high pH levels, which is classed as hard water, containing more minerals than it should. Fear not though, this is still ok to drink, but could be causing your skin to encounter breakouts, dryness, irritation as well as worsening eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
If this is something of a concern for you, you can ask your water supplier to check the pH levels of your water and they will be able to identify if it is soft or hard. Alternatively, you can always consider a water filter for your showerhead to avoid any complications or added irritations to your skin or skincare regime, especially if you are located within a big city.
And there we have it, everything you need to know about the pH levels of the water you are consuming and using each and every day!