How To Protect Your Skin From Chlorine And Salt Water
There is nothing like taking a refreshing dip in a nice cool pool or spending a beautiful day at the beach. But what is not cool is what chlorine and too much salt water can do to the skin. Hence you owe it to your skin to take a few precautions before jumping in if you want to enjoy that summertime fun.
Depending on what type of water you're immersing yourself in, you could be taking a toll on your skin. So, let's take a look at "How To Protect Your Skin From Chlorine And Salt Water."
Let First Start With Chlorine
If the strong chemical smell isn't a clue, chlorine isn't exactly your skin's BFF! While chlorine is added to protect you from bacteria and germs that can grow in a swimming pool, this exposure can wreak havoc on the skin. From stripping, your skin of its natural oil protects, to leaving the skin dry, itchy, and irritated. It can even cause premature aging!
The Salty Sea
On the other hand, when you go into the ocean, it is a different story, as salt water does have some benefits for the skin. Where the issue arises at the beach is the combination of the sun, sand, and too much salt. Combine that the lack of shade you’re on your way to some major dryness.
Before Diving In:
- Get your skin wet before taking the plunge in; doing so reduces the amount of chlorine and salt your skin absorbs.
- While UVA protection is a must. You need to make sure you are not using skincare products that will exacerbate the skin's vulnerability. Hence you want to read the ingredients in your skincare products as some can have an adverse reaction with the chlorine in the pool or with UV exposure.
- Add a light barrier of protection by applying a thin layer of natural oil, like coconut oil, argan oil, shea butter, or almond oil, to your damp skin at least an hour before.
- Do not wash off the sweat in the pool. Yep after laying in the hot sun, cooling off in the pool seems like the natural thing to do, but actually, the combination of the ammonia from the sweat and chlorine creates chloramine and is more harmful to the skin than the chlorine.
- Keep yourself well hydrated. The sun dries out your skin, especially at the beach, so skip the soda and pack some water to rehydrate.
- At the beach, you want to apply a thicker "SAFE sunscreen." While the sun isn't stronger at the beach than the pool, you are more likely to burn because of the open area and lack of shelter.
After Your Dip In The Ocean Or Pool
- Make a vitamin C solution from sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid to neutralize the chlorine. WHAT??? Yes, you read correctly we said to make your own vitamin C solution, it is a natural, safe way to protect the skin. It is also a free radical fighter, so it works great after a beach visit too.
- Mix one tablespoon of sodium ascorbate with one cup on distilled water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, and as soon as you get out of the swimming pool, spray yourself down to neutralize the chlorine.
- Take a tepid shower. Hot water can strip your skin of essential oils.
- Stay away from harsh body washes and soaps: Natural oils in the skin are zapped away with harsh soaps and alcohol-based products. We suggest using cleansers that are EWG Verified with moisturizing properties and free of fragrances, synthetics, and other harsh chemicals that can further irritate the skin.
- Skincare for dry summer skin is essential, which is why we recommend reaching for skincare products with key hydrating ingredients, like squalene, shea butter, and of course, hyaluronic acid to help keep your skin hydrated while restoring the ph balance of your skin.
In conclusion, while spending hours at the beach or pool can take a toll on your skin, you don't necessarily need to sacrifice your skin's health, as long as you are implementing our tips on how to protect your skin from chlorine and salt water.