A dip in the pool on a hot summer day sounds like a no-brainer way to cool yourself down, but the chlorine exposure to your skin can do more harm than good if you don’t take proper precaution and care. When diving in, treat your skin pre-and post-swimming to avoid chlorine-causing irritation, acne and signs of aging.
Chlorine kills bacteria in the pool, but also on your skin; not only the bad bacteria, but also the good. A depletion of protein, vitamin E and essential fatty acids within the body can lead to eczema and rashes, or just extremely dry, itchy skin. Replenish with after sun products that contain vitamin E, or sunflower seed oil, which is naturally high in antioxidants such as vitamin E. Try Joshua Tree Skincare Lavender After Sun Lotion or Sun Bum Cool Down Hydrating After Sun Lotion.
While the occasional chlorine dip can dry out skin the right amount to clear acne, it can also cause it. Chlorine strips skin of its natural oils, making it dry. To compensate, your sebaceous glands produce more oil, which may lead to more acne outbreaks. To reduce the likelihood of this occurrence, use a non-comedogenic moisturizing sunscreen before swimming, and a lightweight face moisturizer after rinsing chlorine off with warm water. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 doubles as a sunscreen and moisturizer, so you can use it before and after hitting the pool.
Reverse Signs of Aging
Chlorine destroys vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from free radicals that age you prematurely. Prevent skin from aging with Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age-Defense Moisturizer with White Tea, an oil-free antioxidant-rich moisturizer with SPF 40 that simultaneously protects your skin from infrared rays and pollution.