Summer is also swimming time! But don’t forget that chlorine in a swimming pool can be harsh on your skin Yes, that’s right! While chlorine is added to water to kill germs, overexposure to it can dry out the skin and cause irritation and itching. Don’t lose hope here! You can still swim and protect your skin. Just stick to the skin care tips before and after swimming which can protect your skin from the negative effect of chlorine.
In her latest Instagram post, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jaishree Sharad shared some basic and effective skin care tips that everyone should follow before and after going to the pool.
These are some of the skin problems caused by swimming pool water:
dry skin: One of the most common skin problems that tops this list is dry skin. Your skin can get dry, irritated and even itchy. And guess what, dry skin can also contribute to aging.
Skin rash: When you’re exposed to chlorine for hours on end, it can make your skin itch, or even lead to a rash. A rash can appear on anyone due to a chemical allergy.
burns: Swimming for long hours in the pool, especially in summer, can cause sunburn on your skin. However, it can be easily prevented.
Let’s get to know the skin care routine before and after swimming that you should follow:
1. Use a moisturizer
A moisturizer is really a must if you want to reduce the effect of swimming water on your skin. Applying it before going to the pool will not only prevent dehydration but it will also create a protective layer on your skin. “Use a moisturizer that contains dimethicone, glycerin, oils, or petroleum jelly on your skin before and after swimming,” Dr. Sharad suggests.
2. Don’t forget the sunscreen
Be sure to apply sunscreen after applying moisturizer to your skin.
Dr. Sharad suggests using a waterproof sunscreen for at least 20 minutes before getting into the pool. Also, reapply it every two hours. And look for a water-based sunscreen so it doesn’t wash off in pool water.
3. Sunscreen under the eyes
Most people put sunscreen under the eyes. But avoid putting it down and wear well-fitting swimming goggles instead.
4. Swimming cap
While taking care of your skin, do not forget to protect your hair. Do not step into the pool without a well-stocked swimming cap. It will also help you avoid your falling strands of hair from floating away too!
5. Take a shower
After swimming, take a shower immediately to rinse the chlorine off your skin. You can use a gentle cleanser to clean your skin before showering.
After you shower, don’t miss the moisturizer. Moisturizing your skin from drying out will prevent your skin from drying out due to chlorine.
Dr. Sharad also advises that you should avoid swimming between 10am and 4pm. The best time to swim is early morning or after sunset.