Skincare to promote your skins natural skin barrier
Skincare to protect against Microbes and Chlorine
For the swimmers among us have you ever given much thought about what is in swimming pool water?
Public swimming pools are busy! From first thing till late evening people of all ages are in and out the pool. Think of all the bacteria entering the water, they soon build-up and if the water is left untreated it would be like sharing a giant bath, the build-up of E.coli and other nasty microbes would cause everyone to get pretty sick pretty quick.
So what do we do? We pour in chlorine to save the day ……….or does it?
Skin is stripped of Natural Oils
No doubt chlorine is essential to kill nasty bacteria that are hazardous to our health but unfortunately the chemical strips your hair and skin of the natural oils in charge of keeping damage out and moisture in.
Skin loses Vitamins and Fatty Acids
Regular exposure to chlorine in swimming pools destroys vitamin E and essential fatty acids that the skin needs to appear its best – leaving your skin feeling dull, flaky and dry. Over time, exposure to chlorine and its process of stripping your skin oils leads to an acceleration of skin ageing and an increase in fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin; How to protect it from Chlorine?
What can you do to help protect your skin from chlorine in the pool? This is basic and I’m positive we all do this already but showering before (to help with bacteria build-up in the pool) and showering after (to wash away chlorine). Make sure you are lathering-up the suds to remove the chlorine build-up on the skin, I have also heard a tip that wiping the skin with apple cider vinegar helps to break down chlorine (not something I have tried myself yet but I would pour some into a small travel bottle and use on a cotton pad)
Skin Barrier Cream
As chlorine strips your skin of its natural oils, I recommend to my clients who are regular swimmer to use a barrier cream. I stock the Genosys skin care range, their cream protects the skin barrier, enriching it with ceramide (ceramides are waxy lipid molecules that hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture, think of skin cells as the bricks and ceramides as the mortar.) This skin barrier cream is fortified with botanical extracts and amino acid complex to help repair your epidermal layer (top layer) whist protecting it from swimming pool chlorine and microbes.
Skin breaths better in Outdoor Pools
This might not be an option for many of us unless we are on our holidays - opt for swimming in outdoor pools (hello to my Stonehaven clients, you have this facility on your doorstep) as most of the issues with swimming pool chemicals seem to result from extended periods of indoor exposure where the chlorine hovers just above the water with nowhere to vent.
Use these simple tips to help prevent chlorine stealing our vitamin E and other essential elements that keep our skin looking healthy.