Summer Swimming: Protect Your Skin From Chlorine

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woman showering after the pool

Summer is all about taking a dip in the pool to cool off but in the long term, some of the effects of the chlorine could include acne, skin that’s dry and itchy, and it may even contribute to premature skin aging. Who knew?! However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up an activity you love. The good news is that there are several ways that you can help protect your skin from chlorine and all it takes is a little extra effort. If you still want to take a dip while helping to keep your skin in great shape, check out some of the following ideas to help get you started.

Shower After Swimming
You’re going to want to get the chlorine (and any contaminants) off your skin as much as possible, so get into the shower and wash off which also helps to minimize your risk of developing any type of skin issues. Use a gentle body wash, and make sure to wash your hair as well. Don’t forget areas on your body that can inadvertently be easy to skip, such as the back of the neck, your back, and the backs of your legs. Take your time, and once you’re done, don’t forget to reapply the sunscreen.

Use a Moisturizing Cream
After you shower, it’s best to moisturize your skin to trap in the beneficial moisture while also helping to prevent itchy skin from swimming in the pool, and that’s where a good moisturizing cream comes in. You may have to test out a few to find the one that works best for you, but once you do, you’ll notice a positive difference in your skin.

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Don’t Overdo It with Swimming
As much as you may want to swim every day, you might find that it’s not boding well for your skin especially in terms of skin dryness. Rather than right away going swimming every day, take it little-by-little and see what happens.

Pick the Right Pool
Not all pools are going to have the same chlorine levels, so you might want to test out a few different pools to see which one is going to give you as few problems as possible. If you notice your skin feels particularly worse after swimming in one pool but doesn’t feel as bad in another, take note that the latter might be a better option for you.

See Your Dermatologist
If you have any particular skin conditions, such as eczema, it can be beneficial to speak to your dermatologist before you jump right into the pool. Your doctor will be able to give you specific instructions for swimming and protecting your skin from chlorine that are tailored to your skin’s condition. For example, they may want to give you a particular prescription cream to use before and/or after you swim so you can help protect your skin.

Should you have any questions or concerns about how to protect your specific skin from chlorine, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor. Once you have a good skincare plan in place, it’s time to hit the pool!

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