Chlorine: The other C word
Chlorine is essentially a disinfectant (think Clorox), which isn’t a big deal if you have acneic skin…BUT if your skin is dry or has any other condition, Chlorine will wreak some serious havoc. Add sun and sunblock and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Here are a few ways to fix and fight the effects of Chlorine and summer sun in general.
The Build Up:
First things first: apply your sunblock, which should be SPF 50+ please. We’ll wait…
Now that you’re sufficiently safeguarded from the sun, add a thin layer of olive or coconut oil over (yes over) your sunblock. The oil will act as a natural barrier between your skin and chlorinated water. Next, dive in! Swim away to your heart’s content knowing that your preventative measures are going a long way.
Apres-pool, it’s time to wash your face thoroughly and use a rebalancing toner for squeaky clean pores. The sunblock that you’ve reapplied will no doubt account for some cloggage. While you’ll want to avoid mechanical scrubs and harsh acids, you can still exfoliate once a week with hydrating masks and peels—opt for lactic and malic acids over retinol and glycolic.
During the summer (and at all other times of year) it’s always a good idea to drink lots of water and consume healthy omega acids. Our faves are salmon, flax seeds and hemp oil.
And last but not least, we’d recommend extra eye cream at night and a little extra conditioner for your hair. The battle against Chlorine is real, but with these tips in your arsenal, we’re sure you’ll win the war.