At a glance, the ionic shower head resembles little more than a typical shower head except with small ceramic beads inside. It looks stylish in the bathroom and probably raises a few eyebrows from guests. But is an ionic shower head as beneficial as the claims state? And what is the difference between an ionic shower head and an ordinary shower head?
IONIC SHOWER HEADS ARE FILTERED SHOWER HEADS
Although they could be mistaken as ‘design intended’, the ceramic balls inside the transparent plastic casing are packed with negative ion minerals. Their purpose is to filter the water you receive through the shower itself. Whenever we take a shower, we are subjected to the effects of our water type in our own area. Though it isn’t all bad news unless you live in a hard water area. Hard water often tastes better, and the mineral rich content makes it better for bone and teeth development. But the downside of hard water is that it can strip the skin of its natural oils. This often leaves people with dry, flaky, irritated scalps and skin. It can make your eczema worse if you have it. Living in a hard water area and using a filtered shower head is a good way to make the water softer and more kinder to your skin.
IONIC SHOWER HEADS SOFTEN WATER
Hard water types are rich in calcium and magnesium ions. The ionic shower head has bio-active mineral balls that work to remove these ions. These negative ion mineral balls are sometimes known as ‘mineral stones’, or ‘bio active stones’. They essentially act as a water softener and an ionic filter by stripping the hard water of its ‘hardness’. As the water passes through the ‘beads’, it is left softer – providing a better shower experience for users prone to dryness and eczema.
Negative ions are generated naturally by moving water and regular shower heads are a good source of them. But ionic shower heads generate more. Negative ions have been associated with the following:
- Mental improvement and life satisfaction.
- Decreased blood pressure; a reduction in tension.
- Greater energy levels and focus.
- Better sleep cycles.
- Reduction in household pollution (i.e. dust, cigarette smoke, pollen).
- Reduced oil secretion on the skin.
- Increased cell viability.
OTHER BENEFITS TO A FILTER SHOWER HEAD: IT CAN SAVE WATER AND MONEY
Ionic shower heads are naturally high pressure. A high pressure shower head is a great fix for anyone struggling with low water pressure in the home. And although it sounds counter-intuitive, a high pressure water flow is actually eco-friendly.
IS THE IONIC SHOWER HEAD BETTER TO USE?
After road testing my new ionic shower head from Amazon, I was unsure how well the tiny water holes would fair with limescale build-up. It took about two months for a couple of the holes to become blocked but this was soon resolved with limescale cleaner and it was back to new again. The high water pressure certainly lives up to its name, its not only powerful but because of the tiny water holes, you get a mist of water as it flows. With three settings, the high jet mode was very powerful to use and so far its not added more to my water bill. As I suffer from very dry skin, I noticed straight away what a difference the ionic shower filtration made to my skin, normally my skin is itchy and dry after showering but it feels less itchy these days. So far I’m impressed and so is the rest of the family. I did noticed the mineral ceramic beads do need replacing after six months and the refills seems a fair price to buy from Amazon at £9.99.
Well I’m certainly sold on the ionic shower head, it looks stylish in the bathroom and certainly helps with dry skin conditions. If you live in a soft water area, I can’t imagine there would be any different between a standard shower head and the ionic shower head. But since I live in a hard water area, I don’t believe I would ever go back to a standard shower head ever again!