Vitamin C boasts a myriad of health benefits, so it’s not surprising that people have found creative ways to incorporate it into their everyday lives. The vitamin C-infused shower head filter, which its creators claim will give you better hair and skin, is the new frontier in the quest to create wellness-centric amenities. The filter is believed to remove 99 percent of chlorine and chloramines from tap water using the essential vitamin.
Chlorine is added to virtually all water in the United States, according to ABC News. Vitashower, a company that markets and sells vitamin C-infused shower filters, claims that chlorine — in its element form — is a “poisonous, greenish-yellow gas with irritating, pungent odor.” But Neal Langerman, a chemist at the American Chemical Society, says that Vitashower’s claims are a bit extreme.
“To make the argument that chlorine is dangerous as it exists in water is totally specious,” said Langerman, according to ABC News. ”There is also absolutely no evidence that chlorine in water form is bad for your skin. It’s the dose that makes the poison. There are much, much better ways to spend your money, more healthy ways to spend your money.”
Vitamin C has the known health benefit of helping to treat the common cold. According to the Mayo Clinic, the vitamin can also help to boost one's mood. Vitamin C is also involved in protein metabolism and works as an antioxidant. While Vitashower may be exaggerating its claims about the dangers of chlorine, vitamin C does neutralize chlorine in water, based on findings in a 2005 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to the Daily Mail, chlorinated water can cause dry skin, dandruff, and frizzy hair. So, in an effort to trap the moisture that chlorine sometimes takes away, using vitamin C as a neutralizer seems like a dependable choice as a beauty product. Neutralize the chlorine, the thinking goes, and also combat the negative effects that chlorine may have on your hair and skin.
Though vitamin C infused shower heads have their skeptics, MGM Grand hotels have “stay well” rooms designed to foster wellness that promote the shower filter as one of its prime selling points. And there are new New York City condos that have peaked the interest of stars like actor Leonardo DiCaprio, which also have the filters installed. And who knows? For about $35 to $125, maybe you’ll have one installed soon, too.