Going to pool this summer?
Here is how to protect your skin from chlorine damage.
Summer just isn’t complete without a good swim in the open. There are so many hotels and resorts with sparkling blue looking pools that are tempting us to get in our swimsuits and jump! But have you thought about the effects it can have on your skin?
Water in pools is treated with chlorine to kill germs and make the water clean from contamination. Swimming pools are routinely shocked with the chemical to kill bacteria and keep you free of infection, but chlorine can contribute to dry skin. Exposure to chlorine can also cause acne breakouts, sensitive skin, damaged cuticles… well you get the idea.
But worry not, there are ways to protect yourself from the damage. Here are some useful tips that can help contain negative effects of chlorine to your skin and hair.
SHOWER WITH WARM WATER
A shower will ensure that your skin is already wet even before you go into the pool. This will prevent your skin from deeply absorbing the chlorinated water. And showering and washing your body and hair with soap and warm water is a skin care "must" after swimming. When you get out of a swimming pool, chlorine bonds to your skin, according to British Swimming. Removing the potent chemical can prevent you from breaking out in a rash in response to the irritant.
A great way to ensure that your skin does not get dehydrated is to keep sipping on some water while you swim. Make sure that you consume enough water throughout the day so that your skin is healthy and does not try to make up for lack of moisture by absorbing pool water. Think of your skin as a sponge, there is only so much water it can take on. And as long as it is moisturised, it’s not going to absorb excess amounts of chlorine.
KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY
Always apply some hair conditioner or oil in your hair before going for a swim. This will help to insulate your hair from chlorine and other chemicals. Also a good deep conditioner with coconut oil will protect your hair from damage and ensure your scalp is moisturised throughout.
DRINK HERBAL TEA
It is a good idea to start drinking herbal teas that have a rich antioxidant content. This will help relieve the stress of oxidative damage on your skin. The teas will supply your skin with antioxidants which will, in turn, neutralize free radicals that can wreak havoc on your skin.
REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP
This is an obvious one but very important - remove your makeup before going for a swim. While you may want to take some pretty shots for that all perfect Instagram summer pic, it should not come at a cost of a healthy looking skin. The reaction between chemicals in your makeup and chlorine in the pool water can spark unwanted allergic reactions.
INDOOR OR OUTDOOR POOL, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
Swimming outdoors will ensure that any chemicals are released into the air. If you have to swim indoors, swim in a pool area that is well ventilated.
So, there is now no reason to ruin summer fun by steering clear of swimming pools. With these tips you can now be more confident than ever to dive into the water knowing that your skin will appreciate the treat!
A lot of people are now converting to saltwater pools because they have less of a chemical scent and the water feels softer on the skin, but it’s important to know that saltwater pools still use chlorine and can be just as drying for the skin. If you have a saltwater pool, all of the above steps will still apply.