A woman who tried dozens of treatments to treat her acne claims a water purifying shower filter has helped to clear up her skin - and has transformed her hair.
Natalia, 30, originally from Australia but now living in London, suffered with painful breakouts from when she was a teenager and claims she's spent thousands over the years trying to find a cure.
It had begun to clear up, but when she moved from Sydney to the UK in 2018, she told how her skin went 'from blemish free to terrible' within a few weeks.
A year ago, she began researching shower filters after hearing they can ease certain skin complaints, and discovered HELLO KLEAN.
Natalia, 30, originally from Australia but now living in London, suffered with painful breakouts from when she was a teenager and claims she's spent thousands over the years trying to find a cure (pictured before)
After attaching it to her shower, Natalia claims she noticed a difference to the water straight away - and, within a few weeks of using it, her acne had almost completely gone, despite making no other changes to her skincare and haircare regime.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she said: 'My skin is now clear - my pores seem smaller and I feel like my cleansers are working more effectively.
'My hair is also smoother and silkier and my hair products seem to wash better.
'This definitely impacts me physically and now mentally I don’t feel like I’m showering or cleaning properly if I don’t have a filter! I hate showering at my boyfriend’s house now!'
Natalia claims she noticed a difference to the water straight away after attaching the shower filter - and, within a few weeks of using it, her acne had almost completely gone, despite making no other changes to her skincare and haircare regime (pictured after)
Natalia said she initially thought her skin flare-up was down to the pollution in the capital and the fact she was no longer regularly swimming in the sea.
'I first realised the huge difference the shower water was making on my skin about a year after moving to London from Sydney,' she recalled.
'I could also feel the difference in my hair when I visited home compared to how it usually was in London.
'I've spent thousands of pounds on expensive skincare, facials, and been prescribed the contraceptive pill and topical treatments by doctors – but nothing seemed to work.
'I had heard from some facialists and friends that the London water was super hard. A facialist suggested I started washing my face with bottled water, which I did for a while, but it was quite unsustainable - and expensive!
Natalia said she initially thought her skin flare-up (pictured) was down to the pollution in the capital and the fact she was no longer regularly swimming in the sea
As well as improving her skin, Natalia said she's noticed her hair is also smoother and silkier and her products seem to wash better
'I thought there had to be a more straightforward solution, so I started doing some research on shower filters. I looked at so many that didn't appeal, and then I came across HELLO KLEAN. I won't shower without using it now.'
HELLO KLEAN, priced at £60, helps to remove chlorine, heavy metals, chemicals and other impurities from your shower water to improve the quality and make it kinder to your skin and hair.
The refillable filter is encased in aluminium, which screws onto the bottom of your shower tap.
Jordan Cunningham, an actor from London, also credits the filter with helping combat his eczema - something he's suffered with since he was three months old.
Jordan Cunningham, an actor from London, also credits the filter with helping combat his eczema - something he's suffered with since he was three months old. Pictured left before using it and right after
'Eczema has impacted my self confidence mainly,' he explained.
HOW DOES HELLO KLEAN WORK?
The filter attaches to your shower tap
The filter is proven to remove over 90 per cent of chlorine, as well as heavy metals and chemicals, from shower water. The brand was founded by Karlee Oz, a frequent traveller, who realised that the water she was using when in big cities was impacting her health.
Hard water is freshwater that's abundant in minerals. It offers health benefits and is safe for drinking, but minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, nickel and copper prevent surfactants in your shampoo from lathering, leaving behind buildup known as soap scum which may cause dryness and irritation for the skin.
The filter removes water-soluble metals alleviating some of the unpleasant side effects of hard water.
It may help reduce limescale residue to a certain extent, but it isn't a softening system. A softener is a large device built into your home which uses salt to remove the non-soluble metals, in return reducing limescale.
'I didn't feel secure enough to wear shorts and T-shirts in hot summer months.
'I'd also struggle to get a solid night's sleep because the itching would keep me awake, and then I'd face embarrassment of having a blood stained bed in the morning.
'My mum said it was probably the water in London, and a friend of mine who lives in Manchester had said whenever he came down for a few days his skin always got worse and he doesn't have skin issues usually.
'It impacts the dance aspect of my career as sweat is a huge stimulant for itching and it aggravates it and makes it worse. Wearing lots of stage make-up and scratchy costumes can be difficult as well.
'I'd wake up with terrible dandruff and severe flakiness on my forehead and around my eyebrows, which was embarrassing when next to my boyfriend.
'Every morning I would jump straight up into the shower so he wouldn't see me so I could cleanse and moisturise.'
Jordan told how he has tried all sorts of remedies, including apple cider vinegar baths and body lotions.
He first tried the HELLO KLEAN filter in April last year after spotting an advert on Instagram.
While it's not cured his condition, he claims it's helped as his skin now feels less dry after washing.
'Due to Covid shutting down my industry and me being jobless, stress was aggravating my eczema so I was avidly looking for different solutions,' he said.
'Because it was so affordable, I thought I would give it a go and try it.
'My first impressions were super positive.
'Within two days of installing the filter my heavy dandruff literally vanished and I didn't change any of my hair care products.
'Within about two weeks the texture of my skin improved and I noticed I was no longer itchy when having a shower.
'Long term changes have been no more dandruff at all since using it, and though I still have eczema, the skin texture element has dramatically improved.
Jordan said: 'Within two days of installing the filter my heavy dandruff literally vanished and I didn't change any of my hair care products. Within about two weeks the texture of my skin improved and I noticed I was no longer itchy when having a shower.' Pictured: his neck before (left) and after (right)
'I also no longer come out of the shower with severe dryness, which I definitely used to beforehand.
'Before I found it hard to turn my neck because the skin felt so tight.
'I'm not as embarrassed and insecure as I was whilst my skin was very bad.'
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The refillable filter is encased in aluminium, which screws onto the bottom of your shower tap (pictured)