As we are now in spring and starting to plan ahead for sunny getaways after a bitterly cold and wet winter, it is perhaps a good time to take a look at swimming and the effect of chlorine on our skin. For some, swimming for a prolonged period of time in chlorinated water has little effect, for others it can lead to dryness. In some cases, it can even irritate pre-existing eczema in swimmers so although we are all for exercise and swimming, here are some tips on keeping your skin protected after swimming.
- Stay Hydrated. The more dehydrated you are, the more likely you are to be irritated by chlorine. Chlorine breaks down the skin’s natural defences so be sure to drink lots of water when you’re training in the pool. Simple as it sounds, a good indicator of hydration is urine, try to keep it at light yellow or lighter to be sure that you are hydrated.
- As with any exercise, be sure to wash thoroughly after the pool with fresh water to get all of the chlorine off your skin’s surface.
- Choose a pool that has the right chlorine levels for you, it may be that one pool uses more than another and its up to you to find a suitable level for yourself.
- Wash your swim-gear as soon as you can after swimming. Also be sure to locate any areas of your swim-gear that cause chaffing or rubbing, applying Vaseline to those areas could offer protection and avoid irritation.
- Finally, for those who do suffer particularly dry patches after a swim, or from breakouts of eczema then applying Tranquility Ultra Soothing Cream for Dry Damaged Skin twice daily can help ease symptoms effectively.