Protect Your Skin/Hair From Chlorine
Posted on September 7th, 2018
Swimming is a wonderful way to have fun, exercise and burn calories! Skin and hair are very absorbent when wet, however, and the chemicals in chlorine easily cause dryness. #nothankyou.
Here are a few ways to protect your skin and hair from chlorine:
For your hair:
Rinse your hair with cold water before heading in the pool to reduce the amount of chlorine your hair can absorb. Then apply a conditioner or oil to your hair which will act as a barrier between the chemicals and your hair. Wear a swim cap or hat for protection as oil can attract the sun. I often put my hair up in a baseball cap and try to keep my head above the water as much as possible. This does sort of suck some of the joy of swimming out but I like taking every step possible. Seriously can’t handle the feeling when my hair is dryed out. Also, it’s important to protect your scalp from the sun, an area we often forget about!
For your skin:
Apply a thin layer of oil to your face (I often use almond or coconut oil). As with hair, this creates a barrier between skin and chemicals. Then apply a waterproof sunblock 15 minutes before you plan to be in the sun. So that you are safely enjoying the pool life, you should also be diligent about applying waterproof sunscreen to your entire body. Don’t forget about your hands as they show some of the first signs of aging!
Immediately rinse off and follow by applying lotion. One of my favourites is Jergens Wet Skin Body Moisturizer. You apply it in the shower while you’re still wet and skin is at peak hydration. Then all you have to do is pat dry. Side note when showering: I like to keep the temperature slightly on the cooler side as hot water dries your skin out.
After getting out of the shower, apply a hydrating toner so your skin returns to a normal PH balance. I use Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner. It’s made without parabens, artificial dyes, and chemical preservatives. I’m a big fan. Proceed with a hydrating serum and a few drops of oil to seal in moisture. End with a heavier face cream. If you’re going to go back in the sun, make sure you reapply sunscreen. If it’s the day time I always use Eucerin Face Lotion Sunscreen as a base. If I’m going to go for a walk on the beach where I’m exposed to more sun, I use a heavier SPF. Btw this routine also applies to spending time in the ocean. Salt water DRIES up our skin so it’s important to seal in that extra moisture.