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How does chlorine affect your skin?

July 10, 2015 by Works with Water
How does chlorine affect your skin?

Unfortunately, we’re not all Olympic-standard swimmers but now we’re well and truly in the swing of summer, many of us have been choosing to cool down by taking a dip in a swimming pool.


Many people believe the chemicals that are added to the swimming pool water are 100 percent good-for-us and keep bacteria and other floating nasties away from us.


Although that’s partly true, too much exposure to some of these harsh chemicals can negatively affect your skin. The number one culprit for causing skin issues is chlorine, used in a lot of household cleaning products as well as in swimming pools because its main function is to disinfect water.


Some swimmers find that chlorine can lead to dry, flaky skin – particularly if they already have eczema or other dry skin complications.


Many skincare experts also believe that chlorine can cause premature signs of ageing over time. This is because when you’re in water your skin pores are more likely to open up, the chlorine will get into your cells, strip away any water, natural oils and sebum and can cause the surface of your skin to dry and crack. Which can lead to wrinkles and even small skin lesions.


So how can you protect your skin from chlorine?


1.Make sure you shower after you’ve been swimming, paying close attention to your face and ensuring you’ve cleaned your skin thoroughly with a simple cleanser.


2. Keep your skin hydrated and nourished with a good moisturiser, plenty of water and try our help: beautify skin product for just 2 weeks.  It’s developed with PravenAGE™, a blend of natural ingredients to help keep your skin looking plump and youthful. It works to combat the signs of ageing, which is really important if you’re a swimmer and exposed to chlorine regularly.


3. Many experts believe that ongoing exposure to chlorine can really exacerbate its effect on the skin, so if you swim regularly, ensure you take a break at least once or twice a week.


4. Avoid swimming if you’re having a flare up of eczema, psoriasis, acne or just notice your skin is feeling particularly dry.


5. If you have a choice between a few different pools, head to the one that you think is the least heavily chlorinated. Yep, it may sound strange, but lots of different pools use different amounts of chlorine. Some are likely to feel fine and not affect your skin at all, whereas others can irritate skin and eyes straight away.


Don’t let chlorine suck the fun out of swimming for you. Take care of your skin after you leave the pool, be mindful of how your body reacts to chlorine and ensure your skincare routine has a product like help: beautify jelly in it to ensure your skin doesn’t prematurely age as you spend time in the water.


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