After spending three days in Calgary, I came home with really dry and itchy skin. The hard water in the city did a real number on my skin. For a comparison, Calgary has a rating of 165 ppm of CaCO3 while Vancouver has less than 3 ppm. The dissolved minerals in the water can leave soap residue on your skin which dries it out.
While my skin returns to normal, I’ve been moisturizing more as I once again bathe my genitals in the soft and nourishing mountain-sourced waters of the west coast.