<![CDATA[Shower Filter Blog]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 05:08:48 +0000 https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/skin/frontend/rwd/default/images/rss-icon.jpg <![CDATA[Shower Filter Blog]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/ Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[How Shower Filters Protect Skin From Extreme Cold Exposure]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/shower_filter_protects_skin_extreme_cold/ How Shower Filters Protect Skin From Extreme Cold Exposure

Over the past couple of days the MET office has recorded the UK's coldest day in 7 years. It got to -14.4 degrees C in Braemar which is part of north-east Scotland. The Met office have said that it was the lowest temperature in the UK since Holbeach, Lincolnshire reached -15.6C in 2012.

Extremely low temperatures are not just uncomfortable but they actually can be very damaging to exposed skin. Especially the fragile and delicate skin of the face, which is the most exposed area when going outside in these extreme low temperatures.

Harsh winds and low humidity, generally accompany extreme low weather conditions. Harsh winds buffeting the skin with low humidity is extremely abrasive on the skin. We can clearly see this when we have been outside for some time in the extreme cold and our cheeks and noses get very red and the skin on sensitive areas such as our lips get extremely dry and chapped. This dryness is caused by the moisture in our skin and lips being drawn out due to the low humidity in the air. Even in cold conditions without winds, the extreme cold and low humidity will draw all the natural moisture and oils out of the skin and cause dryness in sensitive exposed areas.

The root cause of dry flaky skin is always a loss of the natural oils in the epidermis of the skin. It can lead to a number of very serious conditions including; eczema, dermatitis, painful cracks in skin, wrinkles and early aging, itchiness and even cause thickening of skin in areas exposed regularly. When extreme cold weather has caused serious moisture loss in our skin often we will resolve this by putting artificial moisture back into our skin by using things such as moisturisers like petroleum jelly products or other over the counter moisturisers. Though if we want to truly address the root cause of this problem we need to maintain the natural oils in our skin and also continue to combat anything which might additionally remove those natural oils.

This is where a shower filter comes in really handy. Tap water and shower water contains chlorine which is a solvent along with other chemicals that strips away the body's natural oils. If we live in a hard water area, the hard particles in the water hitting our skin at high speeds and pressure in the shower, will also contribute to stripping away the natural oils in our body's skin. Having a shower filter will help to remove chemicals such as chlorine and hardness from our water- which will allow our body's skin the ability to maintain its natural moisture and natural oils. Before we go out into extreme cold weather conditions if we maintain the body's natural skin oils when we go out into the cold, the exposed areas of our skin already have a natural barrier against the cold and low humidity. This natural barrier will give us protection from the cold and low humidity of extreme weather conditions and therefore protect us from our skin becoming overly dry and cracking.

After we are exposed to cold weather conditions often (such as during this very biting winter) some of the natural oils which protect us will be leached out due to the cold weather conditions. So it is vital that we need to continue to shower in filtered water to ensure that we create that natural oil barrier anew, this habit of creating and maintaining that natural oil barrier and skin moisture must be kept throughout the winter months. It's vitally important to continue to shower with a shower filter and wash our hands under a tap filter. If we take baths, we should ensure that the bath water is also filtered with a bath filter.

If you are out in these extreme cold weather conditions and you are experiencing any of the things we've mentioned in this article - please leave us a comment below or email us so we can help you find a solution to how shower filters can help to protect your skin from extreme cold exposure.

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:57:47 +0000
<![CDATA[How To Use a Basin Tap Filter To Stop Hand Eczema]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/stop_hand_eczema_with_basin_tap_filter/ hand eczema from washing hands too muchHand Eczema and Hand Dermatitis are both the same thing and it can be a debilitating condition for those who suffer from it. If our eyes are the gateway to the soul, then our hands are the gateway to the majority of the interactions we do in every day life. The quality of life for sufferers of hand eczema / hand dermatitis can often be severally negatively affected by this condition.

DermNetNZ actually states that this type of dermatitis is more common amongst you adult females and accounts for 20-35% of all dermatitis, so it is not a rare condition. It is more common in those who already have some type of eczema or dermatitis, those who suffer from hay fever or other allergies as a child. Often this condition is linked to the sufferers occupation, those who work in health care, hair dressing, construction, cleaning agriculture and the food industry also are more likely to get this condition. This is because they are exposed to many chemicals in their jobs and when hands come into contact with chemicals this can create hand eczema flare ups.

Sufferers of this type of eczema often experience the following symptoms:

  • Very dry skin on the hands which is often chapped - this is usually the first sign of a flare up of hand eczema.
  • A burning sensation of the skin on and around the hands.
  • Itchy blisters can form
  • Scaly skin and inflamed skin that is very itchy
  • In more severe cases the skin around the hand can bleed or weep, form crusts and pus and be extremely painful

So what can be done to tackle this condition if you have it?

More often than not the cause of hand dermatitis is not 100% clear, but one of the main causes of the condition is contact with chemicals in the work place or contact with allergic substances - this is called Irritant Contact Dermatitis. Being exposed repeatedly to waters, soaps, detergents, oils, coolants, some food products, metals and plastics can stop the skin from repairing it's natural barrier. When this natural barrier is not repaired irritation can begin to occur and the above symptoms begin.

Another cause of this condition is allergic reactions during contact to an allergen. Some of the more common allergens are nickel, some food additives and fragrances, antibacterial products like cleaners and soaps, rubber and some plastics.

In both of the above cases prevention is the best cure. The first step is to try to identify the allergen or the irritant which is causing the eczema or dermatitis then change our lifestyle or workplace behaviours as much as possible to eliminate our exposure to the allergen or irritant.

Trying to maintain the natural oils in the skin which create a barrier between the skin on our hands and the outside environment is crucial to stopping hand eczema or dermatitis once and for all. If too much of the natural oils has been removed by constant exposure to allergens and irritants then usually suffers will try to replace the natural oils with another moisturiser such as petroleum jelly.

It is important to make sure to moisturise hands after each and every time after washing and drying hands, Gary Goldenberg M.D (assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) has said, "“If you allow your skin to dry without any moisturiser after washing, this enhances the dryness and natural [skin] barrier breakdown." When washing your hands you may also want to consider washing them in filtered water. A basin tap filter on your basin tap will remove chemicals such as chlorine and reduce hardness in your water that is harsh on hand skin and can further irritate already sensitive skin. Chemicals such as Chlorine which are put into our tap water supplies, strip away the natural oils in our skin, further eradicating that all important natural barrier which is required for our skin to protect itself. At PureShowers.co.uk we have a great Basin Tap and Kitchen Tap Filter which our customers have reported have successfully helped them with their hand eczema and hand dermatitis conditions.

If you are suffering from hand dermatitis or hand eczema please leave some comments below and if you have any other remedies please let us know!

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +0000
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Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:34:17 +0000
<![CDATA[The FACTS About The Hose Pipe Ban and What Could Happen Next]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/hose_pipe_ban_facts_and_what_could_happen_next/ water hoseThis year the summer has come thick and fast. The MET office has said that it has been the driest start to summer in modern records, which date back to 1961. The Met office have also announced that it could be the hottest summer on record. Which is great for those of us who love a hot dry summer - but from a more practical side, this could cause a lot of problems. In this article we will discuss the hose pipe ban that will come into effect on August the 5th and also explore the lengths other countries have gone to during water shortages.

One problem with very hot dry summers is lack of water and because of this impending threat of perhaps not having enough water throughout the summer, United Utilities will be imposing a hose pipe ban from the 5th of August. This water utilities company overs most of the consumers in the north-west of England which amount to about 7 million users. Though not everybody in the north-west will be subject to the ban, a small number of post codes in Cumbria will not be banned from using their hose pipes and if you are in that area you can check by using the United Utilities hose pipe ban address checker here : https://www.unitedutilities.com/address-checker/

So what exactly is a hose pipe ban, what can you not do anymore and still do? Well as the name suggests, you no longer can use your hose pipe or even your sprinkler systems. These two things use up a lot of water and can be wasteful. Instead of using your hose pipe to water the garden or wash your car, you can still use tap water to fill up a bucket or a watering can. You can use grey water (water that has been used before like dish washing water or bath water) and if you have your own supply of water such as bore water you can go ahead and still use that.

If you need more details on the hose pipe ban you can go directly to the United Utilities website here : https://www.unitedutilities.com/emergencies/hosepipe-ban-on-the-way2/

Let's hope that we get some more rain over the summer soon or else we may have to face even tougher bans on our usage of water. Below are some examples of places around the world were there have been water shortages and the remarkable length that governments and the public have gone to save water during drought conditions:

Australia - 2007

Australia went through Level 5 water restrictions in 2007 and the public were asked to reduce their showers to only 4 minutes. Water prices were also increased to make sure that people did not comply with the warnings had to pay more for their additional use.
Households that used an excessive amount of water (over the average of 800 litres a day) had to fill in a self-assessment audit showing the number of residents who lived at the property and also discussing what plans they were taking to combat water wastage and what water saving measures they were taking.

South Africa - 2018

Currently in Cape Town, South Africa they are going through their worst water shortage and drought in living history. They are going through some extremely severe restrictions to try to save water as they battle through a 3 and a half year drought. People are restricted to a daily use of 50 litres per person, to put this into perspective an average toilet flush is 13.6 litres and how many times do you go to the toilet a day? Water prices have gone up significantly to Level 6 water tariffs. Any households which use an excess of water to the average of residents in the household will be fined between R5 000 and R10 000 (so between around £300 to £600) or they may have water management devices installed in their homes.

United States - 2015

In 2015 California had been experiencing drought and lack of rain for four consecutive years. In that year they put a target for all individuals cut down on their water usage by 25% . They implemented fines of up to $200 per person for those who did not comply with cutting down water usage and conservation of water.

]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:34:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Embrace The Cold! Top 3 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Having Cold Showers]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/top_3_scientifically_proven_benefits_of_having_cold_showers/ cold shower headTaking a cold shower can be invigorating but did you know that there are a plethora of health benefits associated with taking a quick dip under cold running water? That's if you can handle it!

In this article we are going to discuss the absolute top 3 proven health benefits of taking a cold shower and why more of us should start doing it every single day.

Reason 1 : Hair and Skin Benefits From The Sting

Hair and Skin benefit greatly from a cold dip in the shower, recently a dermatologist spoke to the The Huffington Post about different ways of washing your face and mentioned that cold water or lukewarm water actually will help stop healthy and natural oils from being stripped from your skin too quickly. We actually know that hot water dries out ones skin because it opens up the pores of the skin and when we shower with soaps the soaps will wash away oils within the pores and thus dry out skin a lot. Dry skin can lead to eczema and other sensitive skin conditions, so it's imperative to keep those natural oils in our skin as much as possible. Another great way of keeping natural oils in your skin and hair is install a shower filter as well, as the chemicals in tap water such as chlorine will strip natural oils from skin and hair.

Reason 2 : The Cold Wet Will Beat Stress

A study conducted at the Institute of Biochemistry Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany recorded the levels of certain chemicals in the body of 10 healthy subjects who swam regularly in ice-cold water during the winter. These chemicals (uric acid and glutathione levels) in their bodies were measured before and after their ice cold swims. It was concluded that the ice cold dips resulted as a mechanism for 'body hardening', which is a natural method for increasing the body's tolerance to stress.

Reason 3 : Embrace The Cold & Lose Weight

There are two types of fat in our bodies, the usual white (actually yellow) fat and there is also a mysterious type of fat called brown fat. These type of fat is actually responsible for actually burning calories (which is the opposite to white fat - which is responsible for storing calories). When our body activates brown fat it begins to burn off calories, guess what? Brown fat is activated in cold temperatures. For example endocrinologist Dr Paul Lee from Sydney's Garvan Institute has been having cold showers for the past 6 years for his studies into brown fat. He has said, "I think there's no doubt that mild cold exposure (to cold) could activate brown fat," Dr Lee said. In his studies he exposes test subjects to cold temperatures from 18 degrees Celsius all the way to 12C until they shiver. Wow - that's pretty hard-core, but the science doesn't lie! If you can handle it - a cold shower will help you lose weight.

So there you have it - we have now given you the top three scientifically proven benefits of having a cold shower now and again. Why not try it and see how you go? A small bit of discomfort could lead to a lot of beneficial gains and like anything - after a few times one gets used to it and it doesn't seem as daunting as before. Give it a go and let us know how you get along! ]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 05:30:03 +0000 <![CDATA[How To Fix or Replace a Worn Out Shower Bracket]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/How_To_Fix_or_Replace_a_Worn_Out_Shower_Bracket/ shower holder shower bracket When customers buy a new hand held shower filter, they often are buying it to replace an old hand held shower head. When they get their brand new hand held shower filter in the post and go to put it into their old worn out shower head bracket / shower head holder - they sometimes find that the worn out holder gives up the ghost and can't hold up the new hand held shower filter! Over the years we have learnt a few tips and tricks that we let our customers know about how to fix their worn out shower bracket and give it a little bit longer of a lease on life.

Tip 1: Tighten the screw

Did you know that inside the actual shower cradle there usually is a small screw that you can use to tighten the holder? When you tighten this screw, it strengthens the hold on the the movable portion of the shower cradle - which allows the hand held shower head to stand at an angle without any issues.

Here's what it looks like:

screw inside shower cradle

Tip 2: Replace the whole hand held shower head cradle

Sometimes worn out shower head cradles are just too far gone and they need to be replaced. Thankfully these days it's very easy to replace a hand held shower head cradle without any special tools or the need for a plumber. Also we have a lot of options as well when replacing the cradle.

Suction Cup Cradles
suction cup cradle
These little babies are probably the easiest to install. You just clean part of the tiles where you are going to install the suction cup cradle and then place the suction cup onto the tile and press a leaver to stick it to the tile. Then you can put the hand held shower head into the cradle section. We don't recommend these though, they seem like a good idea - but the suction probably won't be strong enough to hold a hand held shower filter and even if they do - you will need to continue to restick it time and time again.

Replace The Entire Cradle With New Holder
replace shower cradle
If you want the most professional look - then this is the option for you. You need to contact your original shower manufacturer and get a new cradle as a replacement part for your particular shower. This option is a difficult one though, because to take the old shower cradle off and put the new one on - you will need to remove the shower riser bar from the shower and that will require that you use some tools (which tools depends on your shower type). Once the shower riser bar is off, you can remove the old shower cradle by sliding it off one side of the shower bar and slide the new one on.

Universal Shower Holder Cradle
universal shower cradle
This is our most preferred option when it comes to replacing a warn out hand held shower head cradle, it's fast, cheap, looks good and is really effective. The only down side is that you will retain the old warn out shower cradle on the shower riser bar still - which might not look as aesthetically pleasing as having only one shower cradle on the bar.

With this option, you just push onto the shower bar riser the new universal shower holder cradle and then tighten the hand wheel of the unit -this will move the gripping mechanism that will grip the holder onto the rail. Then it's just a matter of popping the hand held shower filter into the cradle and angling it to a position which suits you. Here are some visual instructions:

How to fit universal shower holder cradle
]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 01:26:23 +0000 <![CDATA[5 Home Hacks To Get White Marks Off Shower Tiles]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/5-Home-Hacks-To-Get-White-Marks-Off-Shower-Tiles/ 5 home hacks to get white marks off shower tilesOne of the biggest issues that our customers report to us as a factor when they are buying a shower filter, is that they want to get rid of all the white marks on their shower tiles. So what exactly is those white marks on the tiles? Why are they so darn difficult to get rid of and also what is the best way to remove them? In this blog post we're going to deal with all those questions and give you the best 5 home hacks to get your tiles sparkling clean and looking brand new.

What exactly are those white marks on shower tiles?

There are two main culprits when it comes to those white marks on your shower tiles : Hard water or soap scum (sounds lovely, doesn't it?)

Hard Water : Hard water is basically water that is laced with a lot of minerals such as calcium, lime and even heavy metals such as copper, magnesium and lead. Hard water is a big problem here in the UK because most of our water supplies come from underground sources. Rain falls over the catchment areas and slowly seeps down to the underground water sources. As the water slowly goes through rocks and soil, they pick up different minerals, heavy metals and what ever else they come across during their journey to the underground water supply. Then that water is brought into our local water suppliers (such as Thames water) and is treated with chemicals to kill bacteria and other pathogens, then it is piped directly to our homes.

When the calcium, lime and mineral rich hard water washes over our tiles and dries, it leaves the residual of the minerals on the tiles that causes the white marks. Over time if we don't regularly clean our shower tiles then the white residual will continue to build up and all of a sudden you have huge white marks on your shower tiles which are ridiculously difficult to clean off!

Soap Scum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap_scum) : Lovely name isn't it? Basically when you use any soaps in your shower with hard water, what the soap does is it actually binds with the calcium and magnesium that's present in hard water and also binds with any dirt that you are washing off your body. This 'scum' that is produced will sit very happily on tiles and as it dries it becomes rock hard and can actually be as tough as cement.

5 Home Hacks To Get White Marks Off Shower Tiles

Hack # 1 - Car wax in your shower!

Prevention is really the absolute best cure when it comes to these annoying and difficult to clean white marks on your shower tiles.
If you apply a car wax or gel gloss onto your tiles BEFORE they get soap scum or hard water marks on them - then that will make the surface of the tiles more slippery and will make it more difficult for the white marks to build up.
Make sure that you keep your shower tiles wiped down and clean as often as possible, so that the marks do not get a chance to take hold and multiply. Thereby making it even harder to remove.

You can also do this right after you have cleaned the white stuff off your tiles and it will prevent them from coming back.

Hack # 2 - Vinegar - of course!

What can't vinegar clean off? Yup - you can use this age old cleaning product that just about everyone has in the kitchen pantry. Get an empty spray bottle and fill it with 1 part vinegar 3 parts water. Spray the white marks until they are drenched and then leave it over night. The next day, scrub away using a lot of elbow grease! You will find that the vinegar has broken down the minerals and helps to remove the scum a lot quicker and easier. I usually don't use vinegar that I have in my fish and chips, but I will buy a 1.5 litre bottle of the cheap vinegar they sell at supermarkets. That way, you know you're not flushing good quality vinegar (and money!) down the drain.

Hack # 3 - Install a shower filter

A shower filter is a device which filters your shower water before it has a chance to hit your tiles. As we now know, the minerals and metals in shower water is the main reason why the white scum marks build up in the first place. If you install a shower filter, then the filter will help to remove the minerals, metals (and even chemicals such as chlorine) from your shower water before it even touches your shower tiles. In this way you're actually stopping the root cause of the problem not just the symptoms.

Hack # 4 - Lemon juice and baking soda

Sounds like a lovely drink doesn't it? Just kidding. Just like vinegar, lemon juice is really acidic and can easily break down the soap scum if you spray it and leave it overnight. With the addition of the baking soda, it will help you clean the white marks off your shower tiles easier because the baking soda will act as a gentle abrasive.

Hack # 5 - Steam iron ahoy

Steam will do wonders in cleaning everything in the shower, it will kill bacteria and get rid of a lot of stains. That's the same for the white soap scum marks on your bathroom tiles as well. If you have a hand held steam cleaning device, blow some puffs on steam onto the white marks and this will start breaking them down and make them a lot easier to clean. If you don't have a special steam cleaning device, you can always use your iron! Your iron has a steam option and you can use this steam option to puff clouds of steam at the white marks, then you can get going at them with one of the cleaning solutions in tip 2 or 4. Just don't put the iron too close to the tiles! You just want the steam from the iron, you don't want to be ironing in the white soap scum.

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:48:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Easter Sale Everything 10% Off Limited Stocks]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/shower-filter-easter-sale-2018-10pc-off-coupon/ ]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2018 23:16:55 +0000 <![CDATA[End of Year Clearance - Up To 15% Off]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/pureshowers-end-of-year-clearance/ ]]> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 01:31:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Autumn Sale 2017 Begins Today!]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/pureshowers-autumn-sale-coupons/ ]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:17:32 +0000 <![CDATA[How to Install a Fixed Shower Head or Fixed Shower Head Filter in a Few Easy Steps With Pictures and Videos]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/how_to_fit_fixed_shower_head_with_pictures_video/ fixed shower head shower filterHere at PureShowers.co.uk we often get asked by our lovely customers for a bit of help with fitting their fixed shower head shower filters.
So we have decided to make this little tutorial on the easiest and the fastest way to fit a fixed shower head shower filter.

Step 1: Remove the existing shower head entirely from the shower pipe. Showing just the threads.

What are the threads I hear you ask? Well, that's the fancy name for the grooves that are on the pipe which allows two 'threaded' pipes to come together to create a connection.

Be doubly sure actually remove the entire shower head components from the shower pipe.
Sometimes customers will e-mail us and tell us that they have removed the entire fixed shower head from the pipe, but in fact they have forgotten to remove the angle joint and the shower pipe will look like this :

pipe with ball joint still on it

When the fixed shower head is completely removed from the pipe, the pipe will show just the threads and it will look like this :

pipe with just threads


Step 2: Wrap some Teflon tape / plumbers tape around the threads.

What's Teflon Tape (otherwise known as Plumbers Tape), I hear you asking? Well - it's that white plasticy rubbery type of tape that everyone has probably seen in your dads or your granddad's shed (you probably didn't even know what it was when you saw it!). It looks like a normal roll of tape, but isn't sticky at all and is used to stop leaks and create super water tight joins when joining two pipes together.

Here's a picture:

teflon tape

With any new type of shower head or plumbing joint, it is always a good idea to wrap Teflon tape around the threads so that when the shower head is screwed onto the pipe. The tape actually gets into the grooves of the threads between the shower pipe and the shower head, then it makes a really tight water proof seal that is impossible for pesky drips and leaks to occur.

Here's a video from You Tube about how to wrap that sucker on your threads :

Just to let you know our fixed shower head (Paragon Luxury Fixed Shower Filter Head ) actually comes with a small roll of plumbers tape just in case you need it!

Step 3: Attach the fixed shower head to the pipe

This step is the easy one and is the last step.
You need to unbox the fixed shower head shower filter entirely and you'll just see the shower head, like this :


Then you just need to put the 'female' end of the shower head (the end opposite where the actual head is, where the water will go into the shower head) and line up the 'female' end with the 'male' end. Then start turning in a clockwise direction.

You will see that the internal threads of the shower head will begin to grip onto the threads on the shower pipe. Just keep on twisting like we did last summer!

Usually this twisting by hand is enough, but sometimes if we need to fit the shower head even tighter onto the shower pipe we might need to use a tool such as a wrench (a wrench is a tool which can grip two sides of something and give us a little more leverage to twist the shower head a little tighter onto the pipe).

If you take a look at the sides of the shower head where it is fitting onto the shower pipe, you will see that the sides are actually flat on two sides. It's made like this so that you can actually get the wrench onto the two flat sides of the shower head.

But first you will need something to protect the shower head! Wrenches are usually made of tough metal which can really damage the shower head, so go grab an old tea towel and put it between the wrench and the shower head.

Once you've positioned the wrench in the right spot, go ahead and move the wrench in a clockwise way - go slow though! You don't want to make it so tight that you won't be able to take it out again.

Here's a small video on You Tube about how to do Step 3, just in case you wanted to see someone else do it first:

Step 4: Flush some water through the fixed shower head

Next step is to flush some water through the fixed shower head shower filter.

Remember to get out of the shower first! Or else you'll probably need a new change of clothes.

Check for leaks between the shower head and the pipe (if you've followed these instructions there won't be!).
If there are leaks, maybe you need to tighten the shower head a little more or maybe you need more plumbers tape.

Step 5: Enjoy your new fixed shower head shower filter.

Now that you have a new shower filter in your shower you will be able to enjoy the benefits of showering in crystal clear filtered water. Your skin and hair will thank you because the chemicals that strip out natural oils in skin and hair will be removed. Your shower will thank you because the scale in water will be reduced, so you won't need to wash your shower as often and you will thank yourself for being so clever.


Fri, 26 May 2017 02:41:14 +0000
<![CDATA[Morning Shower Or Evening Shower - Expert Tells All]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/morning_shower_or_evening_shower_expert_tells_all/ shower in the evening or the morning?It’s a question that is as old as the invention of the shower itself. Which is better? Showering during the evening just before bed or in the morning after waking up?
Initially we would think that this debate would go along the same lines as what order does one put cream and jam on a scone, but in actuality experts have recently given us some great advice on which is actually more beneficial. In fact, the Internet has been abuzz recently with this debate since an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine has given us some definitive reasons why one is better than the other.

Arguments For Showering In The Morning:

* Better for getting ready for a long or hectic day, to get into the right mindset:

Dr. Mona Gohara of Yale School of Medicine says, "A morning shower allows for time to meditate and regroup before starting a long or hectic day. This mindfulness can decrease inflammation in the skin by keeping levels of a hormone called cortisol capped.” 

* Best time for shaving:

She also states that this is the best time to get the razor out and have shave, “Mornings are the best time to shave because that’s when you have a surge of platelets.” Platelets help our blood clot and stops bleeding.

Arguments For Showering In The Evening:

* Feeling the benefits of natural exfoliation and skin care

When citing the benefits of showering at night Dr. Gohara said, "Your skin naturally exfoliates and replenishes itself at night, so you leave a clean slate when the proverbial factory is open."

At the end of the day (get it?) Dr. Gohara has told us that it really is important not to dry out your skin, "If you use a standard soap - a cleanser that has a basic pH - it strips the skin of natural oils and compromises the skin barrier, leading to irritation and dry, lacklustre skin. Using a mild, pH-neutral non soap cleanser helps moisturise while you cleanse and deposits skin-identical lipids back into the skin."

This is completely in line with what we have been saying here at PureShowers.co.uk for ever! If we continue to have showers with chlorine, scale and other harsh chemicals which strip away the skin's natural oils. Then it really doesn't matter if we have a shower in the morning or at night - our skin will still feel irritated dry and lacklustre. So shower at the start of the day if you wish or shower at night - what is important is that we have a shower filter which creates soft clear water that helps maintain the skin's natural oil barrier and then it will always be the right time to shower.

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:38:11 +0000
<![CDATA[Cancer causing chemical in shower shampoo]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/shower-shampoo-chemical-cancer-causing/ shampooA potentially cancer-causing chemical called 1,4-dioxane which is commonly found in some shampoos, soaps and lotions could be contributing to cancer writes the Daily Mail

The chemical in question has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats and currently in America some senators (Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban it from shower products.

1,4-dioxide is a clear liquid which is used as a solvent in the process of making chemicals and is used as a substance to create a chemical reaction in laboratories. The chemical has been linked to causing caner of the nose, liver and breast. As yet it has not been banned either in the UK or in the USA and product manufacturers don't actually need to list it in their list of ingredients on their products.

In fact the Toxicology Data Network have multiple studies on 1,4-dioxane which show that hazardous effects of this chemical.

This chemical is found in a great number of other products, not just shower gels and shower products. According to OrganicConsumers.org it can be found in these products as well:

* 97% of hair relaxers
* 82% of hair dyes and bleaching

* 66% of hair removers

* 57% of baby soap

* 45% of sunless tanning products

* 43% of body firming lotion

* 36% of hormonal creams

* 36% of facial moisturizers

* 35% of anti-aging products

* 34% of body lotion

* 33% of around-eye creams

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:29:34 +0000
<![CDATA[Shower Filter FAQ]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/shower-filter-faq/ We get a lot of questions about shower filters here at PureShowers.co.uk. So we've put together this FAQ (frequently asked questions) about shower filters.

Shower Filter Frequently Asked Questions

Which product should I buy? I'm confused about what product I should get?

This depends on the type of shower you have and how you want to fit your shower filter. The three main methods of fitting a shower filter are :

1. The hand held shower filter: This simply replaces your existing hand held shower head that is attached to an existing shower hose. connecting-shower-hose-to-head-graphite-pencil
2. The in line shower filter: This simply fits between the shower water outlet pipe and either your shower head or shower hose. So you keep your existing shower head or shower hose and just install this shower filter in line / in between. connecting-shower-hose-to-head-graphite-pencil
3. Fixed pipe shower filter: For this one you just remove your existing shower head from the fixed pipe and then replace it with one of our fixed head shower filters (Paragon Luxury Fixed Shower Filter Head , Paragon Luxury Rainfall Shower Filter) . Just remember to remove the shower head entirely and expose only the shower pipe and threads.


You can find all our products and how to install them on each product page. Or if you wish you can send a picture to us at info@pureshowers.com and we can try to help you further.

Will It reduce my water pressure?

If you have normal water pressure don't worry, you shouldn't notice a difference.

If you have low water pressure you could try one of the AquaFilter™ products (Large Head Hand Held Shower Filter, Extra Large Head Hand Held Shower Filter) these have a smaller cartridge and as such work better in low pressure environments. Though please keep in mind with low pressure, you might encounter a drop after installing a shower filter.

What do the shower filters filter out?

Our shower filters remove or reduce a great number of impurities, some of the major ones include: Up to 99% chlorine, heavy metals, scale, kills bacteria, pesticides, trihalomethanes (THMs) & chemicals. It works just like a drinking water filter but in your shower.

What's inside the cartridges?

The main ingredient in all of our shower filters is KDF® 55 this filter media is patented and removes or reduces chlorine and water-soluble heavy metals. It controls scale, bacteria and algae, even in hot water. The process medium received NSF International Certification and is certified by NSF to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 – Drinking Water Treatment Units – Aesthetic Effects. This medium is also in compliance with California’s Health and Safety Code Section 166875 (or commonly know as AB1953) and Vermont Act 193

Many of our shower filters also incorporate Granular Active Carbon (GAC), which is the standard in most water filter devices. GAC is a well proven filter medium and has been used in water filtration for decades to remove organic compounds, synthetic organic chemicals and adverse taste and odor compounds. You can read more about GAC here.

By themselves, both of the above filter mediums are great - but when combined into a single filter unit, they work to give the highest level of filtration.

The AquaFilter™ range of shower filters incorporate ceramic ball technology (rather than GAC), combined with KDF® 55 to provide an excellent degree of water filtration ability.

Do I have to buy the whole shower head again every time?

No, you just need to change the cartridge inside the shower filter.

How long do the cartridges last?

Cartridges last usually between 8 - 12 months, depending upon usage and the quality of the water in your area.
For the AquaFilter™ products the cartridges last between 3 - 6 months (again depending upon how much you use it and the quality of the water in your area). But the refill packs are sold in two cartridges, so a refill will pack will last between 6 - 12 months.

How do I know when to change cartridges?

Cartridges need to be changed at least once every 12 months. It is based on time, usage and the quality of the water in your area. But we offer a free reminder service which sends our customers a reminder e-mail when it is close to their time to change a cartridge.

Does the shower filter come with a cartridge?

Yes all of our shower filters come with a cartridge already installed.

What is the pipe size? Will it fit my shower?

Our shower filters will fit all standard showers. 99% of Showers in the UK and Europe conform to a thread size of 1/2 inch BSP (British Standard Pipe). So it's pretty much certain that our shower filters will fit your shower.

For the Hand Held Shower Filters, they will fit onto the great majority of shower hoses. If you have a shower hose, then we're quite certain our shower filters will fit.
For in-line shower filters, the pipe size (also known as thread size) is 1/2 inch BSP.
When measuring with a ruler the diameter is roughly 22mm.

What if my water pipe is really close to the wall?

If you wanted to install an in line shower filter but your water pipe is very close to the wall and you're worried about having enough room to fit a shower filter. Then we would recommend the 8 Stage Shower Filter, this shower filter can be installed on an angle with the body of the shower filter angling away from the pipe. Also the water inlet pipe can be tightened independent of the shower filter body.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:15:50 +0000
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Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:57:37 +0000
<![CDATA[Epic Wipes - A Shower In Your Pocket?]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/towel-sized-wet-wipe-shower-in-pocket/

Giant wet wipe - shower in your pocketHere's a light hearted invention to take a look at this Friday. Have you ever been in a situation where all you wanted to do was have a shower, but you just didn't have access to one? Well inventor Dr. Aeneas Janze started a kick-starter campaign in the hopes of producing a towel sized wet wipe that fits in your pocket, to remedy that exact problem.

The campaign on crowd funding website kickstarter has been so successful that it has garnered more than three times the amount of money that Dr. Janze actually requested initially. Upon reaching the goal of $10,000 Janze has said, "We just made our 10,000 dollar goal! It took less than two weeks and we are so thrilled!".

The product is called Epic Wipes and has already started shipping to the initial backers. This towel sized wet wipe is meant to be 16 times larger than an ordinary wet wipe, it is made from bamboo and is completely biodegradable. An Epic Wipe package is meant to easily fit in your pocket and the makers say that it has a variety of uses:

  • After a massage
  • Music festivals
  • Survivalists
  • Lunch-hour workouts
  • Keep the interior of your car looking brand new!

If you are interested in the product you can find more information on their kickstarter campaign page.

But to be honest, other than being a cool novelty - we couldn't imagine this product replacing a good old shower!

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:08:31 +0000
<![CDATA[5 Reasons Why We Shouldn't Shower Every Day]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/5-reasons-should-not-shower-every-day/

man showeringThe majority of us all shower every single day. It pretty much is embedded into our western society that if we do not shower every day then we are dirty and will probably put off such an offensive stench that people sitting next to us on the tube will turn their noses and politely vacate their seats.

Though this modern convention of showering every single day, isn't actually something that has been around for a very long time. In fact not long ago, just in the 60s people were showering just once a week and it didn't seem to cause all that much trouble.

Maybe it's something we all should consider again? Perhaps missing a shower here and there might be actually more beneficial than actually showering every single day? Here's 7 reasons why it might be a good idea:

1. Showering using a lot of water, so fewer showers is better for the environment. On average showers take around 10 minutes, in that 10 minutes we use around 60 litres of water. So for a family of four who shower every single day, every week that family is using 240 litres of water. In a month that would amount to 6,720 litres of water and in a year that would be around 80,000 litres of water. Which is more than enough water to fill an average sized swimming pool!

2. Showering uses a lot of energy to produce hot water, so it's bad for the environment and also your wallet. When looking at the average cost of the same 10 minute shower in terms of heating hot water. For the same family of four it costs £8 per week, so that adds up to an annual cost of £416 just for the hot water itself. By just showering every second day, we could halve that cost and save £208 per year.

3. Using too much soap every day is bad for skin. Washing and using soap every single day washes off the natural oils that our skin produces to protect itself. Also harsh chemicals such as chlorine put into tap water will strip off these natural oils. So it's important to remove these chemicals from shower water as well, using a shower filter. Doctors have said that these natural oils are actually good for us and protect us from things such as dermatitis and other skin conditions.

4. Generally odours are only produced by armpits, feet and private parts. We can easily wash these parts daily without having a full shower and still get away with the 'smell test' and happily sit next to folk on the tube without being embarrassed about strange odours.

5. Frequent showers don't actually protect you from illnesses. An article in Time asked a doctor who specialises in infectious diseases whether or not bathing every day actually makes us cleaner. Dr. Elaine Larson replied that by washing your hands regularly, that is probably more adequate at protecting you from illness than showering every single day.

Obviously if you have had a sweaty workout at the gym, have been out and about all day in a dusty or unclean environment. It probably is a good idea to take a shower to remove sweat and grime. Or if you intend to get intimate with someone, it probably is a good idea to freshen up with a shower! Though in normal situations this gives us all a bit of a pause to think, maybe it would be better for us to not shower every day?

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 04:27:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Daily Bath is OK for Children With Eczema]]> https://www.pureshowers.co.uk/shower-filter-blog/daily-bath-OK-for-children-with-eczema/

baby feet bathing

A group of allergy doctors and researchers have published new research in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology which contradicts conventional knowledge, stating that it actually is OK to give children with eczema a daily bath.

Previous understanding from experts was that infrequent bathing was best because too much showering and washing can dry out skin which can cause further eczema and dermatitis.

This new research advises that a "Soak and Smear" technique should be used. The advice is:


1. Always use lukewarm water, hot water can often sting and is far less soothing than lukewarm water.

2. Do not use harsh soaps, body scrubs or shampoos. Instead use milder cleaning products which are pH balanced.

3. Never scrub delicate skin, merely wash gently.

4. Do not rub skin dry with a towel. Instead just pat dry gently.

5. Smear emollient immediately after patting dry. Make sure to use proper emollients which are designed specifically for skin conditions such as eczema.

A daily bath can remove surface dirt, irritants and allergens. So in some cases can be good for treating eczema.

One doctor from the study Dr. Ivan Cardona states that parents should always use their own judgement. If daily bathing doesn't help their child's eczema they can switch to more infrequent bathing.

In a report of this from the BBC, they asked some UK experts about the study. They have replied that the advice was sensible, but Amena Warner of Allergy UK has noted that baths should be kept to a maximum of about 10 minutes.

Dr Carsten Flohr has said that daily bathing was OK, but that soap and shower gels could irritate skin and make eczema worse in some people.

Here at PureShowers.co.uk many of our customers have reported a lot of positive feedback about using a shower filter to help alleviate symptoms of eczema. This is because a shower water filter removes harsh chemicals such as chlorine which dry out skin.

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 03:21:12 +0000