The deposits in tap water, such as calcium carbonate and magnesium actually reduce the effectiveness of the soap we use, resulting in using more soap, and drying the skin more. These minerals are also highly alkaline, stripping the skin of moisture, as our skin has a natural acid mantle, with a pH of 4.5 to 5. Additionally, municipal water is also treated with chlorine to purify it. The purpose of chlorine is to kill unwanted bacteria in the water supply, but it also will damage any living tissue (skin/hair) that it contacts.
Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a body splash to soften skin and coffee can also be used as a hair treatment (although we wouldn't recommend it for lighter hair as it may darken the hair).
If you're suffering from dry skin this winter, consider some of the natural and green ways to alleviate your discomfort.
Do you have any natural beauty tips or hints that you'd like to share?