Swimming Pool Skincare Checklist for Your Face
The facial skincare steps to take after swimming in a chlorinated pool this summer.
The following question was asked by a radiant rebel in our Facebook community:
“I have a pool (chlorinated) at home that I’m in off and on every day… what kind of care is good for my face for that? Do I wash every time I get out or add more moisturizer before getting in? I do have morning & evening care that I do typically (still figuring a routine out after buying tons of samples from you) but wondering what I should be doing during the day besides the UV care (I use the forever young + finishing powder). I get a little redness around the nose & cheeks but its evened out since using Grounded sage as well as dark spots & circles under eye I used to have are gone– it’s a work in progress.” (edited slightly for clarity)
Great question! My best advice is to…
1) Moisturize + apply UV protection before going in the pool.
- If you already have UV protection on, apply an extra layer of moisturizer to your face to provide at least a little bit of a barrier between your skin and the chlorine.
2) After getting out of the pool, rinse off your skin as soon as possible.
- The longer the chlorine stays on your skin, the more damage it does including oxidizing our natural oils – which alters them and makes them super pore-clogging.
3) Wash your face with a soap-free cleanser.
- Pure amore gel cleanser or the micellar water cleansers (but rinse off the micellar water instead of leaving it on) would be good choices.
4) Apply a hydrator + moisturizer that can help your skin repair any lipid barrier damage.
- A hydrator that would work well would be the raspberry repair ceramide hydrator. If you have a lot of redness, go with the hydra healing gel. The moisturizer you’re already using (forever young) is a good choice.
5) reapply UV protection
- Note that I wouldn’t recommend that the forever young + setting powder is your only UV protection for the level of exposure you’re likely getting on pool days. Those products are ok for low exposure days, but high exposure days require a formula that has a higher zinc content combined with the spreadability of the minerals that’s been tested for adequate coverage.
I hope that helps,
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