Is Chlorine Drying Your Skin Out? What to/do

If you swim in a public pool or if you have your own pool, then they either use saltwater or chlorine to keep it sanitary. Although salt water is a lot better for your skin, chlorine still is one of the most popular ways to keep a pool free of germs and bacteria. If you plan on doing a ton of swimming this summer, you may notice that your skin feels dry and scaly after you get out. So, what can you do to still enjoy swimming but combat that flaking skin? Let’s take a closer look and see.

Rinse Your Body Before

Jumping into the shower at the local swimming pool will help the chlorine not stick as much to your skin, and it only takes a few minutes. If you are swimming with little kids, you guys can all rinse off and then jump right in the pool.

Wash Your Face and Shower After

They don’t just recommend that you shower after you get out of the pool for nothing.

Showering and washing your face with a cleanser from one of our gentle skin care lines is the easiest way to get rid of all of that chlorine build up on your skin before it settles in too much.

Moisturize

The best way to get rid of dry skin is to keep it hydrated and moisturized. As soon as you get out of the shower and wash your face, put a thick, moisturizing cream all across your face and body, and try to put it on your skin when it’s still wet. When your skin is still wet, it can sometimes absorb the lotion and cream a lot more smoothly.

The last thing we want is for our patients to have dry, cracked skin because of chlorine. Contact our office to learn more about ways to take better care of your skin: (309) 662-6772.

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