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How to Protect Your Skin at the Pool

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Swimming at the pool is almost a time-honored tradition during the hottest months of the year. As with anything, safety should be at the forefront of everyone's mind, particularly during the heatwave we are experiencing this year. Swimming, combined with heat and sun exposure, can wreak absolute havoc on your skin, causing life-long problems. Luckily, there are steps that you can take to protect the lovely skin you’re in!

Before You Go:

Bathe/ Shower: Before heading off for a fun-filled day of poolside relaxation, it is always a good idea to shower beforehand. This will remove contaminants such as lotion, makeup, dirt, and sweat, which could interact with the pool's chemicals irritating the skin.

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The Importance of Appropriate Attire: We all know (or should know) how incredibly important proper sunscreen is. However, sunscreen is only part of it, it is also imperative to wear the appropriate attire. Many swim brands now sell pieces (including hats!) that are UPF, offering stronger sun protection than using sunscreen alone.

During Swim Time:

Sunscreen: You knew this was going to come up but what kind of skin care brand would we be not to include it?! Yes, using a broad-spectrum, waterproof sunscreen can literally mean the difference between health and cancer. Sunscreen should be, at least, SPF 25, preferably zinc-based, and it obviously needs to be waterproof. Apply it generously and be sure to reapply after every swim session and/or every two hours.

Time Limitations: Due to sunscreen limitations as well as chlorine and other chemicals, actual water exposure should be limited to no more than 2 to 3 hours at a time. This will avoid unfortunate ‘pruning’ of the skin in addition to preventing dry skin which can lead to irritation.

Skin Protection Follow-Up:

Shower/ Bathe: Another shower once you are done swimming will help remove any chemicals that may be still lingering on the skin.

Moisturize: Because sun, heat, physical activity, and chemicals tend to dry the skin out, moisturizing after swim time is really important.

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Rehydrate: Hydration, hydration, hydration. Not only is water essential to being, (ya know, not dead), it also plays a massive role in skin health. When you become dehydrated, it very much affects the epidermis. Your skin can very quickly dry out, which can lead to things like premature aging - which is a big no thanks! Some hydrating sunscreen mists can help combat this during swim time, as well.

A clear, cool, glistening, oh-so-inviting pool is a staple for most summertime activities. But, your beautiful skin doesn’t have to suffer for your fun. Sun damage can literally destroy the healthiest of skin, causing wrinkles, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation. That is not even taking into account the real possibility of developing disfiguring and sometimes life-threatening skin cancer. Pool safety guidelines are widely adhered to, there’s no reason not to add skin protection advocacy to the safety plan as well. Here’s to a fun and safe pool today! 

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