Shower Filters: Personal Experience

Shower Filters: Personal Experience

I’ve been using a shower filter for so long now that I had forgotten what it was like NOT to use one.  On a recent trip I got to experience the shower reality of a few non-filtered showers.  I won’t be making that mistake again.

Recently I returned to my St. Petersburg location for a couple of weeks where I had not yet installed a shower filter.   A few days before heading back to St. Pete I placed an order for Chanson’s Spa Shower filter – sadly it did not arrive until I was forced to take several unfiltered showers.

So does a shower filter really  make that much difference?  YES.

The shower that I was using was a “steam” shower, where water is dispersed in a fine mist.  Anyone with curly hair knows the challenges that can come trying to get your hair thoroughly soaked enough to give it a good wash.  Using a good shower filter removes enough “stuff” and reconditions the water so that even this type of shower makes a good shampoo easy.

Without the shower filter it was a whole other story…  It took forever to get my hair thoroughly wet, it took forever to rinse out the shampoo and conditioner and I never really felt like everything was rinsed out.

Same thing with lathering up in the shower – difficult to get the good lather that I have grown accustomed to and I never really felt like all of the soap was rinsed away.

Toward the end of each extended stay in the shower I noticed that my breathing seemed to gave become slightly labored.  Was I really working THAT hard to get clean and well rinsed?  And after the shower I had fits trying to get a comb through my hair – and no matter how much moisturizer I used my skin never felt soft and remained somewhat dry.

After a few days my Chanson Spa Shower filter arrived.  I installed it immediately and looked forward to my shower that evening.  It was WONDERFUL.  While the filtered shower made a tremendous difference in my hair, skin and “lathering” experience, I also noticed a difference in the way I felt after the shower.

The single most important thing a shower filter does is REMOVE CHLORINE.  When you take a warm or hot shower, your pores open up.  Chlorine and the THM’s produced by chlorine water treatment are both absorbed by the skin AND inhaled into the lungs.  “Steam showers” like the one that I was using mean even greater penetration into the pores and body by whatever is in the water.

On a recent episode of “Dr. Oz” he recommended never bathing children without using some sort of shower filter.  He stated that one of the most important things you could do for your health was to filter the water you use for bathing.  He also brought up how much more your body absorbs from water when you are taking a shower or bathing because the warmth of the water encourages pores to open up.

In my home I use both the Shower Green Vitamin C Shower filter and the Chanson Spa shower.  I chose the AquaSana shower filter with hand-held wand for the bathroom I use for soaking in the tub.  The wand can be propped up in the corner on the side of the tub and used to fill the bathtub instead of filling it with unfiltered water from the tub spout.

The AquaSana with hand-held wand is also convenient for bathing my little Yorkie, Xiu-Xiu.  She too suffered from the unfiltered shower – she was scratching and biting at her skin and her coat wasn’t as soft as we were all used to.  She didn’t get a restful night’s sleep until after she had her “Chanson Spa Shower.”

If you are a frequent traveler, consider the Chanson Spa Shower.  It is compact and, sealed in a Ziploc bag, should easily fit in a suitcase or travel bag.  It installs in only a couple of minutes using a pair of plyers and when you return home you can toss it in the back of the refrigerator to help preserve the filtration media and have it ready to go the next time you travel.

I like to take full advantage of the unlimited hot water at hotels when I travel.  Having my Chanson Spa Shower ready to take with me means I can enjoy an extended “steam” in the bathroom without worrying about chlorine.

For information on the different shower filter options available through Water Ionizer Authority, please click on the link below.

Bath and Shower Filters