Most everybody knows to not drink the water in Mexico due to unwanted minerals, metals, and bacteria. Everyone here drinks purified water from these garrafones or from a filter connected to their sink. Mexicans know to not drink the water; travelers who are not careful enough often contract a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. What I didn’t realize the first month of living here in Mexico is that I should not only be drinking and prepping food with purified water, but I should also be washing my body with it too.
Por ejemplo, one of the other Trainees asked me why my face had broken out into fierce acne. I had kept up my routine, but there were three splotches of my face that were painfully dry. My fellow Trainee urged me to visit the doctor on-site. When I did, she asked me what I was washing my face with… I then launched into an explanation of my skincare routine. No, no, no… What was I washing my face with? Oh… I replied… Water?
Doctora Ines then explained that the tap water here has so many minerals, metals and bacteria that make the water fuerte (harsh/strong). If the water is hot, then most of the bacteria is killed in the process; this makes washing with warm water especially desirable here. When no hot water is available for washing (which is the case in our bathroom sink), she told me that I needed to wash my face with purified water.
Not really seeing how it could make a difference, I decided to humor the doctor and try it out for a week. The next day my face had already begun to heal. A week after my switch, almost all my blemishes are gone!
Lesson learned: When in doubt, trust the doctor.
xo from Queretaro,