ABOUT THE PREMIUM SHOWER FILTER
Significantly improves the look and feel of skin and hair
Ideal for people with sensitive skin and lungs
Enhances performance of health and beauty products – use less soap, shampoo and conditioner
Helps preserve hair color treatments
Eliminates unpleasant odors from water
Removes over 90% of chlorine in shower water
Reduces synthetic chemicals for improved air quality
Enhances pH for the purest shower possible
Unique dual media filter system provides superior shower filtration
Stage 1 Zinc and Copper media filters chlorine and enhances pH
Stage 2 Carbon media filters synthetic chemicals
Includes high performance, massaging shower head
Long filter life of 6 months or 10,000 gallons
2.0 GPM flow rate and upflow design
Easy to install, replace and maintain
BEFORE YOU CONSIDER PURCHASING, WHY DO WE NEED TO USE A SHOWER FILTER? WHAT'S IN SHOWER WATER?
Unfiltered shower water can contain an array of chemicals like chlorine (which we try to avoid whenever possible) as well as bacteria and fungus from the shower head.
The skin is much more than just a covering for the body. It is the largest organ and is responsible for important functions like vitamin D creation and synthesis. It also has the ability to absorb much of what it comes in contact with and we are learning that it has its own unique and important microbiome.
Chlorine is effective at killing pathogens in the water, but the properties that make it able to do this may affect the skin microbiome and the delicate balance of bacteria on the skin.
These are some of the biggest risks associated with the chemicals in shower water:
It may seem counterintuitive, but showering in chlorinated water can lead to more chlorine absorption than drinking chlorinated water. This is because we typically shower at warm temperatures, which makes absorption easier and because this water is coming in contact with such a large area of the body. In fact, research shows that the chlorine in shower (or bath) water can easily enter the bloodstream as it has a low molecular weight and can easily pass into the body.
The heat of shower water can cause chemicals to vaporize and be released into the air at higher amounts than they are even present in the water itself. The EPA found significant and detectable levels of THMs and other byproducts in indoor air as a result of bath and shower water.
Warm air and water also open lungs, making inhalation of these chemicals easier. In fact, a study found a higher than normal concentration of chloroform in the lungs of study participants after a warm shower.
Chemicals absorbed through the skin can enter the bloodstream quickly and have a tremendous impact on the body. This study even showed a greater lifetime risk of cancer and other problems from bathing or showering in chlorinated water than from drinking it.
Logically, showering in a disinfecting agent like chlorine that is chemically tested to reduce bacteria in the water may have a tremendous impact on the skin biome. Many of the effects to the beneficial bacteria are not visible and many people don’t seem to have any noticeable effects, though some experience dry skin, eczema or irritation.
As a follow up to the first point, some of the chemicals present in the water supply have been linked to various types of cancers. These chemicals can be problematic enough when consumed in water but are even more harmful when inhaled or absorbed through skin. Chris Kresser explains:
Research conducted on the health effects of chlorinated drinking water have demonstrated a variety of toxicity issues. Several studies have found that communities using chlorinated or chloraminated drinking water have an increased risk of bladder, kidney, and rectal cancers. (4, 5, 6) THMs from chemically treated water have been associated with a variety of poor birth outcomes, such as spontaneous abortion, birth defects, and low birth weight. (7) Chlorine and chloramine vapors are associated with greater risk of asthma, and may damage the mucosal lining of the respiratory tract. (8) Free radicals in chlorinated water have been linked to liver malfunction, weakening of the immune system and pre-arteriosclerotic changes in arteries. (9)
Food Renegade points out a more specific link between chlorine and breast cancer:
Breast cancer, which now effects one in every eight women in North America, has recently been linked to the accumulation of chlorine compounds in the breast tissue. A study carried out in Hartford Connecticut, the first of it’s kind in North America, found that, “women with breast cancer have 50% to 60% higher levels of organochlorines (chlorination byproducts) in their breast tissue than women without breast cancer.”
Another chemical often used in the water supply is chloramine, a mixture of chlorine and ammonia. As you may imagine, it has its risks as well and may be even more irritating to the skin and lungs that just chlorine.
Unfortunately, many filters that remove chlorine do not easily remove chloramines, so it is important to research options and address both chemicals when considering shower filters.