This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Water consumption is such an integral part of our daily lives that we oftentimes forget how much of a necessity it is, even when it comes to our beauty routine! Everything from reaching for a tall glass of water in the morning, to hopping in the shower, brushing your teeth, and cleansing your face (the list goes on), the amount of water and the various uses we have for it can be quite eye-opening to reflect on. While my family and I have always been conscientious about how much water we use in our household, it wasn't until a few years ago that we opted to use a pitcher to filter our drinking water to lower our carbon footprint, no longer having to resort to purchasing plastic water bottles on the regular. We haven't looked back since, however there are still cons to owning one, such as having to buy filter replacements every couple of months, which can really add up overtime. So when I was presented with the opportunity to have a Culligan Water Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System with ClearLink Pro as well as a High Efficiency Water Softener installed in my house, I couldn't say no to providing the best for my people, and just had to see for myself how this change could improve our quality of life and take our beauty rituals to a new and improved level!
Do you ever step out of the shower and immediately have a layer of white residue show up on your legs? Do you deal with an out of control frizzy mane on a regular basis despite doing everything in your power (including buying expensive hair products) to tame your unruly strands? Do you rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth and notice your water smelling and tasting a bit funky?
Those, my friends, are all scenarios I've experienced time an time again and are what the Culligan Water expert explained to me as being due to having hard water run in our home. During his initial visit, he determined what system would be best for our household. We received a High Efficiency Series Softener for our entire home, as well as an Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System with ClearLink Pro connected to our kitchen sink to provide us with not only soft water but also clean, filtered drinking water - basically the best of both worlds. In the water treatment game, Culligan Water has been in the industry for over 80 years and is known as an international leader when it comes to developing innovative water filtration systems and softeners, so I knew we were in good hands. I really like how they personalized our home's water system by first identifying which water issues we had in order to make the best recommendation.
A week after the initial consultation, the High Efficiency Water Softener was installed and connected to our water entrance which is located in our garage.
You can see the salt that is stored in the tank above. Without going into technical details, a softener basically dissolves the salt it holds into the water that passes, turning the water hard to soft and therefore allowing my family and I to experience the many beauty benefits of soft water, whether I'm in the kitchen washing my hands, cleaning my makeup brushes, or giving myself an at-home facial after steaming some water on the stovetop.
The final step was getting the Aqua-Cleer Water Filtration System installed under our kitchen sink and connecting it to the ClearLink Pro, the little gadget you see sitting on top of the kitchen sink. At the touch of a button, the ClearLink Pro wirelessly switches the water coming out of the kitchen faucet to filtration mode (visible by the five illuminated dots), meaning we instantly get clean, odourless and great tasting filtered water straight from the tap! The entire non-invasive installation took just over two hours, so it was surprisingly quick. My Culligan representative came to test the water two weeks following the installation to verify that everything is functioning properly and ensure that every day is a "good water day".
My initial reaction after a month of use is pure excitement and amazement - I had no idea that having a Culligan Water system in my home could make such a difference, and the beauty benefits have not gone unnoticed! The first time I washed my hands following installation, I had to do a double take at how soft my hands felt. Same goes for showering in soft water - the water actually feels better on the skin, as the soap rinses right off, making you feel cleaner. Despite continuing to use the same shampoo and conditioner, after the first wash, I noticed a significant difference in the softness and shine of my hair, as well as cleaner, smoother skin that almost feels like it has been moisturized before I even reach for a lotion. After only a few weeks of use, I no longer deal with dry, flaky or itchy skin, and I did not think that was possible! It's as if this new water is helping keep my skin moisturized at all times. With time, I have also realized that I do not have to use as much soap, cleansing and hair products since a small amount goes a much longer way with soft water compared to hard water.
Getting to drink fresh, clean and filtered water straight from the kitchen tap has also been amazing, and not having to endure odd tasting tap water when brushing my teeth has been a treat to say the least. The convenience of filtered water at the press of a button has also helped me stay hydrated and ensure that I get my required daily intake of water. I even find tasks such a washing my makeup brushes less daunting and more enjoyable as the soft water combines with the soap in a way that reduces the amount of both soap and water needed to get my brushes nice and sudsy and looking squeaky clean. I no longer procrastinate like I used to and have been staying on top of deep cleaning my makeup brushes weekly!
So far, Culligan Water's Home Filtration System has definitely impressed me. I didn't think I would experience so many improved beauty benefits in such a short amount of time! Even though I have only had it for just over a month, I cannot see myself going back to having hard water and non-filtered drinking water. I will be sharing my full experience in a future post, so keep an eye out for that!
Have you thought of softening and/or filtering the water in your home?