Planning to go for a pool party? Here's everything you need to know about the effects of chlorine on your skin

Make a splash without damaging your skin.

There’s no party like a pool party! With summer in full swing, it’s time to stay cool with your friends and loved ones as you dive into some summertime fun. While you’ve got the perfect pool playlist, drinks, and food sorted, it’s important to take care of yourself and your skin. While chlorine keeps the pool clean, it can wreak havoc on your skin, causing dryness and irritation, and exacerbating certain skin conditions like eczema. But with some simple precautions, you can enjoy your poolside festivities while keeping your skin healthy and happy.

Hydration is key

Before diving into the pool, thoroughly hydrate your skin with a generous layer of moisturiser. Look for products that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which help lock in moisture and create a protective barrier against chlorine.

Rinse before and after swimming

Minimise your exposure to chlorine by rinsing off before and after swimming. A quick shower with fresh water can help remove residual chlorine from your skin, reducing the risk of irritation. After swimming, don’t forget to reapply moisturiser to replenish any lost hydration.

If you’ve got sensitive skin

For those with sensitive skin or existing skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, extra care is needed. Consider wearing a rash guard or swim shirt to provide an additional layer of protection against chlorine exposure. Additionally, be vigilant about moisturising before and after swimming, and consider using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to remove chlorine from your skin.

Don’t forget the sunscreen

In addition to moisturising, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Chlorine can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage and using sunscreen can help mitigate this risk. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher, and be sure to reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.

Indulge in some aftercare

After getting out of the pool, be sure to pamper your skin with a soothing treatment. A cool compress or aloe vera gel can help calm any redness or irritation, while a hydrating mask can replenish the moisture and restore balance to your skin.

It’s not just your skin

Lastly, don’t forget about your hair and nails! Chlorine can also take a toll on your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. To protect your locks, consider wearing a swim cap or applying a leave-in conditioner before swimming. And don’t neglect your nails—chlorine can cause them to become brittle and discoloured, so be sure to moisturise your cuticles and apply a strengthening nail treatment regularly.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your poolside party without worrying about the effects of chlorine on your skin.

Inputs by Dr Kashish Kalra, MBBS, MD, a dermatologist, hair transplant surgeon, founder of Dr Kalra Skin Clinic and the head of department at Max Superspeciality Hospital

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