I know how sensitive my skin is and I think after all those years of competitive swimming my skin is ultra sensitive to the chlorine now. Sometimes, I can literally tell within seconds of getting in a pool if they’ve over compensated on the chlorine! But I also know I’ll feel it within about two hours of getting out of the swimming pool!
Chlorine is an irritant and although we all know there is a small amount of chlorine in the water we drink, it’s not a great thing to have in and around our bodies. It’s put in the pool to keep it clean, unfortunately, when children are around (and some rather less desirable adults) you have to expect them to pee in the pool and chlorine is what protects us from the urine, sweat and other not so nice substances getting to us.
When you’re in the pool, chlorine dries your skin out, leaving it feeling flaky and tight. I think we all know when we’ve been exposed to too much chlorine – especially in those dedicated children’s swimming pools or holiday pools – it can even make our skin sore, red and blotchy.
Everyone reacts differently to chlorine, but we should all take great care to make sure we minimise the effects of it on our skin.
Firstly, don’t stay too long in the pool where you begin to feel sore from it. If you have sensitive skin, it will affect you quicker and turn sore more easily
Secondly, as soon as you get out of the pool, shower thoroughly – make sure all of the chlorine is off you – this does mean getting a little naked in the shower if you can and feel comfortable doing so. Leaving your swimsuit on to shower means you’ll probably end up with some chlorine still on your body.
Thirdly, moisturise. But only once you know the chlorine is completely off your body, to moisturise when you still have chlorine on you means you trap the chlorine between your skin and the cream.
When you go on holiday, sometimes it can be more difficult to find that shower to wash off with, so just be careful not to over-do it in the pool. Some countries don’t have the same standards or regulations when it comes to the amount of chlorine in the pool so you may find there are some pools that have more chlorine than you’re used to!
The good news is you can buy chlorine resistant swimwear, like Bohn Swimwear! So whilst you still have to look after your skin, you can be rest assured your swimwear won’t suffer!
Happy Swimming – Sarah Bohn