Protecting skin from pools: Tip of the Day 7-1-22
For many, summertime means more time spent in a pool. If the pool is treated with chlorine, there are a few things you can do to prevent it from wreaking havoc on your skin.
Applying waterproof sunscreen 15 minutes before swimming is important. Experts say although sunscreen doesn’t do a lot to protect your skin against chemical damage, it works well to protect skin from harmful UV rays.
After you swim, rinse your body with fresh water. Lather up with a mild cleanser, and clean your hair with a gentle or color-safe shampoo and conditioner. It’s very important to moisturize after showering. Experts suggest using a cream or lotion with ceramides and alpha hydroxy acid to hydrate and help restore the pH balance of your skin. When moisturizing, don’t forget the cuticles around the nails, and areas where skin is thin. Thinner skin found on the chest, shoulders, back of the hands, and under the eyes is more susceptible to chlorine damage. Be sure to moisturize those areas generously after swimming in chlorinated water.